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New York, NY – 39,000 New Yorkers Signed Up for Quit Smoking Program

March 27, 2011 at 11:10 PM
New York, NY - Fewer New Yorkers signed up for a free program to quit smoking this year, city officials conceded Friday. The city Health Department counted 39,000 people who enrolled in their Nicotine Patch and Gum Giveaway this year - 1,000 people less than last year. The program was most popular among Brooklyn and Queens residents - though Staten Island traditionally has the city's...

Manhattan, NY – NJ Man Puts His 212 Area Code on eBay for $1MILLION

March 27, 2011 at 10:25 PM
Manhattan, NY - A retired New Jersey businessman has put his coveted 212 Manhattan phone number up for sale on eBay for $1million. Known only as Carmen, the man, who has refused to reveal his full name decided to put his 'status symbol' (212)-5XX-9000 number up for grabs a year ago - and has already received 26 offers. And he says the money raised will help care for his 98-year-old mother...

Israel – Bnei Brak to Get its Own ‘Central Park’

March 27, 2011 at 09:16 PM
Israel - Bnei Brak wants its own "Central Park": According a new plan, a huge park will be built in the central ultra-Orthodox city of, along the eastern bank of the Yarkon River. The Bnei Brak Municipality hopes that the planned park, which will include footpaths and a pond, will serve as an alternative for Tel Aviv and Ramat Gan's Yarkon Park. The plan is to give the city's residents "a...

Boston, MA – Radiation in Mass. Rainwater Likely From Japan

March 27, 2011 at 08:13 PM
Boston, MA - Health officials said Sunday that one sample of Massachusetts rainwater has registered very low concentrations of radiation, most likely from the Japanese nuclear power plant damaged earlier this month by an earthquake and tsunami. John Auerbach, the Massachusetts commissioner of public health, said that radioiodine-131 found in the sample — one of more than 100 that have been...

Manchester – Parent Won Battle to Place Autistic Son Into Jewish Special Needs School

March 27, 2011 at 07:32 PM
Manchester - Chasidic parents have won a lengthy battle to place their autistic son at Jewish special needs school Delamere Forest in Manchester. Yechezkel Englander, 10, started at Delamere after Higher Broughton couple Avraham and Yocheved Englander made a successful appeal against a Salford Council placement. "We first contacted the council more than three years ago to ask about...

New York – Jewish Groups To Albany: Restore State Funding For The Medical Examiner’s Office [video]

March 27, 2011 at 05:30 PM
New York - NYS Senator Eric Adams, Assemblyman David Weprin joined by religious leaders in the Jewish and Muslim communities, held a press conference earlier today in New York City at the Office of the New York Medical Examiner to urge Albany to reinstate funding to the Office of the Medical Examiner. Access to the Medical Examiner is of the utmost importance to those who follow the Jewish and...

Albany, NY – Cuomo & Legislature Agree to Tentative Budget

March 27, 2011 at 05:29 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sealing a deal with the Legislature on a tentative state budget that would be historic for its spending cuts as well as its timeliness. Cuomo says the budget will set New York on a new course after decades of overspending and overtaxing that have driven residents out of state for better opportunities. The Legislature still must pass the voluminous budget...

New York, NY – Bronx Zoo Closes Reptile House after Deadly Snake Disappears

March 27, 2011 at 04:54 PM
New York, NY - Officials have closed the Reptile House at New York's Bronx Zoo after a poisonous Egyptian cobra disappeared from an enclosure that's separate from the animal exhibits. Zoo officials say the building was immediately closed and secured after staff learned that the adolescent snake was missing Friday afternoon. The zoo released a statement Saturday saying it's confident the...

Buenos Aires – ‘Iran Asks Argentina to Forget Attacks on Jewish Targets’

March 27, 2011 at 03:19 PM
Buenos Aires - Israel wants clarifications from Argentina over a report it offered Iran a deal: It would stop investigating bombings on Jewish centres there in the 1990s in exchange for better trade ties, an Israeli foreign ministry official said Sunday. The Argentine paper Perfil quoted a leaked Iranian cable on Saturday detailing the offer. Eighty-five people were killed and 200 were...

Jerusalem – Britain Awards ZAKA With New Device Following Rescue Effort

March 27, 2011 at 02:03 PM
Jerusalem - British representatives in Israel have expressed their gratitude to the first-response organization ZAKA following the group's efforts to save a British citizen. ZAKA volunteers struggled to save Mary Jean Gardner, who was critically wounded in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem last Wednesday. Gardner, a Bible translator originally from Scotland, ultimately died of her wounds despite...

Rome – Pope Visits Memorial to Nazi Victims in Rome

March 27, 2011 at 01:07 PM
Rome - Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday prayed at the memorial to victims of a 1944 massacre that was one of the worst atrocities by German occupiers in Italy during World War II and denounced what he called the "abominable" legacy of violence unleashed during war. The visit won Jewish praise that Benedict had taken yet another step to heal centuries of painful Vatican-Jewish relations. The...

Jerusalem – HaRav Ovadia Yosef Explains How Chalak ‘Beit Yosef’ Meat Started

March 27, 2011 at 12:36 PM
Jerusalem - In his weekly radio address, HaRav Ovadia Yosef described the evolution of Kashrus in Eretz Yisroel, specifically regarding the shechita of meat and the significance of the Badatz Beit Yosef hechser. According to Israeli news site Kikar, R’ Yosef explained that 150 years ago there were no Ashkenazim at all in Yerushalyim, but as the local officials began to allow European Jews to...

Jerusalem – Asrah Kadisha To Bury Remains Uncovered Near Jaffa’s Andromeda Hill

March 27, 2011 at 11:31 AM
Jerusalem - Members of Atra Kadisha, an ultra-Orthodox organization that fought against the removal of graves found near Andromeda Hill in Jaffa, will hold a funeral for the bones uncovered there, claiming that they belong to 150 Jews. Members of the organization insist that the remains belong to Jews because they were buried in accordance with Jewish tradition – on their backs, and with...

Ottawa, Canada – Canadian Parliament Approves Holocaust Memorial

March 27, 2011 at 11:09 AM
Ottawa, Canada - Canada's Parliament passed a bill to establish a national Holocaust monument. "Our government will establish a National Holocaust Monument in the National Capital Region," said Minister Cannon. "We will always honour the memory of those who perished in the heinous crimes perpetrated during the Holocaust and recognize the important contributions to our country of those who...

Jerusalem – As Rabbis In NY Prepare New Protests, Israel Insists Graves Found At Jaffa Excavation Site Are From Pagan Worshipers

March 27, 2011 at 10:52 AM
Jerusalem - The tombs uncovered near Andromeda Hill in Jaffa belong to pagan worshipers buried next to domesticated pigs, according to the latest findings revealed during excavation works at the site. For the past year, the site has become a political and religious hotspot, with ultra-Orthodox frequently protesting what they claimed was the desecration of Jewish graves. The demonstrations...

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