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Lakewood, NJ – Yeshiva Student Beaten, Robbed

September 15, 2008 at 11:01 PM
Lakewood, NJ - A student from Rabbi Slomowitz’s Yeshiva was walking on Ridge Avenue and New Hampshire and was assaulted in front of bystanders by a black man who jumped out of a vehicle robbed him of $250 and seriously assaulted him, causing the 18-year-old student severe head trauma. Lakewood Hatzolah on the scene requesting Medics on a rush, Lakewood Police also responding. U/D: 12:07am The...

Jerusalem – Olmert: We Are Sorry For the Plight of Palestinians When the Country Was Created

September 15, 2008 at 10:28 PM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says Israel is ready to express sorrow for the plight of Palestinian refugees. Palestinians have demanded that Israel accept responsibility for the suffering of Palestinians who fled or were driven from their homes in the war that followed Israel's 1948 creation. Olmert's remark Monday fell far short of meeting this demand. But it was unusual for an...

New York, NY – It Is Wrong For The Media To Be The Arbiter Of The Label ‘Orthodox’

September 15, 2008 at 10:23 PM
New York, NY - When it comes to religion, "orthodoxy" is a fighting word. That is why it is peculiar, to say the least, when the news media make themselves the arbiter of who is, say, an orthodox and who is not. This matter-of-fact assignment of the label "orthodox" to one faction among others has occurred frequently in the press, occasionally in this paper. One obvious reason is the...

Pittsburgh, PA – Jewish Voters Complain of Anti-Obama Poll

September 15, 2008 at 09:22 PM
Pittsburgh, PA - Jewish voters are complaining of a poll that, after confirming their religion, asks a series of questions that appear aimed at alarming Jewish voters, including linking Barack Obama to Palestinian terrorist groups. Debbie Minden of Pittsburgh described receiving the call from "Research Strategies" late in the afternoon. And a Key West woman, Joelna Marcus, reportedly received a...

Israel – Rabbi Plants Himself in Protest of Shemittah Violation

September 15, 2008 at 07:57 PM
Israel - Rabbi Eliav Meir of Moshav Gimzo found a creative way to protest a planned tree planting — he planted himself in a pit dug for a tree and refused to move. Rabbi Meir has been joined by a fellow resident of Moshav Gimzo in his protest outside the city of Shoham, and both men say they will not move until workers promise to delay the planting of several trees for the next two...

New Jersey – Homeowner Property Tax Relief On The Way

September 15, 2008 at 07:28 PM
New Jersey - Governor Jon S. Corzine announced today that approximately one million New Jersey non-senior homeowners will soon be pocketing an average of nearly $1,000 each in relief with today’s mailing of Homestead Rebate checks for 2007. “In these difficult economic times, it more important than ever to help ease the property tax burden on New Jersey families,” said Governor Corzine...

New York City – High-Stakes Adventure on The Empire State Building

September 15, 2008 at 06:30 PM
New York City - The sight of these crews working on the Empire State's facade is pretty amazing -- and nerve-wracking. During the week, there are several scaffolds covering the facade at odd locations, so much so that it appears New York's tallest tower has broken out in a mild case of hives. ...

Thailand – Bangkok Based Rabbi Helps Local Airline Caterer To Be Kosher In The Sky

September 15, 2008 at 06:19 PM
Thailand - Among Thai cooks dressed in white gowns and protective caps in the Bangkok Air Catering (BAC) flight kitchen at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Chaim Wilelem stands out. Unlike them, the bespectacled 23- year-old with an untrimmed beard from Jerusalem is not there to prepare airline food. Nor is he a gourmet or a BAC employee. But six days a week from 2 am to noon, the Israeli can be found...

Perm Russia – 7 More Jews Indentified In Plane Crash

September 15, 2008 at 04:42 PM
Perm, Russia – Following the devastating crash of an Aeroflot passenger plane, which occurred on September 14th on the railroad territory by the city of Perm, it was learned that four Jewish families were among the victims. This collision killed all 88 people aboard, with these particular families constituting 11 of the deceased. The Boeing 737-500, operated under the liner ‘Aeroflot-Nord’...

New York City – Chaos On Wall Street, Dow Savaged 500 Points

September 15, 2008 at 04:05 PM
New York City - Stocks fell sharply Monday after a trifecta of Wall Street pain: Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, Merrill Lynch was bought by Bank of America and AIG asked the Fed for short-term financing. The selling had been in check for most of the day, keeping the Dow Jones Industrial Average's decline around 250-300 points for most of the day. But the fear started to escalate after...

Brooklyn, NY – Builder Promised a Year Ago to Revamp Playground, Neighborhood’s Still Waiting

September 15, 2008 at 03:39 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A deal the city struck with one Brooklyn developer has hardly been a walk in the park. More than a year ago, builder Shaya Boymelgreen pledged to transform Terrapin Playground, a section of J.J. Byrne Park near Fourth Ave. and Fifth St., in exchange for using the public land as storage for building materials during the construction of the Novo Park Slope condominium. Boymelgreen...

Postville, IA – OU President: Agriprocessors Is Kosher, But Plant Managers That Do Not Obey Laws, Raises Issues If The Meat They Process Is To Be Trusted

September 15, 2008 at 02:22 PM
Postville, IA - Is it OK to eat meat from a processing plant that mistreats workers, even if the meat has your religion's official stamp of approval for physical and spiritual cleanliness? Should a religious organization even give its stamp of approval to food from a plant facing allegations of violating labor laws, including employing teenagers younger than 16 to handle dangerous...

Washington – Alan Greenspan: U.S. in ‘once-in-a-century’ Financial Crisis

September 15, 2008 at 01:45 PM
Washington - The United States is mired in a "once-in-a century" financial crisis which is now more than likely to spark a recession, former Federal Reserve chief Alan Greenspan said Sunday. The talismanic ex-central banker said that the crisis was the worst he had seen in his career, still had a long way to go and would continue to effect home prices in the United States. "First of all...

Tel Aviv, Israel – Parents Angry Over Lack of Kashrus on Poland Trip

September 15, 2008 at 01:39 PM
Tel Aviv, Israel - Parents of students at one Ra'anana high school are furious that the youngsters were unable to obtain kosher food during their recent week-long visit to Poland. The parents said it was "outrageous" that kosher food could not be supplied during a trip costing more than NIS 7,000 per student, and were angered that students who complained about being served non-kosher meat...

Jerusalem – Japanese Organization Donates 1,000 Wheelchairs To Israeli Volunteer Org.

September 15, 2008 at 12:36 PM
Jerusalem - 1000 wheelchairs, worth some $140,000, were donated by the Agon Shu million-member Japanese cultural organization. IsraelNN TV joined 87-year-old Seiryu Kiriyama, President of Agon Shu, at a dedication ceremony of the wheelchairs at the Yad Sarah headquarters in Jerusalem. Jerusalem Mayor and Yad Sarah founder – Uri Lopolianski greeted the visitors. Uri Lopolianski needed a...

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