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Yeshivah Of Flatbush Says Southwest Air Overreacted In Ejecting Students

Atlanta-bound flight crew called students uncooperative. 'They treated us like terrorists,' student says.

06/04/2013
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The senior class of a local yeshiva high school was kicked off a flight for being “non-compliant."

The 101 students and eight chaperones from the Yeshivah of Flatbush Joel Braverman High School in Brooklyn were asked to leave the early-morning Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Atlanta on Monday, CNN reported.

Buh-bye: Southwest Airlines gave Jewish students vouchers for future travel. Wikipedia Commons

Israel's Chief Rabbis Receive Death Threats Over Women Of Wall Prayer

06/03/2013
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Israel’s chief rabbis received death threats in letters to their offices warning them to allow the Women of the Wall to pray “in accordance with our customs.”

The letters, headlined “This is a last warning,” were delivered Monday to the offices of Rabbi Yona Metzger and Rabbi Shlomo Amar. A complaint was filed with the security officer of the Prime Minister’s Office.

'The Best Of The Greatest Generation'

The Senate's last WWII veteran, Frank Lautenberg fought for Soviet Jews and against the tobacco lobby.

06/03/2013
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New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, whose signature law facilitated a flood of Soviet Jewish emigration just prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, has died.

Mr. Lautenberg, 89, died Monday morning at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell of complications from viral pneumonia, his office said.

Senator Frank Lautenberg's legacy endures in major legislation bearing his name.

Belgian Students Join Academic Boycott Of Israel

05/31/2013
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A Belgian student association passed a motion in favor of an academic boycott of Israel.

Mayoral Candidates Discuss Circumcision Controversy

05/30/2013
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City Council Speaker Christine Quinn seems to stands alone among Democrat mayoral candidates in supporting the city’s effort to regulate the practice of motzeitzi b’peh.

At a mayoral forum sponsored by The Jewish Press, an Orthodox weekly in Brooklyn, five other Democrats either declined to take a stand on the issue or sided with haredi Jews trying to overturn the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s requirement that parents sign a consent form before allowing oral suction by a mohel during a circumcision.

Assad Claims To Have Advanced Missiles From Russia

05/30/2013
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Syrian President Bashar Assad said Russia has delivered an advanced air defense system to his civil war-torn country.

Assad reportedly made the announcement during an interview with the Hezbollah-controlled Al-Manar television network in Lebanon. Excerpts of the interview were released on Thursday morning, the French news agency AFP reported, with the full interview scheduled to be aired that night.

Russian troops train with S-300 missile battery, the type Bashar Assad claims he can now deploy. Getty Images

'Hitler' Tea Kettle Sells Out Online

05/30/2013
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A JC Penney tea kettle resembling Adolf Hitler sold out online.

JC Penney, which had come under fire this week for advertising and selling the space-saving tea kettle, sold out the item on its website by Tuesday afternoon, according to reports. The retailer’s site said the Bells and Whistles Stainless Steel Tea Kettle, which was designed by American architect Michael Graves, is back ordered until June 26.

JC Penny is in hot water over this kettle.

Republican Mayoral Candidate: I'm Jewish

05/28/2013
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A few weeks ago, New York was heading into the first election in two decades without a Jewish candidate. Now, it seems, there are two.

One in each party. 

The new La Guardia?: Joe Lhota says he won't use Jewish heritage to appeal for community's support. Lhota campaign photo

Measles Outbreak In Rockland Orthodox Community

05/24/2013

Public health officials discovered a case of measles at a kosher grocery store in the Orthodox community of Spring Valley, N.Y.

The Rockland County Health Department advised anybody who was at the store, Hatzlacha Grocery Store located at 80 West Spring St., between 1:30 and 4:30 P.M. on Wednesday to contact their doctor.

Anthony Weiner Declares Candidacy For Mayor, Asking For 'Second Chance'

05/22/2013

Ex-New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, who was forced out of office by a scandal, announced his run for mayor of New York City in the Democratic primary early Wednesday morning.

“Look, I’ve made some big mistakes and I know I’ve let a lot of people down,” Weiner said in a two-minute YouTube video released early Wednesday morning. “But I’ve also learned some tough lessons. I’m running for mayor because I’ve been fighting for the middle class and those struggling to make it for my entire life. And I hope I get a second chance to work for you.”

Anthony Weiner: "I've let a lot of people down."
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