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Long Beach, NY – World’s Oldest Living Jew Passes Away At 114

August 16, 2015 at 11:21 PM
Long Beach, NY - Goldie Steinberg, the world’s oldest living Jewish person, died today, just 75 days before her 115th birthday. A resident of Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Long Beach for over eleven years, Mrs. Steinberg’s birthday was an annual celebration that attracted family members, members of the media, local elected officials and children from nearby yeshivas who...

Tel Aviv – Israeli Government To Look Into Connecting With Gentiles Of Jewish Descent

August 16, 2015 at 10:58 PM
Tel Aviv - The government announced the formation of a special committee to investigate the relationship between the state and gentiles, many of Jewish descent, who have shown an interest in Israel and the Jewish people. In an advertisement that ran in several local newspapers, including The Jerusalem Post, the Diaspora Affairs Ministry described the exploratory committee and issued a call for...

Washington – Bird Flu Aftershocks To Drive U.S. Turkey, Egg Prices Higher

August 16, 2015 at 10:22 PM
Washington - Limited supplies of baby poultry and barn space to house them will hamper U.S. farmers' efforts to rebuild ravaged egg supplies after the nation's worst-ever outbreak of bird flu. As a result of the shortages and the loss of more than 48 million chickens and turkeys to the disease, egg prices will climb higher than previously expected this year and remain high through 2016...

Des Moines, IA – Pataki: Fighting Islamic State Should Be Higher Priority

August 16, 2015 at 09:50 PM
Des Moines, IA - Former New York Gov. George Pataki is telling Iowans he would make fighting the Islamic State group a higher priority of the federal government by increasing U.S. airstrikes against the violent militant group in the Middle East. During an appearance at the Iowa State Fair, the Republican presidential candidate says the group that has claimed a swath of Iraq and Syria, and has...

Washington – U.S. Warns China Over Covert Agents In America

August 16, 2015 at 09:27 PM
Washington - The United States has sent a warning to Beijing about Chinese agents it says are operating covertly in the United States to pressure fugitives, including some suspected of corruption, to return to China, the New York Times reported on Sunday. Citing U.S. officials, the newspaper said the operation, named Operation Fox Hunt, was part of a worldwide effort by Beijing to repatriate...

Spain – Pressure From BDS Forces Cancellation Of Performance By Jewish Artist Matisyahu At Peace Festival

August 16, 2015 at 08:55 PM
Spain - Amid growing pressure from the Valencia chapter of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), organizers for the annual reggae music festival Rototom Sunsplash in Benicassim cancelled on Saturday a scheduled performance by Jewish superstar Matisyahu. ELPAIS.com (http://bit.ly/1Kp4Qel) reports that BDS mounted an aggressive campaign during the week leading up to Matisyahu's appearance...

Manhattan, NY – Joining Long List Of Celebrities Trump To Report For Jury Duty

August 16, 2015 at 08:02 PM
Manhattan, NY - New York has a star-studded jury pool, and if Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump shows up Monday - he's failed to appear five times since 2006 - he will join a long list of celebrities who have made the trip to lower Manhattan to sit with hundreds of others who could be picked to decide trials. That list has included directors Woody Allen and Spike Lee, actors...

Washington – Judge Cancels Hearing For September 11 Suspects

August 16, 2015 at 07:19 PM
Washington - The U.S. military has canceled a pretrial hearing for suspects in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, a military spokesman said on Sunday, in another setback for the government in its efforts to try the five men being held at Guantanamo. A defense department spokesman said the hearing, originally scheduled for Aug. 24 to Sept. 4, was canceled by the military judge. "The judge cited...

Israel – Rooftop Offers Calm In Jerusalem’s Old City

August 16, 2015 at 06:26 PM
Jerusalem - The Old City of Jerusalem is a tourism paradise for history buffs or religious pilgrims, featuring the epicenters of all major monotheistic faiths. But calm it is not. The major landmarks in the Jewish, Muslim and Christian quarters recall the ancient violence that took place — the destruction of the Jewish Temples, the crucifixion of Jesus, the massacres of the Crusaders — and...

New York – After Decades, Guardian Angels Resume Central Park Rounds

August 16, 2015 at 06:00 PM
New York - The squad in stop-sign-red jackets and berets strode through Central Park, on guard for signs of crime. It was a familiar sight a generation ago, when New York was plagued by lawlessness that police have worked for years to dispel. Yet Guardian Angels volunteers made a pointed return this month to Central Park for the first time in over two decades, citing a 26 percent rise in crime...

West Bank – Palestinian Authority Accuses Israel Of Carrying Out ‘Field Executions’ On Palestinian Youth

August 16, 2015 at 05:33 PM
West Bank - The Palestinian Authority on Sunday accused Israel of carrying out “field executions” of Palestinian youths and said it would file charges with the International Criminal Court (ICC). The accusation came following Saturday’s incident near Nablus, where a Palestinian assailant was shot to death after stabbing an IDF soldier. The attacker was identified as Rafik Kamel al-Taj...

Har Nof – Israeli President To Charedi School Pupils: Study In Order To Contribute To Society

August 16, 2015 at 05:00 PM
Har Nof, Israel - After having been abruptly disinvited by one haredi school in Jerusalem, President Reuven Rivlin opened the school year at another haredi school in the capital’s Har Nof neighborhood with a message to the pupils that study was crucial to enabling citizens to contribute to the society they live in.  The president had been scheduled to visit the Talmud Torah Kehilat Yaakov...

Jerusalem – Israel’s Economy Slows To Near Standstill As Consumer Spending Abates

August 16, 2015 at 04:29 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli consumers took a break from spending in the second quarter, resulting in an annualized growth rate for the economy of just 0.3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), data showed on Sunday, far weaker than expected so far in 2015. GDP in the second quarter had been forecast to grow by an annualized 2.7 percent, according to a Reuters poll of analysts. With exports and...

Jerusalem – 4th Jew Arrested On Temple Mount For Calling Prophet Mohammed A ‘Pig’

August 16, 2015 at 03:47 PM
Jerusalem - Two Jewish visitors were arrested on the Temple Mount on Sunday morning for incitement and disturbing the public order, police said.   One suspect reportedly exclaimed “Mohammad is a pig,” after being insulted by an Arab mob shouting anti-Semitic slurs, while the second Jewish suspect, a 14-year-old boy, was arrested for incitement for donning his tzittzit over his...

Kansas City, MO – Murder Trial To Begin In Kansas Jewish Site Shootings

August 16, 2015 at 03:08 PM
Kansas City, MO - Murder Trial To Begin In Kansas Jewish Site Shootings A capital murder trial will begin this week for a Missouri man who claims he was morally obligated to kill three people last year outside two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites. Frazier Glenn Miller Jr., a 74-year-old avowed white supremacist, has publicly acknowledged firing the shots that killed 69-year-old William...

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