New York

New York City Police Officers On Alert

Staff Writer
In the wake of the shooting spree at the Seattle Jewish federation last Friday that killed one and wounded five, New York City police officers have been posted at more than 100 locations, including prominent synagogues, community centers and the headquarters of UJA-Federation of New York. “The New York City Police Department understands the threat level and has increased patrols in many Jewish neighborhoods,” said David Pollock, associate executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.

A Helping Hand

Staff Writer
American Jews are opening their hearts and their wallets, responding in a big way to help Israelis who are in the line of fire from Hezbollah and Hamas rocket attacks. To help protect volunteer paramedics and emergency medical technicians who respond to medical emergencies while more rockets are falling, a campaign has been launched to raise $350,000 to equip 250 of them with bulletproof vests and helmets.

Mixed Effect On Tourism

Staff Writer
After a harrowing vacation in Belize in February — during which they huddled in a room for three hours to escape gunmen who had taken over the hotel next door and robbed the guests — Lori and Larry Spiegel of Huntington, L.I., were looking forward to a relaxing trip to Israel next month to celebrate their son’s bar mitzvah. But the war in Israel has changed all that.

Rain Delay For Jewish Camps

Staff Writer
The torrential rain that caused flooding throughout the Poconos played havoc with sleep away camps last week, forcing the closing of roads that cut off deliveries, trapping people in camps and forcing one camp to relocate half the campers to Kutsher’s Country Club after the entire camp spent a night in a local school gym. Most of the camps around Lake Como, Pa., said they were forced to delay the opening of camp for several days because roads to the camps were impassable.

Fact Or Fiction?

Staff Writer
In 2003, said it was the first to expose a recruitment campaign by al Qaeda for its army of jihadists to fight U.S. forces in Iraq. Since 2005, it has been consistently warning that al Qaeda is building networks in the Sinai and the Gaza Strip.

Tuesday The Rabbi Got Arrested

Staff Writer and Associate Editor
It was reminiscent of demonstrations for Soviet Jewry 30 years ago. A group of rabbis — 22 in all — staged a sit-in on the curved public stairway adjacent to the Isaiah Peace Wall on First Avenue opposite the United Nations Tuesday afternoon. They demanded that the UN oust Iran from the world body for saying Israel should be “wiped off the face of the earth” and repeatedly threatening the Jewish state.

No Freedom From Soaring Food Prices

Staff Writer
Call it the 11th Plague. As food prices nationwide rise at a rapid clip — an expected 3.5 to 4.5 percent this year on top of a 4 percent increase last year — Jews are being hit with a double whammy because of Passover, when kosher food prices are generally higher anyway.

Another Area Day School To Close Its Doors

Staff Writer
Faced with a steadily declining enrollment and the inability to attract new students, the Solomon Schechter School of Suffolk County has decided to close its doors in June after 26 years of operation. The action leaves the Jewish Academy in East Northport, a school for children age 2 through the second grade, as the only Jewish day school in Suffolk.

Bibi Makes His Case

Staff Writer
Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu is well known for his power of oratory. But with his chief political rival, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, shown to be trusted by just 2 percent of Israelis, according to the latest opinion polls, Netanyahu has been uncharacteristically quiet of late, no doubt figuring there is no need to criticize Olmert when he is inflicting the most damage on himself.

ORT War Heats Up With New Lawsuits

Staff Writer
The friction between ORT Israel and the rest of the worldwide ORT organization has intensified since their split last September, with ORT Israel suing for the right to continue using its name and World ORT opening its own office in Israel, The Jewish Week has learned. “I don’t think we can have any relations,” Zvi Peleg, director general of ORT Israel, said here regarding the break with World ORT.
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