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Attack on Building is Hate Crime, N.Y. Court Rules

State Appeals Court rules in case involving 2000 Bronx synagogue firebombing
03/31/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- A person can be guilty of a hate crime even if his victim is a building and not a person, a New York court found.

The state's Court of Appeals affirmed Tuesday that Mazin Assi's conviction under New York's hate crimes statute for throwing firebombs at a Bronx synagogue in 2000 was valid.

Assi was convicted in 2003 of attempted arson and criminal mischief as hate crimes and sentenced to five to 15 years in prison. In an appeal, Assi claimed that his conviction under the hate crimes law should be reversed since he attacked property and not a person.

Israel High

New program for 10th-12th graders offers a cost-effective alternative to American yeshiva day schools.
03/31/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

 Surrounded by close friends and enriched by challenging classes, Rebecca Hess feels content at her yeshiva high school in Philadelphia. 

Her parents boast about the high quality of their daughter’s academic education. They couldn’t have asked for anything more in their child’s schooling, they said.

But a recent discovery made them question if they could do better.

 Girls in Bnei Akiva’s Ulpanat Segula in Kiryat Motzkin.

JEWISH INTELLIGENCE

03/31/2010 - 20:00

The Drisha Institute for Jewish Education in Manhattan goes beyond just teaching. Through a variety of intellectually rigorous classes and an emphasis on equal access, Drisha has sought since 1979 to revitalize the Jewish community through learning. Its classes have inspired thousands, and for that JInsider is awarding Drisha its Yasher Koach heksher of organizational excellence. 

 

An Evolving Mission

Scholarships Passed Over

03/31/2010 - 20:00

With registration for the fall semester just days away and scholarship application deadlines long passed, five future Jewish leaders found themselves scrambling to replace the tens of thousands of tuition dollars a Jewish program had suddenly revoked.

But the day before Passover, Moishe House founder David Cygielman appeared with a strong hand, an outstretched arm — and a band of anonymous donors.

Moishe House’s David Cygielman helped save the day for PLP fellows.

Taking On Glenn Beck — With Poetry

03/31/2010 - 20:00

 It’s no secret that some Jewish leaders are anxious about a national mood of choleric rage and what it means for populations that have been the targets of past populist surges, starting with the Jews.

But while few have spoken out in public, one group has struck back with biting humor.

It’s the Jewish Funds for Justice that’s behind the just-announced HaikuGlennBeck.com Web site, aimed at a talk radio host and Fox News talk show host who seems to be handsomely profiting from the recent craziness.

Beck’s comment that “social justice” is akin to Nazism provoked a biting response from Jewish Funds for Justice.

A YouTube Haggadah

Skirball project combines 14 short artistic videos for each section of the seder.
03/30/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

An older man sits in his living room armchair, relaxing in striped button-down pajamas while crunching loudly on a raw root vegetable.

“Daddy, what are you eating?” asks his son, sitting on the sofa across from him, clad only in boxer shorts. 

“Horseradish,” the balding father responds in a thick Israeli accent, shaking his right forefinger.

“Raw horseradish? Are you crazy? Uch. How can you eat that — it’s so bitter!”

Artists are hoping people will incorporate videos like “Maror,” above, into their seders.

Enemies Of The State

Israelis fear ‘Obama’s intifada,’ return of the bad days.
03/30/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Death is closing in. Jerusalem is ready to blow. A genocidal bomb is being built in Iran, and an intifada is brewing at home. My Jerusalem feels “like a war zone,” writes Yossi Klein Halevi in The New Republic (March 16). There “are clusters of helmeted border police near the gates of the Old City, black smoke from burning tires in the Arab village across from my porch, young men marching with green Islamist flags toward my neighborhood, ambulances parked at strategic places ready for this city’s ultimate nightmare.” Some are calling it the Obama intifada.

Israel Gags News Of Journalist Under Arrest

Soldier-turned-reporter accused of leaking military documents.
03/30/2010 - 20:00
JTA

 Washington — Israel has held a journalist under secret house arrest since last December based on allegations that during her military service she leaked classified documents suggesting that the Israeli army violated laws dealing with targeted killings.

Anat Kam, 23, was arrested last December and charged under Israel’s espionage and treason laws, JTA has learned. 

Prosecutors are seeking a 14-year sentence, which is considered severe by Israeli standards. 

When A Kosher Conversion Isn’t Enough

Local haredi rabbis seen as marriage impediment in latest “who is a Jew” dust-up.
03/30/2010 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — In November 2009, exactly three months before the day they were planning to get married, Maxim and Alina Surdikov went to the marriage registry in the coastal town of Ashkelon, their hometown, just as the laws requires.

The registrar pleasantly told them that before the young couple could open a file (known as a “teek”), they would have to receive permission from the town’s rabbi, Haim Blau.

The reason: Alina Surdikov, 24, who immigrated to Israel from Siberia 15 years ago, is a convert.

Maxim and Alina Surdikov petitioning High Court after Ashkelon rabbi refused to grant marriage license.

Israel High

New program for 10th-12th graders offers a cost-effective alternative to American yeshiva day schools; tri-state recruitment to begin.
03/28/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Surrounded by close friends and enriched by challenging classes, Rebecca Hess feels content at her yeshiva high school in Philadelphia.

Her parents boast about the high quality of their daughter's academic education. They couldn't have asked for anything more in their child's schooling, the y said.

But a recent discovery made them question if they could do better.

Girls in Bnei Akiva's Ulpanat Segula in Kiryat Motzkin
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