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Brooklyn, NY – MTA To Restore Several Express Bus Routes

April 14, 2011 at 11:07 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Months after the MTA cut transit service all across the city, NY1 has learned the agency plans to restore some weekday express buses to Brooklyn. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report. State Senator Martin Golden hit bus stops and boarded buses Thursday morning to tell commuters the good news: starting July 1st, express bus service that was cut by the Metropolitan...

Great Falls, MT – World’s Oldest Man Dies in Montana At 114

April 14, 2011 at 10:07 PM
Great Falls, MT - Walter Breuning's earliest memories stretched back 111 years, before home entertainment came with a twist of the radio dial. They were of his grandfather's tales of killing Southerners in the Civil War. Breuning was 3 and horrified: "I thought that was a hell of a thing to say." But the stories stuck, becoming the first building blocks into what would develop into a...

Washington – Obama: Most People Confident He Was Born in Hawaii

April 14, 2011 at 09:59 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama says Republicans who are sowing doubts about whether he is American-born may gain politically in the short term by playing to their constituencies but will have trouble when the general election rolls around. Obama says that's because most people are confident that he was born where he says he was — in Hawaii — and are more worried about gasoline prices...

Los Angeles, CA – Police Hunt For Suspect That Started Fire at Hollywood Synagogue

April 14, 2011 at 09:01 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Los Angeles police are investigating a burglary and small fire at a prominent Hollywood synagogue. Workers discovered minor fire damage when they arrived at Temple Israel Thursday morning. Police say a man in his late 20s broke into the temple, collected several items, placed them on a desk and set them on fire with a candle. The suspect fled, but his image was captured on...

Efrat – Rabbi Eases Restrictions of Kitniyot for Ashkenazi Jews

April 14, 2011 at 08:31 PM
Efrat - Trying to ease the life of Ashkenazi Jews who observe the dietary laws of the upcoming Passover holiday, an American-born Orthodox rabbi recently issued a halakhic ruling expanding the menu of permitted food products during the weeklong holiday. According to Ashkenazi custom, the consumption of legumes and other non-wheat grains, known as kitniyot, during Passover is forbidden because...

Springfield, IL – Illinois Treasurer Buys $10 Million Investment in State of Israel Bonds

April 14, 2011 at 07:08 PM
Springfield, IL - Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford has announced the state’s purchase of $10 million worth of bonds from the State of Israel as a portion of the treasury’s sovereign bond holdings. The rate of return on these bonds is significantly higher than the current rate on general treasury bonds. In fact, as interest rates rise over the life of the three-year bonds, as they are...

Brooklyn, NY – Pre-Pesech Car Wash Price Gouging On Video

April 14, 2011 at 06:00 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The office of Brooklyn councilman David Greenfield investigated allegations of car washes in Brooklyn jacking up prices before the Passover holiday. freelancer Shimon Gifter investigates on film car washes in Brooklyn, on April 13 2011. Watch below. ...

Jerusalem – 300 Goats and Sheep, 20 Slaughterers, One Willful Rabbi

April 14, 2011 at 05:13 PM
Jerusalem - Making Seder for the extended family seems like child’s play compared with Rabbi Yehudah Glick’s Passover preparations. The New York-born Glick is getting ready to lead world Jewry in a Paschal sacrifice April 18, the first night of Passover. According to the Torah, the Children of Israel were commanded “in perpetuity” to sacrifice a young lamb or goat on the anniversary of...

Kawkawlin, MI – Replica of ‘Kotal’ On its Way To Brooklyn Jewish Children’s Museum

April 14, 2011 at 05:04 PM
Kawkawlin, MI - In a shop just off M-13, a team of six artists has worked for the past month to recreate an ancient and significant piece of history now on its way to New York City. Come June, visitors to the Jewish Children’s Museum in Brooklyn will be able to see the 24-by-11-foot replica of Jerusalem’s Western Wall — also known as the Wailing Wall — built by Niche Design of Bay...

Ankara -Turkey Tells Israel: Gaza Flotilla Not Up to Us

April 14, 2011 at 04:25 PM
Ankara -Turkey said on Thursday it had received a request from Israel to help stop activists sailing to Gaza on the first anniversary of an Israeli raid on a Turkish ship, but it said the flotilla plan was not Ankara's concern. Turkey, a Muslim former ally of the Jewish state, has scaled back ties, demanding Israel apologize and pay damages for last year's raid, which caused an international...

Albany, NY – Walcott Gets OK from State to Head NYC Schools

April 14, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Albany, NY - The state education commissioner gave Dennis Walcott the go-ahead Thursday to serve as New York City's schools chancellor, citing Walcott's distinguished career and "the depth and breadth" of his knowledge of educational issues. Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed Walcott to head the city's 1.1 million-pupil school system last week after publishing executive Cathie Black...

London – Jewish Family’s 3,000-Year-Old Bottles of Wine to be Auctioned Off

April 14, 2011 at 02:29 PM
London - They say fine wine improves with age, but 3,000 years may be pushing it a little. Although it certainly isn't hurting the value of two ancient bottles which have been valued at a staggering £2million. The Chinese bronze containers of the aging tipple were acquired by two Jewish brothers who fled Poland at the start of World War Two, with one of them seeking sanctuary in...

Jerusalem – Construction of New Visitor Center to Begin at ‘Kotal’

April 14, 2011 at 01:41 PM
Jerusalem - Guma Aguiar takes his blessings seriously. The biggest of them all, insists the 33 year-old energy magnate, was learning about the Lubavitcher Rebbe. “The Rebbe is the most inspiring and unifying force that we’ve had in a very long time,” and his inspiration is the impetus for a visitor center now under construction at Jerusalem’s Western Wall. Perched on a bluff...

Washington – FBI Files: JDL Suspected In Extorting Rapper Music Stars

April 14, 2011 at 01:30 PM
Washington - The FBI has released files on the murder of rapper Tupac Shakur, revealing that the Jewish Defense League (JDL) was suspected of "extorting money from various rap music stars via death threats, including Tupac and another performer, Eazy-E. "The scheme involves (name redacted) and other subjects making telephonic death threats to the rap star," the files, declassified this week...

Washington – House Leader To Ask Netanyahu To Speak To Congress

April 14, 2011 at 01:16 PM
Washington - House Speaker John Boehner says he plans to invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint meeting of Congress. Netanyahu is visiting the United States next month. Boehner says he'll make the invitation after Congress approves a resolution for a joint meeting of the House and Senate. Netanyahu last spoke to a joint meeting of Congress in July...

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