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London – Vogue Does Strictly Chassidic Women’s Fashion

June 27, 2011 at 11:23 PM
London - They may not often grace the pages of Vogue, but strictly Orthodox women regularly reinterpret celebrity and catwalk fashion - with a modest twist, according to research by the London College of Fashion. Chassidic women have interpreted mainstream fashion trends such as knitwear with embellished shoulder detail, ruffles, 60s-style pill box hats and evening dresses tempered with white...

Hempstead, NY – A Family Named Gold Tries to Make Borscht Cool Again

June 27, 2011 at 10:45 PM
Hempstead, NY - Marc Gold has a dream to make his cold borscht cool again. Borscht, an old world beet soup long savored by Russian and Eastern European Jewish immigrants, lent its name to the Catskill region of upstate New York where generations of revelers summered at hotels such as the Concord and Grossinger's. In the "Borscht Belt," the fuchsia-hued concoction was sipped liberally—either...

Jerusalem – Israel Preparing For September West Bank Violence

June 27, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's military is making intensive preparations for an outbreak violence in the West Bank over a U.N. vote in September on recognizing a Palestinian state, Israeli military officials said Monday. Palestinians, meanwhile, pushed ahead with their drive. Palestinian officials are fanning out around the world to raise support for their initiative. They hope to change the minds of...

Key West, FL – Fla. Keys Offers New James Bond-Like Watersport

June 27, 2011 at 09:13 PM
Key West, FL - Visitors to the Florida Keys can now pretend to be, and actually fly like, James Bond, thanks to a new watersport. Participants strap on a flight pack that looks like the one actor Sean Connery wore in "Thunderball." A 30-foot hose tethers the apparatus to a tiny boat with a pump that uses seawater as propellant. During training, a certified instructor operates the vehicle...

Israel – Yad L’Achim Takes On Phony Conversion Documents

June 27, 2011 at 08:23 PM
Israel - Haredi organization Yad L'Achim is launching a struggle against 1,000 Christians' intent to convert to Judaism, make aliyah, establish cooperative kibbutzim beyond the 1967 lines – and settle there. Following the publication of a Ynet article outlining the initiative, the organization's chairman Rabbi Sholom Ber Lifshitz claims that those involved in the initiative are missionaries...

Thompson, NY – Summer Camp Shut Down for “Deplorable” Conditions

June 27, 2011 at 07:01 PM
Thompson, NY - Citing “deplorable” conditions, Town of Thompson officials Monday shut down a camp on Route 17B and Coopers Corners Road. The camp was to open soon and house some 400 children for the two summer months, but Town Supervisor Anthony Cellini and the town building inspector looked at the site and decided to shut it down until repairs are made. Cellini fear for the safety of...

San Francisco, CA – Muslim Woman Sues Abercrombie & Fitch Over Hijab

June 27, 2011 at 06:36 PM
San Francisco, CA - A former stockroom worker for Abercrombie & Fitch Co. sued the clothing retailer in federal court Monday, saying she was illegally fired after refusing to remove her Muslim headscarf while on the job. Hani Khan said a manager at the company's Hollister Co. store at the Hillsdale Mall in San Mateo hired her while she was wearing her hijab. The manager said it was OK to wear...

White Plains, NY – Skverer Rebbe: Lawsuit In Arson Attack Has No Merit

June 27, 2011 at 05:40 PM
White Plains, NY - The chief rabbi in a Hasidic village north of New York City says a recent lawsuit filed against him is without merit. A resident of New Square who was badly burned in May had alleged Grand Rebbe David Twersky directed the attack. Plaintiff Aron Rottenberg claimed Twersky targeted him because he had begun praying at a synagogue other than the principal one in the insular...

Minot, ND – In Photos: North Dakota Town Nearly Destroyed From Flooding

June 27, 2011 at 05:34 PM
Minot, ND - The Souris River began a long, slow retreat in Minot on Sunday, leaving behind an arduous rebuilding job for more than 4,000 homeowners and hundreds of business operators. The Souris topped out Sunday nearly 2 feet below projections heading into the weekend, and it appeared damage might not extend beyond the homes and businesses that took on water Friday. Officials warned against...

Washington – ‘Shuvu’ Luncheon Features Congressional Leadership

June 27, 2011 at 04:04 PM
Washington - Leaders of the United States Congress gathered last week Thursday to pay tribute to Shuvu Return, an Israeli school network that provides a stellar education to Jewish children who emigrate from Russia to Israel. The event featured the most powerful members of the current Congress including both House Whips, Democrat Steny Hoyer and Republican Kevin McCarthy, Assistant...

Chicago, IL – Jury Convicts Ex-Ill. Gov. Blagojevich At Retrial

June 27, 2011 at 04:01 PM
Chicago, IL - Rod Blagojevich, who rode his talkative everyman image to two terms as Illinois governor before scandal made him a national punch line, was convicted Monday of a wide range of corruption charges, including the incendiary allegation that he tried to sell or trade President Barack Obama's Senate seat. The verdict was a bitter defeat for Blagojevich, who had spent 2½ years...

New York – Is Visiting Day at Camp More Trouble Than It’s Worth?

June 27, 2011 at 03:51 PM
New York - Mom Stacey Udell couldn’t wait for visitors day when her daughter first went to sleepaway camp at age 9. “About two hours in she said to me, ‘I think you better leave now. You don’t want to get stuck in traffic.’ We had just sat down to lunch.” Six summers later, Udell thinks the traditional day for parents, grandparents and siblings to check out what their campers...

Washington – FDA: Sprouts Linked To 20 Cases Of Salmonella Poisoning

June 27, 2011 at 02:51 PM
Washington - The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to eat Evergreen Produce brand alfalfa sprouts or spicy sprouts because they may be linked to 20 cases of salmonella poisoning. The Idaho-based company has not recalled the sprouts though they are possibly linked to illnesses in Idaho, Montana, New Jersey, North Dakota and Washington state. The FDA warned consumers not...

Washington – Supreme Court Rules Against California on Holocaust Art

June 27, 2011 at 02:42 PM
Washington - The Supreme Court on Monday left intact a decision that California strayed too far into foreign affairs with a state law extending the statute of limitations for recovery of Holocaust-era art. The decision is a victory for the Norton Simon Museum of Art in Pasadena, which wants to hold on to a pair of 16th century oil paintings entitled “Adam and Eve.” It is a marked defeat...

Jerusalem – Ponevitch Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi ‘Michel Yehuda Lefkowitz Passes Away At 97

June 27, 2011 at 01:51 PM
Jerusalem - The Ohaiv Yisroel of the generation has passed on, and we are bereft not only of leadership, but of a leadership that personified an Ahavas Yisroel that knew no bounds. Truly. Rav Michel Yehudah Lefkowitz zatzal passed away at 97 and was beloved by all. A personal story. Approximately thirty years ago, three young men travelled to Bnei Brak from Yerushalayim to see the...

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