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Beresford, SD – Kosher Beef Plant Considering South Dakota Location

April 6, 2011 at 11:23 PM
Beresford, SD - A Union County, South Dakota commissioner has confirmed a company's plans to put a kosher beef slaughter processing plant in his county. Ross Jordan says First American Farms wants to build a plant on 300 to 400 acres of land a kosher slaughter beef processing plant that could employ up to 1,500 people. First American Farms Chief Financial Officer Tom Lindholm said the facility...

Bnei Brak – Rabbis Endorse ‘Educational’ Initiative on ‘Korban Pesach’

April 6, 2011 at 10:10 PM
Bnei Brak - An initiative to raise the awareness of the centrality of the Pessah sacrifice is gaining momentum, after central rabbis from major streams have endorsed the educational effort. An unusual meeting took place at the home of one of the leading figures in the haredi world, Rabbi Chaim Kanievsky, who invited Rabbi Yehuda Glick to his Bnei Brak home to hear more about Glick’s Pessah...

New York – Jerusalem Post: Lawyers Prepare Lawsuit Against Goldstone

April 6, 2011 at 09:10 PM
New York - Jewish attorneys plan to file a class action civil suit in the United States against South African jurist Richard Goldstone next week. The move comes in the aftermath of an opinion piece Goldstone published in the Washington Post last week, in which he stated that he had erroneously accused Israel of internationally targeting innocent civilians in Gaza in a report he submitted on...

New York, NY – City Passes Bills to Avoid More Blizzard Blunders

April 6, 2011 at 08:16 PM
New York, NY - The City Council on Wednesday passed legislation that members said would prevent a repeat of mistakes like those made during a day-after-Christmas blizzard that shut down large swaths of the city and reverberated far past the holiday, chipping away at Mayor Michael Bloomberg's approval rating and continuing to spark ire among residents and local officials. "Response to the...

Manhattan, NY – Obama Seeks Re-Election Help from Sharpton’s Group

April 6, 2011 at 07:51 PM
Manhattan, NY - Ensnarled in another political spat with Republicans, President Barack Obama conceded to a civil rights audience Wednesday that there are times when people "lose hope" over whether national politics will ever change. But the president, officially running for re-election as of this week, stood by his record of the past two years as proof of real progress. "In America, we rise...

Los Angeles, CA – Amway Settles Suit, To Replace $20M In Gift Cards

April 6, 2011 at 07:48 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Amway has agreed to redeem more than $20 million in gift cards to settle a lawsuit claiming they improperly included a redemption date. Lawyers who filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court announced the settlement this week. The suit accused Amway and two related companies of misrepresentation. It claimed that beginning in 2005, consumers in 26 states bought Amway...

Montreal – After Outcry Grocer Puts Back Star of David

April 6, 2011 at 06:40 PM
Montreal - The Metro grocery chain is admitting it overreacted when it ordered a store in Westmount to take down a Star of David hanging above a display of Passover products. The chain's head office ordered the store to remove the hexagram-shaped Jewish symbol after a customer complained on Sunday. But more complaints came after it was removed, prompting Metro to order it be put back...

Woodmere, NY – Rabbi, Family Left Homeless after Fire

April 6, 2011 at 05:49 PM
Woodmere, NY - A house fire has left a local rabbi and his family temporarily homeless and a fellow rabbi is seeking help from the community. The house of Rabbi Yitzi Ross and his family at 1031 Dartmouth Lane in Woodmere burnt down on Tuesday. Hewlett Fire Department responded to the fire that began at 4:40 p.m. Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department also responded to the scene. Ross, a...

Washington – FAA Says Another Controller Went To Sleep On Job

April 6, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Washington - The Federal Aviation Administration says it is trying to fire an air traffic controller in Knoxville, Tenn., who deliberately went to sleep on the job. The FAA said in a statement Wednesday that the controller was found sleeping during his midnight shift at McGhee Tyson Airport on Feb. 19. The airport is considered an "up-down facility," meaning it has a control tower and a...

Washington – One of the World’s Richest Launching Venture To Rival Al Jazeera

April 6, 2011 at 04:50 PM
Washington - One of the world's richest men says he is setting up an international news network to rival Al-Jazeera. Alexander Machkevitch, a Kazakh-Israeli mining mogul, says he and unnamed partners are in the early stages of developing the venture. Machkevitch is pitching the idea at an annual meeting of Jewish leaders in Washington Wednesday. He told The Associated Press that he had not...

New York – Cuomo to Investigate Use of Parking Placards

April 6, 2011 at 04:22 PM
New York - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he expects to overhaul the use of placards that some politicians have used on their cars to avoid parking tickets in New York City. Cuomo says he’ll act on recommendations from his inspector general, who’s expected to release her report soon. The placards placed on dashboards are issued by the state Homeland Security Department. Cuomo says Wednesday he...

Queens, NY – Ed Koch Bridge A Familiar Site for an Unusual Crash

April 6, 2011 at 03:21 PM
Queens, NY - Police say a car veered out of control and struck a building in Queens near the same spot where an accident claimed the life of a pedestrian last week. Police say two people were injured in Wednesday's crash. They say the driver lost control of his 2006 Volkswagen Jetta as he came off the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge and struck a store front. Fire officials say the 39-year-old...

New York, NY – New York City Council Protests Cuts to Priority 5 and 6 Child Care

April 6, 2011 at 02:38 PM
New York, NY - Half of the New York City Council today, including Councilman David G. Greenfield, General Welfare Chair Annabel Palma, Assistant Majority Leader Lew Fidler and Council Members Steve Levin, Brad Lander and Tish James, joined together to stand up for impoverished children by demanding a full restoration of funding to Priorities 5 and 6, which provide childcare through contracted...

Jerusalem – Unpaid Electric Bill Makes Holy Rambam’s Grave Site Go Dark

April 6, 2011 at 02:03 PM
Jerusalem - It's a lesson that the rabbis who manage one of Israel's most popular Jewish pilgrimage destinations have now learned the hard way: Even holy sites have to pay the electric bill. The tomb of Moses Maimonides, one of Judaism's pre-eminent sages, has been plunged into darkness because of a debt to the electricity company totalling $11,500. Rabbi Israel Deri, one of the managers of...

Jerusalem – In Photos: Kotel Undergoes Spring Clean For Pessach

April 6, 2011 at 01:53 PM
Jerusalem - During its bi-annual face-lift, Western Wall employees remove millions of handwritten notes, faxes from between ancient stones. ...

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