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Terrorists Likely Targeting Trains, Not Shuls, Says NYPD

At Passover security briefing, officials say al Qaeda recruits are sent to attack ‘symbols of capitalism,’
and they often act fast; Iran threat also on radar. Officials "tracking this threat very closely."

03/23/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

The Jewish community faces no specific threat as Passover approaches, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told local Jewish leaders on Tuesday.

But New York City faces the continued threat of an al Qaeda-linked terror attack, likely aimed at mass transit, he said at the police department’s annual pre-Passover security briefing.

“We’re tracking this threat very closely,” said the commissioner. “We rely on an alert public to be our eyes and ears.”

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly

Succeeding Simcha

Voters in Brooklyn's 44th Council District will go to the polls on Tuesday to fill the vacancy that was created when SImcha Felder was named deputy comptroller under John Liu. The winner will either by David Greenfield or Joseph Lazar, and in either case would be the third consecutive Orthodox Jew to represent the district, which includes all of Borough Park and much of Flatbush, and probably has more Jews, most of them Orthodox, than many U.S. cities.

Succeeding Simcha

Voters in Brooklyn's 44th Council District will go to the polls on Tuesday to fill the vacancy that was created when SImcha Felder was named deputy comptroller under John Liu. The winner will either by David Greenfield or Joseph Lazar, and in either case would be the third consecutive Orthodox Jew to represent the district, which includes all of Borough Park and much of Flatbush, and probably has more Jews, most of them Orthodox, than many U.S. cities.

The Fixer

05/24/2002
Staff Writer
Nathan Englander's first book, "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges," caused considerable buzz when it was released in 1999. Tall and slender, with a mane of dark curls and soft features befitting a biblical hero, the 30-something author became the darling of the Jewish book-fair circuit, drawing swarms of potential book buyers in Jewish Community Centers and synagogues nationwide.  

Holocaust Museum’s Management Woes

08/20/1999
Staff Writer
Millions flock each year to The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, making its exhibitions on systematic, state-sponsored mass murder the surprise success of the national Mall. But according to Sheldon S. Cohen, the chair of a committee that has just finished a major study of the museum’s governance, this popular acclaim masks serious problems behind the scenes.

‘Left-Wing’ Election Flights May Be Illegal

05/07/1999
Staff Writer
Chai L’Yisrael, the cheaper of the two at $180 round trip from New York, is offering flights tied to the May 17 election for prime minister and parliament, the Knesset. The latter will decide the fate of the Orthodox religious parties. Kesher’s round-trip flights are for an expected June 1 runoff between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of the right-wing Likud Party and Ehud Barak of the left-leaning One Israel Party. Kesher’s fares are $449 from New York and $649 from Los Angeles.

Heightened Alert At Rosh HaShanah

08/30/2002
Staff Writer
For years, the New York Police Department's annual pre-High Holy Days security meeting had become little more than a big coffee klatch. With crime down and bias crimes reduced, the gathering became better known as a chance for Jewish leaders from all walks of life and all parts of the city to renew acquaintances and trade stories with each other and police brass. Since the drill was the same every year, discussion about security became routine. Then came Sept. 11, 2001. Which made this year's meeting more serious than it has been for a long time.

Funeral Deal To Lower Costs

09/15/2000
Staff Writer
In an effort to provide New York Jews with access to more affordable traditional Jewish funerals, the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU) has signed an agreement with Parkside Memorial Chapels to provide a package deal that could save its members up to $1,000 on the cost of a funeral. The agreement comes 18 months after state and city officials warned of rising Jewish funeral costs in the city because of a monopoly on Jewish funeral homes they charged was being pursued by a Houston-based international funeral services conglomerate.

New Voice For The Voiceless

01/07/2000
Staff Writer
With the New York Police Department facing mounting criticism following the brutal attack on Abner Louima and the fatal shooting of Amadou Diallo, a diverse group of city religious leaders came together last year to express their concern to city government officials.
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