Man Arrested For Starting J’lem Fire


 A moshav resident was arrested on suspicion of starting a forest fire that led to the evacuation of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum.

The fire was likely started by accident as the man, who lives near Jerusalem, burned garbage in his backyard and the wind carried the flames away. The man's age, 50, was given but his name was withheld.

Arson originally had been suspected since the fire appeared to have started in several locations.

N.J. Hebrew Charter School: Opening Delayed To 2012

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A Hebrew charter school that was to open this fall in Englewood, serving the largely Orthodox communities of that northern New Jersey city and neighboring Teaneck, has postponed its launch by a year, families of prospective students learned last week.

In an email message, the Shalom Academy Charter School announced that the State Department of Education granted the school “a planning year to open in September 2012 instead of 2011.”

The planned enrollment for the elementary school is 160 students.

Rabbi And Wife Charged With Kidnapping In Get Case


U.S. authorities filed charges of kidnapping against a New Jersey rabbi and his wife for allegedly detaining and threatening to kill a recalcitrant husband.

David Wax, 49, and Judy Wax, 47, appeared in a federal court in Trenton, N.J., on Monday and each was released on a $500,000 bond, The Associated Press reported.

The couple are alleged to have lured Yisrael Briskman to their Lakewood, N.J., home last October with the possibility of assisting Wax, a noted scholar, on his next book.

Shark Dumped In Young Israel’s Pool

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There was a pool shark at the Young Israel of Staten Island last Wednesday, but not at a billiards table.

Two men hired to open the pool behind the Young Israel in Willowbrook discovered a shark at the bottom of the pool after removing the cover and draining the water.

“I have no idea how it got there,” Lazar Shcherb of D&M Pool Management told NY1 News.

Tamar Fogel Meets Jonathan Pollard In Prison


Tamar Fogel, whose family was murdered by terrorists in their West Bank home, met with Jonathan Pollard in prison.

Fogel, 12, visited Pollard in the federal prison in Butner, N.C., shortly after his father's death earlier this month, Ynet reported. She was accompanied by her aunt and grandfather.

According to Ynet, Pollard reached out to Fogel through his wife to express his condolences on the loss of her family in the March attack in the Itamar settlement.

Mazon Doling Out $3 Million In Grants To Fight Hunger


Mazon said it has awarded more than $3 million in grants for 2011 to agencies dedicated to fighting hunger.

The grant recipients announced Tuesday by the Jewish nonprofit organization included about two dozen organizations from around the world, including Israel, South Africa, Ethiopia and Haiti, and several hundred from more than 40 states in America.

Hamas Rejects German Mediator's Offer On Shalit


Hamas has rejected a German-mediated offer to free Gilad Shalit that had been accept by the Israeli government.

Hamas political bureau deputy chief Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzouk in an interview with the Al Hayat newspaper called the offer "unjust" and said the German mediator “endorsed the unfair and unjust positions of the Zionist government,” according to reports.

Hamas will no longer negotiate with the German mediator, he added.

Change In Leadership At RCA

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Rabbi Basil Herring, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Council of America since 2003, will leave that position to assume another, undefined position in the organization, the RCA announced this week. The RCA is the major rabbinical organization of Modern Orthodox Jewry in this country.

Texas Enacts Law Upholding Mezuzah Rights


Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill requiring homeowner associations to permit religious displays on residents' doors, including mezuzahs.

According to the law, the religious item must be under 25 inches and remain in the doorway.

The law, signed June 17, was introduced after a Conservative Jewish couple was ordered to remove a mezuzah from the door of their rental apartment and then fined when they refused. The couple sued to be allowed to keep the mezuzah up and lost, moving from the building when their lease was up.

Ramah Camper Dies On Rafting Trip


A camper at Camp Ramah Darom in Georgia was killed in an accident on a white-water rafting trip.

Eleventh-grader Andrew Silvershein, of Davie, Fla., died when his raft capsized Sunday on the first day of a trip on the Ocoee River in Tennessee.

Six other campers who had been with Silvershein on the raft made it back to shore safely. Silvershein remained trapped under a rock, under the water's surface, according to Southern Jewish Life Magazine. A paddle reportedly was used to free him, but CPR efforts failed.

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