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New York, NY – New iPhone App Allows Users to File Complaints with 311

October 1, 2009 at 11:23 PM
New York, NY - The city is introducing a new iPhone application that will let residents file quality-of-life complaints immediately to the city’s 311 system. Under an initiative of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, the 311 system was designed to make sense of the labyrinth of city agencies by sorting all incoming calls. Questions, complaints, requests for service were all directed through a single...

Bronx, NY – Celebrity Israeli Chef Prepares Cholent for VIP’s at Yankee Stadium

October 1, 2009 at 09:27 PM
Bronx, NY - Visitors to the new Yankee Stadium craving falafel, shawarma or matbuha (red pepper and tomato salad) should seek out the services of chef Ouri Nidam. Nidam runs the kosher food concession stand at the home of the legendary baseball team, which is seeking to win its first World Series since 2000. At the state-of-the-art stadium, which opened four months ago following a $1.5...

Kfar Chabad – Inspectors Sprayed Esrogim for Pesticide Entire Shipment Ruined

October 1, 2009 at 08:08 PM
Kfar Chabad - This year Moshe wanted to play by the rules. Instead of smuggling as he had done in previous years he wanted to go legit. Moshe is an importer of the "Yanova etrog" an expensive variety of citron grown in Calabria, a region on the southwestern tip of Italy. But according to Moshe, who used a fictitious name to protect his identity, his attempt to behave lawfully...

Lindon, UT – Company Puts More Than 1 Million Holocaust Records Online

October 1, 2009 at 07:04 PM
Lindon, UT - At the U.S. Holocaust Museum, it is a pile of shoes that powerfully drives home for many the scale of events in the Nazi concentration camps of World War II. At Footnote.com's new Holocaust Collection site, it is the rows of portraits of men, women and children -- nearly 600 in all -- that are likely to invoke the same emotional response from visitors. Scroll over this portrait...

Israel – Lulav-Snatchers Mutilate 15 Palm Trees

October 1, 2009 at 05:38 PM
Israel - KKL-JNF foresters have discovered that a number of palm trees planted along the banks of Nahal Harod, situated in the northern Jezreel Valley, have been severely mutilated. It is believed that the palm trees were cut open so that their fronds could be used as part of the four species used during Succot. "Fifteen trees were cut in exactly the same way. We don't have any proof or...

Buenos Aires – Former President Of Argentina Charged with Obstructing 1994 Bomb Probe

October 1, 2009 at 04:35 PM
Buenos Aires - Former president Carlos Menem was charged Thursday with obstructing a probe into the 1994 bombing of a building housing Jewish charities in Argentina that killed 85 people. Some 300 people were also wounded in the attack that leveled the seven-floor Argentine Jewish Mutual Association (AMIA) building in Buenos Aires. No one has ever been convicted for the bombing. Federal...

Washington – Obama Bans Gov. Employees from Texting While Driving

October 1, 2009 at 04:27 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama issued an order today banning federal employees from text messaging while behind the wheel of a government vehicle or with a government device. Under the order, employees are prohibited from text messaging while operating a government car or driving their own vehicle while on government business. The order also bans employees from using a government-provided...

New York – U.S. Stocks Drop More Than 200 points

October 1, 2009 at 04:01 PM
New York - Stocks tumbled Thursday after a disappointing ISM report on manufacturing piled on to worries about the economic recovery. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost more than 200 points, or 2.1 percent. The Institute for Supply Management reported its gauge of manufacturing activity fell to 52.6 in September from 52.9 in August, short of expectations. That came after an earlier...

New York City – Health Department Launches City’s New Influenza Web Portal

October 1, 2009 at 03:14 PM
New York City - Up-to-date information on influenza and vaccine locations is now just a click away with the launch of a new Web portal that the Health Department announced today. By visiting www.nyc.gov/flu, New Yorkers can now find all influenza-related information – from surveillance data to information on schools and vaccination sites – in one place. The new Web portal was first...

Bronx, NY – Dramatic Fire Rescue Caught On Tape

October 1, 2009 at 03:00 PM
Bronx, NY - A good Samaritan perched atop a fourth-floor fire escape helped firefighters stage a dramatic rescue of a young boy from a burning Bronx apartment on Wednesday. Firefighters from the FDNY's Ladder 47 raced to 1418 Zerega Ave. in Westchester Square shortly after 4 p.m. and found a fourth-floor apartment ablaze - with two people trapped inside. The truck's ladder was raised up to...

Edinburgh, UK – Teenager Fined for Smashing Synagogue Windows

October 1, 2009 at 02:51 PM
Edinburgh, UK - A teenager who smashed windows at an Edinburgh synagogue has been ordered to pay £1,000 in compensation. Junaid Javed, 17, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court where he admitted maliciously breaking eight panes of glass in the front windows at Salisbury Hebrew Congregation Synagogue at the city's Salisbury Place. Defence agent Peter O'Neill told the court Javed had visited the...

Washington – Secret Service: Child Behind Facebook Poll on Killing Obama

October 1, 2009 at 02:18 PM
Washington - When a poll was posted to the popular social networking site Facebook asking if President Obama should be killed, the Secret Service launched an investigation. Today they announced the results: Turns out a kid was behind the poll. And no criminal charges will be filed against him or his parents, according to the Associated Press, citing a Secret Service spokesman. The poll...

Washington – OU: TSA To Permit Lulavim And Esrogim During Airplane Travel

October 1, 2009 at 02:11 PM
Washington - Today, the national Transportation Security Administration (TSA) declared a special travel period for the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. The travel period will begin approximately on Wednesday, September 30, 2009, and end on approximately on Tuesday, October 13, 2009. This policy will allow observant Jewish travelers to carry their Lulavim and Etrogim in airports and through security...

Litchfield, CT - Town Moves to Dismiss Chabad Lawsuit

October 1, 2009 at 01:56 PM
Litchfield, CT - The attorney for the Town of Litchfield has filed a motion to dismiss a federal lawsuit claiming discrimination in the rejection of a bid to expand a Victorian house to accommodate a synagogue. In documents filed in U.S. Federal Court, attorney James Robertson Jr. said claims of discrimination made by Chabad Lubavitch of Litchfield County and Rabbi Joseph Eisenbach are...

New York – Undermining the Talmud Bavli By Arguing The Halacha For Lulav On Shabbos

October 1, 2009 at 12:58 PM
New York - Sometimes the worldviews of sociologists and religious leaders are miles and miles apart. Where a sociologist would cheer, a Torah leader would shed tears.Example: A sociologist would be overjoyed in seeing the birth of a new religious or schismatic movement. A Rabbi would be deeply saddened at the loss. First century (letaaricham) Jerusalem would have been a prime example. Mecca...

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