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Berlin – Germany’s Main Jewish Leader Steps Down

October 31, 2014 at 09:41 AM
Berlin - Germany's main Jewish leader, who in 2010 became the first person born after the Holocaust to take the job, says he's stepping down. Dieter Graumann said Friday he won't seek a second term leading the Central Council of Jews in a vote Nov. 30. The 64-year-old said the job, whose holder works on an honorary basis, "demanded an extraordinary amount of energy and time." The group's...

New York – NYPD Chief Banks Quits Force

October 31, 2014 at 09:38 AM
New York - The NYPD's highest-ranking black official abruptly quit Friday instead of taking a new post, a surprising move that caught city officials off guard at a time when the department is trying to mend relationships with minority communities. Chief Philip Banks III was to have been named first deputy commissioner, second in command at the nation's largest police force. Commissioner...

New York – U.S. Ambassador To UN To Report Temperature Twice Daily After West Africa Visit

October 31, 2014 at 09:14 AM
New York - U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power returned to New York on Thursday after a brief visit to Ebola-stricken West Africa and will report her temperature twice daily to the New York state health department for the next 20 days. Traveling on a U.S. government plane, Power's delegation did not come in contact with any Ebola patients during a visit to Guinea, Sierra Leone...

Blooming Grove, PA – Suspect In Police Ambush Captured By U.S. Marshals In Tannersville

October 31, 2014 at 08:53 AM
Blooming Grove, PA - The survivalist suspected of killing a Pennsylvania state trooper in a sniper attack in September could face the death penalty, prosecutors said, after a seven-week manhunt in the Pocono Mountains ended with his arrest on Thursday. Eric Matthew Frein, 31, had eluded capture by hundreds of law enforcement officers since the Sept. 12 ambush outside a state police barracks in...

Washington – Kerry: US ‘Extremely Concerned’ With Tensions Across Jerusalem

October 31, 2014 at 08:30 AM
Washington - As fears mount over a third Palestinian uprising, the State Department demanded the reopening of the Aksa Mosque on Thursday, shut after the shooting of prominent right-wing rabbi Yehuda Glick. It is "absolutely critical" the Israeli government and Palestinian authority do everything in their power to quell violence in Jerusalem, the State Department warned on Thursday. State...

Jerusalem – Funeral Held For Shooter Of Rabbi Yehuda Glick

October 31, 2014 at 08:03 AM
Jerusalem - The funeral for Moataz Hejazi, the east Jerusalem resident who shot and seriously injured right-wing activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick in the capital on Wednesday, took place in Abu Tor on Thursday night. Hejazi was killed in an exchange of fire with security forces who tracked him to Abu Tor following the attempt on Glicks's life. Hejazi's body was handed over to the family following...

Jerusalem – Temple Mount Compound Reopens Under Heavy Security For Muslims Over Age 50, Tension High

October 31, 2014 at 07:49 AM
Jerusalem - Israel has reopened a contested Jerusalem holy site and deployed hundreds of security personnel amid rising tensions in the city. Muslim worshippers on Friday made their way through a welter of Israeli checkpoints to the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Police said that Muslim men over the age of 50 and women of all ages could...

Jerusalem – Fatah Calls For ‘Day Of Rage’

October 31, 2014 at 07:27 AM
Jerusalem - Police were set to reopen the Temple Mount to visitors on Friday, despite calls from Fatah to hold a “day of rage” in Jerusalem and the West Bank. In a leaflet issued in Ramallah, Fatah called on Palestinians to express their opposition to “Israeli assaults” on the Aksa Mosque. Fatah also denounced the Israeli move as a “declaration of a religious war” on the...

New York – How To Avoid Amazon And Still Get Deals

October 30, 2014 at 11:58 PM
New York - Amazon has a place in many Americans' lives because of its low prices and seemingly endless array of goods. But Amazon — which commands about 20 percent of all U.S. e-commerce — has its own problems, too. German workers are striking to unionize, its dealings with publishers such as Hachette and media companies such as Time Warner have been criticized as bullying, and some...

New York – Cuomo Reaches Out To Jewish Community With Roundtable Meeting And Radio Interview

October 30, 2014 at 11:02 PM
New York - After waging a re-election campaign whose strategy seemed to include avoiding almost all interviews, Governor Cuomo spoke with Councilman David Greenfield tonight on his weekly radio show, discussing his recent trip to Israel and his extremely close ties with Brooklyn’s Jewish community. The interview came one day after the governor made an appearance at Beth Jacob of Boro Park...

Riga, Latvia – Latvian Musical On Nazi Collaborator Stirs Anger

October 30, 2014 at 10:35 PM
Riga, Latvia - A famous Latvian aviator who joined a Nazi killing squad during World War II is being brought to life in a musical that has outraged Jews in the Baltic country and beyond. Critics say the show, touring theaters across Latvia until February, is an attempt to whitewash the legacy of Herbert Cukurs, who was assassinated by Israeli agents in South America for his role in the...

New York – Real-estate Funds Needn’t Be Riled By Rising Rates

October 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM
New York - The threat of rising interest rates is raising real fears about real-estate mutual funds. Investors have pulled money out of real-estate funds for two straight months, even though they remain among the year's best performers and pay bigger dividends than many stock funds. The worry is that rising rates will hurt growth for the owners of apartment buildings, offices and other...

Israel – Israel To Provide Aid To Displaced Ukrainian Jews

October 30, 2014 at 09:48 PM
Israel - The Israeli government has earmarked NIS two million for the rehabilitation of Jews displaced by the conflict in Ukraine, The Jerusalem Post has learned. The move marks a turnaround for Jerusalem, which has previously been accused of taking a distinctly laissez faire attitude by Jewish leaders there. While Israeli officials declined to speak about it, a source close to the project...

Long Beach, NY – Gala Birthday Bash For World’s Oldest Jewish Person On Long Island

October 30, 2014 at 09:15 PM
Long Beach, NY - She may be listed on Wikipedia as the thirteenth oldest verified supercentenarian in the world, but today Goldie Steinberg is going by another title: Birthday Girl. A resident at the Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Long Beach, Mrs. Steinberg is reportedly the oldest living Jew in the world, the eighth oldest living person in the United States and the oldest...

New York – Ebola Case Highlights Work Of NYC Disease Sleuths

October 30, 2014 at 09:00 PM
New York - New York City's disease detectives were off and running the moment the call came in from a doctor who suspected he had Ebola. As hazmat-suited emergency teams were preparing to transport Dr. Craig Spencer to Bellevue Hospital, health workers were talking to him by phone, not just about his high fever and other symptoms but also about his recent movements and contact with other...

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