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Jerusalem – New Gadget Makes For a Better ‘Arba’ah Minim’ Kit

July 6, 2011 at 10:32 PM
Jerusalem - A new gadget invented by the Israeli Kanfot Hadar company is likely to make your next Sukkot a more enjoyable one. The company has come up with an innovative and practical solution to help one carry all the things he needs on Sukkot. These include the four species (which are taken to the synagogue daily), the tallit, and the siddur. “The new Jewish gadget is a product that...

Detroit, MI – Feds: FBI Most Wanted Accused Of Seeking To Set Bomb in Israel

July 6, 2011 at 09:40 PM
Detroit, MI - A Michigan man on the FBI's most wanted list of terror suspects is accused of using a fake passport in an attempt to get into Israel and conduct a bombing on behalf of the Islamic militant group Hezbollah, according to an indictment unsealed in federal court in Detroit. Faouzi Ayoub, 44, faces one count of passport fraud, according to the August 2009 indictment that was only...

Albany, NY – Lawmakers Address Sippy Cups, Blue Lights for Ambulances

July 6, 2011 at 08:51 PM
Albany, NY - There were big issues decided in New York this year but legislators also addressed smaller concerns: They voted to require dental warnings on sippy cups for children in the late-session flurry of enactments before leaving for the summer and perhaps the year. The proposed warning on sippy cups with their bill-shaped spouts followed research showing a 15 percent increase in cavities...

Woodburn, IN – Local Farm Harvesting Passover Wheat For Brooklyn Chasidim

July 6, 2011 at 07:33 PM
Woodburn, IN - Ever notice the kosher label on some foods at the grocery store? Ever wonder how it got that title? Eight Orthodox Rabbis from New York spent Tuesday in Woodburn harvesting wheat crops that will be used to make matza - a kosher staple during the Jewish holiday, Passover. Every year the group of Rabbis travel more than ten hours to purchase wheat from local farmer, Rex Coomer...

United Nations – UN Accuses Israel of Excessive Force At Border

July 6, 2011 at 07:26 PM
United Nations - The U.N. secretary-general is accusing Israeli soldiers of using excessive force by firing live ammunition at unarmed Lebanese demonstrators in May. The demonstrators were trying to breach a border fence on May 15. The Lebanese Armed Forces reported that seven people died and 111 were injured. Ban Ki-moon said a preliminary report by the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Lebanon...

New York, NY – Union Blasts Bloomberg’s Day Care Reforms

July 6, 2011 at 06:16 PM
New York, NY - A labor union has filed a formal complaint with the feds, accusing Mayor Bloomberg of violating its contract by proposing an overhaul of the city's day care services. "It's a backdoor way of union busting," said Thomas Murray, the lawyer for DC1707, which represents the day care workers. Murray filed a protest with the U.S. Labor Department, claiming the city is trying to...

Chicago, IL – Illinois AG Gets Award from Jewish Advocacy Group

July 6, 2011 at 05:11 PM
Chicago, IL - Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has been honored by a Jewish advocacy group. Madigan received the Anti-Defamation League's Bernard Nath Award on Tuesday because ADL officials say she has a commitment to civil rights issues. Officials with the advocacy group say Madigan has facilitated relationships with the Cook County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement...

New York – Philip Morris Sues 34 NY Stores Over Allegedly Fake Marlboros

July 6, 2011 at 03:51 PM
New York - Philip Morris said it is suing 34 New York City retailers for allegedly hawking fake Marlboro cigarettes, a major source of lost revenue for the company. The largest U.S. cigarette manufacturer by revenue has waged a long-running campaign against sellers of the allegedly counterfeit cigarettes from California and Florida to websites based in China. The tobacco giant said there...

Washington – Obama Kicks Off Twitter Town With A Tweet

July 6, 2011 at 02:29 PM
Washington - President Barack Obama is kicking off his first Twitter town hall with — what else? — a tweet. Obama sent the tweet from a laptop set up on a podium in the East Room of the White House. He typed this message: "In order to reduce the deficit, what costs would you cut and what investments would you keep?" Obama is taking questions on jobs and the economy submitted on Twitter...

New YOrk – CNN Cancels Eliot Spitzer’s Prime-Time Program

July 6, 2011 at 02:09 PM
New York - The Eliot Spitzer experiment is over at CNN. The network reshuffled its prime-time schedule on Wednesday, canceling the former New York governor's 8 p.m. show, "In the Arena." Spitzer lasted less than a year at the network. He began on CNN's prime-time lineup last October paired with conservative columnist Kathleen Parker, who exited in February. The show never made a ratings...

New York – Facebook Launches Video Calls, Group Chat Features

July 6, 2011 at 01:55 PM
New York - Quick on the heels of Google's launch of its latest social-networking venture, Facebook is rolling out video calls. It's powered by Internet phone company Skype. Facebook said Wednesday that it is also rolling out a group chat feature. Facebook users can now create instant group chats if they want to quickly message a small group of their friends. CEO Mark Zuckerberg says...

Ankara – Turkey Insists on Apology, Israeli FM Says Israel Won’t Apologize

July 6, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Ankara - Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday he does not believe Israel should offer Turkey an official apology for the tragic outcome of the raid on the first Gaza flotilla. Lieberman, whose position is contrary to that of Defense Minister Ehud Barak, said that "There are some things I'm willing to discuss and some things I'm not willing to discuss. I will not have an apology...

Las Vegas, NM – Vandals Overturn 29 Headstones of Jewish Cemetery

July 6, 2011 at 12:14 PM
Las Vegas, NM - Someone knocked over gravestones inside a Las Vegas cemetery, some dating back several years. A caretaker of the Montefiore Cemetery says 29 headstones were overturned or destroyed between June 28 and July 1. The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that some of the headstones were erected in the late 19th century. The Montefiore Cemetery, named for the British Jewish philanthropist...

Bucharest, Romania – Israel Warns Of Tough Response if PA Declare Statehood, As PM Gets Romanian Backing

July 6, 2011 at 11:33 AM
Bucharest, Romania - Israel's hardline foreign minister warned Wednesday of a tough response if Palestinians declare independence at the U.N. this fall, as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to cement Romanian opposition to the plan. With peace talks deadlocked for more than two years, the Palestinians plan to ask the U.N. to recognize their independence in September and both...

London – EU Parliament: ‘Shechita’ Won’t Be Singled Out For Labeling

July 6, 2011 at 11:20 AM
London - The EU Parliament today adopted the Food Information to Consumers report backing the agreement reached after months of negotiation between the European Commission, Council and Parliament. The suggestion that Shechita would be singled out for specific labeling – originally voted through by a committee of the European Parliament - was rejected in the plenary vote after a compromise was...

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