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Toronto – Claim Alleges Ontario Discriminating Against Disabled Kids at Private, Religious Schools

May 10, 2009 at 09:31 PM
Toronto, Canada - Eight families are taking the Ontario government to court over claims that the province is discriminating against disabled children who attend private religious schools -- a case that could reopen Ontario's contentious education funding debate. The families, whose case will be heard May 27, said that children are being forced to choose between their faith and their disability...

Czech Republic – Hard Times Give New Life to Prague’s Golem

May 10, 2009 at 08:46 PM
Czech Republic - They say the Golem, a Jewish giant with glowing eyes and supernatural powers, is lurking once again in the attic of the Old-New Synagogue here. The Golem, according to Czech legend, was fashioned from clay and brought to life by a rabbi to protect Prague’s 16th-century ghetto from persecution, and is said to be called forth in times of crisis. True to form, he is once again...

Jerusalem – Some Isreali Rabbis: Meeting With The Pope Is “Idol Worship” That One Must Die For And Not Violate

May 10, 2009 at 07:48 PM
Jerusalem - Two Chief Rabbis of Israel have been invited to four meetings with Pope Benedict XVI, but may sit out of three. One group of rabbis said the visit is "idol worship." Chief Rabbis Shlomo Amar and Yona Metzger of Israel have been invited to four meetings with visiting Pope Benedict XVI. While they will attend one, and will not attend another, they are considering the others. The...

Manhattan, NY – New Spinning Barricades Keeps Wall Street Safe

May 10, 2009 at 06:41 PM
Manhattan, NY - The lazy Susan of security is now protecting the Stock Exchange. A high-tech, one-of-a-kind system of revolving bronze barricades began twirling on Broad and Beaver streets in lower Manhattan this weekend, replacing the series of wooden police barricades and idling, fume-spewing dump trucks that blocked the intersection and protected the exchange since 9/11. The spinning...

Manhattan, NY – Discount on Designers Clothing for Madoff’s Victims

May 10, 2009 at 05:18 PM
Manhattan, NY - A west Village clothing store is offering New Yorkers who took a bath in Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme a hefty break on designers clothing and jewelry. "Bernie Madoff victims receive 20% discount," promise the yellow signs posted around the Bleecker Street boutique Konup, at least 10 customers have taken up owner Salvatore Denuccio on his unusual offer. "A lot of people lost more...

Washington – Last Licks for 42-Cent Stamps Today

May 10, 2009 at 04:53 PM
Washington - Always wanted to give the Postal Service your two cents? Tomorrow you'll get the chance. The price of a first-class stamp is going from 42 cent to 44 cents - the third May increase in as many years. Postal officials say it will cost the average family just three extra dollars a year. New Yorkers didn't seem unduly concerned. "If I had to buy 1,000 stamps, it would be a big...

New York, NY – Mayor: City Wants to Help New Yorkers Hurt by Recession

May 10, 2009 at 03:18 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Bloomberg today urged New Yorkers facing difficult economic times to contact the city for help under his five-borough economic opportunity plan. Here is the text of his weekly radio address: "Even in these hard times, most New Yorkers are going to keep their jobs and keep their homes. But there are also thousands of people who are in trouble. Some have recently been...

New York – Couple Pleading to Legislators to Reform State tough Divorce Laws

May 10, 2009 at 02:29 PM
New York - A 49-year-old New York man says he is hopeful his marital dispute with his first wife will help reform the state's current divorce laws. Matthew Gerber and his second wife, Mari, are hopeful Gerber's ongoing legal dispute with his first wife, Ingrid, will shed light on possible problems in New York's divorce laws. Gerber's divorce from his first wife was overturned after Ingrid...

Chester, NY – Town Set to OK New Homes by Monsey Developer

May 10, 2009 at 01:17 PM
Chester, NY - Five years ago, residents of this town would have run off the developer planning to build on 274 acres of woods and mountain ridge along the border with Monroe. Now, they are ready to give a nod to the owners of the property, who have re-drawn their plans to save the ridge, as well as provide land for a possible town park. The Town Board agreed recently to symbolically throw...

Jerusalem – Last Known Photo Of Two Mumbai Kedoshim Alive In India, Surface

May 10, 2009 at 12:46 PM
Jerusalem - One half a year after the horrific carnage in Mumbai, the very last photo of two of the kedoshim- Rabbis Bentzion Korman and Aryeh Leibish Teitlebaum HY"D, surfaced. The picture was sent by the driver of the factory where they worked as mashgichim, and was taken but hours before they gave up their lives on Kiddush Hashem...

Monsey, NY – Journal News In Stark Editorial Condemns Bobov Yeshiva For Zoning Violations

May 10, 2009 at 12:06 PM
Monsey, NY - Neighbors were shocked when they looked out their window to see boys circling a calf in the backyard of a stately home now used by Yeshiva Bobover. The rest of us were appalled by photos released by Ramapo Police that showed blood-spattered walls in a preschool classroom, and by descriptions of a cow's head, entrails and bloody knives found in boxes in the room for young...

Manhattan, NY – NYC Bus Ads Going High-Tech

May 10, 2009 at 12:06 PM
Manhattan, NY - Bright lights, big buses. The MTA is rolling out -- and lighting up -- 10 Manhattan buses with massive LED screens showing filmed advertisements in the next few weeks. The agency hopes the ads -- which change according to the neighborhood they're in along the route -- could bring in up to five times the amount of advertising as the low-tech, standstill variety. A built-in...

Jerusalem – Toldos Aaron Offering First Aid Course for Avreichim

May 10, 2009 at 12:05 PM
Jerusalem - Toldos Aaron chassidim are offering a First Aid course for its community, after the group experienced a number of emergencies in its school system in which outside emergency aid proved unreliable. It has also happened during events held in the Toldos Aaron beis midrash during the holidays, that a person needed emergency medical treatment which delayed in coming. The rebbe gave his...

New York – Sen. Schumer Urges Probe Into Cell-Phone Spam

May 10, 2009 at 11:42 AM
New York - People across the country are reporting telephone calls coming from the numbers 623-238-6228 and 408-587-2116. These calls claim that your car warranty is expiring, but they are really scam artists trying to steal your personal information and identity. Other numbers generating these spam identity theft calls include 202-552-1332, 702-520-1105, 609-948-0971 and 562-289-8136. The...

Monsey, NY – Rabbi Tendler: Those Involved In Calf Slaughter Are Ignorant of Social Mores

May 10, 2009 at 11:09 AM
Monsey, NY - When a group of young men slaughtered a brown and white spotted cow and strung its carcass from a tree in the yard of a house being used as a yeshiva, they did more than anger people who live nearby, residents and community leaders said. The act once again ignited some of the tensions that exist in Ramapo, a diverse community made up of people from all over the world with widely...

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