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Brooklyn, NY – Borough Park Public School Closed Down Over Swine Flu

May 22, 2009 at 06:04 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The Mayor’s Office has just advised Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) that P.S. 160 located in the heart of Borough Park at 5105 Fort Hamilton Parkway will be closed effective immediately due to the spread of the N1H1 (Swine Flu) virus. Classes will be suspended for five days beginning Monday, May 25, 2009. The decision to close P.S. 160 was made after school officials noticed...

New York, NY – NYPD To Beef Up Security At All City Synagogues for Shabbos

May 22, 2009 at 05:33 PM
New York, NY - City synagogues are stepping up security tonight in the aftermath of this week's terror plot arrests. Even with the suspected mastermind and three others behind bars, police aren't taking any chances. In Jewish communities throughout the five boroughs there will be increased police protection this holiday weekend, the aftermath of the terror plot to blow up two Riverdale...

Borough Park, NY – Maimonides Hospital In Birthing Boomlet

May 22, 2009 at 04:29 PM
Borough Park, NY - Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn has long had the busiest single labor and delivery suite in Brooklyn—recording more births than hospitals far larger in size. But in a 48-hour period this week it may have set a record: There were 74 babies born in 48 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday. With a labor and delivery unit mean to handle 60 births, that burst of births meant...

Paris – Sephardic Jew The Pioneer of Yogurt Dies At 103

May 22, 2009 at 03:11 PM
Paris - Daniel Carasso, who helped turn yogurt from an obscure ethnic food into an international staple through the Danone brand in Europe and Dannon in the United States, died Sunday at his home in Paris. He was 103. The death was announced by Groupe Danone, of which Mr. Carasso was honorary chairman. The Danone brand owes nearly everything to Mr. Carasso, including its name. When his...

New York, NY – Mayor Honors First Responders Of Botched Terror Plot

May 22, 2009 at 02:47 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Governor Paterson honored the first responders who foiled an alleged plot to blow up a Bronx synagogue. Dozens of city, state, and federal officials receive special citations for their work from the mayor. Bloomberg says the cooperation of several agencies, working with the NYPD's Anti-Terrorism Task Force, helped lead to the arrest. "We know we...

Springfield, MO – State Senator Offended By Neo-Nazi Group Retaliates By Naming Missouri Highway After Rabbi

May 22, 2009 at 02:46 PM
Springfield, MO - Lawmakers renamed a section of highway in Springfield that a neo-Nazi group adopted to keep litter-free after a Jewish civil rights leader. Rep. Sara Lampe, D-Springfield, got an amendment added to a transportation bill to rename a portion of West Bypass from Farm Road 142 to West Sunshine the "Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel Memorial Highway." Heschel marched with Martin Luther...

Washington – No Visa Exemption for Israeli Tourist

May 22, 2009 at 01:31 PM
Washington - For the time being, the US government has no intention of exempting Israelis from entry visas, despite previous pledges and discussions that have been going on for many years. Government representatives who met with journalists this week in during a tourism fair in Miami Beach, Florida said that Israel does not meet the administration's exemption criteria, and that it appears that...

New York – One Of The Shul Plotters Had A Prior Arrest For Striking Teens With BB Gun In Monsey

May 22, 2009 at 12:42 PM
New York - They were four ex-convicts — one a crack addict, another whose most recent arrest involved snatching purses — and they gathered their terror tools as they went. They bought cellphones, the authorities said; they bought a camera in a Wal-Mart to take photographs of the synagogues in New York City that they wanted to blow up. When their attempt to buy guns in Newburgh, N.Y., fell...

Miami Beach, FL – Man Charged in Arson Fire at Synagogue

May 22, 2009 at 11:52 AM
Miami Beach, FL - A 49-year-old man was arrested last night in the arson fire at an Orthodox synagogue in Miami Beach. Mike Bracamonte was charged with burglary and arson in the Wednesday night fire at Temple Moses, (as was reported here on VIN News). Security cameras had been installed at Temple Moses a day before, and the fire was caught on video. It shows a man smoking a cigarette and...

Jerusalem – Promiment Charedi Rabbi: One May Not Marry a Child at Others’ Expense

May 22, 2009 at 10:50 AM
Jerusalem - During a discussion with representatives of the "Simcha BaMaono" Housing Committee, Rav Michel Yehuda Lifkowitz told the representatives, "A person may not marry his children relying on getting money for the expenses from free loan funds." The Simcha BaMaono rabbonim have been meeting with a number of leading rabbonim in the Israeli chareidi community in search of solutions for the...

Newburgh, NY – Mosque of Shul Plotters Has Iman Who Is A Prison Chaplain That Has Converted Many To Islam

May 22, 2009 at 10:45 AM
Newburgh, NY - The imam of the Newburgh mosque where the Bronx-plot terror cell was organized has worked for more than 20 years in the New York state prison system converting inmates to Islam -- and was hired by the radical Muslim chaplain banned for praising the 9/11 hijackers. Imam Salahuddin Muhammad is the spiritual leader of the Masjid Al-Ikhlas, the Newburgh mosque where the four...

Brooklyn, NY – Grate Collapse Injuries 36 Children During School Photo Shoot [photos- video]

May 22, 2009 at 10:37 AM
Brooklyn, NY - Hatzolah responding with multiple ambulances to Ocean Parkway and Curch Avenue for numerous children that fell down 15 feet after a window shaft collapsed in front of Shaarei Torah Sepharidc girls school, NYPD ESU and fire department are also responding to the scene on a rush. The children all from the 6th, 7th and 8th grades were lined up outside during a graduation picture shoot...

London – Israeli Tourism Posters Removed from Subways after 336 Complaints

May 22, 2009 at 10:11 AM
London - The Israel Government Tourist Office (IGTO) will remove a series of posters at London Underground subway stations after the Advertising Standards Authority received 336 complaints. The posters, part of the IGTO’s Think.Israel campaign, show Gaza and the West Bank within the borders of Israel, the occupied territories in blue while the remainder of the map is yellow. The IGTO made...

New York – American Girl To Unveil Jewish Doll With Glatt Kosher Style Dinner

May 22, 2009 at 10:02 AM
New York - The pre-tween set is abuzz with the rumor that the newest American Girl doll is Jewish. Officials at the Wisconsin-based company confirm that she is, indeed, a Jewish character, calling her “a lively girl from New York City,” but have embargoed her name and most other story details until May 29th. American Girl dolls, for those who haven’t yet been indoctrinated, are...

Washington – Congressman Bible Bill, Is Most-Blogged-About Pieces of Legislation

May 22, 2009 at 09:52 AM
Washington - When the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 31, 2009, Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) hopes you’ll be ringing in “the Year of the Bible.” It’s probably just wishful thinking. Broun’s simple congressional resolution aimed at honoring the Good Book has produced a push-back of biblical proportion in the blogosphere, with critics dismissing it as either unconstitutional or a waste of...

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