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Washington – Judge Denies Rabbi’s Request to Change Election Hours

April 15, 2011 at 05:26 PM
Washington - A federal judge has denied the request of a D.C. rabbi to force the city's elections board to extend voting hours or change the date of an upcoming special election. Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld, head of Ohev Sholom -- The National Synagogue, sued the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics because a special election to select a new at-large D.C. Councilmember and two State Board of Education...

New York – Gasoline Averaging $4 a Gallon in 5 States

April 15, 2011 at 04:29 PM
New York - The average price of gasoline is now above $4 per gallon in five states, and it could rise to that level in New York and Washington, D.C., this weekend. For American drivers, the $4 mark is a grim reminder of tougher times. The last time gas prices were that high was in the summer of 2008, just before the economy went into a tailspin. Retail surveys suggest motorists are reacting to...

New York – NTSB: Tour Bus Not Hit Before Crash Killed 15

April 15, 2011 at 03:21 PM
New York - Federal inspectors have found no evidence that a casino tour bus was struck by a tractor-trailer before it crashed in New York City last month, killing 15 people. A preliminary report on the crash was issued Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board. It says the bus was going 78 mph about 45 seconds before the crash. The speed limit at the Bronx crash site is 55 mph...

New Square, NY – 2-Year-Old Child Fatally Struck

April 15, 2011 at 02:27 PM
New Square, NY - A 2-year-old child was struck by a vehicle Outside the shopping center at Jefferson and Aster Lane. The child who was identified as Golda Taubenfeld, was in traumatic arrest wen transported by Hatzolah ambulance to Nyack Hospital where she r"l passed away. BDE...

Budapest, Hungary – In Photos: Memorial Day Marking The 67th Anniversary Of Hungarian Holocaust

April 15, 2011 at 01:49 PM
Budapest, Hungary - Hundreds of People took part today in a ceremony at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Budapest, Hungary, on the eve of the Holocaust Memorial Day which marks the 67th anniversary of the beginning of the Hungarian holocaust during which some 600 thousand Jewish Hungarians were deported to Nazi death camps. See below photos: ...

Amran, Yemen – Killer of Jew Escapes from Central Prison

April 15, 2011 at 01:41 PM
Yemen -As many as 10 prisoners on Friday escaped from the central prison of northern Amran province, after they bribed some of the prison guards, a provincial security official told Xinhua. "Seven of the group were captured then while the rest, including a killer of the Yemeni Jewish citizen, were still at large," the official said on condition of anonymity. "A security campaign was...

Washington – USPS: 3 Billion Stamps Printed With Wrong Liberty Image

April 15, 2011 at 01:31 PM
Washington - Just as the post office was hoping to promote going green, it finds itself red-faced. It turns out that a first-class stamp featuring the Statue of Liberty actually is based on a photo of a Las Vegas replica of the statue. Postal Service spokesman Roy Betts said three billion of the stamps have been printed and it is not being pulled from the market. The 44-cent forever stamp...

Beirut – Tear Gas Fired As Tens Of Thousands March in Syria

April 15, 2011 at 12:15 PM
Beirut - Security forces fired tear gas and beat protesters with batons Friday as tens of thousands of people marched toward the Syrian capital demanding far greater reforms than the limited concessions offered by President Bashar Assad over the past four weeks, witnesses said. The violence in the Damascus suburb of Douma was the only major unrest reported during protests in several Syrian...

Vienna – Baker of Nazi Cake Tries To Make Amends

April 15, 2011 at 11:54 AM
Vienna - An Austrian pastry shop owner whose cakes adorned with Nazi designs caused a nationwide stir sought to make amends Friday by giving a traditional Easter bun decorated with Jewish and Christian symbols to a member of a Holocaust awareness group that publicized the case. The group, the Mauthausen Committee, said baker Manfred Klaschka exchanged gifts with committee member Willi Mernyi...

New York, NY – Former NYC Comptroller Hevesi Sentenced To Prison in Pension Probe

April 15, 2011 at 10:44 AM
New York, NY - Forrmer New York state comptroller Alan Hevesi will have to spend time behind bars for his leading role in an influence-peddling scandal at the state's massive pension fund. The Democrat was sentenced Friday to 1 to 4 years in prison. The 71-year-old pleaded guilty in October to a felony corruption charge. He admitted getting free travel and campaign contributions in...

New York, NY – Exclusive: Video Interview With Met Council CEO William Rapfogel On Pesach Food Distributions

April 15, 2011 at 10:29 AM
New York, NY - This Passover season, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council) will provide 50,000 New York City families with over 2.7 million pounds of kosher food. Items include 1.8 million pounds of produce, 75,000 bottles of grape juice, and 50,000 pounds of matzah at more than 100 food distributions- making this the largest distribution year to date. Met Council has also...

Israel – Rabbi; Weekly Torah Sheets Should be Recycled and Not Buried

April 15, 2011 at 10:12 AM
Israel - Kiryat Arba Chief Rabbi Dov Lior has ruled that the pages distributed in synagogues on Friday nights, dealing with the weekly Torah portion and other religious and social topics, should be recycled instead of buried in a repository (geniza). “The problem of geniza has recently become worse due to the abundance of materials being printed, and the difficulty to collect everything...

Gaza City – Terror Group Hamas Condemns Another Terror Group After Kidnapped Italian Activist Found Dead

April 15, 2011 at 09:34 AM
Gaza City - The body of an Italian activist was found hanged in a Gaza apartment just hours after he was abducted by an al-Qaida-inspired group, Hamas said early Friday, in the first kidnapping of a foreigner since the militant Hamas overran the coastal strip nearly four years ago. Hamas officials said police stormed an apartment in Gaza City where Vittorio Arrigoni, 36, was being held by...

Brooklyn, NY – At Jewish Council Only Man Voting Policy Is Unconstitutional Says Crown Heights Couple

April 15, 2011 at 09:08 AM
Brooklyn, NY - In the Hasidic enclave of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, there are many things that women can’t or just don’t do: Be counted as one of the 10 people needed to make up a minyan, or prayer quorum. Walk around in pants. But vote? According to the bylaws of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, a social service agency and community pillar that has received millions of dollars in...

Borough Park, NY – Family Continues Tradition of Matzo-Making with Backyard Bakery

April 15, 2011 at 08:31 AM
Borough Park, NY - A man has an unorthodox style of preparing for Passover - a backyard bakery. Zecheriah Brauner, 89, fires up a huge outdoor oven once a year to make matzo for the Jewish holiday, which starts this Monday. "My father used to make matzo in our home," Brauner said, recalling his childhood in rural Hungary. "So let me do what my father used to do." A retired baker...

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