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New York – Ezra Merkin Quits Shul Position

May 21, 2009 at 10:21 PM
New York - J. Ezra Merkin, the financier who entrusted sizable portions of his friends’ and investors’ money to what turned out to be Bernard L. Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, stepped down Wednesday night as an officer of the Fifth Avenue Synagogue, a wealthy congregation founded 50 years ago by his father, and whose members included some of Mr. Merkin’s largest individual...

Poland – Kever of Gerrer Rebbes Defaced with Swastikas

May 21, 2009 at 09:26 PM
Poland - Yisroel Goldberg, the director of the Israel & Prtners advertising agency, was on a visit last week to Gora Klavaria in Poland -- or Gur, as it is better known in Jewish circles. When he went to daven at the ohel of the Chiddushei Harim and the Sfas Emes in the local Jewish cemetery, he was shocked to see a swastika and "Jude Raus" (Jews Get Out) on the brick building. "When we...

Porto Alegre, Brazil – Armed Neo-Nazi Groups Arrested

May 21, 2009 at 08:46 PM
Porto Alegre, Brazil - Police have arrested members of two neo-Nazi groups in the southern city of Porto Alegre. The members were found to be in possession of propaganda against Jews and blacks, as well as automatic rifles and explosive devices. "We are currently unaware of whether the gangs were planning to attack Jewish institutions," said Alex Ben-Zvi, who heads the Israeli Foreign...

Mexico City – Jews in Mexico Find it a Place To Thrive And Serve

May 21, 2009 at 07:48 PM
Mexico - On the evening of the festive Jewish holiday of Purim, the rabbi's wife, Sheila Slomianski, was ever the alert hostess. Surveying her table, she noticed some empty plates in front of her guests and summoned her daughters, Fayge and Miriam, to pile them high with tacos and tachina sauce, with grilled cactus and spicy rice. "They're American," Slomianski said with a shrug. "They don't...

Greenville, NC – Appointment Of First Female Black Rabbi Reignites Stark Division Between Orthodox And Reform Movement

May 21, 2009 at 06:37 PM
Greenville, NC - Growing up in a black, Pentecostal family in Cleveland, Alysa Stanton never imagined the day when she would be preparing to be ordained as a Jewish rabbi. But that day will come June 6 for the single mother who will be ordained by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, becoming the first African-American female rabbi in the world. "Ten years...

Jerusalem – Guide for Chasanim Infuriates Many

May 21, 2009 at 05:05 PM
Jerusalem - An instructional brochure handed out to grooms-to-be by the Jerusalem Religious Council has infuriated many men, who found it to be extremely chauvinistic. The brochure was distributed to future grooms, both religious and secular, as part of a compulsory class on marriage given at the council's offices. While it seems that the brochure aims to encourage husbands to respect their...

Miami Beach, FL – Fire at Synagogue Was Arson

May 21, 2009 at 04:35 PM
Miami Beach, FL - A fire at a synagogue late last night appears to be arson, officials said. Someone walked into a garage at Temple Moses at 1200 Normandy Dr. and set wood logs on fire, said Detective Jenny Velazquez, a Miami Beach police spokeswoman. The fire was contained to the garage. ''The fire department got there fairly quickly and it didn't spread,'' Velazquez said. The fire was...

Moscow – Russian President Intervenes On Behalf Of Jewish Students

May 21, 2009 at 04:21 PM
Moscow - In a meeting Monday between Russia's Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar and President Dmitry Medvedev, Russia's Jewish students were granted permission to postpone upcoming state exams conflictingly scheduled for the first day of the Shavuot holiday. On most Jewish holidays, like the Sabbath, Jews do not write or travel. The students would have been unable to attend the exams without violating...

White Plains, NY – Suspects in Synagogue Bomb Plot Denied Bail

May 21, 2009 at 04:14 PM
White Plains, NY - Three of four men arrested in an alleged plot to bomb a New York synagogue and Jewish community center were ordered held without bail today. A fourth suspect received medical treatment this morning and did not appear at the court hearing. His initial hearing was scheduled for later in the day. All four suspects are accused of plotting to detonate explosives near two...

New York – Prosecutor: Shul Plotters Were Eager to Bring Death to Jews

May 21, 2009 at 03:46 PM
New York - Not only did the terror plot go up in smoke, the alleged mastermind was high. The ringleader of the four-man homegrown terror cell accused of plotting to blow up synagogues in the Bronx and military planes in Newburgh admitted to a judge today that he had smoked pot before his bust last night. When U.S. Magistrate Judge Lisa M. Smith asked James Cromitie if his judgment was impaired...

New York, NY – Apple Warns: iPods are Shocking!

May 21, 2009 at 02:50 PM
New York, NY - Apple warned customers that earbud headphones, when used in conjunction with iPods and iPhones, could cause "small electrical shocks." The warning, appeared on Apple's support page. Apple noted that the shocks are basically the same as the zaps that one gets when touching metal in the winter, mainly happen in dry areas. Essentially, users build up static electricity, which they...

Jerusalem – Rav Brandsdorfer’s Last Psak Was Prophetic For His Own Sons

May 21, 2009 at 02:12 PM
Jerusalem - Rav Meir Brandsdorfer, the famous Posek of the Aida Hachareidis who passed away last week, in his last minutes gave a psak to a mourner that within a half hour would incredibly apply to his own sons. Although Rav Brandsdorfer didn't feel well that day, he nevertheless made the effort and welcomed a delegation from ATIME in the U.S., an organization dealing with issues of fertility...

London – American Airlines Pilot Arrested After Failing Breathalyzer Test

May 21, 2009 at 01:47 PM
London - American Airlines confirms that one of their pilots was arrested after failing a breathalyzer test at Heathrow Wednesday, CBS News has learned. He had been scheduled to fly a flight from Heathrow to "An American Airlines pilot was arrested at London Heathrow airport yesterday (Wednesday, 20 May) having failed a breathalyser test. Police had been called by airport staff working at the...

New York, NY – Jewish Institutions Urged to Tighten Security

May 21, 2009 at 01:11 PM
New York, NY - The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles, which works to combat anti-Semitism, urged Jewish institutions to boost security measures and they asked Muslim leaders to speak out against terrorism. “The future of terrorism will not only be characterized by 9/11-style attacks but would also emanate from homegrown cells, spread out in cities across America who would seek to...

Israel – In Roaring Speech Netanyahu Vows To Never Divide Jerusalem

May 21, 2009 at 12:30 PM
Israel - The State ceremony marking Jerusalem Day was held Thursday at the capital's Ammunition Hill. "Unified Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. Jerusalem always has been and always will be ours and it will never be divided again," said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to the sounds of roaring applause. "I stand here today… saying what I said in my visit to the US: Jerusalem will...

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