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Merrick, NY – Record-Breaking of 700 Menorah Lighting on Long Island

December 21, 2011 at 11:47 PM
Merrick, NY - There was a record-breaking gathering on Long Island Wednesday night to make the festival of lights the brightest ever. About 700 people gathered at the Merrick Jewish Centre for the second night of Hanukkah to break the world record for the most menorahs lit simultaneously. The previous world record was set in 2009 when 358 people lit menorahs at the same time at a Moscow...

Israel – Ambassador Flies against ‘Not on Shabbat’ Rule

December 21, 2011 at 11:08 PM
Israel - The Israeli ambassador to Ethiopia violated standard operating procedures and flew to Israel on the Sabbath last week. Arutz Sheva discovered the violation of the Sabbath, when traveling is generally prohibited, and asked the Foreign Ministry for an explanation. It said that the ministry “bought a ticket for the ambassador for Saturday night (after the Sabbath ends), and the...

Washington – New FAA Rules to Help End Pilots Flying While Sleepy

December 21, 2011 at 10:18 PM
Washington - The government told passenger airlines Wednesday they'll have to do more to ensure pilots aren't too tired to fly, nearly three years after the deadly western New York crash of a regional airliner flown by two exhausted pilots. The Federal Aviation Administration's update of airline pilot work rules, some of which dated to the 1960s, reflects a better understanding of the need for...

Lebanon, PA – Wal-Mart Pulls Enfamil Formula After Baby’s Death

December 21, 2011 at 09:46 PM
Lebanon, PA - Wal-Mart says it has pulled a batch of powdered infant formula from stores nationwide after a newborn Missouri boy became gravely ill with a suspected infection and died after being taken off life support. Wal-Mart spokeswoman Dianna Gee said Wednesday the move is cautionary as health officials investigate Sunday's death of 10-day-old Avery Cornett of Lebanon, Mo. No...

Allentown, PA – Authorities: Homicide Victim Identified As Missing Brooklyn Jewish Man

December 21, 2011 at 08:42 PM
Allentown, PA - Authorities have identified the burned body of a New York man found shot to death along a rural eastern Pennsylvania road last month.Lehigh County officials said the body found Nov. 1 in South Whitehall Township was that of 30-year-old Joshua Rubin of Brooklyn, N.Y. A family member had reported him missing the night before.Coroner Scott Grim said Wednesday that Rubin was...

Hollywood, FL – Judge Slashes Fine Against Jewish Family for Keeping Chickens

December 21, 2011 at 07:21 PM
Hollywood, FL - A more than $200,000 fine against a family for keeping a gaggle of backyard hens has been reduced to $100, upon order of a Broward judge. The fight between the city and an orthodox Jewish family over the chickens in the upscale Emerald Hills neighborhood has been ongoing for more than two years. The 12-member Kohn family says its 17 chickens were legal "small domestic"...

Boro Park, NY – Judge Tosses ‘Flying Rabbi’ Lawsuit over Jimmy Kimmel Sketch

December 21, 2011 at 06:10 PM
Borough Park, NY - A New York court has dismissed a lawsuit by a Brooklyn man dubbed the "Flying Rabbi" against ABC Inc and Jimmy Kimmel Live over the late-night talk show's use of the man's image in a parody sketch involving basketball star LeBron James. At a taping for his show on August 10, 2010, Kimmel told the studio audience that James had met with Rabbi Yishayahu Yosef Pinto to seek...

Borough Park, NY – Wheelchair-Bound Boy Thanks Bay Ridge Toyota “hero” John Giuffre For New Van

December 21, 2011 at 03:30 PM
Borough Park, NY - At a private meeting today, 12-year-old Alter Pinter and his father, Sruly Pinter, finally got the chance to personally thank Mr. John Giuffre vice president of the Bay Ridge Automotive Management Corporation in Brooklyn, for giving them a 2012 Toyota Sienna Mobility Edition van absolutely free. Because of Mr. Giuffre’s tremendous modesty, he declined to participate in...

New York – Microsoft Says 2012 CES Tech Show Will Be Its Last

December 21, 2011 at 02:30 PM
New York - Microsoft Corp. is pulling out of the International Consumer Electronics Show, the largest trade show in the Americas. It's joining Apple in saying that it prefers to put on its own events when the time is right to show off its products. Microsoft said the next show, to be held Jan. 9-12 in Las Vegas, will be the last show at which it has a booth or the CEO delivers the customary...

United Nations – UN Extends Force Along Israeli-Syrian Border

December 21, 2011 at 01:59 PM
United Nations - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously Wednesday to extend the U.N. peacekeeping force along the Israeli-Syrian border, warning that events in the region could impact its operations. The 15-member council renewed the mandate of the more than 1,000-strong force for six months until June 30. The U.N. Disengagement Observer Force, known as UNDOF, was established in 1974...

Borough Park, NY – Hikind: Levi Aron’s Lawyer A Self-Hating Jew For Suggesting Inbreeding In Chasidic Community

December 21, 2011 at 01:09 PM
Borough Park, NY -An attorney for accused child killer Levi Aron continued to push for an insanity defense Wednesday, describing his client as a diagnosed schizophrenic who suffered a head injury in his youth. Lawyer Howard Greenberg went as far as to claim that inbreeding in the Hasidic enclave of Borough Park, Brooklyn — where the alleged murderer and his 8-year-old victim were from —...

Jerusalem – Israel Furious With Abbas For Meeting Woman Who Aided 2001 Murder Of Israeli

December 21, 2011 at 12:25 PM
Jerusalem - Israel is furious at Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for meeting with a Palestinian woman who lured an Israeli teen to the West Bank in 2001, where he was murdered by Palestinians. Abbas met Amna Muna in Turkey on Wednesday. She was banished there along with 10 other former prisoners released as part of a deal that freed an Israeli soldier held captive by the militant Hamas...

Washington – 34 Congress Members Call For NYPD-CIA Probe

December 21, 2011 at 12:11 PM
Washington - More than two dozen members of Congress are calling for investigation into the CIA's relationship with the New York Police Department. The members of Congress want to know more about the CIA's collaboration with the police department to monitor Muslims after an Associated Press investigation. A letter signed by 34 members of Congress was sent to the Department of Justice and...

New York – NYT Frideman Responds On`Israel Lobby’ Phrase

December 21, 2011 at 12:03 PM
New York - New York Times columnist Tom Friedman told The Jewish Week Tuesday that the wording of a memorable phrase in his Dec. 13 column (“Newt, Mitt, Bibi and Vladimir”) may have been inexact when he wrote that the standing ovation Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received in Congress this year “was bought and paid for by the Israel lobby.” “In retrospect I probably...

Brooklyn, NY – First Time Ever Exclusive Footage: One Thousand Dreidels And Still Going Strong

December 21, 2011 at 11:14 AM
Brooklyn, NY - The biography of Rabbi Dr. Eliyahu Safran is long and storied. OU Kosher’s Vice President of Communications and Marketing. Founder and Editor in Chief of Behind the Union Symbol, a highly acclaimed kashrus magazine published by the Orthodox Union. Published author. But perhaps one of the titles that Rabbi Safran wears most proudly is owner of one of the largest private dreidel...

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