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City On Edge As Holidays Near

09/02/1999 - 20:00
Staff Writer
A day after the arson fire at a Hauppauge, L.I., synagogue last week, a congregant at the neighboring Dix Hills Jewish Center rushed up to the rabbi to ask about security for the High Holy Days. "He said security was being beefed up and that there was nothing to be worried about," the congregant, Elaine Greenwald, said later of her conversation with Rabbi Howard Buechler. "I trust that when the rabbi tells me that, we're doing all we can."

Suffolk Hit With Two More Bias Attacks

09/09/1999 - 20:00
Staff Writer
The tires of three cars parked at the South Huntington (L.I.) Jewish Center were slashed while their owners attended pre-High Holy Day services Saturday night, and a few hours later in Centereach, L.I., other vandals scrawled swastikas and anti-Semitic and anti-black epithets on a public school.

A Worldwide Plague

10/26/2000 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Yehudit Moch of Park Slope walked into St. Vincent's Hospital in Greenwich Village last week sporting a T-shirt embroidered with a large Star of David. "You'd better close your jacket," said the receptionist, who was half-Jewish. "It's not safe to be wearing that on the streets of New York."

Attorneys Analyze Strategy

05/01/2003 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Lemrick Nelson's surprising admission that he killed Yankel Rosenbaum in a drunken stupor was his only possible defense, according to the former Brooklyn U.S. attorney whose office successfully convicted Nelson in 1997.

New York City Police Officers On Alert

08/02/2006 - 20:00
Staff Writer
In the wake of the shooting spree at the Seattle Jewish federation last Friday that killed one and wounded five, New York City police officers have been posted at more than 100 locations, including prominent synagogues, community centers and the headquarters of UJA-Federation of New York. “The New York City Police Department understands the threat level and has increased patrols in many Jewish neighborhoods,” said David Pollock, associate executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.

Vandalism Shakes Three Area Shuls

08/19/2008 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Thieves and vandals attacked three area synagogues in the last week, stealing eight Torahs from one in Queens and scrawling anti-Semitic graffiti on the other two in Staten Island and Long Island. It was the third time in a month that the Long Island synagogue, the Dix Hills Jewish Center, was struck by vandals. The theft of all eight Torahs from the main sanctuary of the Jewish Center of Kew Gardens Hills was discovered when the ark was opened during morning services last Saturday.

In Venezuela, ‘People Are Terrified’

02/03/2009 - 19:00
Staff Writers
The crisis in Venezuela deepened this week in the aftermath of the beating of a rabbi, Friday’s attack on a synagogue and the growing exodus of Israelis from Caracas. All of this comes a month after Venezuela expelled Israel’s ambassador and the embassy’s staff because of Israel’s offensive in Gaza. In New York Monday, more than 150 demonstrators shouting “Never Again” rallied outside the Venezuelan Consulate to protest the country’s failure to protect its Jewish citizens.

Post-Mumbai, Chabad Scrambling On Security

12/02/2008 - 19:00
Assistant Managing Editor
As the Chabad movement mourns the shocking murders of two of its emissaries and four visitors in Mumbai, India, other representatives of the international Jewish outreach movement from Costa Rica to South Korea to Long Island are scrambling to review security procedures and put into place new protective measures. Rabbi Osher Litzman, the Chabad representative of the recently opened Chabad House in Seoul, South Korea, told The Jewish Week that security for the Jewish community has always been very tight and will only get stronger post-Mumbai.

After Synagogue Bomb Arrests, New Focus On Muslim Prison Outreach

05/26/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
Reports that at least two of the four men charged with the attempt to bomb two Riverdale synagogues had become radical Muslims while in prison has refocused attention on this problem. “I hope this will cause an impetus for change – to see how recruitment is accomplished in prison and what needs to be done in the future,” said Yehudit Barsky, director of the American Jewish Committee’s division on the Middle East and international terrorism.

BREAKING: Feds Bust Bomb Plot Against Riverdale Temples; Rabbi Relieved

05/18/2009 - 20:00
Staff Writer
(Posted 11:30 PM Wednesday) Four men who planted what they believed were bombs outside two Riverdale synagogues Wednesday night were arrested before they could escape, police announced in a late night press conference. All four men were also charged with attempting to use antiaircraft missiles to shoot down military planes at a military base in Newburgh, N.Y. They were charged with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction in the United States and conspiracy to acquire and use anti-aircraft missiles.
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