Labor

Yahrtzeit Of Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Observed

03/01/2011

On the 100th yahrtzeit of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Manhattan that claimed the lives of 146 workers, a memorial ceremony was held Tuesday at Mount Richmond Cemetery on Staten Island, final resting place of 22 of the victims. The ceremony was conducted by the Hebrew Free Burial Association, which arranged the burials in 1911. Amy Koplow, right, executive director of the Hebrew Free Burial Association, places a stone on a victim’s gravestone.

Photos by David Karp

Ehud Barak’s New Faction Receives Four Ministerial Positions

01/18/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the four other lawmakers that split from the Labor Party will remain in the government with four ministerial positions.

Four other Labor lawmakers joined Barak in forming a new faction on Monday: Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon; Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai; Deputy Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Orit Noked; and freshman Knesset member Einat Wilf.

The new ministerial positions were announced Tuesday.

The new party is expected to be called Atzmaut, or Independence.

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