Jews and Evangelical Christians, Israel wants you, and will pay half a million bucks to make sure you come.
After seeing a 14 percent jump in tourism in April, the Ministry of Tourism is launching a $500,000 advertising blitz in media aimed at the two groups that have kept the industry barely alive with solidarity missions despite 32 months of violence.
A major kosher food distributor will pay more than $1 million in compensation to workers who went on strike over inadequate wages two years ago, in a settlement brokered by Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.
But the Brooklyn-based Tuv Taam Corp., which packages frozen meals, may be in for a bigger hit when the National Labor Relations Board rules on a separate longstanding case alleging that members were punished for trying to unionize.
City lawyers are expected to argue in Brooklyn Federal Court next month that witnesses to the 1999 shooting of a disturbed man in Borough Park collaborated on their story. But lawyers representing the family of Gideon Busch in a civil suit believe it was the six police officers who gunned him down that conspired on their version of events.
No charges were brought against the cops, although members of the Borough Park community insist Busch was not threatening the officers when they opened fire on Aug. 30, 1999, striking the hammer-wielding man 12 times.
Score one for Mel Gibson.
The Catholic Church's official voice in America has washed its hands of a report by some of its own scholars that warns that Gibson's film about the death of Jesus invokes anti-Semitic images and flouts Catholic doctrine.
The unexpected response by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops comes after Gibson threatened to sue the group over an allegedly "stolen" script given to interfaith scholars, who concluded the movie will foment anti-Semitism.
A Manhattan Pentecostal church evicted a Hebrew Christian group last week that had been renting its sanctuary for services after the pastor said a scrawled message was slipped through his mail box reading "Get the Jews out or else."
The day after the Rev. Roger Casey received the note, he said two men came to the Rock Church at 153 E. 62nd St. and told him: "I hope you got our message."
About 100 Jews will practice meditation and recite confidence-building affirmations, often-criticized staples of the New Age movement, on the Upper West Side next week.
And it will all be under reliable Jewish supervision.
A conference at the JCC in Manhattan on June 22 will incorporate a wide variety of spiritual practices when it introduces mussar, a popular component of Orthodox thought, to a largely non-Orthodox audience.