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New York, NY – Holocaust Survivors to Receive $564 Million in Reparations

April 4, 2011 at 11:57 PM
New York, NY - The Claims Conference convened Monday in New York to reevaluate reparations for Holocaust survivors, reaching a landmark decision to increase survivor homecare funding over the next three years by a total of 564 million dollars. German and Israeli representatives flew in for the conference, chaired by Julius Berman, that addressed the growing social welfare needs of Holocaust...

France – Police Told Not to Make Public Unveilings when Enforcing Burka Ban

April 4, 2011 at 10:45 PM
France - Police in France have been instructed to refrain from burka "hunts" or "public unveilings" of women wearing the full Islamic veil when a ban on the garment comes into force next week. France will become the second country in Europe, after Belgium, to apply the ban, starting April 11. But officers have been ordered to apply the legislation with tact and diplomacy so as not inflame...

Tel Aviv – ‘World’ is to Blame for Shalit, Says Rav Lau

April 4, 2011 at 09:30 PM
Tel Aviv - Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv, said Monday that the world community, the United Nations and the International Red Cross are to blame for the situation of Staff Sgt. Gilad Shalit. Speaking on Kol Chai Radio, the rabbi said: "When those who hold Gilad Shalit against all the Geneva Covenants and all the other human rights law walk freely and even appear at the halls...

Israel – Toddler Survives Five Story Fall Down Staircase

April 4, 2011 at 08:15 PM
Israel - An 18-month-old infant late Sunday plummeted down a staircase in Nachlas Har Chabad, surviving unscathed in what Israeli media has described as a "true miracle." The infant fell from an apartment building's fifth floor when she started fidgeting in her father's arms. The man lost grasp of the child, looking on terrified as she hit bottom, local media reported. Magen David Adom...

New York – Unsealed NY Indictment Reveals Case Against 5 Men In 9/11 Attack

April 4, 2011 at 07:59 PM
New York - The details of the criminal charges against the self-professed mastermind of the Sept. 11 attacks and four other defendants became moot for a civilian jury when they were finally made public Monday, just as Attorney General Eric Holder was announcing the men will be prosecuted at a military tribunal instead of in a courthouse just blocks from the World Trade Center site. U.S...

Jerusalem – Argentina: Terror Investigations Will Continue

April 4, 2011 at 07:15 PM
Jerusalem - Argentina's foreign minister has denied a reported offer by his government to stop investigating two deadly bombings against Jewish centers in the 1990s in return for improved trade ties with Iran. Last month, the Argentinian newspaper Perfil cited an Iranian diplomatic memo detailing a proposal from Argentina to drop the investigations. In 1994, a bomb killed 85 and wounded 200...

New York, NY – Small Plane in Water Near JFK; Passengers Safe

April 4, 2011 at 07:11 PM
New York, NY - Police say a single-engine plane hit the waters by Beach 56 Pl and the Ocean not far from John F. Kennedy Airport, but the all three aboard are safe. It's not clear what caused the plane to go down at about 7 p.m. Monday. Two passengers and the pilot were pulled from the wreckage by NYPD emergency crews. It's not clear if they suffered injuries. Police said the plane took off...

Washington – Pig’s Foot With Anti-Semitic Remarks Sent to NY Congressman Peter King

April 4, 2011 at 06:47 PM
Washington - Capitol Police are investigating a bloody pig's foot sent to New York Rep. Peter King's office in Washington. The Republican congressman chairs the House Homeland Security panel which held hearings last month on Islamic radicalization. The package was discovered by mail screeners before it was delivered to King's office. A King spokesman says the congressman was notified of...

Trenton, NJ – Former NJ Jewish Congressman John Adler Dies

April 4, 2011 at 06:39 PM
Trenton, NJ - John Adler, a New Jersey politician who worked his way up from town councilman to congressman, died Monday. He was 51. A spokeswoman for the Democrat confirmed his death on Monday. He had been at the University of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia since last month, when he underwent emergency surgery for an infection in the tissue around his heart. Adler was among the...

New York – Alan Dershowitz: Goldstone Needs To Do Teshuvah

April 4, 2011 at 05:59 PM
New York - Judge Richard Goldstone’s recent acknowledgement that “civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy” by Israel during Operation Cast Lead could be a game changer — if Goldstone continues to do the right thing. Goldstone’s reassessment of the conclusions reached in the Goldstone Report pulls the rug out from under those who are currently using the...

Israel – Mikves to Require Kosher Certification

April 4, 2011 at 05:44 PM
Israel - Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger has initiated a plan to grant kosher certification to mikves that are halachically sound, Army Radio reported on Monday. Dozens of ritual baths, mostly in Israel's periphery, were found to be unkosher. There are over 1,000 mikves in Israel, and local religious council are responsible to make sure that halacha is being followed. ...

New York, NY – Only in New York: Rabbi Mintz Sells Kosher Rabbi Mints

April 4, 2011 at 04:36 PM
New York, NY - In New York, even rabbis get endorsement deals. When he's not leading Kehilat Rayin Ahuvim, a modern orthodox congregation on the Upper West Side, Rabbi Adam Mintz lends his name and likeness to "Rabbi Mints," the world's first classic kosher mint. "It's a mitzvah for your mouth," the rabbi said, of the Altoid-style confections now being sold for $2.50 in tins bearing his...

Washington – Supreme Court Allow Tax Credit for Religious Tuition

April 4, 2011 at 04:01 PM
Washington - The Supreme Court rejected a challenge Monday to an Arizona tax break that directs millions of dollars to private religious schools. The justices, in a 5-4 ruling, said that Arizona taxpayers who filed a lawsuit to block the tax break have no legal claim because they are not forced to contribute to the state program that sends money to the religious schools. Justice Anthony...

Oak Beach, NY – Police: 3 More Sets Of Remains Found In Serial Killer Case

April 4, 2011 at 03:17 PM
Oak Beach, NY - Searchers looking for more victims of a suspected serial killer along a remote New York beach have now found a total of eight sets of human remains. Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer announced Monday that the remains of three more people had been found. Five sets of remains were found previously along the highway that leads to Jones Beach, about 45 miles east...

Popricani, Romania – In Photos: Burial Ceremony For WWII Mass Grave Remains

April 4, 2011 at 02:43 PM
Popricani, Romania - The remains of dozens of Jews killed during World War II and found in a mass grave in northern Romania were buried Monday in a ceremony at the Jewish cemetery in Iasi. Reported last month by VIN News that the Rabbinical Board of the Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe, led by the Rabbi Elyakum Schlesinger, greatly respected London Rosh Yeshiva...

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