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Phoenix, AZ – Police Search for Killer of Well-Respected Prominent Jewish Businessman

September 3, 2008 at 10:36 PM
Phoenix, AZ - A prominent Jewish activist was found slain inside his Phoenix real-estate office, sending police on a search for the killer and a community reeling from the loss. The body of Irving Shuman, 84, was discovered Tusday about 7:15 p.m. after he failed to show for a dinner appointment. His gold 1998 Lexus GS300 remained missing Wednesday. Police have not released a cause of death...

New York – State Makes Health Care Available to All Kids

September 3, 2008 at 10:04 PM
New York - Starting this month, all New York families with uninsured children are eligible for moderate or no-cost health care coverage. Gov. David Paterson says eligibility for Child Health Plus was expanded to include families whose income is four times the federal poverty level, up from the 2 1/2 times previously required. For example, a child in a family of three whose income exceeded...

New York – NY Sun Newspaper Tells Its Readers: We Could Cease Publication at the End of September

September 3, 2008 at 08:30 PM
New York - This morning I write to you about the future of The New York Sun, which is in circumstances that may require us to cease publication at the end of September unless we succeed in our efforts to find additional financial backing. The managing editor, Ira Stoll, who is one of the founding partners in the paper, and I have shared this news with our colleagues, and we would like our readers...

Brooklyn, NY – Jewish Press Endorses Rival Of Simcha Felder In Senate Primary

September 3, 2008 at 08:05 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Kendall Stewart, 21st SD (D-Boro Park, Flatbush, Kensington, Midwood) -- Dr. Kendall Stewart is completing his second term as a member of the New York City Council representing the 45th Council District (which includes Boro Park, Flatbush and East Flatbush) where he has served with distinction and built a close working relationship with the Jewish community. On the other hand...

New York City – Bloomberg Signs Into Law Storefronts No Air Conditioning With Open Doors Policy

September 3, 2008 at 07:36 PM
New York City - Remember all those wide-open cold-air-spewing storefront doors that got so many people hot under the collar this summer? Well at of today (technically 90 days from today when enforcement starts) that is illegal. Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed the no-open-doors-in-the-summertime-when-the-air-con-is-on law Wednesday. The law does not apply to small stores or restaurants that are...

California – Orthodox Jewish Groups Join Churches In Support of Proposition 8

September 3, 2008 at 07:15 PM
California - The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, more popularly known as the Orthodox Union, or O.U., and Agudath Israel of California, an ultra-Orthodox group, have joined a coalition of California religious groups supporting Proposition 8, which, if passed in November, would reverse the California State Supreme Court's May 15 ruling that gave homosexuals the "right" to...

Brooklyn, NY – Swastika Vandal Sentenced To 11 Months In Prison

September 3, 2008 at 05:16 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced the sentencing of Pavel Andreenko, 22, to 11 months in jail for spray painting swastikas around Flatbush and Sheepshead Bay on 11 separate incidents. He pled guilty on July 25 to Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, and was sentenced today before Supreme Court Justice Guy J. Mangano. Andreenko spray painted...

Williamsburg NY – Joel Engelman Speaks With The Jewish Week About His Life And Molestation Accusation

September 3, 2008 at 05:02 PM
Williamsburg, NY - Joel Engelman was 8 years old the first time he was summoned to the principal’s office at his Satmar school in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Not knowing what he might have done to provoke the call, Joel was nervous, as his principal, Rabbi ,,,, had a reputation for being strict. Much to his surprise, however, when he arrived, the principal put him on his lap and began “to...

Queens, NY – Baggage Handlers Accused of Jewelry Theft

September 3, 2008 at 04:04 PM
Queens, NY - Two baggage handlers at New York's Kennedy International Airport are charged with stealing $280,000 in jewelry from a suitcase. Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said today that the victim, a jewelry dealer, discovered about 925 items missing after his flight arrived in Los Angeles. Brown says one of the baggage handlers kept some of the stolen jewelry at home on top of...

Highland Park, NJ – Miracle: Holocaust Survivor Who Donated Sefer Torah Finds Old Friend Still Alive, Not Seen For 50 Years. Exclusive To VIN News

September 3, 2008 at 03:15 PM
Highland Park, NJ - In an emotion-laden ceremony on Monday, Labor Day, holocaust survivor Hersh Hanfling donated a Sefer Torah to his shul, the Agudah of Highland Park, NJ, in loving memory of his family members who were wiped out during the Shoah. Hundreds of people turned out in a community-wide display of tears, warmth and support for what Agudah Rabbi Yaakov Drucker characterized as a...

Monticello, NY – Judge Gives Girls from Bungalow Colony a Court Lesson

September 3, 2008 at 02:31 PM
Monticello, NY - Judge Frank LaBuda recently invited the Sun Ranch bungalow colony in Monticello to bring campers to view a day of the court proceedings, which included a full court calendar with several felony cases. The girls, all of whom reside in Brooklyn, stayed for more than five hours. "We were impressed," said Gitty Walter, head counselor, noting that it was a first-time experience for...

New York, NY – Schools Get New Anti-Harassment Rules

September 3, 2008 at 01:14 PM
New York, NY - City schools are taking aim against bullying. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein are announcing new rules to stop bias-based bullying and harassment. Under the rules, students who believe they have been victims of harassment by another student will be urged to report it. The policy will be spelled out in posters displayed at city...

Brooklyn, NY – Controversial Arab Public School Only Enrolled 30 Students

September 3, 2008 at 01:03 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Despite adding another grade, enrollment at the controversial Arab-themed public school in Brooklyn that was saddled with leadership and discipline issues last year has grown by just 30 students. Although the Khalil Gibran International Academy's move from Park Slope to a building in DUMBO led some parents to pull their kids out, others said it was the roller-coaster school year...

Jerusalem – Israeli Diggers Uncover Parts of Ancient Wall

September 3, 2008 at 12:26 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli archaeologists say they have uncovered new sections of Jerusalem's ancient walls, continuing a project started more than a century ago. Yehiel Zelinger of the Israel Antiquities Authority said Wednesday that he located two wall segments just south of the Old City. The project continues work begun in the 1890s by American archaeologist Frederick Bliss and his British...

Oak Park, MI – Police Investigate New Attacks on Orthodox Jews

September 3, 2008 at 11:49 AM
Oak Park, MI - A 16-year-old from Southfield was arrested and turned over to juvenile authorities after police say he and two companions hit and robbed four people — three of them Orthodox Jews — in three separate incidents in Oak Park. The assaults were reminiscent of similar attacks on Orthodox Jews last spring, when three other juveniles selected their victims because they appeared to...

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