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San Francisco, CA – City Weighs In On Proposed Brit Milah Ban

June 30, 2011 at 09:27 PM
San Francisco, CA - The city weighed in for the first time Thursday on a local ballot measure that would ban the circumcision of male children, arguing that the proposed law would be unconstitutional if it applies to Jewish mohels but not pediatricians and other doctors. The city attorney's office made the argument in response to a lawsuit by a coalition of Jews and Muslims that has asked a...

Lakewood, NJ – Thousands Attend Funeral Of Telz Rosh Yeshiva (photos-Video)

June 30, 2011 at 07:50 PM
Lakewood, NJ - Approximately 1000 people were on hand at the Telshe Yeshiva in Cleveland at 9 AM this morning to pay their respects to their esteemed Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Stein, zt’l who was niftar yesterday at the age of 99. The hespedim were delivered by his sons, R’ Binyomin Moshe Stein and R’ Shmuel Zalman Stein, his son in law R’ Menachim Levin and by R’ Avrohom Chaim Levine...

Athens, Greece – Irish Boat Drops Out Of Flotilla, Cites Sabotage

June 30, 2011 at 07:19 PM
An Irish ship on Thursday dropped out of the pro-Palestinian flotilla planning to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, citing sabotage, and a U.S. ship declared it may set sail from a Greek port for Gaza without permission, activists said. Up to 400 international activists had been due to sail this week to Gaza aboard 10 ships leaving from Greece to protest the naval blockade that Israel imposed...

Williamsburg, NY – Councilman: NYPD Not Doing Enough against Hate Crimes

June 30, 2011 at 06:17 PM
Williamsburg, NY - Councilman Stephen Levin has spoken out against a rash of swastikas spotted on Marcy Avenue in Williamsburg. Levin says that two of the anti-Semitic symbols have appeared on the main thoroughfare in the past month, representing “a pattern of hate and vandalism.” And the NYPD is not doing enough, Levin says. “I strongly condemn the actions of the individual, or...

Boston, MA – Lawmaker Apologizes for Comparing Lobbyist Badges to Holocaust Tattoos

June 30, 2011 at 05:49 PM
Boston, MA - A Massachusetts state lawmaker apologized on Thursday for a remark comparing a Republican proposal that would require lobbyists to wear ID badges to the Nazi tattooing of Jews during the Holocaust. John Binienda, a Democrat from Worcester, told the State House News Service on Wednesday that the plan for lobbyists to wear visible identification badges to seek access to House...

New York, NY – Thousands Leave to Catskills for the Summer

June 30, 2011 at 04:16 PM
New York, NY - Finding a parking place in Brooklyn is becoming considerably less daunting than usual as thousands of Jewish residents head up today to the mountains to spend their summer in the scenic Catskill mountains. While Brooklyn’s stores are preparing for the summer slowdown, businesses both small and large in the mountains are ready for the annual summer influx of Jewish customers...

Washington – Senate Confirms Petraeus as CIA Director

June 30, 2011 at 03:10 PM
Washington - The Senate has voted to confirm Gen. David Petraeus to be the nation’s CIA director. The vote was 94-0. Arguably America’s most famous military commander of the decade, Petraeus has been in charge of U.S.-led international forces in Afghanistan since June 2010. The West Point graduate and 37-year Army veteran is also credited with turning around the war in Iraq, from which...

Brooklyn NY – Hikind: SUNY Downstate Medical Center Failing To Accommodate Religious Modesty Laws

June 30, 2011 at 02:54 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is blasting SUNY Downstate Medical Center and its physical therapy program for revoking an accommodation which had previously allowed observant Jewish women enrolled in the program to practice therapy on other women instead of on men, in keeping with the Jewish laws of modesty. Hikind notes that this accommodation will not hinder instruction in...

Buenos Aires – Argentina To Compensate Victims of Israeli Embassy Bombing

June 30, 2011 at 02:01 PM
Buenos Aires - Relatives of victims of the 1992 attack on the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires will receive compensation from Argentina. The Argentina Parliament on Wednesday unanimously approved a special law of economic compensation for the families of the victims of the bombing, which killed 29 and injured 242 on March 17, 1992. Under the law, the families will receive $225,000 in the...

Washington – Study: Diet Soda Makes You Fat

June 30, 2011 at 01:37 PM
Washington - Maybe next they'll conclude that water makes you fat. Diet soda -- which has nearly no nutritional value -- dangerously bloats waistlines and might boost blood-sugar levels, according to new studies. People who drink diet soda experienced a 70 percent greater increase in waist circumference over a decade than non-users, a study by the University of Texas Health Science Center San...

The Hague, Netherlands – Dutch Government Rejects Palestinian Initiative

June 30, 2011 at 01:21 PM
The Hague, Netherlands - The Dutch government rejected a Palestinian initiative Thursday to seek U.N. recognition of a Palestinian state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met with Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal to seek support for the plan to seek statehood at the U.N. General Assembly in September, although membership of a new state must be...

Vienna – Israel Foreign Minister: Don’t Take Eyes off Iran

June 30, 2011 at 12:00 PM
Vienna - Israel's foreign minister says Iran is using the smoke screen of Mideast unrest to advance both its missile and nuclear programs. Avigdor Lieberman also urged would-be participants of the pro-Palestinian flotilla to give up their plans and deliver their aid to U.N. supervised ports for distribution. Lieberman spoke to reporters Thursday after meeting with Austrian Foreign Minister...

New York – MSNBC Suspends Analyst For Remark On Obama

June 30, 2011 at 11:23 AM
New York - An off-color remark about President Barack Obama on "Morning Joe" has led to the suspension of politician analyst Mark Halperin. "I thought he was a d....yesterday," Halperin said Thursday during a discussion about Obama's news conference on Wednesday. Halperin prefaced his remark by asking, "Are we on the seven-second delay?" It was a reference to a brief delay in a TV show...

Sloatsburg, NY – Thruway Summer Prayer Area Opens Today

June 30, 2011 at 10:58 AM
Sloatsburg, NY – The popular Mincha/Maariv area, utilized every summer by tens of thousands of Orthodox men traveling to the Catskills, will be open for the summer as of Today June 30, 2011. Located at the Sloatsburg rest area on the northbound side of the New York State Thruway, the area was designated as “prayer zone” after intense negotiations with community leaders to serve the many...

London – Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks: Dutch ‘Shechita’ Vote A ‘Dark Day In History’

June 30, 2011 at 10:27 AM
London - A vote by the Dutch Parliament's lower house to make it compulsory for animals to be stunned before slaughter has been condemned by Jewish leaders, with the Chief Rabbi saying the decision represents "a dark day in the country's history". The vote moves the country a step nearer to effectively outlawing Jewish and Muslim religious methods of slaughter, with the upper chamber set to...

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