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Avi Chai’s Last Will And Testament?

As the foundation prepares for dissolution, it focuses on partnerships benefiting day schools and camps.
11/01/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In its latest round of grants, The Avi Chai Foundation has demonstrated a new strategic approach to its funding, one that reflects the reality of a foundation preparing to spend-down its nearly $600 million endowment by 2020.

“We acting with the understanding that our legacy depends on the success of institutions who will survive us,” says Avi Chai’s

Greenfield: Seniors Can’t Read New Ballots

11/01/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Senior citizens are complaining that paper ballots designed by New York’s Board of Elections are too small to read, says City Councilman David Greenfield.

New York state switched this year from antiquated voting machines to ballots that are filled out and then scanned and recorded by computer.

Since candidates for local judgeships, Assembly and Senate, Congress and four statewide offices are included on one sheet, as well as a ballot proposal on term limits, the type may be too small for those who are visually impaired.

Noshing The Aisles Of Kosherfest

From gluten-free to ‘capsaicin-spiced,’ our intrepid reporter samples the latest in rabbinically approved fare.
11/01/2010 - 20:00
Editorial Assistant

It’s not enough to just be kosher anymore. Today’s consumer wants more — the kugel should be vegan, the soup low in sodium and the cookies gluten-free.

And so in my culinary wanderings around the 22nd annual Kosherfest, held Oct. 26-27 in the Meadowlands, I had my eyes peeled on the kosher world’s new buzzwords, as well as on some exotic fare that would take me outside my food comfort zone, so to speak. (Once in my childhood my mother said it would be easier to list the foods I did eat rather than the foods I didn’t.)

More than 7,000 visitors wandered the aisles and sampled new snacks at the Kosherfest trade show last week in New Jersey.

Support For Hikind Rival On Holocaust Denier Blog

11/01/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

An Orthodox news site, Voz Is Neias, is reporting that the Republican seeking to unseat Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind “has received campaign donations from Bradley R.

Lebanon sentences Israel spies to death

11/01/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A Lebanese military court sentenced three of the country's citizens to death for spying for Israel.

Two of the alleged spies had fled the country, reportedly for Israel, and were sentenced in absentia. The third man, Jawdat el-Hakim, admitted to working for Israel for 10 years beginning in 1999, Ynet reported.

The men can appeal the sentence to a higher court.  

Rouse speaks to Jewish leaders

11/01/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama's new chief of staff reached out to Jewish leaders.

Pete Rouse, who replaced Rahm Emanuel, spoke Oct. 28 in a conference call with an array of Jewish leaders.

Some leaders complained Monday to JTA that the call held little substance; the only two Jewish speakers were from Chicago and are admirers of Obama.

Rouse established close relations with Jewish leaders when he was chief of staff to former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-S.D.), the majority leader from 2001 to 2003.

On Election Day, Jewish Dems face challenges

11/01/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Several Jewish Democratic incumbents are fighting for their political survival as Americans head to the polls.

Lawmakers under threat Tuesday in a midterm election cycle that has seen a conservative/Republican resurgence include U.S. Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and Reps. Ron Klein (D-Fla.), Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz), Alan Grayson (D-Fla.), John Adler (D-N.J.) and Steve Kagen (D-Wis.).

Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.) appears set to lose his bid to win New Hampshire's open U.S. Senate seat, as does Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher , a Democrat.

Israeli university students protest yeshiva stipend

11/01/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Thousands of Israeli university students gathered in Jerusalem to protest a bill that would provide stipends to yeshiva students.

Up to 10,000 students from universities around the country arrived by chartered buses to the capital Monday evening for the protest march from the prime minister's official residence to Zion Square.

The protesters carried signs reading "We're not suckers" and "Haredim – go to work," and chanting slogans such as "Students are worth more" and "We're hungry for bread too."

Birthright participant dies in sleep

11/01/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A Birthright Israel participant died in his sleep on the last night of his trip.

Michael Kellogg, 24, of Virginia, died last week during a Birthright trip for young professionals, The Jerusalem Post reported. Kellogg's family lives in Connecticut, where he will be buried.

An autopsy is being conducted on the body, the Post reported. Kellogg was being treated for a medical condition, according to the newspaper.

Fellow participants said Kellogg got a lot out of the trip and added to it, The Jerusalem Post reported 

P.A’.s Fayyad attends Jerusalem dedication

11/01/2010 - 20:00

 JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad attended dedication ceremonies for a school in eastern Jerusalem, despite an Israeli ban.

Fayyad on Tuesday attended the dedication of a school in the Dahiyat al-Barid neighborhood, which is located on the Palestinian side of the security fence. He skipped ceremonies to inaugurate a road in Shuafat and visit a school in Sheikh Jarrah.

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