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Washington – White House Drops Christian Dating for Jewish Proclamation

May 3, 2010 at 10:57 PM
Washington - The White House, in the midst of an intense charm offensive aimed at the Jewish and pro-Israel communities, has dropped an archaic phrase that has, in the past, rankled Jewish groups. The use of the proclamation boilerplate "in the year of our Lord" for a celebration of Jewish Heritage Month had struck a slightly off-key note for Jewish groups in Obama's last proclamation, as in...

Manhattan, NY – $12 A Cup Of Coffee Will Wake You Up

May 3, 2010 at 09:46 PM
Manhattan, NY - Café Grumpy, a local coffee shop chain here in New York, is raising eyebrows with its new menu item: an expensive Ethiopian coffee brewed by the cup. “If the caffeine doesn’t wake you up, the price certainly will.” The Manhattan location of Café Grumpy is selling the drink prepared from the handpicked Nekisse beans for $12 a cup. “There are flavors you would expect...

Nimes, France – Anti-Semites Tear Gas Elderly Man Going to Shul for Prayers

May 3, 2010 at 08:33 PM
Nimes, France - Three men sprayed tear gas on an elderly Jew outside a French synagogue, the second violent attack on Jews in the country in three days. The attackers of the elderly man left behind an anti-Semitic slogan, according to the London Telegraph. The attackers, still at-large, launched the attack as the man, described as being in his 80s, was waiting outside to attend daily prayer...

Albany, NY – Kevin Parker Apologizes For “White Supremacist” Senate Comments

May 3, 2010 at 07:48 PM
Albany, NY - Embattled state Sen. Kevin Parker this afternoon publicly apologized on the floor of the chamber for accusing his colleagues of racism -- but vowed to continue to speak out about racial issues. Parker acknowledged his accusation last week that most Republicans and some Democrats in the Senate are white supremacists “brought commotion and emotion” to the chamber that may...

Manhattan, NY – ‘Person of Interest’ Identified in the Times Square Bombing Attempt

May 3, 2010 at 06:47 PM
Manhattan, NY - Federal authorities are closing in on the man they say is a person of interest in the Times Square car bomb attempt this weekend, who is described as a naturalized American citizen who hails from Pakistan and just returned after spending five months there. There is growing evidence the bomber did not act alone and had ties to radical elements overseas, with one senior official...

Washington – U.S. Says It Has 5,113 Nuclear Warheads

May 3, 2010 at 06:26 PM
Washington - The United States has 5,113 nuclear warheads in its stockpile and "several thousand" more retired warheads awaiting the junkpile, the Pentagon said Monday in an unprecedented accounting of a secretive arsenal born in the Cold War and now shrinking rapidly. The Obama administration disclosed the size of its atomic stockpile going back to 1962 as part of a campaign to get other...

Jerusalem – Is Power Struggle Reason of Recent Shul Fires?

May 3, 2010 at 06:22 PM
Jerusalem - Three synagogues in Jerusalem were set on fire over the course of a week, prompting fears that a pyromaniac may be operating the capital. Police are working with Fire and Rescue Service officials in order to track down the arsonist or arsonists. The latest fire took place on Sunday. At around 2 am firefighters were called to the "Torat Moshe" synagogue on Shmuel Hanavi Street...

Manhattan, NY – Times Square Car Bomb SUV Bought on Craigslist

May 3, 2010 at 05:28 PM
Manhattan, NY - Investigators in the Times Square terror case say there is a man who spent time in the Shelton Connecticut area who they want to interview. Officials believe the man may have used Craigslist to purchase the Nissan Pathfinder used to construct a crude car bomb that failed to detonate at the Crossroads of the World on Saturday evening. Police do not believe he the man in the...

Brooklyn, NY – Dozens Of Elected Officials Attend Community Inauguration Ceremony For David Greenfield[photos-video]‏

May 3, 2010 at 04:22 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Over 500 people gathered at Franklin D. Roosevelt High School on 20th Avenue in Boro Park, Brooklyn on Sunday, May 2, 2010 to pay tribute to Councilman David G. Greenfield at an inauguration ceremony that marked the beginning of his tenure as a member of the New York City Council. Greenfield began his work as a city councilman 25 days ago, but because of sefirah, he waited until...

Ramapo, NY – Town to Appeal Tax Exemption for Tartikov Property

May 3, 2010 at 04:18 PM
Ramapo, NY - The Town Board voted today to appeal a state appellate panel decision giving tax-exempt status to a religious congregation looking to build a rabbinical college in Pomona. The town will ask the state Court of Appeals to hear the case. The issue is the Rabbinical College of Tartikov claims tax exempt status for operating a summer camp on 130 acres off routes 202 and...

Tarzana, CA – Catholic Hospital Hangs 270 Mezuzahs on Facility, A California First

May 3, 2010 at 03:41 PM
Tarzana, CA - When Providence Tarzana Medical Center looked to become the first San Fernando Valley hospital to hang mezuzahs in all patient areas, they turned to Chabad of the Valley for assistance. Hospital officials, administrators, doctors, nurses and area rabbis celebrated the placement of the first mezuzah, in the hospital auditorium, in mid-March. At the gathering, Rabbi Mordechai...

Manhattan, NY – Street Vendors Also Want Dinner With Bloomberg

May 3, 2010 at 03:31 PM
Manhattan, NY - Both Mayor Bloomberg and President Obama offered praise on Monday for the Times Square street vendors who helped identify a suspicious vehicle involved in Saturday’s failed car bomb attempt. As the AP reported, Mr. Obama personally called one of the vendors, while Mr. Bloomberg delivered his kudos at a speech in the South Bronx (although he appeared to botch the...

Jerusalem – Fatah Pays Respects to Deceased Neturei Karta rabbi

May 3, 2010 at 03:17 PM
Jerusalem - A delegation of senior Fatah leaders visited Jerusalem's ultra-Orthodox Mea Shearim neighborhood on Monday in order to send their condolences to the extreme haredi anti-Zionist group, Neturei Karta, which recently lost its leader, Rabbi Moshe Hirsch. Rabbi Hirsch was one of the most vociferous anti-Zionist leaders, and even nurtured a long-term relationship with Fatah, the PLO...

New York – NY Assemblyman Launches Campaign To Halt ‘presumed consent legislation’

May 3, 2010 at 03:07 PM
New York - Calling Assemblyman Richard Brodsky’s presumed consent legislation “tantamount to entrapment,” Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) today launched an opposition campaign to prevent the bill from moving forward in Albany. If passed, New York State would be the first state which presumes people wish to donate their organs unless they specifically opt-out. Presently, prospective...

Washington – White House: Officials Increasingly See International Plot in Times Square Bomb Attempt

May 3, 2010 at 02:45 PM
New York - The failed car bombing in Times Square increasingly appears to have been coordinated by several people in a plot with international links, Obama administration officials said Tuesday. The disclosure, while tentative, came as the White House intensified its focus on the Saturday incident in New York City, in which explosives inside a Nissan Pathfinder were set ablaze but failed to...

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