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Jewish Community 'Vigilant' After Bombing

04/15/2013

The head of the security network for U.S. Jewish organizations said the community is "standing vigilant" following deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon.

Anne Frank Museum Praises Justin Bieber Visit After Guestbook Flap

04/15/2013

The Anne Frank House defended Justin Bieber's visit to the museum and his guestbook message hoping that the teen diarist "would have been a Belieber."

"The Anne Frank House was pleased to welcome Justin Bieber to the Anne Frank House last Friday. We think it is very positive that he took the time and effort to visit our museum," the Amsterdam-based museum wrote Monday in a post on its Facebook page. "He was very interested in the story of Anne Frank and stayed for over an hour. We hope that his visit will inspire his fans to learn more about her life and hopefully read the diary."

Justin Bieber

NYU Dorm Changes Worry Observant Jews

04/15/2013
Associate Editor

For the sake of promoting “diversity,” New York University housing policies will no longer allow incoming freshman to choose a roommate based on religious compatibility, raising concern and anxiety among Sabbath observant students. Roommate assignments, said NYU, will be primarily based “on geographic diversity" rather than personal choice. Upperclassman, however, may choose to have roommates of the opposite sex, even if they share a religion.

NYU: Religious issues an opportunity for personal growth. NYU Photo.

Michael Broyde, A Leading Orthodox Rabbi, Leaves Religious Court After Deception

04/14/2013

Rabbi Michael Broyde, a prominent Orthodox rabbi who admitted to creating a fake alternate identity, is no longer a member of the Beth Din of America.

Rabbi Michael Broyde

Albany Teacher Who Gave 'Jews Are Evil' Assignment Suspended

04/14/2013

The New York teacher who assigned her students to write a persuasive essay on why Jews are evil was placed on leave and will be disciplined.

The teacher, who has not been named, was placed on leave Friday from her job at Albany High School and could face a reprimand or firing, according to the Albany Times Union.

NY Lawyer Gets 4 Years, $2.5 Million Fine For Posing As Rabbi

04/12/2013

A New York immigration lawyer who fraudulently presented himself as a rabbi was sentenced to a four-year prison term.

Earl Seth David, 49, was sentenced Thursday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan for passing himself off as Rabbi Avraham David in order to swindle illegal immigrants in their bid for naturalization. He also was forced to pay $2.5 million in damages.

Aiming to win the trust of the immigrants, David posed as a rabbi for 13 years and would take up to $30,000 per case to forge documents to submit to the U.S. Department of Labor.

Turks: Plot To Blow Up Synagogue, U.S. Embassy Foiled

04/12/2013

Turkish police earlier this year uncovered what they claim to be a plot linked to al Qaeda to bomb a synagogue in Istanbul and the U.S. embassy in Ankara.

Twelve people were arrested during a raid in February on two houses in Istanbul and Corlu in February, the New York Times reported on Thursday, quoting Turkish media.

Eight of them were Turks, two were Chechens and two were Azeris.

Weiner Speaks Out On Scandal, Wants 'Second Chance' In Politics

04/10/2013
Assistant Managing Editor
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Former congressman Anthony Weiner, who represented one of the most heavily Jewish districts in the nation before his fall from grace, is still considering a run in this year’s Democratic primary for mayor, he told The New York Times Magazine in Sunday’s edition.

Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin speak out about the future in this week's New York Times Magazine.

Sharansky Recommends Equal Prayer

Plan will likely face Orthodox opposition and depends on enlarging the area of the Wall dedicated to prayer.

04/09/2013
Editor and Publisher

Charged by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to come up with a Solomonic solution to the growing controversy over women’s prayer at Judaism’s holiest site, Natan Sharansky, the chair of the Jewish Agency for Israel, is prepared to recommend a bold plan to allow any and all Jews to pray at Jerusalem’s Western Wall.

Natan Sharansky

Hate Crimes Charges Against Suspect In Williamsburg Mezuzah Burnings

04/09/2013

After extensive questioning, police have charged Ruben Ubiles, 34, of Bedford-Stuyvesant with burglary, arson and criminal mischief as felony hate crimes, as well as reckless damage and reckless endangerment, reports said Friday.

The New York Times said Ubiles had a prior arrest record for robbery, assault and drug possession.

Ubiles was apprehended by police based on surveillance footage at a Williamsburg housing project where a mezuzah was burned on Tuesday. According to some reports Ubiles posted on Facebook that he was annoyed about Jews setting fires on streetcorners, apparently referring to chasidim burning chametz before Passover.

On Thursday Ubiles was charged with an unrelated crime, criminal contempt in connection with a violation of a court order of protection obtained by his girlfriend, Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne told The Jewish Week. 

NYPD Photo of Rubin Ublies.
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