A non-denominational rabbinical training school in Los Angeles, part of a unique partnership with Christian and Muslim partners announced earlier this year, will expand its educational offerings with the help of a multi-million dollar grant.
Israel’s Finance Ministry has approved funding for the construction of one of the largest water desalination plants in the world.
The plant, which is being constructed in Sorek in central Israel, is scheduled to be completed in 2013 at a cost of $400 million. It will desalinate about 150 cubic meters of water per year, or about 20 percent of the water used for household use in Israel, and is expected to be the second largest water desalination plant in the world.
At least two Jewish brothers are among the missing in the wake of a deadly tornado that tore through Joplin, Mo. Other members of the small Jewish community there are in need of basic supplies, Chabad.org reported late Monday.
Rabbi Yehuda Weg, the Tulsa-based director of Chabad-Lubavitch of Oklahoma, drove to Joplin Monday night with a list of Jewish community members in need or missing and a car full of supplies, joining volunteers from the American Red Cross and local disaster agencies, according to Chabad.org.
A member of a dissident congregation in the chasidic village of New Square, N.Y., suffered severe burns after confronting a suspected arsonist outside his home.
The Journal News reported that Aaron Rottenberg, 43, suffered third-degree burns on 50 percent of his body after he confronted a man carrying a rag soaked in flammable liquid outside his home early Sunday morning. During the confrontation, Rottenberg’s clothes caught on fire.
Ramapo police later arrested Shaul Spitzer, 18, on assault and attempted arson charges. Spitzer had burns on his hands and arms.
An Arab-Israeli crime mob planned to bomb a mosque in Jaffa and pass it off as an attack by right-wing settlers, Tel Aviv Police discovered.At least eight people have been under arrest for the last month in the case, from which a gag order was lifted Tuesday, according to reports.Indictments against the suspects, including several members of one Jaffa family, are expected to be made in Tel Aviv District Court later this week.
Ohev Sholom-The National Synagogue in Washington, has become the first U.S. synagogue to earn Energy Star certification from the Environmental Protection Agency.
The certification, bestowed Monday, means the capital’s oldest Orthodox congregation, which has 300 family members, has met strict environmental standards, including energy conservation, recycling and alternative power sources.
The modifications made by Ohev Sholom, founded in 1958, are calculated to save the congregation tens of thousands of dollars in bills, the Washington Jewish Week reported.
The world’s first LEED-certified synagogue was saved from the auction block this week.
Congregation Beth David in San Luis Obispo, Calif., reached an 11th-hour agreement this week in proceedings with Mission Community Bank, according to the San Luis Obispo Tribune.
The synagogue had been slated for foreclosure Tuesday after defaulting on a $3.3 million bank loan late last year. The bank forgave $1 million of the loan, but the congregation could only raise $2.1 million of the remaining amount, leaving it $200,000 short by the deadline.
New York – Amid a number of calls for Jeffrey Weisenfeld to step down as trustee of the City University of New York after opposing an honorary degree for Tony Kushner, a grass-roots group of academics has come to his defense and criticized the CUNY executive board for choosing, in the end, to honor the playwright.