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Camp Leatherneck – U.S. Marines Launch Major Offensive in Afghanistan

February 12, 2010 at 05:01 PM
Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan - Thousands of U.S. Marines and Afghan soldiers traveling in helicopters and mine-resistant vehicles began punching into a key Taliban stronghold in southern Afghanistan early Saturday, as one of the largest operations to assert government control over this country got underway. The first wave of Marines and Afghan soldiers swooped into the farming community of...

Deerfield Beach, FL – Man Broke Into Synagogue Dressed Up in the Rabbi’s Clothes and Stole Booze

February 12, 2010 at 03:56 PM
Deerfield Beach, FL - Police are searching for a man who broke into a Deerfield Beach synagogue, wandered around inside for two hours, ransacked offices, stacked computers and silverware to steal and tried on the rabbi’s clothes -- finally leaving with a couple of bottles of booze. Detectives are hoping someone recognizes the gangly, shirtless burglar whose protracted escapade was captured...

Borough Park, NY – Noted Masbia Volunteer Passes Away

February 12, 2010 at 03:11 PM
Borough Park, NY - Mrs. Feige Francis, a”h, a Brooklyn speech therapist who volunteered at the Masbia soup kitchen one day a week, was niftar on Tuesday after a short illness. She was approximately 54. Rabbi Chaim Yosef Steinberger, the mashgiach at Masbia, told Hamodia that Mrs. Francis lit up the place every Thursday as she would come to help serve Masbia’s patrons. “As with everything...

Plainfield, IN – Islamic Scholars Issue Fatwa Forbidding Muslim-Americans From Using full-body Airport Scanners

February 12, 2010 at 02:52 PM
Plainfield, IN - A body of North American Islamic scholars has issued a fatwa, or religious decree, forbidding Muslims from passing through the devices. "It is a violation of clear Islamic teachings that men or women be seen naked by other men and women," the ruling, issued by The Fiqh Council of North America, states. "Islam highly emphasizes haya (modesty) and considers it part of...

Sullivan County, NY – Monticello Mayor Says He Won’t Resign Despite Charges

February 12, 2010 at 01:37 PM
Sullivan County, NY - Monticello Mayor Gordon Jenkins on Friday said he would not resign his position and vowed to fight a felony charge that he sold counterfeit merchandise from his store on Broadway. He called the charges trumped up. “I am not going anywhere,” Jenkins said. “I am not going to resign. I am going to fight for the people in the village and be honest.” On Thursday...

Brooklyn, NY – Lander Maps Stalled Development Sites

February 12, 2010 at 01:21 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The borough’s real-estate bust is now a booming Web site. Councilman Brad Lander (D-Park Slope) unveiled a searchable online database called stalleddevelopment.com to show off all the vacant, stalled or abandoned development sites in his district, which sprawls from Borough Park to Cobble Hill. Lander said that he and other staffers traversed the district and photographed...

New York, NY – Clinton’s Stent and the Truth About Heart Disease

February 12, 2010 at 12:55 PM
New York, NY - Celebrities and their maladies are a boon to public health. They put a well-known face to a medical condition and they give doctors (and medical reporters) an excuse to spotlight a disease and educate the public. Today, it’s Bill Clinton and his heart. Experts aren’t overly concerned about the former president’s condition. Stents—mesh scaffolds used to prop open clogged...

New York- Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky: “It is an Aveira to Get Drunk on Purim”

February 12, 2010 at 11:52 AM
New York - This was a direct quote from Yeshiva of Philadelphia Rosh HaYeshiva Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky Shlit’a who took precious time from his busy schedule and shared his da’as Torah with listeners on Thursday night during the Project YES conference call titled, “Purim Parenting: Keeping Our Children Safe and Sober,” Rabbi Yakov Horowitz asked the Rosh Yeshiva to address this matter...

Cleveland, OH – The iGragger For Purim

February 12, 2010 at 11:42 AM
Cleveland, OH - Purim should be festive and fun, say entrepreneurs Stuart Rubin and Brad Kleinman. In that spirit, these two “nice Jewish boys” from Cleveland plan to celebrate their peoples’ salvation from the evil Haman with “Grogger Factory,” a “synagogue friendly” application the pair launched last month for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch. The mobile app, which can be...

Yerevan, Armenia – Country Expands Kosher Product Line

February 12, 2010 at 11:36 AM
Yerevan, Armenia – In the small former Soviet republic of Armenia, now an independent country, the Jewish community numbers only a few hundred people. Nevertheless, local Jews enjoy a rich selection of various kosher food and food related products, which are not only for local consumption, but also intended for export to outside markets. Armenia began to export kosher products in 2003 when...

Frankfurt – Jewish Literature and Artifacts to Be Available Online

February 12, 2010 at 11:26 AM
Frankfurt - Thousands of Jewish books and cultural objects are to be placed online after a European project received 1.5 million euros (2 million dollars) of EU funding, Frankfurt's Goethe University announced on Friday. The initiative, led by the London-based European Association for Jewish Culture, will be coordinated by Frankfurt's university library which holds one of the largest European...

New York City – Shoveling Sidewalks Not Just Messy, It’s The Law

February 12, 2010 at 10:53 AM
New York City - Shoveling the sidewalk after a storm, isn't just messy, it's the law. And if you don't do it, you could be fined. In Brooklyn Heights, residents knew the clock was ticking. Clear the sidewalks of snow and ice or face a fine of up to $100. The actual deadline was 11 a.m. So Bill Birenbaum, who owns a beautiful brownstone on Willow Street had a friend clear his steps and...

New York, NY – David Yassky May Head City Taxi Agency

February 12, 2010 at 10:52 AM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is seriously considering the appointment of former City Councilman David Yassky as the next head of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, according to people told of the plans. Mr. Yassky, the former head of the Council’s Transportation Committee and a political ally of the Bloomberg administration, would replace Matthew W. Daus. Best known for...

Brooklyn, NY – ‘Am Israeli Chai’ Keffiyehs Set to Create Next Culture Conflict

February 12, 2010 at 10:48 AM
Brooklyn, NY - First it was the hummus war. Then it was the tabouleh war. Now get ready for the keffiyeh war. A self-described “Jewish music label and promotion company” in the United States has begun marketing a version of the traditional Arab headdress complete with blue embroidered stars of David, the symbol of the state of Israel. Shemspeed, based in Brooklyn, New York, began...

Great Neck, NY – Orthodox Shul To Be Erected at Old Gas Station Site

February 12, 2010 at 10:38 AM
Great Neck, NY - In the Village of Great Neck, an old eyesore will be cleaned up as a small synagogue moves from a rented storefront across Piccadilly Road, south, to 429 Middle Neck Road. Rabbi Joseph Alon, on behalf of Kol Israel Achim Inc., petitioned the village’s Board of Appeals for a conditional use permit to allow the small congregation to clean up the old Piccadilly Gas Station site...

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