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Middletown, CT – Wesleyan Murder Suspect Surrenders

May 7, 2009 at 10:02 PM
Middletown, CT - The man wanted for shooting a student in cold blood near Wesleyan University was in custody tonight. 29-year-old, Stephen Morgan turned himself into police. At approximately 10 p.m. Morgan turned himself in at a Cumberland Farms convenience store in Meriden, Conn. This came not long after his family made a televised plea for him to surrender. Two years ago, victim Johanna...

Jerusalem – Vatican Asked to Remove Magen David from Ambulance

May 7, 2009 at 08:51 PM
Jerusalem - An Foreign Ministry official revealed that the Papal delegation asked that the Magen David Adom ambulance provided by Israel during the Pope's trip in Israel should have all Jewish symbols removed. The Israelis acquiesced, sending an intensive care unit without a Jewish star on it. The words "Magen David Adom" (Red Jewish Star) were also removed The Vatican claimed that its request...

Israel – Environmentalists Against Hundreds of Thousands Lag b’Omer Bonfires

May 7, 2009 at 08:01 PM
Israel - It begins right after Passover. Wooden pallets begin to disappear from loading docks and parks and forests are suddenly bereft of broken twigs and branches. The "thieves" are Israeli schoolchildren, who count the days until the start of Lag b'Omer, which this year begins on Monday night. While the holiday - a celebration of the day a raging plague stopped, saving the lives of Rabbi...

Middletown, CT – Connecticut Shooting Victim Granddaughter of Holocaust Survivor

May 7, 2009 at 06:13 PM
Middletown, CT - Wesleyan University students spent Thursday locked in their dormitories, while synagogues throughout Connecticut were placed on heightened alert after law enforcement authorities investigating a classmate’s murder announced that the prime suspect could be targeting the campus and its Jewish community. According to faculty and Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yosef Wolvovsky, the...

Poland – Cryptic List of British POW’s Surfaces Near Auschwitz

May 7, 2009 at 06:11 PM
Poland - A list of 17 names believed to refer to World War II British prisoners of war held by Nazi Germany near its infamous Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp has surfaced in Poland, an Auschwitz museum historian said. The list of names on the left-hand margin of the card reads as follows, three of them illegible: "OSBORNE LAWRENCE GARDINER LAMB SYMES SAUNDERS DUNNE DUNN HUTTON HOLMES ..., ......

Hartford CT – Chabad Centers Around Connecticut Under Law Enforcement Alert

May 7, 2009 at 05:10 PM
Hartford, CT - Chabad-Lubavitch centers, synagogues and Jewish community institutions throughout Connecticut took heightened security precautions on Tuesday after receiving an alert from law enforcement and state authorities that the prime suspect in a fatal shooting at Wesleyan University could be specifically targeting the campus and its Jewish community. According to Rabbi Yisrael Deren...

New York, NY – Bill to Eliminate Credit Card Fee When Paying Parking Tickets

May 7, 2009 at 04:47 PM
New York, NY - Who should pick up the credit card charges for online payment of parking tickets? Right now in New York City, it’s the public. A $2 “service fee” is tacked on whenever a parking ticket is paid online - ostensibly to pay the processing charges. (There is no fee when a parking ticket is paid by mail.) But some on the City Council think it’s time for the city government...

Cleveland, OH – US Supreme Court Rejects Demjanjuk Plea

May 7, 2009 at 04:15 PM
Cleveland, OH - The US Supreme Court has rejected a bid by alleged Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk to block his deportation to Germany on war crimes charges. The 89-year-old Ohio resident had argued that he was too ill to be moved. Mr Demjanjuk denies charges of being a guard at the Sobibor death camp in World War II and an accessory in the deaths of 29,000 Jews. He says he was...

Vatican – Meshumad Priest and Interfaith Rabbi Squirms in Answer to Yad L’achim’s Challenge

May 7, 2009 at 04:10 PM
Vatican - In a letter sent by Yad Leachim's director Rav Shalom Dov Lipschitz to the Vatican, he requested that Pope Benedict XVI reveal the names of Jewish orphans who were given over to convents and monasteries during WWII, but were never returned to the Jewish people. Yad Leachim possesses the names of 2,000 such Jewish orphans born between 1920 and 1938 from Belgium, Holland and France, whose...

Poland – Information on WWII Jewish Rescuer Wanted

May 7, 2009 at 03:16 PM
Poland - The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation is searching for a Polish Catholic Rescuer to be recognized by the Yad Vashem Institute in Jerusalem. Information is required regarding Jozef Borzecki, who during WWI resided in the village of Piaski Szlacheckie, in the Lubelskie province, south east Poland. According to testimonies, Borzecki sheltered a Jewish family - a mother and three...

Belarus – Belarusian President Returns Historic Shul To Mogilev Jewish Community

May 7, 2009 at 02:50 PM
Belarus - The Jewish community of Mogilev is set to reconstruct its historic synagogue after Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko approved the transfer of the building, which was seized by Soviet authorities decades ago and used as a pumping station on the Dnieper River. Lukashenko's decision follows a six-year effort by Jewish community chairman Eli Genilis, who enlisted the early...

Jerusalem – Israeli Supreme Court Avoids Use of Jewish Law

May 7, 2009 at 02:37 PM
Jerusalem - The Supreme Court rarely makes use of Jewish law in its rulings, according to a study released this week. The study found that Supreme Court President Justice Dorit Beinisch was the most averse to using Jewish sources. The study was conducted by Doctor Yuval Sinai of Yishma, the Implementation of Hebrew Law group at Netanya Academic College. Dr. Sinai found that the frequency at...

Santa Barbara, CA – Wildfire Creates State of Emergency

May 7, 2009 at 02:22 PM
Santa Barbara, CA - Thousands of Southern California homes are in danger from a rapidly advancing windswept brush fire that has prompted Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare a state of emergency in S. Barbara County. Among the 8,000 people forced to evacuate are dozens of Jewish families who, like their neighbors, left with what little they could carry and headed to hotels and shelters far from...

Tokyo, Japan – Yossi’s Brother Speaks Up About Sentencing and What the Family Went Through

May 7, 2009 at 01:22 PM
Tokyo, Japan - Israeli Charedi Hebrew newspaper Sha'ah Tova printed an interview with Yosef ben Itta Rivka's older brother Yona, who returned to Israel a short while after Yossi was sentenced in Japan last Friday for smuggling drugs to Japan. He had been conned into this deed unwittingly by a respected member of his chassidus 15 years his elder. For the past year, the families of the three...

Canberra, Australia – Court Bans Neo-Nazi Mother From Teaching Son Her Views

May 7, 2009 at 12:30 PM
Canberra, Australia - An Australian court banned a neo-Nazi mother from taking her young son to right-wing political rallies or teaching him her views. Family Court Deputy Chief Justice John Faulks ruled that the German-born mother, known only as Mrs. Hoover, and her estranged Australian partner, known only as Mr. Hoover, are also forbidden from inciting racial hatred when in the presence of...

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