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Washington – Goldstone: I Won’t Seek Gaza Report Nullification

April 5, 2011 at 11:59 PM
Washington - South African jurist Richard Goldstone said Tuesday that he did not plan to seek nullification of his highly critical U.N. report on Israel's 2008-2009 offensive in the Gaza Strip and asserted that claims to the contrary by Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai were false. The 2009 Goldstone report initially concluded that both Israel and Hamas had committed potential war crimes...

New York, NY – City Tightening Tax Exemption System

April 5, 2011 at 10:47 PM
New York, NY - Sometimes, honesty is not the best policy. The city is tightening the screws on its system for awarding property-tax exemptions -- a move one lawmaker attributes to his discovery that residents can get the tax breaks through an "honor system" without having to prove they're eligible. Sara Meyers, an assistant commissioner in the Department of Finance, is revamping the...

Kiryas Joel, NY – Satmar Rebbe Thanks Sen. Skelos After Rabbinical Students Become Eligible for State Aid

April 5, 2011 at 09:12 PM
Kiryas Joel, NY - New York State Senate Majority leader Dean Skelos received personal thanks and blessings from Satmar Grand Rabbi Aron Teitelbaum, after a historical budget proposal submitted by Senator Skelos made rabbinical students eligible to receive Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) grants for the first time ever. The senator visited with the Grand Rabbi at his home in Kiryas Joel on...

Washington – Barack Obama Gets Invitation to Israel

April 5, 2011 at 08:43 PM
Washington - The push is on for President Barack Obama to return to the Middle East. This time to Israel. Mr. Obama met Tuesday at the White House with Israeli President Shimon Peres, and was presented with an invitation to visit the Jewish state in the coming months, according to Israeli officials. Many Israeli public commentators have clamored for the U.S. president to make the trip, arguing...

Washington – Obama Picks Florida Congresswoman To Head DNC

April 5, 2011 at 07:36 PM
Washington - Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a congresswoman from South Florida and a key White House defender, was chosen by President Barack Obama on Tuesday to become chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee. Obama picked the four-term lawmaker from South Florida to succeed Tim Kaine, who earlier Tuesday announced he would seek a Senate seat in Virginia. The move elevates Wasserman Schultz...

Louisville, KY – Japan Quake Forces Shutdown of All US Toyota Factories

April 5, 2011 at 06:43 PM
Louisville, KY - Toyota Motor Corp. said that it's inevitable the company will be forced to shut down all of its North American factories because of parts shortages due to the earthquake that hit Japan. The temporary shutdowns are likely to take place later this month, affecting 25,000 workers, but no layoffs are expected, spokesman Mike Goss said. Just how long the shutdowns last or...

Tel Aviv – New Org to Educate Charedi Community on Animal Rights

April 5, 2011 at 05:51 PM
Tel Aviv - Ezra Zohar has tended to all kinds of animals since he was a child – cats, dogs, scorpions, spiders, everything he could bring home with him. Even today, at 43, he is proud to have a pet rabbit. “I had a really special collection of animals. I traveled a lot in Israel in the desert and I found them there,” he said. “My mother was really tolerant about it.” This...

Tokyo – Dwindling Jewish Community Makes Plans for Passover in Japan

April 5, 2011 at 04:30 PM
Tokyo - Recovery is still a rarely-talked about concept in Japan, but with Passover quickly approaching, members of the devastated nation’s small Jewish community are making plans to celebrate the holiday’s signature Seder meals in Tokyo. “People are starting to come back slowly,” said Chabad-Lubavitch of Japan director Rabbi Mendy Sudakevich. “Their jobs are here.” Sudakevich...

Brooklyn NY – Assemblyman Urges Bloomberg To Reconsider Slashing Childcare Vouchers

April 5, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is calling on Mayor Bloomberg to reconsider his plan to slash approximately 17,000 Priority 5 and 6 childcare vouchers from the City budget, a move which would disproportionately affect the Orthodox Jewish community. “With the recent adoption of the State budget, Mayor Bloomberg knows how much funding the City will receive from the State,”...

Hartford, CT – 300 Religious Leaders Ask to Replace Death Penalty with Life in Prison

April 5, 2011 at 03:45 PM
Hartford, CT - Religious leaders urged state lawmakers Tuesday to abolish Connecticut's death penalty, but its sponsor said rising support for the death penalty is hurting his efforts More than 300 Christian and Jewish leaders gave legislators a letter Tuesday supporting a bill to replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of release for certain murders. They said...

Washington – In Meeting With Obma Peres Asks For Pollard Release

April 5, 2011 at 02:49 PM
Washington - Israeli President Shimon Peres met with US President Barack Obama in the oval office on Tuesday for nearly an hour over a "working lunch." Speaking to reporters outside the White House, Peres said he spoke to Obama about Jonathan Pollard and kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Schalit. When asked what Obama's reaction was, Peres said "he listened." Obama told reporters the two had...

Jerusalem – Influential Israelis Present New Peace Initiative

April 5, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Jerusalem - A group of former security chiefs and other prominent Israelis have prepared a new informal peace proposal, saying Tuesday that they hoped the move would prod Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into breaking the ongoing deadlock in talks with the Palestinians. The formula they suggest has been offered before in formal and informal frameworks but has not produced a peace accord. It...

New York – NY Lawmakers Want To Prevent State From Funding Civil Trials For Terrorists

April 5, 2011 at 02:03 PM
New York - Senator Andrew Lanza and Assemblyman Dov Hikind have authored legislation (Senate Bill S.3871), which would prohibit New York State, or its local governments, from funding any civilian trials of enemy combatants for acts of terrorism in federal courts located in New York. Senator Lanza has been a vocal opponent of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder’s ill-conceived...

Brooklyn, NY – JRunners/Our Place 5K Run Exceeds Fundraising Goals [video]

April 5, 2011 at 01:19 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Hundreds of people showed up at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Sunday morning to cheer on over 400 runners at a unique event that was as much about physical fitness as it was about tzedaka. The three mile race/walk held to benefit Our Place, the financially troubled Brooklyn institution that has helped thousands of troubled teens since its inception thirteen years ago, was staged by...

New York, NY – Bloomberg to Allow Entrepreneurs to Tap Into Government Data

April 5, 2011 at 12:54 PM
New York, NY - New York City's government agencies are sitting on a deep reservoir of data -- a geeky treasure trove of information on topics ranging from crime reports, building complaints and traffic stats to public health. The city doesn't have the resources to unlock all the potential buried in that data. So it appealed to those who do: The city's tech entrepreneurs. NYC turned them...

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