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Australia – Jewish Sports Body Backs Down from Ban of Non-Jewish Players

May 31, 2009 at 09:57 PM
Australia - The Jewish community has forced its national sporting body into an embarrassing backdown on plans to ban non-Jewish players from its teams. Maccabi Australia (MAI), the largest Jewish organisation in Australia, issued a directive early this month giving clubs until December 31 next year to get rid of any non-Jewish players. The national body, which has 9000 members aged from...

Brooklyn, NY – Borough Park Boy Involved In Car Accident Dies From Injuries

May 31, 2009 at 08:48 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The 11-year-old boy who was struck by an auto on 49th Street and 15th Avenue on May 13 2009, has passed away. The child, Pinchas Zanger, who was a Talmud at Bobver Yeshiva in Borough Park was darted out from between two parked cars when the black Audi slammed into him, since than has been in serious condition and never regained conscious. Chased Shell Emes are working with the...

London – Government to Fight Lawsuit from US Shock-Jock Michael Savage

May 31, 2009 at 08:24 PM
London - The government said today it would fight any legal action brought by right-wing US radio host Michael Savage after he was barred from entering the country for "unacceptable behaviour". Savage has threatened to sue Home Secretary Jacqui Smith for defamation after he was named on a list she announced this month of 16 banned individuals, which included a Hamas lawmaker, anti-gay...

Boston, MA – Rare Ark Form Hanukkah Lamp Sells for $314,000

May 31, 2009 at 06:58 PM
Boston, MA - Skinner, one of the nation's leading auction houses for antiques and fine art, announced its sale of Fine Judaica -- held in its Boston gallery -- was a tremendous success, more than tripling the pre-sale estimate and grossing more than $1.2 million for just over 200 lots of antique and artisan Judaica. The top lot in the sale was a rare and important silver and silver gilt...

Kiryas Joel, NY – Multiple Fire Departments Responding to Structure Fire

May 31, 2009 at 05:40 PM
Kiryas Joel, NY - KJFD responding to a structure fire at a three story house at 4 Eahal Court corner Buchanen Drive. Monroe, Harriman, Woodbury and South Blooming Grove fire departments are all responding to the heavy fire on the roof of this occupied multiple dwelling. U/D: 06:10 Fire now a 3rd Alarm additional departments from Chester and Hillside responding. U/D: 06:22 Command on the...

Manhattan, NY – Thousands March, Celebrate Israel At Parade In NYC

May 31, 2009 at 05:10 PM
Manhattan, NY - Tens of thousands of supporters of Israel crowded New York's Fifth Avenue on Sunday as part of the annual parade celebrating the birth of the Jewish state in 1948. This year's parade also commemorated the centenary of the city of Tel Aviv. One contigent wore I (heart) Tel Aviv T-shirts, and another group rolled a giant birthday cake up the avenue. Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai...

New York, NY – Weiner Endorses Thompson for Mayor of NYC

May 31, 2009 at 04:33 PM
New York, NY - Now that Rep. Anthony Weiner has dropped out of the race for mayor of New York City, he is throwing his support to City Comptroller William Thompson. Weiner, a Democratic congressman representing parts of Brooklyn and Queens, said he "proudly and forcefully" endorsed Thompson. Weiner dropped out of the race last week, saying that Mayor Michael Bloomberg's money makes it...

Williamsburg, NY – Bike Lane Coming to Flushing Ave with Revised Kent Ave Plan

May 31, 2009 at 04:08 PM
Williamsburg, NY - Currently the Kent Avenue bike lane runs from Quay Street to Clymer Street. But from DOT's project presentation reported here on VIN News, the new route would continue several blocks further south, to Flushing Avenue. The other big difference: Kent's existing Class 2 bike lane would become a two-way, physically-protected route. With auto traffic on Kent converted to one-way...

Israel – Charedi Shadchunes Rates Skyrocketing

May 31, 2009 at 03:06 PM
Israel - Matchmaking rates in the ultra-Orthodox sector have risen significantly in the last months, along with the overall increase in prices. The hike is predominately felt among Ashkenazi families who seek to marry off their daughters to a distinguished family. In recent years, the official matchmaking rate has stood at $1,000, paid by each of the two families to the matchmaker who found...

India – Modern Day Avraham Avinu , The Fascinating Story Of The Wannabe ‘Ger’ Of Mumbai

May 31, 2009 at 02:04 PM
India - No one looking for the director of the intensive care unit at Mumbai’s prestigious Breach Candy Hospital would expect to encounter a bearded fellow with a black yarmulke on his head and tzitzis peeking out from his green surgical gown. No, he’s not from Israel, though he’s visited five times. He’s not even Jewish, though he meticulously observes even the most minor halachos...

Bronx, NY – Two Synagogues to Get $25,000 Security Grants

May 31, 2009 at 01:55 PM
Bronx, NY - The two synagogues targeted in a bombing plot this month that also targeted the Air National Guard Base in Newburgh will be able to improve their security thanks to federal grants. Gov. David Paterson announced today the Riverdale Temple and the Riverdale Jewish Center in the Bronx will each receive $25,000 to upgrade their security systems. The funds are coming from a federal...

Ormond Beach, FL – Rabbi: Traveling Jewish RV ‘an Unbelievable Miracle’

May 31, 2009 at 01:47 PM
Ormond Beach, FL - During Volusia County pilgrimages to auto races, bike rallies and beach retreats, most everyone, it seems, checks out everyone else's wheels. If they haven't noticed already, they'll soon start seeing something resembling a new city bus, bathed in bright blues, purple and orange, with slick slogans and images that could just as easily be advertising a law firm or...

Jerusalem – Israeli Hotels to Lose ‘Sheraton’ Title

May 31, 2009 at 12:45 PM
Jerusalem - Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc., one of the world's largest hotel companies and the owner of the global Sheraton chain, announced last week that as of June 2009 four Israeli hotels will be stripped of their "Sheraton" title. The four hotels, all owned by businessman Shaya Boymelgreen are Sheraton Moriah Tel Aviv, Sheraton Plaza Jerusalem, Sheraton Tiberias and Sheraton...

Madrid – Spanish Prosecutor Targets Alleged Nazi Guards in U.S.

May 31, 2009 at 12:27 PM
Madrid - A prosecutor in Spain has requested arrest warrants for three former Nazi collaborators -- one of them from metro Detroit -- for alleged complicity in the deaths of thousands of Spanish prisoners in Nazi concentration camps during World War II. Prosecutor Pedro Martinez Torrijos requested warrants Friday for Johann Leprich of Clinton Township; Anton Tittjung of Kewaunee, Wis., and...

New York City – Testy Mike’s Questionable Behavior

May 31, 2009 at 12:13 PM
New York City - Mayor Bloomberg is spending millions of dollars to win a third term, and he appears to believe that buys him the right to campaign without answering questions about it. The latest incident came this week when the 67-year-old billionaire was so irritated by a question that he glared at the reporter who asked it and said, "You're a disgrace," as he left the podium. Days...

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