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Melbourne – Jewish Philontropist, Founder Of Australias Fabric Retail Empire Dies

May 13, 2009 at 11:30 PM
Melbourne - Founder of the Spotlight retail group and leading community benefactor Ruben Fried, 63, died on Tuesday morning after a long battle with cancer. An active member of the community, along with his brother Morry Fraid, the Fried and Fraid families support many Jewish and non-Jewish causes, most notably Hatzolah, Yeshivah-Beth Rivkah Colleges, Murdoch Children's Research Institute and...

Ogdensburg, NY – City Council Finalizes Deal to Sell Defunct Kosher Cheese Plant

May 13, 2009 at 09:45 PM
Ogdensburg, NY - The City Council finalized an agreement to sell the defunct cheese plant on Main Street. The City Council unanimously agreed to the terms reached last month between City Manager Arthur J. Sciorra and Toobro LLC, Hewlett Neck, owned by Menachem and Schneur Bistritzky, to sell the property and city-owned equipment for $900,000. The lease includes a $125,000 down payment...

San Francisco, CA – Radio Talk Show Host Savage Appeals to Hillary Clinton To Help Remove UK Ban

May 13, 2009 at 07:29 PM
San Francisco, CA - Lawyers for Michael Savage sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton today, asking that she call on the British government to withdraw its ban on the top-rated radio talk host. The letter issued by the nonprofit Thomas More Law Center appeals to international conventions, arguing Savage is being punished "for what he says in the United States and not what he has...

Manhattan, NY – More Than 800 Emergency Responders To Take Part In Ground Zero Drill

May 13, 2009 at 07:25 PM
Manhattan, NY - An emergency drill is scheduled Sunday morning at ground zero. The drill will simulate a response to an explosion at a PATH commuter rail train in the tunnel between the World Trade Center site and northern New Jersey More than 800 emergency responders will participate from the city police and fire departments and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The Port...

Cedarhurst, NY – Orthodox Family Caught Between Faith, Public School Community

May 13, 2009 at 07:02 PM
Cedarhurst, NY - The Fineberg family moved from Queens to Cedarhurst when their older son was about to enter kindergarten because they had heard the Lawrence school district provided outstanding special education and a commitment to serving even severely disabled children. Yehoshua, now 11, is autistic, as is his brother, Raffi, 9. It was a move that proved beneficial for the boys, a...

Borough Park, NY – Child Struck in Serious Condition

May 13, 2009 at 06:27 PM
Borough Park, NY - Hatzolah Medics transporting an 11-year-old boy who was struck by an auto on 49th Street and 15th Avenue. NYPD Highway A.I. units are responding to investigate the scene. The boy is clinging to life after a car plowed into him as he played in the street with other kids. The child, Pinchas Zanger, had just darted out from between two parked cars when the black Audi...

New York, NY – New Study Examines Online Hate

May 13, 2009 at 06:19 PM
New York, NY - A new study is serving as a wake-up call about just what some people are posting online. The Simon Wiesenthal Center released a report today looking at a big jump in the number of Web sites talking about everything from digital terrorism to hate. What started as one hate site in 1995 has ballooned into more than 10,000. And now, extremist are heading into uncharted territory...

Tehran – Journalist Jailed in Iran Under Suspicion As Spy Has Visited Israel Before

May 13, 2009 at 05:36 PM
Tehran - One of the lawyers of freed Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi has explained why his client was detained and convicted for espionage. Saleh Nikbakht said Saberi had been convicted because she had copied and kept a "confidential Iranian government document" about the US war on Iraq and because she had visited Israel. He added that in her appeal court hearing on Sunday, Saberi...

New York – Giving the Evil Eye [ayin horah] a Good Look

May 13, 2009 at 05:18 PM
New York - On a recent Saturday morning I found myself loitering in the musty bowels of the Bialystoker Synagogue on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Several long tables were set with bottles of mediocre scotch and plates of substandard herring and potato kugel, awaiting the kiddush onslaught. I encounter Yoilish — a snazzily-suited acquaintance and one-time Hasid who shed payis and bekishe...

Australia – Man Accused of Anti-Jewish YouTube Posts, Faces Years In Prison

May 13, 2009 at 04:53 PM
Australia - A 39-year-old Perth man has been charged under Western Australia's racial vilification laws in relation to a series of videos posted on the internet website YouTube. It is alleged Maylands resident Brendon O'Connell shot video while making anti-Semitic comments in front of Perth's Bell Tower and a South Perth supermarket. O'Connell has been charged with conduct intended to...

Jerusalem – Charedi World Saddened By Sudden Passing Of Rabbi Bransdorfer Z’L

May 13, 2009 at 04:25 PM
Jerusalem - HaGaon Rabbi Meir Bransdorfer, long-time member of the Eida HaCharedis rabbinical court of Jerusalem and author of the Seifer 'Knei Bosem' commentary, collapsed today in his home on Jerusalem’s Shivtei Yisrael St. and was found unconscious. Despite over 40 minutes of rescue efforts on the scene, Hatzalah responders could not restore Rav Bransdorfer’s breathing and heartbeat...

Brooklyn, NY – Two-Way Traffic Restored to Flushing Ave.

May 13, 2009 at 04:08 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Almost five and a half years after construction began on Flushing Avenue, normal traffic patterns were restored yesterday. At some point in during the afternoon, eastbound traffic resumed in front of the Admirals Row and flyers announcing the return of two-way traffic were put on the windshields of cars that were left stranded facing the wrong way by their unsuspecting owners...

Buenos Aires- Israeli Charedi Shechita Mashgiach Dies In Argentina

May 13, 2009 at 03:12 PM
Jerusalem - Rabbi Yosef Moshe Karp, a resident of Modiin Ilit, Israel, passed away today in Argentina while visiting that country as part of a shechita delegation. An Argentinean native, Rabbi Karp had visited South America many times in recent years. Rabbi Karp was scheduled to visit a slaughterhouse this morning. He was found lifeless by his colleagues in his hotel room. The rabbi had...

Postville, IA – Plea for Help as City Population Dropped from 3,000 to 1,800 Since Immigration Raid

May 13, 2009 at 02:24 PM
Postville, IA - Religious and city leaders expressed hope that Postville will recover from the fallout of last year's immigration raid, but they said they'd appreciate more help from the state and federal governments. City Clerk Darcy Radloff estimated Postville's population has dropped from about 3,000 residents to about 1,800 since hundreds of Guatemalan and Mexican meatpacking workers were...

New Jersey – JCC Announces Plans To Open On Shabbat

May 13, 2009 at 01:17 PM
New Jersey - The JCC of Central New Jersey informed members that it will soon open on Saturdays, in a move its president said came after careful deliberations over a policy that would “make the center most relevant to this Jewish community.” As of June 20, the JCC will be open on Saturdays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. for social and recreational use. The cafe will be closed, and there will be...

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