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Beersheba – Court Orders Chevra Kadisha To Compensate Woman For Gender Discrimination

June 21, 2012 at 11:29 PM
Beersheba - A small claims court has ordered Chevra Kadisha to compensate a woman with NIS 31,900 (roughly $8,300) for the distress the group had caused her by barring her from walking alongside her father's coffin during his funeral. According to the plaintiff, the rabbi who led the burial ritual in January 2011 ordered the women to walk behind the men in the funeral procession. She and her...

Washington – Obama Faces Growing GOP Super PAC Financial Power

June 21, 2012 at 10:21 PM
Washington - The national campaigns backing President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are drawing even in their fundraising prowess, but new financial filings released show that the "super" political committees supporting the GOP candidate and his party are widening the money gap over struggling pro-Democratic party organizations. The main pro-Romney super PAC, Restore Our...

Albany, NY – Organ Donation Boosted By NY Driver License Bill

June 21, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Albany, NY - New Yorkers getting a new driver's license may soon have to make a choice about whether to be an organ donor. A bill that gained final legislative approval this week would no longer make consideration of organ donation optional. An applicant for a license or a renewal can currently ignore the question. It now goes to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Under the measure called Lauren's Law...

Tel Aviv – Murdered Yemenite Jew Buried In Israel

June 21, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Tel Aviv - The body of a Jewish man murdered in Yemen three weeks ago laid to rest in Israel on Thursday. The Jewish Agency for Israel announced a plane carrying the remains of the victim Aharon Zindani landed at Ben-Gurion Airport on Wednesday evening. It said his family members were also on the flight, which was organized by the Jewish group with assistance from the Foreign and Defense...

Albany, NY – Legislature Deal: Teacher Evaluations Will Be Public Only to Parents

June 21, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Albany, NY - Teacher evaluations will be kept secret from most taxpayers after state lawmaker's overwhelmingly passed Gov. Andrew Cuomo's bill Thursday, giving a major victory to teachers unions, who opposed wider disclosure of the appraisals. Under Cuomo's bill, a teacher's evaluation will only be released to the parents and guardians of students in his or her class. Even armed with a poor...

New York – Assemblywoman Weinstein Achieves Major Breakthrough For Parents Of Special Needs Children

June 21, 2012 at 06:08 PM
New York - Parents of special needs children will find that the placement process for their children will become much less cumbersome, thanx to legislation passed in Albany today, drafted and sponsored by Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein. The new legislation addresses three key issues that address where a child is placed, how long parents must wait for tuition reimbursement and an annual...

Rochester, NY – At Least $275K Raised For Bullied NY Bus Monitor

June 21, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Rochester, NY - A video of a 68-year-old school bus monitor mercilessly taunted by seventh graders became an international online rallying point against bullies Thursday, with a fund for the Rochester, N.Y., grandmother raising at least $275,000 and a deluge of people demanding harsh punishment for the boys. Police said Karen Klein does not want her young tormenters to face criminal charges...

Toronto – No Hard Keyboard For First Of New BlackBerrys

June 21, 2012 at 05:04 PM
Toronto - The first BlackBerry device running Research In Motion Ltd.'s new operating software will not have a physical keyboard, only a touch-screen one. The BlackBerry 10 software will be offered on devices with physical keyboards in the future, but RIM spokeswomen Rebecca Freiburger declined to say when. RIM is expected to start selling BlackBerry 10 touch-screen devices this...

Brooklyn, NY – Update: Four Indicted, Facing Potential Jail Time for Intimidating Witnesses in Williamsburg Abuse Case

June 21, 2012 at 04:54 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes, whose staunch defense of his Kol Tzedek program included creating a task force to prosecute any individual who attempted to interfere with witnesses in sexual abuse cases, announced the indictment of four Williamsburg men this afternoon, all of whom are charged with attempting to impede the prosecution in the case against 53 year old Nechemya...

New York – Dow Loses 251, It Second-biggest Drop Of The Year

June 21, 2012 at 04:34 PM
New York - Relentlessly gloomy reports about the health of the world economy rocked Wall Street on Thursday, stirring more worry about the stalled recovery and sending the stock market to its second-worst decline this year. The bad economic reports kept piling up: Manufacturing slumped in China. A closely watched unemployment figure jumped to its highest level in nine months. Sales of...

Jerusalem – AP Interview: Author Rattles US Jewish Leaders

June 21, 2012 at 04:06 PM
Jerusalem - Peter Beinart considers himself a supporter of Israel. He attends synagogue and sends his children to a private Jewish school in New York City. But when it comes to Israel, the pundit and former journalist has emerged as an unconventional bad boy of sorts, rattling the American Jewish community with charges that its leadership's blind support for Israel is helping the Jewish state...

Brooklyn, NY – Yossi Melamed’s Rare Collection Of Intimate Portraits Of Lubavitcher Rebbe Openes To Public

June 21, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Sarah Goldblatt’s father, Yossi Melamed, (who passed away May 3rd 2012 reported by VIN News) was a huge admirer of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory. So much so that he made a career out of taking pictures of the Jewish leader. Now, as the 18th anniversary of the Rebbe’s passing approaches, Melamed’s work – in 2010, the photographer, who passed...

New York, NY – City Push For Private School Fingerprinting Mandate

June 21, 2012 at 02:48 PM
New York, NY - City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is calling for a state law requiring that prospective employees of private schools get fingerprinted. Quinn announced Thursday that she and City Councilman David Greenfield will introduce a resolution calling on state lawmakers to mandate that New York private schools follow the same fingerprinting rules as public schools. The move follows...

Jerusalem – Music Mogul Russell Simmons Urges Peace In Israel

June 21, 2012 at 02:12 PM
Jerusalem - To hip hop and fashion mogul Russell Simmons, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is like "a rap beef" that can be resolved through dialogue and understanding. "A little trust, and it's over," he said. The cofounder of the pioneering Def Jam Recordings record label, which has represented such artists like the Beastie Boys, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, LL Cool J and Kanye West...

Stockholm – Sweden On Alert, Explosives Found Near Nuke Plant

June 21, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Stockholm - Sweden ramped up security at its three nuclear power plants Thursday after a small amount of explosives without a triggering device was found on a forklift on the grounds of the country's largest atomic power station, authorities said. Police were investigating possible sabotage, but insisted that even if there had been a blast it would not have posed any great...

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