Women Questioned For Wearing Prayer Shawls At Western Wall

05/21/2012 - 20:00

Three women were stopped for questioning after attempting to pray at the Western Wall in Jewish prayer shawls.  The women, part of a group of about 40 from the Women of the Wall group, were praying at the wall Tuesday morning as part of their monthly rosh chodesh, or new month, prayer service, The Jerusalem Post reported.  A policewoman approached one of the women during the service and asked her not to wear the prayer shawl, or tallit, the way a man would and then adjusted it for her, according to the Post.

Eight Members Of Family Killed In Galilee Crash

05/21/2012 - 20:00

Eight members of a northern Israeli family were killed when their car’s brakes failed and the car rolled down a hill.
The family minivan burst into flames at the bottom of the hill, killing six children and their parents early Tuesday morning.
One daughter, 7, survived because she was thrown out of the car when it overturned.

Israeli Doctors To Perform Face Transplant

05/21/2012 - 20:00

Dr. Eyal Gur, director of the Plastic Surgery Department at the Tel Aviv Ichilov hospital, and Dr. Arik Zaretsky, head of the Micro-Surgery Division of the Plastic Surgery Department, are preparing to undertake Israel’s first full face transplant, an operation which has only been performed 21 times around the world and is considered the most complex procedure in medicine.

Hottest Woman Alive Is Israeli, Says Maxim

05/21/2012 - 20:00

Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli was voted No. 1 on the annual Maxim Hot 100 list.

It marked the first time that the international men’s magazine allowed readers to partake in the selection process for the list, which was announced Monday by the magazine. Refaeli, who turns 27 on June 4, beat “Daily Show” correspondent Olivia Munn for the top spot.

In addition to Refaeli, Jewish honorees include actresses Mila Kunis (No. 3), Lea Michele (14) and Scarlett Johanssen (17).

Most beautiful, Bar none.

Brooklyn’s Beth Elohim Wins Landmark Grant Contest

05/21/2012 - 20:00

Congregation Beth Elohim of Park Slope, Brooklyn tallied the second highest number of online votes in the American Express Partners in Preservation program and will receive $250,000 for preservation. The contest was run in conjunction with the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Iran Hangs ‘Mossad Agent’ Accused Of Killing Scientist

05/14/2012 - 20:00

Iran has hanged a man it said was a Mossad agent who killed an Iranian nuclear scientist in 2010, its state media reported on Tuesday.

Majid Jamali Fashi, 24, was hanged at Tehran's Evin Prison after being sentenced to death in August last year for the murder of Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, the state news agency quoted the central prosecutor’s office as saying. It said he had confessed to the crime.

Father Suing L.I. School Over Anti-Semitic Taunts

05/14/2012 - 20:00

 A suburban New York father is suing his school district over the anti-Semitic taunting of his son.

Robert Slade filed the federal suit last week alleging that officials at Northport High School on Long Island took no action to stop a group of 20 students from traumatizing his son with taunts such as “Jews are disgusting,” “Being Jewish must suck,” “Hitler was a good person” and “My love for you burns like a thousand Jews in an oven.”

Interim CEO To Take Over As JDC Launches Search

05/14/2012 - 20:00

In the wake of the announcement that American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) Executive Vice President and CEO Steven Schwager will step down as CEO, the organization has named veteran Jewish community executive and leader Darrell Friedman as interim CEO, effective July 1.

Friedman spent 17 years as CEO of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and has been a strategic consultant to major national and international Jewish organizations.

Cuba Willing To Negotiate In Alan Gross Case

05/14/2012 - 20:00

Authorities in Cuba are ready to negotiate the status of jailed American Alan Gross, a senior Cuban official said.

"We have made clear to the U.S. government that we are ready to have a negotiation in order to try and find a solution, a humanitarian solution to Mr. Gross' case on a reciprocal basis," Josefina Vidal, the top official in the Cuban Foreign Ministry handling North America, said in an interview on CNN on May 10.

Judge Rules To Include Absentee Ballots In Brooklyn Senate Race

05/07/2012 - 20:00

Seven weeks after south Brooklyn voters took to the polls to elect a new state Senator, a State Supreme Court Judge on Tuesday ruled that 119 disputed ballots will be included in the tally.

Democrat Lewis Fidler and Republican David Storobin have been locked in an extremely tight race and Fidler’s campaign contended in a court challenge that a Strobin campaign worker improperly collected absentee ballots.

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