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Bnei Brak – Shas Demands Guidelines for Yeshiva Inspections

July 24, 2011 at 10:56 PM
Bnei Brak - A furious Shas is demanding the Finance Ministry draw-up guidelines for their inspections in yeshivot, after a reportedly unsavory visit of two inspectors at a Bnei Brak institution. According to the rabbis and students of the Beit Shmaya yeshiva, two inspectors showed up at the school on Wednesday around noon, in the middle of the “general lesson” to the entire student body...

Tel Aviv – Israel To Build Second International Airport North of Eilat

July 24, 2011 at 09:43 PM
Tel Aviv - The cabinet approved Sunday the construction of a second international airport to be located just north of the southern city of Eilat. The planned airport in Timna, 18 kilometers north of Eilat, will replace the city's old local airport. The construction is estimated to take three years and to cost NIS 1.7 billion. The government plans on naming the airport after the Israeli...

Anchorage, Alaska – Teens Mauled By Bear in Alaska

July 24, 2011 at 08:05 PM
Anchorage, Alaska - Alaska State Troopers say a brown bear that was with her cub attacked teens participating in a survival skills course, badly injuring two in the group. Troopers say the teens were among seven students participating in a 30-day backcountry course by the National Outdoor Leadership School when the attack occurred Saturday night about 120 miles north of Anchorage. They were...

Brooklyn, NY – More Than 300 Attend Candlelight Vigil For Leiby Kletzky’s Death (Video)

July 24, 2011 at 07:53 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A candlelight vigil was held Sunday night in Kensington, Brooklyn to honor the memory of eight-year-old Leiby Kletzky, who was found murdered in the neighborhood earlier this month. About 300 mourners gathered at the playground of P.S. 230 on McDonald Avenue at Albemarle Road in Kensington at 8:30 p.m. Also participating were NYS Assemblyman Dov Hiknd, NYS Sen. Eric Adams...

Manhattan, NY – Pigeon Takes Ferry Same Time Every Day to Weehawken

July 24, 2011 at 06:09 PM
Manhattan, NY - A feral pigeon nicknamed Tony has been riding the New York Waterway ferry from Manhattan to Weehawken at the same time every day for three years. "I've been working this job for 23 years and I've never seen anything like this," says senior deckhand George Schumpp, a 52-year-old from the upper East Side. "Three years ago, this pigeon shows up and starts going through the cabin...

Albany, NY – Thousands Rally Against Gay Marriage As NY Ceremonies Begin

July 24, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Albany, NY - Thousands of opponents of gay marriage took to the streets in loud and sometimes tense protests Sunday, the first day that legal same-sex weddings were performed. The National Organization for Marriage held rallies in New York City, Albany, Rochester and Buffalo, saying Gov. Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers redefined marriage without giving voters a chance to weigh-in, as they have in...

Butner, NC – Israeli Ambassador to US to Visit Jonathan Pollard

July 24, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Butner, NC - Israel's Ambassador in Washington, Michael Oren will visit Jonathan Pollard in prison on Tuesday. Pollard is serving a life sentence in the Butner Federal prison in North Carolina. Pollard's wife Esther is set to join the ambassador on a visit on behalf of the Israeli government. The US government is aware of the planned visit. ...

New York, NY – Thousands of Security Cameras Capture Every Move Around City

July 24, 2011 at 03:51 PM
New York, NY - These days, cameras peer out from everything from bodegas to restaurants to traffic poles. "Surveillance cameras are now a part of our way of life," said Mitchell Moss, a city expert and director of NYU's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management. "Cameras have become the way to manage the public spaces of our city." The benefits of cameras came into focus in...

Israel – AP Report On Ancient Bell Found in Jerusalem Old City Sewer

July 24, 2011 at 02:08 PM
Jerusalem, Israel - A tiny golden bell pulled after 2,000 years from an ancient sewer beneath the Old City of Jerusalem was unveiled Sunday by Israeli archaeologists, who hailed it as a rare find. The orb half an inch (one centimeter) in diameter has a small loop that appears to have been used to sew it as an ornament onto the clothes of a wealthy resident of the city two millennia ago...

New York – Mayor Bloomberg: ‘America A Very Low-Tax Country

July 24, 2011 at 01:27 PM
New York - During an interview on ABC’s This Week today, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that Republican demands that a deal to raise the debt ceiling include only spending cuts and no tax increases are unrealistic. To bolster his case, he noted that America is already “very low-tax compared to other developed countries”: It is also true, incidentally, that America is very...

New York – Orthodox Organization To NY Lawamkers: Our Yeshivas Need Child Protection Laws

July 24, 2011 at 12:05 PM
New York - The Jewish Board of Advocates for Children, a nonprofit group which, for several years, has been calling for strong child protection laws that would govern yeshivas and all nonpublic schools, has sent a letter to leading New York state legislators urging them to address the grave problem of child abuse. The letter, delivered Friday, July 22, 2011, calls attention to the heinous...

Oslo, Norway – Norway Suspect Wanted European Anti-Muslim Crusade

July 24, 2011 at 11:52 AM
Oslo, Norway - The man blamed for attacks on Norway's government headquarters and an island retreat for young people that left at least 93 dead said he was motivated by a desire to bring about a revolution in Norwegian society, his lawyer said Sunday. A manifesto he published online — which police are poring over and said was posted the day of the attack — ranted against Muslim immigration...

Borough Park, NY – Leiby Kletzky’s Father Speaks Out on Zev Brenner Radio Show

July 24, 2011 at 11:28 AM
Borough Park, NY - Rabbi Nachman Kletzky appeared on The Zev Brenner talk-line communications WMCA radio Saturday night making his first public comments since his 8-year-old son’s funeral. He expressed gratitude for the support his family has received since Leiby’s killing. Kletzky also told New Yorkers they could ensure his son’s death was not in vain by donating to a memorial fund...

Israel – New Glat Kosher Segregated Facebook for Charedim

July 24, 2011 at 10:23 AM
Israel - Mandy has 321 male friends. His wife, Chaya Mushka, has 321 girlfriends. How many new couples will they be able to match? Well, none. All these friends are on FaceGlat – the haredi version of the Facebook social network, in which Mandy and Chaya Mushka are not even allowed to meet. Yes, the Jewish mind doesn’t rest. Technology keeps presenting new wonders, and there's always...

New York, NY – City Facing First Increase in Felonies in 18 Years

July 24, 2011 at 09:47 AM
New York, NY - Crime is on the verge of going up this year for the first time in nearly two decades -- and anxious NYPD brass are cracking down in an effort to keep their historic gains intact. Through July 17, incidents of the seven major felonies are down only slightly -- 0.4 percent -- over the same period last year, dipping from 54,447 to 54,254. The annual tally has dropped every year...

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