Robert Sugarman Nominated To Lead Presidents Conference

04/22/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Fresh from his post as lay leader of the Anti-Defamation League, Robert G. Sugarman was recommended by the Nominating Committee of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations to serve as chairman. The term begins June 1.  

Robert Sugarman

Technion-Cornell Institute Receives $133 Million From Qualcomm Founder

Israeli tech school’s president says center can be 'half aliyah' for expat faculty.
04/21/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

New York’s planned Innovation Institute jointly run by Cornell University and Israel’s Technion-Israel Institute of Technology has met more than half its fundraising goal thanks to a $133 million donation from Irwin Jacobs, a founder of Qualcomm, and his wife, Joan.

The gift was announced Monday and will be divided equally between Cornell University and the New York-based American Technion Society, which supports the Institute in Haifa, Israel.

Technion President Peretz Lavi sees new Institute becoming 'Silicon Island' for innovators here. Michael Datikash

Israel Increases El Al Security Payments To End Strike Over Open Skies Deal

04/21/2013 - 20:00

Israel will pay 97.5 percent of El Al's security costs in order to settle a strike over the country's new "open skies" agreement with the European Union, Haaretz reported. The government previously paid 80 percent of security costs, saddling El Al with an estimated $30 million bill to keep passengers safe.

The agreement with the European Union would open new routes between Tel Aviv and members of the Union, lowering the cost of flights by foreign carriers, to the disadvantage of Israel's three airlines: El Al, Arkia and Israir. 

The general airport strike by the Histadrut labor union was called for Tuesday after Israel's Cabinet on Sunday approved the  agreement Employees of the three airlines went on strike over the deal hours before it was approved.Dozens of flights by the three airlines were moved up to avoid the strike deadline.

The European-Mediterranean Sea aviation agreement approved Sunday allows European airlines to increase their flights to Israel for five years, which could substantially decrease the costs of airline tickets for Israeli travelers to Europe.

The Histadrut says the deal could mean thousands of layoffs by the three airlines. Employees of the three airlines picketed outside the Knesset during the vote.

El AL claims new open skies agreement with EU gives rivals an unfair advantage. Photo courtesy El Al

B'nai B'rith Disaster Relief Fund To Help Boston Blast Victims

04/17/2013 - 20:00

Some victims of the April 15th bomb bast at the Boston Marathan will benefit from B'nai B'rith's Disaster Relief Fund, the organization announced Thursday.

Three died and scores were injured by two bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon. Getty Images

L.I. Teen Arrested For Bomb Threat Against His Yeshiva; Released On $50G Bail

04/16/2013 - 20:00

A high school student was arrested Tuesday for making a bomb threat on Facebook against his Five Towns Orthodox yeshiva.

Newsday identified the teen as Joel Levy, 16, a student at the Mesivta Ateres Yaakov School in Lawrence and cited police reports that Levy acted because he was angry about being suspended from school for text-messaging during class.

Long-Range Rockets Strike Eilat

04/16/2013 - 20:00

Two long-range rockets fired from Sinai struck Eilat.

The rockets were launched on Wednesday morning and fell in open areas in the city, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

Local residents and tourists were ushered into bomb shelters following a warning siren at 9 a.m., which was followed by the sound of two explosions. IDF forces found the remnants of the two rockets. One landed in a construction site in the south of the city.

Jewish Community 'Vigilant' After Bombing

04/14/2013 - 20:00

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

04/14/2013 - 20:00

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

04/14/2013 - 20:00
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

04/13/2013 - 20:00

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
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