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New York – Leading Rabbis Reiterate: Anisakis Worm in Fish Forbidden

June 1, 2011 at 03:15 PM
New York - Like the Anisakis worm in fresh salmon, it is the kashrus issue that never died. Eighteen months ago, the debate raged in the Jewish community – may one consume fish that are infested with the Anisakis worm or must one first removing them from the flesh of the fish? Rabbi Dovid Feinstein, the leading halachic decisor in the United States, has come out strongly forbidding the...

New York – Tornado Watch for NYC, Surrounding Counties

June 1, 2011 at 03:03 PM
New York - The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for much of the East Coast, including Philadelphia, New York and Boston. The watch area stretches from Maine to Pennsylvania and is in effect until 8 p.m. A watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms. The Weather Service says thunderstorms with 70 mph wind gusts and dangerous lightning are...

Jerusalem – Arrests Made at Jerusalem March

June 1, 2011 at 02:53 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli police made a dozen arrests Wednesday as scuffles erupted between Arabs and Israelis who were marching across Jerusalem to mark the anniversary of Israel's capture of the eastern part of the city in the 1967 Mideast war. Thousands of Israelis marched through the city Wednesday waving flags and dancing for Jerusalem Day celebrations Wednesday. The procession went through...

New York, NY – City Is Faulted on Enforcement of Window Guards

June 1, 2011 at 02:04 PM
New York, NY - An audit by the New York City comptroller’s office has found deficiencies in the city’s window-guard enforcement program, which prevents children from falling through open windows. The report, by the office of Comptroller John C. Liu, used a sample of 632 window-guard violations out of the 37,148 that were examined by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development...

Afghanistan – In Kabul’s Only Synagogue, Merchants Open Up Shop

June 1, 2011 at 12:54 PM
Kabul, Afghanistan - A lattice of corrugated iron Star of Davids marks Afghanistan's only working synagogue, a white-washed, two-storey building tucked into a sidestreet in the centre of Kabul. Kebabs, carpets and flowers are served and sold on the ground floor of the synagogue, which has been transformed into businesses over the last 18 months by the country's sole remaining Jew, who lives...

Trenton, NJ – Syrian Rabbi Caught in Sting Spared Prison

June 1, 2011 at 11:39 AM
Trenton, NJ - The spiritual leader of the Syrian Jewish community in the United States was sentenced Wednesday to two years of unsupervised probation for using a charity he controlled to illegally funnel money to Israel. Dressed in a black suit and a traditional black hat, 89-year-old Rabbi Saul Kassin appeared frail and confused Tuesday, asking his lawyers to explain to him what was happening...

Berlin – European Food Outbreak Soars; Mystery Deepens

June 1, 2011 at 11:30 AM
Berlin - The number of people hit by a massive European outbreak of foodborne bacterial infections is a third bigger than previously known and a stunningly high number of patients suffer from a potentially deadly complication than can shut down their kidneys, officials said Wednesday. Medical authorities appeared no closer to discovering either the source of the infection or the mystery at the...

Montreal – Parents Challenge No-Religion Rule for Daycares

June 1, 2011 at 11:19 AM
Montreal - Quebec’s effort to oust God from daycare is facing a court challenge from a group of parents. A coalition of mostly Catholic and Jewish parents has filed an injunction to suspend the no-religion rules, which are to come into effect in the province’s 1,400 publicly financed daycares starting Wednesday. “This was something that was well thought-out,” Ms. James said in an...

Beersheva – Court: Railway Passenger Awarded $145 for Overcrowding During Succot Holiday

June 1, 2011 at 10:20 AM
Beersheva - A small claims court in Beersheva ruled this week that Israel Railways will compensate a passenger for mental anguish in the amount of NIS 500, for overcrowding and unreasonable conditions during a journey. The suit was filed by a passenger who claims that his trip on the train during the Succot holiday was extremely crowded. He claims that passengers sat in the aisles, on the...

New York, NY – City Going After Vehicle Registrations For Deadbeats Who Refuse To Pay Their Parking Tickets

June 1, 2011 at 09:15 AM
New York, NY - When deadbeats refuse to pay their parking tickets, towing and booting aren't enough, city officials say. Now they're going after vehicle registrations. "When you don't pay, we're going to come after you as hard as we possibly can," said Finance Commissioner David Frankel. "We've started looking at every way that we have to collect money from people who are putting the screws...

New York, NY – NYPD Stop-&-Frisk Activity on the Rise

June 1, 2011 at 09:12 AM
New York, NY - Police reported a record number of stop-and-frisk encounters for the first quarter of the year - and civil liberties groups are fuming over the spike. Cops stopped and questioned 183,326 people in the city between January and March, about 22% more than the 149,753 stops recorded over the corresponding period last year. "Stopping and frisking hundreds of thousands of innocent...

Washington – Jewish Republican Group Makes Robocalls Against Obama

June 1, 2011 at 08:11 AM
Washington - A Jewish Republican group has moved fast to take advantage of concerns in the Jewish community about President Barack Obama’s Israel policy, with robocalls to Jews that accuse the president of promoting “physically indefensible” borders that would leave Israel is a “vulnerable and dangerous position.” The Republican Jewish Coalition, which seeks to increase Jewish...

Bolivia – Gov. Expels Iran Minister Accused of Planning Argentina Jewish Center Bombing

June 1, 2011 at 08:02 AM
Bolivia - Iran's defense minister, whose extradition is sought by neighboring Argentina for the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center, briefly visited Bolivia on Tuesday, raising tensions between the countries. Gen. Ahmad Vahidi is wanted by Buenos Aires as an alleged mastermind of the bombing, which killed 85 people. Interpol issued a red notice for Vahidi in 2007, notifying members that Argentina...

Bowling Green, VA – US Shuts Down NYC SkyExpress Buses After Fatal Crash

June 1, 2011 at 07:57 AM
Bowling Green, VA - Federal regulators have shut down East Coast bus service SkyExpress after a crash in Virginia that killed four people and sent more than 50 others to hospitals. The U.S. Department of Transportation said it is prohibiting North Carolina-based SkyExpress from operating interstate transportation. It said in a statement Tuesday the bus company violated multiple federal safety...

Egg Harbor Township, NJ – Vandals Damage 15 Headstones in Jewish Cemetery

June 1, 2011 at 07:46 AM
Egg Harbor Township, NJ - Police are looking for vandals who toppled about 15 gravestones at a Jewish cemetery in south Jersey. The vandalism at Rodef Sholom Cemetery in Egg Harbor Township happened just before the Memorial Day holiday weekend. Groundskeeper Dennis Kraus told The Press of Atlantic City he doesn't believe it was a hate crime. He believes the damage was done by people who...

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