Polling Place at Messianic Building Changed After Complaints by Orthodox Jewish Voters

10/25/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- A polling place at a messianic Christian center in New York was changed after Orthodox Jewish voters protested.

Jewish voters complained to the Board of Elections after the Life in Messiah evangelical group's building was announced as a polling place for four election districts from Midwood in Brooklyn, according to the New York Daily News. The voters said their strict adherence to Jewish law would not allow them to enter the building.
The group requested after the outcry that its building not be used.

Populists’ Anti-Islam Message Has European Jewish Leaders Worried

10/24/2010 - 20:00

BERLIN (JTA) -- Geert Wilders, the rock star of European politics, is riding the crest of a populist tsunami.

As the pro-Israel founder of Holland’s Party of Freedom lets loose recently in Berlin, shouting that Islam is a threat to Germany’s identity, democracy and prosperity, his audience of 500 reacts with an evangelical zeal, offering big-time applause and standing ovations.

“Stand by the side of those who are threatened by Islam, like the State of Israel and its Jewish citizens,” he exhorts the crowd.

Paladino Asked About ‘Backdoor Deals With The Orthodox’

10/24/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

A host of Fox TV’s “Good Day New York” Monday morning asked Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino if he was “making any backdoor deals with the Orthodox to stay alive.”

Rosanna Scotto noted the candidate’s campaigning this week in Williamsburg and a previous appearance there on October 11th that caused a controversy over gay rights.

GOP gubernatorial nominee Carl Paladino

Eric Cantor: Take Israel Out of Foreign Aid

10/24/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A Republican Congress would seek to remove funding for Israel from the foreign operations budget, a GOP leader said.

U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor, the Republican whip and the only Jewish Republican in the House of Representatives, told JTA that a GOP-led House would seek to defund nations that do not share U.S. interests, even if it meant rejecting the president's foreign operations budget.

Cantor, of Virginia, said he wants to protect funding for Israel should that situation arise.

Russian Census to Find Large Jewish Drop, Expert Predicts

10/24/2010 - 20:00

MOSCOW (JTA) -- The Russian census under way will show a Jewish decline of as much as 25 percent, a specialist on Russian Jewish demography predicts.

The estimate by Mark Kupovetsky, director of biblical and Judaic studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities, for the 2010 census is based on the stable decline of the Jewish population in Russia over the past years, as death rates rise and birthrates fall.

IRAC, Abraham Fund Call for Charges Against Safed Rabbi

10/23/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Two Israeli groups with U.S. affiliates called for the criminal investigation of a municipal rabbi who asked Jews not to rent apartments to non-Jews.

The Israel Religious Action Center, an affiliate of the Reform movement, and the Abraham Fund, a group that promotes Jewish-Arab coexistence in Israel and that has a U.S. office, this week sent separate letters to Israel's Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein calling on him to launch a criminal incitement probe of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, the chief rabbi of Safed, Ha'aretz reported.

Israeli Chess Grandmaster Achieves World Record

10/23/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An Israeli chess grandmaster bested an Iranian's world record by playing 527 ranked chess players simultaneously in Tel Aviv and winning 87 percent of the games.

Alik Gershon began playing the concurrent matches on Thursday morning in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square in an attempt to break the Guinness simultaneous chess world record set in 2009 by the Iranian grandmaster Morteza Mahjoub. Gershon completed the games by early Friday.

Aid Convoy Enters Gaza

10/20/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- An international aid convoy entered Gaza from Egypt.

The Viva Palestina convoy of nearly 140 vehicles, $5 million in aid and 370 passengers from 30 countries, entered Gaza through the Rafah crossing on Thursday afternoon. The convoy reportedly was carrying school and medical supplies.

The convoy left more than a month ago from London, travelling by land and sea through France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Syria before reaching Egypt.

Gaza has been under a naval blockade by Israel since Hamas took over the coastal strip in 2007.

Israel Won’t Attack Iran: Israeli Cabinet Minister

10/20/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Israel will not launch an attack on Iran to prevent its development of a nuclear bomb, an Israeli minister predicted here Wednesday.

“We are not going to volunteer to solve the problem for the world and then have the world come [down] against us,” Binyamin Ben-Eliezer, Israel’s minister of Industry, Trade and Labor, told The Jewish Week. Ben-Eliezer is a former defense minister.

“No more – finished,” he added, alluding to the worldwide criticism Israel received in 1981 after Israeli bombs destroyed Iraq’s Osirak nuclear reactor.

Actor Tom Bosley of ‘Happy Days,’ 'Fiorello' Dies

10/19/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Actor Tom Bosley, best known as the "Happy Days" dad Howard Cunningham, has died.

Bosley died Tuesday at his home in Palm Springs from heart failure due to lung cancer. He was 83.

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