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Miami Beach, FL – Rabbi and Family Receive Home from Anonymous Donor

May 26, 2010 at 10:48 PM
Miami Beach, FL - A rabbi and his family received a generous gift after their home was destroyed by flames. On Tuesday, a fire charred the home of Rabbi Rafi Rosenberg's, near 20th Court and 18th Avenue. The blaze reportedly began because of a candle, (as was reported earlier today here on VIN News). Most of the family was inside the home at the time of the fire. An anonymous donor offered...

Jerusalem – Officials say Israel will stop flotilla for Gaza

May 26, 2010 at 10:11 PM
Jerusaelm - Israel's navy will stop a flotilla heading for Gaza with 10,000 tons of supplies and pro-Palestinian activists intent on breaking a three-year blockade of Gaza, officials said Wednesday, in the first definitive Israeli pledge to stop the boats. The officials said if the flotilla of eight ships does not turn back, the boats will be hauled to an Israeli port, the activists sent back...

Bethesda, MD – Orthodox Jews Emphasis On Food Not Always Kosher

May 26, 2010 at 09:17 PM
Bethesda, MD - Eating disorders and religion? Bulimia, anorexia and other such maladies are growing among Orthodox Jews, according to a recent "Food, Body Image and Eating Disorders in the Jewish Community" workshop I attended in Bethesda, Md. The Jewish culture is centered on food. Matzo ball soup, hamentaschen, gefilte fish, latkes, challah, you name it. Passover is built around a meal, as...

Washington – New Legislation Will Require ID for Pre-Paid Cellphones

May 26, 2010 at 08:41 PM
Washington - Pre-paid cellphones are a favorite of drug dealers, crooks, and even terrorists, and New York Sen. Charles Schumer said it’s time to make it harder for such suspects to hide behind a cheap piece of modern technology. Citing the Times Square attempted bombing, in which the suspect allegedly used a pre-paid phone in the weeks before the incident, Schumer is pushing legislation...

Israel – New Marriage License Guidelines Issued to All City Rabbis

May 26, 2010 at 07:45 PM
Israel - New directives issued by the Chief Rabbinate demand that marriage registrars send any person whose parents’ wedding was not performed by a rabbinate-recognized body to a full-fledged “inquiry into their Judaism” at a rabbinical court. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis, including many immigrants – from Western countries as well as from the former Soviet Union – fall into that...

Dimona, Israel – Swastikas Sprayed On Holocaust Survivors’ Monument

May 26, 2010 at 06:58 PM
Dimona, Israel - Municipality workers today were shocked to discover dozens of swastikas sprayed on a monument for late Member of Knesset Yuri Stern and Dimona residents who fought in the Red Army against the Nazis during World War II. Some of the Nazi symbols were also sprayed on the municipality building. Police opened an investigation and said they expects to make arrests soon. Municipal...

Brooklyn, NY – Chase Bank Teller Conned $800,000 from Customers

May 26, 2010 at 06:13 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A brazen teller at a Chase bank in Brooklyn used her job to recruit victims for a phony investment scheme -- telling customers they'd get a better return by giving their money to her than anything her bank could offer, prosecutors said today. Sezzie Goodluck, 33, of Rockaway Parkway, was one of three defendants charged in Manhattan with operating "GTF Enterprises," an allegedly...

New York – Preserving The Legacy: A Guide to ‘kivrei tzadikim’ In North America

May 26, 2010 at 05:22 PM
New York - Countless people travel to Eastern Europe and Eretz Yisroel to visit the kevarim of various tzadikim, yet most are not aware just how many illustrious rabbonim are buried much closer to home. Thirty three year old Baruch Amsel of Kew Gardens Hills founded Kevarim of Tzadikim of North America approximately three years ago when he was shocked to find out that the Chofetz Chaim’s...

Detroit, MI – Jewish University Suing GM for Unauthorized Use of Einstein’s Image

May 26, 2010 at 05:17 PM
Detroit, MI - A Jewish university that owns Albert Einstein's publicity rights is suing General Motors Co. for the unauthorized use of the dead physicist's image in an ad for its GMC Terrain. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem sued GM in U.S. District Court in California on May 19 for more than $75,000, accusing the automaker of fraudulently using Einstein's image. Einstein willed his...

Israel – Charedim Protesters: We’ll Fill Up Prisons

May 26, 2010 at 05:07 PM
Israel - After two days of calm – riots resume in the capital. Hundreds of haredim from Jerusalem's Mea Shearim neighborhood on Wednesday clashed with police and blocked roads, while chanting "We'll fill up prisons." The protesters blocked Shivtei Israel Street and attempted to block another road, but were pushed back by the police. Protestors also hurled stones at police officers and set...

Oklahoma, MI – Jewish Man Cremated Without Family’s Permission

May 26, 2010 at 04:41 PM
Oklahoma, MI - A grieving Oklahoma mother says she and her family have endured something no one should have to go through. For two years she had no idea where her son was. Then, she found out he had died while in jail. What happened to his body after death has her in tears and speaking out. September 20th, 2007 is the day Amber Bernstein's son, Anthony, passed away. But she never knew it until...

New York – Terror-Fighting Fireboat Helps Open NY Fleet Week

May 26, 2010 at 04:03 PM
New York - Battleship gray contrasted with brilliant blue skies as a dozen military vessels sailed up the Hudson River on Wednesday to open Fleet Week, with thousands of spectators watching from shore, roof decks and small boats. To complete the maritime spectacular, two military jet flyovers coincided with the morning "Parade of Ships" — a formation of Naval F-18 Hornets over the majestic...

New York – NYC Bus Ads Asking ‘Leaving Islam?’ Cause a Stir

May 26, 2010 at 03:52 PM
New York - The questions on the ads aren't subtle: Leaving Islam? Fatwa on your head? Is your family threatening you? Ads carrying those phrases are appearing on at least 30 New York City buses, paid for by a conservative activist and the organizations she leads. The activist, Pamela Geller, says the ads are aimed at Muslims who are already contemplating leaving the faith. The...

Philadelphia, PA – Sleeping Woman Left On Plane in Philly For 4 hours

May 26, 2010 at 03:33 PM
Philadelphia, PA - Airline officials are trying to figure out how a sleeping passenger was left aboard a flight for four hours after it landed in Philadelphia. According to police and the Transportation Security Administration, the passenger didn't wake up when her United Express flight from Dulles airport outside Washington landed shortly after midnight Tuesday. At about 4 a.m., a cleaning...

Gulf Of Mexico – BP Begins Novel Effort To Try To Stop Gulf Oil

May 26, 2010 at 02:40 PM
Gulf of Mexico - BP on Wednesday launched its latest bid to plug the gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico by force-feeding it heavy drilling mud and cement. The oil giant's chief executive earlier gave the procedure a 60 to 70 percent chance of working, and President Barack Obama cautioned Wednesday there were "no guarantees." BP spokesman Steve Rinehart said the procedure known as a top...

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