Three Dead In Catskills Car Crash

LES 9/11 first responder, wife, and future son-in-law die after SUV rolls over Sunday afternoon.


A Jewish 9/11 first responder, his wife and his daughter’s fiancé have been killed in a car crash in the Catskills.

An Eruv Will Come To Southampton

Suffolk town accepts state court’s ruling that allows creation of halachic boundary.

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Torah-observant residents of Southampton will be able to push baby carriages and wheelchairs on Shabbat and Yom Kippur.

With Backing Of 2 More Jews, Senate Can Block Iran Deal Rejection


Two Jewish senators announced their backing for the Iran nuclear deal, bringing the total of senators supporting to 41 -- enough to block Republicans from advancing a vote against it.

Obama Agrees To Settle 10,000 Syrians; HIAS Wants 100,000

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President Barack Obama has directed his administration to prepare to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees next year, up from 1,000 this past year – but that’s far fewer than the 100,000 Jewish refugee aid organization HIAS wants the U.S. government to resettle.

Yeshiva U. Finalizes Deal Over Control Of Medical School


Yeshiva University has finalized an agreement to transfer the operations and finances of its medical school to the Montefiore Health System.

A building on the Bronx campus of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. JTA

Europe’s Refugee Crisis Stirs Consciences, But Responses Vary


PARIS - Europe’s refugee crisis has inspired faith communities across the continent to open their doors to the newcomers and advocate for more state and private help, but the urgency of their calls and the depth of responses to them vary from country to country:

Migrants are welcomed as they arrive at the main railway station in Dortmund, Germany, on September 6, 2015. RNS

Hearing Launches Push To Defund Planned Parenthood


Washington — House Republicans began their effort to de-fund Planned Parenthood Wednesday with the first in a series of hearings intended to make the case that the group is illegally harvesting and selling tissue from aborted fetuses, a claim the group vehemently denies.

The Planned Parenthood logo is pictured outside a clinic in Boston, Massachusetts, on June 27, 2014.  RNS

YU President Richard Joel To Step Down

Cites age and years of service to the school -- 13 -- as reasons behind the decision.


Richard Joel, president of Yeshiva University, announced that he will step down at the end of his term.

Richard Joel. JTA

Mikvah-Peeping Rabbi Barry Freundel Issues Public Apology


Barry Freundel, the disgraced Orthodox rabbi who went to jail for installing secret cameras in the mikvah ritual bath adjacent to his Washington synagogue, has issued a public apology.

Rabbi Barry Freundel exiting the courthouse after entering his guilty plea, Feb. 19, 2015. JTA
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