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Rockland County, NY – Orthodox Couple Rescued in New Jersey Kayaking Mishap

June 26, 2011 at 10:41 PM
Rockland County, NY - A Monsey woman kayaking the Ramapo River on Sunday afternoon was rescued by the Mahwah Fire Department after her canoe flipped on a curving portion of the river. The woman and her husband were kayaking with an instructor, also from Monsey, when both the couple's kayaks flipped over. The husband was aided by the instructor but the two were unable to rescue the woman...

Tel Aviv – Buses Not To Travel Before End of Shabbat

June 26, 2011 at 09:37 PM
Tel Aviv - The new transportation reform in central Israel, to go into effect July 1, will mean that buses that up until now were allowed to travel shortly before the Shabbat ends will no longer be able to do so. The change, which was not mentioned in the Transportation Ministry announcements ahead of the change, will mean that at least four major routes will only resume their operations...

Mont Vernon, NH – Tiny ‘Jew Pond’ May be Renamed to Frog Pond

June 26, 2011 at 08:33 PM
Mont Vernon, NH - One of the region’s most unusual place names may change: An official request has been made to find a new moniker for tiny Jew Pond in the center of Mont Vernon. “I talked to a few folks and got a sense, first, that most people didn’t know that it was named Jew Pond, and secondly, they kind of cringed when they realized it was the official name,” said Richard Masters...

Ramallah, West Bank – Palestinian Leaders Vote To Go For UN Recognition

June 26, 2011 at 07:05 PM
Ramallah, West Bank - The West Bank Palestinian leadership on Sunday formally decided to press ahead with efforts in September to win U.N. recognition of a state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem, in what could be a blow to efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. The leadership, made up of the Palestine Liberation Organization's decision-making body and officials of...

France – Hundreds Protest For Shalit in Paris

June 26, 2011 at 06:31 PM
France - Some 400 people took part in a demonstration calling for the release of captive soldier Gilad Shalit in Paris on Sunday. Shalit, who has been in Hamas captivity for the past five years, is both a French and Israeli citizen. The protestors chanted "Freedom for Gilad Shalit." The rally, organized by Jewish groups in France, was held outside the Paris City Hall Hôtel de Ville. A photo...

Brooklyn, NY – Man Surrenders In Borough Park Shul Abuse Case

June 26, 2011 at 06:13 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A Brooklyn Orthodox married teen, accompanied by his rabbi and a lawyer, surrendered today in the molestation of a youngster in the basement of a Borough Park synagogue. The teen, 19, was charged with unlawful imprisonment and child endangerment in the June 22 attack, authorities said. The teen, dressed in traditional Hasidic attire, allegedly lured a 12-year-old boy walking...

New York, NY – Yeshivas Thankful After School Funding Partially Restored

June 26, 2011 at 05:29 PM
New York, NY - In a conference call today with leaders of Agudath Israel of America and several Jewish schools including Belz, Pupa and Satmar, City Council Budget Director Preston Niblack announced that City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has restored approximately 25 million dollars to the after school voucher program. Funds that are desperately needed by New York poorest families. Nine...

New Jersey – NJ Gov.: I Won’t OK bill allowing NJ gay marriage

June 26, 2011 at 04:31 PM
New Jersey - Gov. Chris Christie says he won't sign a bill allowing gay marriage in New Jersey like Gov. Andrew Cuomo did in neighboring New York. Christie appeared on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday, days after Cuomo signed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in New York. Christie told host David Gregory that New Jersey will "continue to pursue civil unions." The Republican governor also...

Butner, NC – Israeli Tamar Fogel Meets With Jonathan Pollard in Jail Cell

June 26, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Butner, NC - Twelve-year-old Tamar Fogel, whose parents and three siblings were murdered at their Itamar home in March, paid a condolence call to Israeli agent Jonathan Pollard last week at his North Carolina jail cell, this is according to Israeli Chanel 2 news. Pollard finished sitting shiva for his father Morris who died last Saturday. Fogel was touched when Pollard had sent teddy bears...

New York, NY – Kelly: NYPD Monitoring Facebook, Twitter To Crack Down On House Parties

June 26, 2011 at 01:39 PM
New York, NY - Last weekend’s blood bath at two separate house parties in Brooklyn has the NYPD cracking down. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that apartments are unable to handle large parties and widespread advertisements for the gatherings created the potential for “overcrowding issues.” “Obviously you’re going to be concerned about that,” Kelly said. Kelly said...

New Haven, CT – Jewish Cemeteries Get New Life

June 26, 2011 at 01:03 PM
New Haven, CT - The gravestones on Jewell Street go back to 1856, but for years some of them have been neglected. Tombstones have toppled and groundhogs have moved in. With a new database of cemetery plots, Eli Greer is poised to perform an “act of true kindness” for those buried there. That’s “chesed shel emes” in Hebrew. Greer mentioned the term Thursday before a press conference...

San Francisco, CA – Feds Investigating Home Depot Over Foreign Goods

June 26, 2011 at 12:57 PM
San Francisco, CA - Federal officials are investigating allegations that Home Depot is providing Chinese-made products and other foreign goods to government customers in violation of the Buy American Act. The investigation was disclosed in a Department of Justice court filing earlier this year in a Los Angeles federal court. The DOJ is mulling whether take over a whistle-blower lawsuit that...

New York, NY – 4,100 Teachers’ Jobs Saved in Bloomberg’s Budget Deal

June 26, 2011 at 12:13 PM
New York, NY - The layoffs of about 4,100 New York City teachers have been averted under a budget agreement that's been reached by city lawmakers and union officials, although thousands more teachers expected to quit or retire this year won't be replaced. United Federation of Teachers spokesman Dick Riley says a deal was reached Friday night that would save the teachers' jobs through union...

Naalin Crossing, West Bank – Israel Begins Dismantling Section Of Barrier

June 26, 2011 at 11:22 AM
Naalin Crossing, West Bank - Israel on Sunday began tearing down a section of its contentious West Bank separation barrier near a village that has come to symbolize Palestinian opposition to the enclosure, the military said. The rerouting marked a major victory for the residents of Bilin and the international groups that have backed their struggle. But they said it fell short of their demands...

Washington – Bachmann Would Back Amendment to Overturn NY Marriage Law

June 26, 2011 at 11:13 AM
Washington - On Sunday, GOP presidential contender Rep. Michele Bachmann said she would support a federal constitutional amendment which would overturn New York state's new law legalizing gay marriage and similar laws in other states. On Fox News Sunday, Rep. Bachmann reiterated calls for an amendment that would define marriage as between a man and woman.  Rep. Bachmann claimed that while...

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