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Israel – Peres: This Passover Egyptians Themselves Struggling for Liberty

April 20, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Israel - President Shimon Peres visited Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and discussed with him the political developments in Egypt. Peres updated Yosef on his meetings with US President Barack Obama, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and the upper echelons of the US administration. The two men also discussed various developments in the Middle East. Peres requested the assistance of all three rabbis in...

Brooklyn, NY – Mayor Opens New Coney Island Roller Coasters

April 20, 2011 at 11:18 PM
Coney Island, NY - New York's Coney Island has opened its first new roller coasters since the famed Cyclone was built in the 1920s. Mayor Michael Bloomberg helped launch four new thrill rides Wednesday. They're known collectively as the "Scream Zone." The rides operate alongside the Luna Park rides that opened last year. They're part of the city's renewal plan. The amusement park by the...

Washington – First Lady Michelle Obama’s Plane in Near Miss

April 20, 2011 at 10:47 PM
Washington - The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the aborted landing of a plane carrying first lady Michelle Obama earlier this week, a spokeswoman for the board said Wednesday. While aborted landings are not unusual, and Mrs. Obama apparently wasn't in serious danger, the episode is another embarrassment for the Federal Aviation Administration. FAA officials have been...

Orange County, NY – NY Times Profiles Kiryas Joel

April 20, 2011 at 10:26 PM
Orange County, NY - The poorest place in the United States is not a dusty Texas border town, a hollow in Appalachia, a remote Indian reservation or a blighted urban neighborhood. It has no slums or homeless people. No one who lives there is shabbily dressed or has to go hungry. Crime is virtually nonexistent. And, yet, officially, at least, none of the nation’s 3,700 villages, towns or...

Egypt – A Fortune Fit for a Pharaoh

April 20, 2011 at 10:21 PM
Egypt - Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his family have amassed wealth beyond their means, according to the nation's financial-oversight agency. The state news agency said yesterday Mubarak, his wife and two sons own several palaces and luxury apartments. The elder son, Alaa, is apparently the richest, followed by Gamal, who was groomed by his father to be president...

Washington – Obama Hosts Third Passover Seder at the White House

April 20, 2011 at 10:02 PM
Washington - U.S. President Barack Obama hosted a Passover seder at the White House Monday night together with his wife Michelle and a small group of Jewish and non-Jewish staff and family. This is the third year in a row in which Obama has hosted a seder. While this year's seder was not strictly kosher for Passover, it was "kosher style," with a menu put together by White House staff, with...

New York – Chol HaMoed: Places To Go

April 20, 2011 at 09:54 PM
New York - During Chol Hamoed, families are always looking for a fun Kosher gateway with children and adults, we are linking to The Jewish Press, and Brooklyn Weekly Link magazine who have compiled a special Chol HaMoed guide of places where you can spend your days. If you know of any other kosher entertainment locations and like to share with our readers, please post in the comments...

Manhattan, NY – The Pre-Passover Rush At B&H Was Intense

April 20, 2011 at 09:46 PM
Manhattan, NY - The giant B&H Photo-Video emporium on 9th Avenue and 34th Street has long observed Jewish holidays...but we never realized just how crazy it can get before they close! Reader Michael Tapp painted us a picture of the craziness of the scene: "The checkout line an hour before B&H Photo Video shuts down Passover (8 Days). The wait was over an hour long and one of the clerks said...

New York – LIRR: Sorry About Held Up Passover Exodus from Penn Station

April 20, 2011 at 09:19 PM
New York - Long Island Rail Road officials are asking Amtrak to change the way it handles track inspections after a poorly timed repair held up travelers during a busy Passover exodus out of Penn Station. An Amtrak crew found problems with a rail joint under the East River on Monday afternoon, just as many passengers began to head out of town for the Jewish holiday. The LIRR, which uses the...

Greece – 2 Arrested for Synagogue, Torah Scrolls Set Ablaze

April 20, 2011 at 09:04 PM
Corfu, Greece — Arsonists on Tuesday broke into a synagogue on the island of Corfu and burned the community's prayer books and torah scrolls at the start of the Jewish Passover holiday, police said, prompting condemnation from the government and Jewish groups. The attackers broke into the synagogue through a side entrance. Firefighters put out the flames before they spread. On Wednesday...

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