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Washington – Thousands Help Celebrate Chanukah On the Ellipse in Washington [photos-video]

December 1, 2010 at 11:30 PM
Washington - The National Menorah was lit earlier this evening on The White House Ellipse in Washington, DC, in the presence of senior administration officials, Members of Congress, dignitaries and communal leaders. Over 4,000 tickets were distributed to the event, which progressed despite inclement weather earlier in the day and high winds challenging the logistic systems. The menorah has...

Washington – F.D.A. Panel Rejects Expanded Use of Prostate Drug

December 1, 2010 at 10:59 PM
Washington - A panel of federal health on Wednesday rejected the use of two drugs from Merck and GlaxoSmithKline to prevent prostate cancer, saying the drugs could actually raise the risk of the most serious types of tumors. The Food and Drug Administration panel of cancer experts voted 17-0 with one abstention that the risks of Merck's Proscar outweighed its benefits. In a similar vote, the...

Sweden – Scandal Hit Royal Family Rocked by Queen’s Nazi Links

December 1, 2010 at 10:29 PM
Sweden - The royal family - recovering from revelations of the secret affair the king enjoyed with a pop singer - has been thrown into fresh turmoil over the Nazi past of the queen's father. Swedish TV4's investigative programme Kalla fakta has broadcast the first of a two-part documentary detailing how Queen Silvia's late father grew rich producing armaments in a factory stolen from the...

Skokie, IL – Estate Sued for Plane Crash That Killed Grandkids

December 1, 2010 at 09:55 PM
Skokie, IL - The mother of a boy who was seriously injured in a July plane crash that killed his grandfather, two sisters and a cousin has sued the estate of his grandfather, a Skokie businessman who was flying the plane. Sharon “Sima” Menora filed the suit in Cook County Tuesday on behalf of her son, Nathaniel Joseph “Yossi” Menora, 13, who suffered severe burns to his arms and legs...

Havana – Cuba Jewish Groups Deny Work With Jailed American

December 1, 2010 at 09:14 PM
Havana - The leaders of Cuba's two main Jewish groups both denied having worked with a jailed American contractor whose family says he was on the island to hand out communication equipment to Jewish organizations. Cuban authorities have accused Alan Gross of espionage, though they have not pressed charges despite keeping him in custody since he was detained last Dec. 3. Adela Dworin...

India – Synagogue in Mumbai Reopens During Chanukah

December 1, 2010 at 08:00 PM
Mumbai, India - The Magen David Synagogue in Byculla that was partly shut for repairs will open tomorrow after over a year-and-a-half. December 1 marks the date of the nine-day Chanukah festival of lights that is celebrated by Jews. The synagogue, largest in the city, was built by the Sasoon dynasty in 1861 for the Baghdadi Jews. “He built it to ensure that the Baghdadi Jews have a prayer...

Washington – FTC Proposes Do Not Track Tool For Web Marketing

December 1, 2010 at 07:37 PM
Washington - Federal regulators are proposing to create a "Do Not Track" tool for the Internet so that consumers could prevent marketers from tracking their Web browsing habits and other behavior in order to target advertising. The proposal, inspired by the government's existing "Do Not Call" registry for telemarketers, is among the recommendations outlined in a privacy report released...

Shechem – Arabs Upset Over Chanukah Menorahs

December 1, 2010 at 06:41 PM
Shechem - The local Jewish leadership in Judea and Samaria has put up oversized Chanukah menorahs throughout the land of the Forefathers – and the local Arabs don't seem to like it. The "WAFA" Palestinian Authority News Agency reported Wednesday about a new large menorah put up at Tapuach Junction, near Shechem, on its Arabic-language website. “Witnesses said that the menorah was set by...

Riverhead, NY – Menorah Ceremony Cancelled; 400 Without Power

December 1, 2010 at 06:39 PM
Riverhead, NY - The continued pounding of Suffolk County by bands of heavy rains, with wind gusts of almost 40 mph, has forced the cancellation of tonight’s planned 6 p.m. menorah lighting ceremony in the riverfront park in downtown Riverhead. It’s also left almost 400 Riverhead residents without power, according to LIPA figures. “As you can see outside the window, it’s not a good...

Washington – Cantor Helfgot To Perform At White House Hanukkah Ceremony

December 1, 2010 at 05:17 PM
Washington - An 11-year-old Mequon girl is en route Wednesday to the White House, where she will read her award-winning essay on the meaning of Hanukkah as part of the annual menorah lighting ceremony. Liora Bushee, a fifth-grader at Hillel Academy in Whitefish Bay, penned the piece, titled "Light" - that's also the meaning of her name - as part of a national contest. The ceremony...

Midwood, NY – Moshe Berkowitz O”H Remembered as Devoted Teacher at Funeral

December 1, 2010 at 04:46 PM
Midwood, NY - A Brooklyn man was remembered as a devoted teacher who would tutor students for free if their families couldn't afford it, friends said. Moshe Berkowitz, 25, died Monday night after a boozed-up driver ran a red light and slammed into him on Ocean Ave. in Brooklyn, police said. Students at Yeshiva Birchas Shmuel, where he taught middle school English, bravely memorialized...

New York – WikiLeaks Site Kicked Off U.S. Servers After Congressional Inquery

December 1, 2010 at 03:26 PM
New York - WikiLeaks says Amazon.com kicked its website from its servers, forcing the site to move back to a Swedish provider. Sen. Joe Leiberman says the move by Amazon.com Inc. comes after congressional staffers called the company Tuesday to inquire about its relationship with WikiLeaks. The site, which just released a trove of sensitive U.S. State Department documents, took up residence...

New York – Verizon Wireless to Launch 4G Service on Sunday

December 1, 2010 at 03:19 PM
New York - Verizon Wireless says its new "4G" wireless broadband network will start accepting customers on Sunday in 38 cities. Initially, only laptop users will be able to take advantage of the higher data speeds offered by the network, compared with Verizon's 3G network. The speeds are somewhat higher than those offered by T-Mobile USA's and AT&T Inc. where their 3G networks have been...

Cleveland, OH – Millions of Men Grow Mustaches For Cancer Effort

December 1, 2010 at 02:59 PM
Cleveland, OH - The scraggly patch of blond hair on Zak MacDonald's upper lip is a source of mockery among his co-workers in this testosterone-laden office, where the art of growing a mustache has become a full-blown competition. Scanning the cubicles, there are several handlebars and respectably bushy mustaches. The most prominent even rival the collage of famous 'staches displayed on the...

New York – On Floor at NYC Council Greenfield Demands “Jaywalking Officer” Be Held Accountable Over Shabbos Gaffe

December 1, 2010 at 02:19 PM
New York - Councilman David G. Greenfield recounted the story Chanukah at yesterday’s Stated meeting of the New York City Council as he called for two New York City Police Officers to be held accountable for forcing Rabbi Shalom Emert to violate Shabbos, under threat of arrest, last Friday night. Greenfield, before a full meeting of the City Council, (watch below YouTube) detailed the...

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