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New York – NY Shul Plot Trial Delayed Over Classified Info

June 14, 2010 at 02:35 PM
New York - A federal judge has delayed the trial of four men accused of plotting to bomb New York synagogues because the prosecution says it needs more time to comply with a ruling favorable to the defense. The government says the ruling means it has to go through classified material to see what it must turn over to the defense. Jury selection was supposed to start Monday. The request for a...

Jerusalem – Tempers Flare As Rav Sternbuch Participates in Protest Against Excavation [video]

June 14, 2010 at 02:19 PM
Jerusalem - Some 200 ultra-Orthodox men rioted on Jaffa's Andromeda Hill on Monday afternoon in protest of excavation works taking place in an area where they say Jewish graves are located. The clashes began last month and have been taking place almost every day. Massive police forces were dispatched to the area to stop the protestors from disrupting the work at the site. Following the...

Geneva, Switzerland – Fidel Castro: Israel to Palestinians Like Nazis to Jews

June 14, 2010 at 01:33 PM
Geneva, Switzerland - Israel denounced comments on Monday by former Cuban president Fidel Castro, who compared the Israeli treatment of Palestinians to the Nazi extermination of Jews, an example of heated rhetoric at a U.N. body's debate. Castro's remarks were issued by Cuba's diplomatic mission in Geneva amid debate in the 47-nation United Nations Human Rights Council on Israeli action in the...

Brooklyn, NY – Several Hundred Attend Chesed Shel Emes 25th Anniversary Dinner [video]

June 14, 2010 at 12:51 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Chesed Shel Emes, the Brooklyn based organization that attends to the needs of any member of the Jewish community, from the time of their death through burial, held a dinner this past Thursday night, June 10th , at the Renaissance Hall in Borough Park to express appreciation to the many dedicated volunteers, government officials and community members who assist them. With close to...

Washington – Congressman Under Fire Apologizes For Behavior In Confrontation With Student On Street [video]

June 14, 2010 at 11:53 AM
Washington - A North Carolina congressman is under fire after a video surfaced Monday showing him in a physical confrontation with a young man on a street in Washington. Rep. Bob Etheridge, a Democrat, is seen in the amateur video grabbing the wrist and neck of the unidentified man after he approached him and asked if he supported the "Obama agenda." The video, posted to YouTube, shows the...

Berlin – German-Jewish Gaza Aid Boat Says They Are ‘inundated With Requests’ to Travel

June 14, 2010 at 11:36 AM
Berlin - An association of German Jews planning to send a boat with humanitarian aid to break the Gaza blockade is searching for a second vessel, given the high number of requests to travel with the group, the German Press Agency dpa learned on Monday. The group, Jewish Voices for a Just Peace, had originally planned to send one small vessel from an unnamed Mediterranean port in mid- July...

Bishkek – Kyrgyzstan Violence Rages; 200 Allegedly Killed

June 14, 2010 at 11:06 AM
Bishkek - Some 100,000 minority Uzbeks fleeing a purge by mobs of Kygryz massed at the border Monday, an Uzbek leader said, as the deadliest ethnic violence to hit this Central Asian nation in decades left entire blocks of a major city burned to the ground. As the southern city of Osh smoldered for a fourth day Monday, the official death toll of 117 killed and 1,500 injured from the clashes...

New York, NY – Indictment Expected Over Bloomberg Campaign Funds

June 14, 2010 at 11:02 AM
New York, NY - A top campaign operative for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg is expected to be indicted on Monday by the Manhattan district attorney’s office in connection with charges that he stole $1 million in campaign funds, according to people familiar with the case. The operative, John F. Haggerty Jr., 41, is expected to be charged with two counts of grand larceny and money laundering...

New York – 16th Annual Memorial of Lubavitcher Rebbe to be Marked

June 14, 2010 at 10:17 AM
New York - The 16th "yahrtzeit" of the last Lubavitcher Rebbe will be marked around the globe Monday evening. The Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, passed away on the 3rd day of Tammuz, 5754 (June 12, 1994), in New York City, more than two years after suffering a stroke that robbed him of the ability to speak or move his right side. He is considered to have been among the most...

Raleigh, NC – Museum Presents Exhibit on Jewish Life in North Carolina

June 14, 2010 at 09:58 AM
Museum presents exhibit on Jewish life in NC Raleigh, NC - The North Carolina Museum of History is hosting an exhibit on 400 years of Jewish life in the state. "Down Home: Jewish Life in North Carolina," on view beginning Monday, chronicles how Jews blended their traditions into Southern culture while at the same time maintaining their religion. ___ If You Go... DOWN HOME: Exhibit...

Israel – Animated Talmud: Bringing Gemara To Life

June 14, 2010 at 09:35 AM
Israel - Learning Gemara as a boy, Benny Goldstein wished he could see the characters come alive, arguing with each other while trying to prove their point. Now a father of three young boys, the thirty three year old Goldstein, who lives in Israel in the city of Modiin, has finally made his dream come true with the introduction of Animated Talmud, also known as Gemara Chai. Goldstein, who...

New York – Health Care Will Likely Cost More by Next Year

June 14, 2010 at 09:12 AM
New York - Companies that offer employee health insurance expect another steep jump in medical costs next year, and more will ask workers to share a bigger chunk of the expense, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers report. For the first time, most of the American workforce is expected to have health insurance deductibles of $400 or more, the consulting firm said in a...

Tarnow, Poland – Train Retraces Auschwitz Death Route

June 14, 2010 at 08:53 AM
Tarnow, Poland - Exactly 70 years after German troops packed hundreds of Poles into cattle cars, survivors and relatives have retraced the route of the first rail convoy to Auschwitz. A special memorial train set off on Monday morning from the southern Polish town of Tarnow, retracing the original 140km route to Oswiecim, site of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp. Before embarking...

New York, NY – Arabic Class Becomes a Popular Choice

June 14, 2010 at 08:52 AM
New York, NY - Luke Smith-Stevens was 9 when he heard a roar and looked up to see one of the two planes that would hit the twin towers flying directly over his classroom's skylight. In the subsequent months, he tried to make sense of the conversations he overheard and half-understood, the ubiquitous feelings of rage. "If you tell your average 9-year-old that all people from this part of the...

Tehran – Iranian Aid Ships Head For Gaza

June 14, 2010 at 08:18 AM
Tehran - Iran is sending aid ships to blockaded Gaza, state radio said on Monday -- a move likely to be considered provocative by Israel which accuses Tehran of arming the Palestinian enclave's Islamist rulers, Hamas. One ship left port on Sunday and another will depart by Friday, loaded with food, construction material and toys, the report said. The boats would be part of international...

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