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New York, NY – Homeland Security Calling for Faith Based Groups to Fight Terrorist Threats

February 3, 2010 at 11:45 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg attended today a Homeland Security Advisory Council meeting in Midtown. The council is made up of leaders from state and local governments, first responder communities, the private sector, and academia. Bloomberg said the federal government needs to come up with funds for a radiological detection system in New York. He said the most serious threat New...

Paris, France – Anti-Semitic Acts Soar 75 Percent

February 3, 2010 at 10:21 PM
Paris, France - The Jewish Community Protection Service tallied 832 anti-Semitic acts in 2009, up from 474 a year earlier. Most involved graffiti and threatening gestures; about 17 percent involved vandalism and violence. The group said Wednesday that 354 took place in January 2009 alone, when Israel ended a three-week offensive against Palestinian militant group Hamas in response to rocket...

Russia – First Sobibor Survivor to Remember Demjanjuk As Guard at Nazi Death Camp

February 3, 2010 at 08:34 PM
Ryazan, Russia - A Russian survivor of the Sobibor Nazi death camp says he can identify accused guard John Demjanjuk, Czech Radio reported today, offering potentially crucial evidence for the former soldier’s trial. Demjanjuk, who fought in the Russian Red Army before being captured and recruited as a Nazi camp guard, is on trial in Munich, accused of participating in the killing of 27,900...

New Square, NY – Police Charge Man In Crash That Critically Injured Boy

February 3, 2010 at 07:27 PM
New Square, NY - A 35-year old man who police said struck and critically injured a 4-year-old boy as he crossed the street with his mother last week [reported by VIN News] was charged today with assault and reckless endangerment. The man who resides in New Square turned himself in to Ramapo police. He was scheduled to be arraigned today. He is facing a felony assault charge as well as...

Newark, NJ – Dwek Breaks Down In Court: I Have No Family, No Friends, No Community

February 3, 2010 at 07:17 PM
Newark, NJ - Government informant Solomon Dwek choked up while testifying in the Leona Beldini corruption trial this afternoon and was asked whether he has any friends outside of FBI agents. The emotional moments in the Newark courtroom for the man who has admitted swindling his friends, family, Jewish community and banks came after defense attorney Brian Neary played a portion of videotape...

Portland, ME – Disturbing Graffiti Found At Mount Sinai Cemetery

February 3, 2010 at 06:32 PM
Portland, ME - Portland police are investigating some disturbing graffiti found at the Mount Sinai Cemetery in Portland. A caretaker found several swastikas painted on four tombstones. The Jewish community alliance of southern Maine is speaking out against the act -- calling it a universal symbol of hate and intolerance. If you have any information about the vandalism, you're asked to...

Russia – Moscow Seniors Prepared Five Tons of Fruit Salad for Tu B’shevat

February 3, 2010 at 05:34 PM
Russia - Jewish senior citizens at the Shaarei Tzedek center in Moscow enjoyed a large vat of fruit salad in honor of the holiday of Tu B’Shevat, a day popularly known as the New Year for trees and celebrated with the eating of fruit. Some 150 elderly volunteers chopped up an estimated five tons of produce at the event, which was attended by Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar, a...

Washington – Rahm Emanuel Meets With Advocates For Disabled In Wake of ‘Retarded’ Comment

February 3, 2010 at 05:20 PM
Washington - Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama's chief of staff, was meeting privately with the head of the Special Olympics after issuing an apology to the group last week for using the term "retarded." Administration spokesman Bill Burton declined to go into details on the meeting between Emanuel and Tim Shriver, chief executive of the Special Olympics, based in Washington. Emanuel...

Cedar Rapids, IA – Psychiatrist to Evaluate Former Agriprocessors Manager in Jail

February 3, 2010 at 04:38 PM
Cedar Rapids, IA - A federal judge will allow convicted former Agriprocessors vice president to be evaluated by a Maryland psychiatrist in the Linn County Jail on Thursday. U.S. District Chief Judge Linda Reade signed the order today to determine whether there are any psychological matters that could be an issue at sentencing for Sholom Rubashkin. Rubashkin, 51, of Postville, was convicted...

Jerusalem – NYPD Commissioner In Israel Visits Western Wall

February 3, 2010 at 04:34 PM
Jerusalem - New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly visited the Kotel this afternoon (Wednesday) accompanied by Knesset Member Shaul Mofaz and Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. They were received at the Kosel by HaRav Shmuel Rabinovitz, the chief rabbi of the Western Wall and holy sites. Kelly toured the...

Monsey, NY – Tropper Resigns Position at Yeshiva Kol Yaakov

February 3, 2010 at 04:10 PM
Monsey, NY - Late this morning Leib Tropper, the head of Yeshiva Kol Yaakov in Monsey resigned his position as Rosh Yeshiva of the institution. The new incoming Rosh Yeshiva is Rabbi Dovid Stefansky Shlita, a maggid shiur in the Yeshiva. Kol Yaakov is staffed by fine Talmidei Chachomim among whom are some quite distinguished Torah scholars. Tropper indicated that he was resigning so that the...

Brooklyn, NY – No Lachman In 44th Council Race

February 3, 2010 at 04:04 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Former Sen. Seymour Lachman has decided not to join the fray in the 44th Council District, informing me during a brief interview this afternoon that he is deferring to the wishes of his wife and steering clear of a return to public life - for now. Lachman, who floated his name just three weeks ago, read me the text of an e-mail he will be sending out tomorrow morning that...

Jerusalem – Woman’s Body Snatched to Prevent Autopsy Returned to Police

February 3, 2010 at 03:53 PM
Jerusalem - Police on this evening searched for a group of ultra-Orthodox men who snatched the body of a woman found in an abandoned building in the capital's Mea Shearim neighborhood, most likely due to their objection to an autopsy. At around 7:30 pm, the police and Magen David Adom emergency services received a report about a woman in her 20s found in an abandoned building in the haredi...

Manhattan, NY – Muslim Chaplain Arrested for Smuggling Box Cutters Into The ‘Tombs’

February 3, 2010 at 03:42 PM
Manhattan, NY - A Muslim chaplain for the city Department of Correction was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle in three box-cutters to a lower Manhattan jail. The imam, Imam Zul-Qarnain Shahid, has worked as a DOC jail chaplain for three years, according to department sources. Several sources said Shahid was caught this morning attempting to bring three box-cutters into the jail known...

Manhattan, NY – ‘Terror Mom’ Found Guilty of Attempted Murder of US Serviceman

February 3, 2010 at 03:08 PM
Manhattan, NY - An MIT-trained Pakistani woman was convicted this afternoon of trying to kill Americans while detained in Afghanistan in 2008. Aafia Siddiqui, 37, who has demanded that no Jews be allowed to take part in her trial and asked for the jury at her trial to be genetically tested to prove they are not Jewish, was found guilty by a jury in Manhattan federal court even after she...

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