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New York – Met Council CEO Says NY Times Kiryas Joel Article Quote Taken Out of Context

April 22, 2011 at 05:43 PM
New York - On April 20 The NY Times published a news article highlighting the Village of Kiryas Joel, The Times printed a quote from William E. Rapfogel, chief executive of the Metropolitan Jewish Council on Poverty, as saying, “Sure, there are probably people taking advantage and people in the underground economy getting benefits they’re not entitled to, but there are also a lot of poor...

New York, NY – Bloomberg Wants Fingerprints On Social Security Cards

April 22, 2011 at 05:24 PM
New York, NY - Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he's in favor of putting people's fingerprints on Social Security cards. Bloomberg says such biometric identification cards would make it easier for employers to judge whether someone has legal permission to work in the U.S. He says it would reduce the supply of work to illegal immigrants, leading fewer to enter the country. Critics have said...

Kiryas Joel, NY – School District to Force State for Medicaid Money

April 22, 2011 at 04:14 PM
Kiryas Joel, NY - Three school districts want a court to force New York state to let them collect millions in Medicaid money for services to children with disabilities. The Kiryas Joel, Washingtonville and East Ramapo school districts filed a joint claim, asking a court to stop the state from barring collection of more than a year's worth of reimbursements. At issue are repayments for services...

Erfurt, Germany – 760-Year-Old House Interior Found Intact in Old Jewish Village

April 22, 2011 at 03:06 PM
Erfurt, Germany - Experts in historic buildings said Tuesday say they may have found in an old townhouse in the eastern German city of Erfurt the oldest domestic interior in continental Europe north of the Alps. The interiors located in a room of the first-floor of the house, called Steinernes Haus, has been kept intact since it was first erected in about 1250. The outlines of flowers are...

San Francisco, CA – Online Project Modernizing Jewish Texts With Today’s Lingo

April 22, 2011 at 02:36 PM
San Francisco, CA - Morgan Friedman loves the way people talk. He wants others to love it, too. The 35-year-old social media entrepreneur, formerly of Brooklyn, N.Y., and now living in Buenos Aires, launches new digital projects like marshmallows from an air gun. Pow! Here’s Overheardinnewyork.com, a site for offbeat conversations that his team of eavesdroppers hears on the...

Newark, NJ – NJ Worker Fired Over Quran Burning Gets Job Back

April 22, 2011 at 02:14 PM
Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Transit employee fired for publicly burning pages of the Quran on the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is getting his job back. A settlement obtained by The Star-Ledger Newark shows Derek Fenton will receive $25,000 for pain and suffering when he resumes his $86,110-a-year job. He'll also receive back pay equal to $331.20 for every day since his firing on Sept...

Beirut – 49 Killed In Deadliest Day of Syria Uprising

April 22, 2011 at 01:53 PM
Beirut - A prominent Syrian human rights group says at least 49 people have been killed during pro-democracy protests — making Friday the deadliest day of the uprising. Syrian security forces fired live bullets and tear gas Friday on rallies across the country. Protesters flooded into the streets after Muslim prayers in at least nine major areas across the country. The demonstrations...

Raleigh, N.C – Holocaust Survivor Celebrates Bar Mitzvah Before Pesach At Age 83

April 22, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Raleigh, N.C - The Jewish tradition of Passover began Monday evening. It's a time of remembering the deliverance from slavery. The event holds special significance for Morris Glass, 83, of Raleigh, who endured slavery that denied him a rite of passage. At age 13, Glass lived in a Jewish ghetto under Nazi control and was not allowed to have a bar mitzvah. He also was not allowed to have...

New York – VIN News Affected By Amazon Failure

April 22, 2011 at 12:47 PM
New York - Amazon.com struggled Friday morning to restore computers used by other major websites such as Reddit, and Orthodox Jewish news site vosizneias.com as an outage stretched beyond 24 hours. Though better known for selling books, DVDs and other consumer goods, Amazon also rents out space on huge computer servers that run many websites and other online services. The problems began at...

Atlanta, GA – A Passover Toast to a Kosher-Product Innovator

April 22, 2011 at 12:13 PM
Atlanta, GA - Rabbi Tuvia Geffen, of blessed memory, was born in Lithuania in 1870 and educated in the renowned Slobodka yeshiva. In the wake of a pogrom, he immigrated to New York in 1903, and seven years later he moved to Atlanta to become the rabbi of Shearith Israel, a tiny and struggling Orthodox congregation meeting in the battered remnant of a Methodist church. During his early decades...

Jerusalem – Charedim Find Gentile Chametz Buyer Has Taken It!

April 22, 2011 at 11:40 AM
Jerusalem - A gentile man taught a Jerusalem haredi community an important lesson when he acted on his right to take their leavened products bestowed upon him ahead of Pessah in what was obviously more than just a symbolic act. The tradition of selling one’s hametz to a non-Jew is what allows observant Jews to keep in their possession various products which are not kosher for Pessah...

Williamsburg, NY – NYPD Ticket Blitz “Ruined” Passover Holiday

April 22, 2011 at 11:38 AM
Williamsburg, NY - The Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg was furious yesterday over the NYPD's Passover ticket and tow blitz, in which more than 100 tickets were written and about 30 vehicles hooked. "We have a lot of respect for the Police Department, but we're looking for just a little sensitivity," complained Isaac Abraham, a community leader. "Summonses I can see, but there's...

New York, NY – Sneezing? Itchy Eyes? High Pollen in NYC

April 22, 2011 at 11:19 AM
New York, NY - Attention, allergy sufferers: we know you're coughing, mercilessly sneezing and desperately want to claw your itchy eyes out of your head. Unfortunately, tomorrow won't be any better than the last day you spent in a fog. The National Weather Service forecasts high tree pollen throughout the area over the next few days. Sycamore, Birch and Aspen trees have the highest level of...

Stamford, CT – House Approves Certificate Program in Study of Talmud

April 22, 2011 at 11:17 AM
Stamford, CT - Yeshiva Bais Binyomin, a Stamford-based college for men, has come one step closer to providing a certificate program in studies of the Talmud, a central text of the Jewish faith. The House of Representatives voted this week to approve legislation to authorize the program at Bais Binyomin and The Talmudic Institute of Connecticut, in Bridgeport. The state Senate must also...

Amsterdam – Homeowners Asked to Mark Homes from Former Jewish Owners

April 22, 2011 at 11:15 AM
Amsterdam - A commemoration committee is asking thousands of Amsterdam homeowners to mark their houses if a former Jewish resident was arrested or deported to Nazi death camps during World War II. The May 4-5 Committee, named for the date of the Netherlands' liberation from German occupation in 1945, made posters available Friday for display in windows of the former Jewish homes. The poster...

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