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Jerusalem – Charedi Girls Compete To Be Entrepreneurs

June 11, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Jerusalem - A clothes hanger that irons your clothes, a car that prevents you from drunk-driving and a bank that stops you from going into the red. These ideas, along with numerous others, were the fruit of a competition between groups of ultra- Orthodox high-school girls to develop a winning business initiative, the final of which was staged in the Jerusalem Municipality on Sunday...

Washington – Commerce Secretary to Take Medical Leave After Car Accidents

June 11, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Washington -Commerce Secretary John Bryson is taking a medical leave of absence after his involvement in two automobile accidents in California last weekend. Police said the accidents possibly were linked to a seizure he suffered. Mr. Bryson, who was found unconscious in his car late Saturday afternoon, was treated and taken to a hospital for examination. Mr. Bryson, 68, was released from the...

Jerusalem – Israel’s Chief Rabbinical Council: Women May Deliver Eulogies On A Case-By-Case Basis

June 11, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Jerusalem - The Chief Rabbinical Council has ruled that religious law does not prevent women from delivering eulogies at funerals, though the council fell short of endorsing the practice. The council, which resolves questions about halakha, or Jewish religious law, and which is responsible for kashrut certificates and other religious issues, said it is up to the rabbi of each city to decide...

Chicago, IL – Mormon Designer Interprets Jewish Tzedakah Box

June 11, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Chicago, IL - Doug Burnett learned the power of vision and charity as a teenager when his parents gave glasses to a friend who couldn't afford a pair. So when the American Jewish World Service staged a contest for artists to inspire giving, Burnett eagerly accepted the challenge. The Chicago art director imagined a 21st-century version of the tzedakah box, the receptacle traditionally used in...

Mainz, Germany – Recognising Computer Addiction In Adolescents

June 11, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Mainz, Germany - When trying to determine whether a child is addicted to computer games or the Internet, parents should not only consider the amount of time the child spends at it. This is according to Klaus Woelfling, co-director of the Outpatient Gambling Addiction Department at Mainz University Medical Centre’s Clinic for Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy. More important, said...

Newark, NJ – AP Sues NJ Police Department Over Muslim Spy Data

June 11, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Newark, NJ - The Associated Press has sued a New Jersey police department over information stemming from a New York Police Department spying effort against Muslims. The lawsuit was filed Monday. It says the New Brunswick Police Department violated state open-records laws when it denied a request for 911 calls and radio recordings related to a June 2009 incident near Rutgers University. A...

Borough Park, NY – Maimonides Medical Center Grapples With Health Care

June 11, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Borough Park, NY - Giant aquariums now soothe pediatric patients at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. It has added welcome signs in 10 languages, a state-of-the-art cardiac operating room and programs to keep chronically ill adults safely at home. But as Pamela S. Brier, the chief executive, was walking to the main entrance last week, she spotted a rain-soaked plastic bag on the front...

San Francisco – Apple Integrates Facebook Into iPhone Software

June 11, 2012 at 06:19 PM
San Francisco - Fresh off a disappointing initial public offering, Facebook is getting a big boost from Apple, which is building the social network deep into its iPhone and iPad software. With the next version of Apple Inc.'s software, users will be able to update their Facebook status by talking to their phones. Users will also be able to "Like" movies and apps in Apple's iTunes store...

New York – Hikind, de Blasio, Nadler Urge NYPD To Reconsider Candidacy Of Fishel Litzman

June 11, 2012 at 05:20 PM
New York - Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and Assembly Member Dov Hikind have released the following statements regarding the candidacy of NYPD recruit, Fishel Litzman. Mr. Litzman was dismissed from the force because of his beard, which he maintains in accordance with religious tenets. “The NYPD does a tremendous job protecting our city, but it has done itself a profound disservice by...

Jerusalem – R’ Ovadia Yosef: It Is Forbidden To Expel Children From Yeshiva

June 11, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Jerusalem - In an impassioned plea to teachers and mechanchim everywhere, HaRav Ovadia Yosef cautioned schools that it is completely unacceptable to expel children from yeshivos, even if they exhibit negative behavior. In a video that was originally posted by Israeli news source Kikar Shabat, R’ Yosef extolled the virtue of patience, stressing its importance for those in the field of...

New York, NY – In Photos-Video: Elected Officials Slam Charles Barron As Anti-Semite

June 11, 2012 at 02:59 PM
New York, NY - Former Mayor Ed Koch, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Assemblyman Dov Hikind, Councilman David G. Greenfield, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, Councilman Michael Nelson, and other elected officials and community leaders held a press conference this morning at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan to denounce hateful comments and actions made by City Councilman Charles Barron who is...

New York, NY – City Considering Privatizing 80,800 Parking Meters

June 11, 2012 at 02:53 PM
New York, NY - New York City is considering privatizing its parking meters. The Department of Transportation on Monday formally requested Statements of Qualification from companies interested in operating the city's parking meters. Statements are due July 31. Julie Wood, a spokeswoman for the mayor's office, says that under any agreement the city would keep control of meter rates and...

Los Angeles, CA – Glenn Beck Signs 5-Year $100 Million Radio Deal

June 11, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck has signed a five-year, $100 million contract to continue his morning radio show with syndicator Premiere Networks Inc. The details were confirmed Monday by a person with direct knowledge of the deal. The person was not authorized to speak publicly about the deal and requested anonymity. The contract was earlier reported by The New...

Englewood, NJ – Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Faces Democrat Bill Pascrel, Does He Have A Chance?

June 11, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Englewood, NJ - New Jersey Congressman Steve Rothman’s defeat in the Democratic primary on June 5 has presented the state’s 9th district Jewish voters with a choice, between a non-Jewish Democrat and his rival, a Jewish Republican. Democrats consider the district safe, meaning they do not feel it is in danger of falling into Republican hands and most Jewish residents of the newly-drawn 9th...

Cairo – Defibrillator Used Twice On Egypt’s Mubarak As Health Worsens

June 11, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Cairo - Doctors used a defibrillator twice on Hosni Mubarak when they could not find a pulse Monday, the latest health crisis for the ousted Egyptian president since he was sentenced to life and moved to a prison hospital nine days ago, security officials said. The officials said the 84-year-old Mubarak was slipping in and out of consciousness and was being fed liquids intravenously. Mubarak...

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