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Israel – Syria: Israel’s Offer to Talk Useless Without Golan

May 24, 2009 at 09:02 PM
Israel - Resuming peace talks between Syria and Israel would be "useless" without a commitment by the Jewish state to withdraw from the Golan Heights, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moualem said. Responding cautiously to an Israeli offer to open the talks without preconditions, Moualem reiterated Syria's calls for an Israeli commitment to restore the Golan and described it as "not a...

Borough Park, NY – In Wake Of Terror Plot Officials Meet Jewish Community Leaders [video]

May 24, 2009 at 07:45 PM
Borough Park, NY - As more details emerge about the four men behind the alleged bomb plot in the Bronx, the state's Office of Homeland Security held an emergency meeting Sunday in Brooklyn to address safety and security concerns with community leaders. State Senator Eric Adams joined the state's Homeland Security director in Borough Park to assure Jewish community leaders the state is doing...

Toronto, Canada – Chabad Center Receives Funding to Beef Up Security

May 24, 2009 at 06:48 PM
Toronto, Canada - Video cameras were being installed at Chabad Lubavitch Community Center as part of a major investment in making the vibrant Thornhill facility more secure. The work is being funded through a $43,000 grant from the federal government's Security Infrastructure Pilot, plus matching dollars raised by the Chabad community. Over the years the flagship centre - which provides...

Queens, NY – Woman In 50s 2nd NYC Death Linked To Swine Flu

May 24, 2009 at 05:21 PM
Queens, NY - The City Health Department is reporting that a Queens woman in her 50s is NYC's 2nd confirmed death linked to swine flu. The first death in the City linked to swine flu was Queens assistant principal Mitchell Wiener, who died last week. Health officials said Saturday that New York had 33 new cases of swine flu, bringing the total confirmed to 366. State Health Commissioner Dr...

Israel – Student Refusing to Stand for Anthem Rebuked

May 24, 2009 at 04:06 PM
Israel - The dean of graduate studies at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology - has rebuked a doctoral student for remaining seated during the playing of "Hatikva," the Israeli national anthem, at a graduation ceremony for Ph.D. students. Technion dean Moshe Shpitalni sent a letter of reprimand to the student, Ayal Rosenberg, a far-left activist. Shpitalni said he was not...

New York – VIN News Swine Flu Notification Policy

May 24, 2009 at 03:32 PM
New York - Firstly, Vos iz Neias reminds the heimishe public that more people, rachmana litzlan, die of the regular flu each year than of the swine flu. Secondly, having put swine flu in context, VIN News has been notified of the closure of one yeshivah in Williamsburg due to one—count it, one—single confirmed case of swine flu among its students. Most importantly, VIN News has learned...

Jerusalem – Rabbi: Decision by Court to Fund Reform Conversions Will Cause Rift in Jewish Nation

May 24, 2009 at 02:05 PM
Jerusalem - Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar warned today that the decision by the High Court of Justice to order the state to stop discriminating against Reform and Conservative conversion institutes in favor of Orthodox ones with regard to funding, could lead to a rift in the Jewish nation. Until now, non-Orthodox conversion programs have not been eligible for funding, which is provided by the...

Brooklyn, NY – Confirmed Swine Flu Shuts Flatbush Yeshiva

May 24, 2009 at 12:38 PM
Brooklyn, NY - VIN News has confirmed that Yeshiva Tiferes Yisroel of Flatbush located at 1271 E 35th Street is closing down temporarily due to to a confirmed 8th grader being diagnosed with the swine flu. According to yeshiva administrator the school will remain closed until future notice. The closures are self imposed, and were not requested by the Dept. of Health. ...

Jerusalem – Unrecognized Charedi Schools Will Not Be Budgeted In Children’s Allowances

May 24, 2009 at 12:21 PM
Jerusalem - The Treasury officials are scheming again! While coalition agreements with the religious parties have forced them to retain Children's Allowances for poor and large families, the shrewd bureaucrats have underhandedly found a formula to cut back the allowances: by creating criteria which will disenfranchise a large part of chareidi children. Children learning in unrecognized schools...

New York – FDA Slaps LASIK Ads

May 24, 2009 at 12:16 PM
New York - Doctors, clinics and others promoting LASIK corrective eye surgery need to make sure their advertisements tell consumers about possible risks, regulators said yesterday. The Food and Drug Administration, which has been investigating patient complaints over the procedure, told health-care providers that commercials and other promotions that do not convey necessary warnings, side...

New York, NY – $3.5 Million MTA Spending Spree Same Time as Fare Hike

May 24, 2009 at 12:15 PM
New York, NY - The MTA burned through $3.5 million in the past year to increase staffing and hand out raises in its headquarters at the same time it cried poverty and begged for a $2.3 billion state bailout. Between March 2008 and March 2009, 140 directors, managers and other employees who work in the MTA's main Madison Avenue offices received raises. Of these bump-ups, 79 came without title...

New York – Security Experts To Wannabe Terrorists: NYC Wrong Town To Mess With

May 24, 2009 at 11:21 AM
New York - It will be days, possibly weeks, before we know all the details of how the attempted Riverdale bombing was foiled, but counterterrorism experts say it's already clear where the plotters made their first mistake: they picked targets in New York City. Since the devastating attacks on Sept. 11, the city has built up formidable intelligence resources that are designed to anticipate, detect...

Dallas, TX – Former Jewish Employees File Charges of Religious Discrimination Against Metal Firm

May 24, 2009 at 10:51 AM
Dallas, TX - Two former employees of one of the world's largest metal companies claim they were fired, at least in part, because they are Jewish. Mark Chazanow and Mark Wayne, former managers at Commercial Metals Company, have filed charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the wake of their abrupt dismissal by CMC and following a lawsuit accusing the men of fraud and...

Jerusalem – Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar: The Heter to Eat Strawberries Quoted in My Name is Misleading

May 24, 2009 at 09:12 AM
Jerusalem - Just a few weeks before, many chareidi rabbonim forbad eating strawberries because they are heavily infested with tiny insects which are impossible to completely remove. The announcement removed the popular delicacy from the table of many frum homes. Then the sensational news was published throughout Israel: Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar announced in a shiur that one may eat strawberries...

New York, NY – 40,000 Homes Worth Less Than Whats Owed on Their Mortgages

May 24, 2009 at 09:09 AM
New York, NY - A fresh wave of home foreclosure pain is building in the Big Apple. Roughly 40,000 homes purchased in the last five years in New York City are now underwater -- worth less than what is owed on their mortgages -- up sharply over the past year, according to a real estate market information company. In fact, in Queens, the second-hardest hit of the five boroughs, nearly one in...

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