N.J. Synagogue Attacker Confessed, Prosecutor Says


The 19-year-old man charged in attacks on two northern New Jersey synagogues confessed to the crimes, prosecutors said.

Anthony Graziano confessed to the Jan. 11 firebomb attack on a synagogue and residence in Rutherford and the Jan. 3 arson attack on a synagogue in Paramus, Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor Martin Delaney said Tuesday, according to reports.

Also Tuesday, Graziano pleaded not guilty to additional charges that he planned to attack the Jewish Community Center of Paramus.

Adelson Denies Involvement In Special Caucus


Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has denied involvement in the decision to hold a special Republican caucus in a Nevada county to accommodate Sabbath-observant Jewish voters.

Clark County last week moved its Feb. 4 caucus to 7 p.m., six hours after the state's totals are scheduled to be reported. Among the county's voters is Adelson, who with his wife recently donated $10 million to a super PAC formed to help GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich.

Upper West Side Toddler, Object Of Thousands’ Prayers, Succumbs To Illness


Ayelet Galena, the 2-year-old daughter of Manhattan residents Seth and Hindy Poupko Galena in whose sake a nationwide bone marrow drive was conducted following her diagnosis with a compromised immune system shortly after she was born, died on Jan. 31.

She had undergone a bone marrow transplant five months ago at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital.

Israel’s ‘Footnote,’ Allen, Spielberg Get Oscar Nods


The Israeli film “Footnote” and veteran Jewish filmmakers Woody Allen and Steven Spielberg are up for Academy Awards.

Oscar nominations were released Tuesday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Israel’s hope for its first Oscar was kept alive with Joseph Cedar’s “Footnote,” listed among the five finalists in the foreign-language film category. The story of the rivalry between two Talmudic scholars, who are also father and son, marks the second Oscar nod for Cedar following “Beaufort” in 2007.

Poll Shows Strong Israeli Support For Diaspora Voice On Laws


A substantial majority of Israelis want the country’s lawmakers to consider Diaspora Jewry when devising new legislation on Jewish identity issues, according to a poll.

Seventy-seven percent of respondents to a survey carried out last week by the Ruderman Family Foundation agreed that it was extremely important for members of the Knesset to consider Diaspora views, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Three Haredi Men Arrested In Beit Sh emesh For Assaulting Woman


Three haredi Orthodox men were arrested for assaulting a woman in Beit Shemesh.

On Tuesday, the woman was hanging posters for Israel's national lottery when the men reportedly surrounded her car, slashed her tires and stole her car keys. A stone thrown at the car hit the woman in the head.

Police helped the woman and arrested three suspects, Ynet reported. Other attackers reportedly fled the scene and are being sought by police. The woman filed a complaint with the police.

Arrest Made In N.J. Synagogue Attacks


A 19-year-old man was arrested in attacks on two northern New Jersey synagogues.

Anthony M. Graziano of Lodi, N.J., was arrested Tuesday morning in connection with the Jan. 11 firebomb attack on a synagogue and residence in neighboring Rutherford and the Jan. 3 arson attack on a synagogue in Paramus, the Record newspaper reported. Bail was set at $5 million.

Network To Connect Ramah Alumni


Police are charging a 41-year-old man in the destruction of a downtown Rome Holocaust memorial installation.

Italian media said the man, who was not identified by name, has been charged with theft for allegedly removing three memorial “stumbling stones” last week that had been installed outside his apartment building and replacing them with ordinary cobblestones.

According to the media, the suspect admitted to having replaced the stones because he “didn’t want a cemetery” outside the door of his house.

Network To Connect Ramah Alumni


The Ramah camping movement has established a network to connect its thousands of alumni.

The Reshet Ramah initiative, which was announced Tuesday by The National Ramah Commission of The Jewish Theological Seminary, is being funded by $1.8 million in grants from the Avi Chai Foundation and the Maimonides Fund. The network also will offer an opportunity to enhance Jewish community involvement.

Two Studies Put U.S. Jewish Census At Up To 6.6 Million


More than 6 million Jews are living in the United States, according to two independent studies.

The two studies, using completely different methodology, discovered between 6.4 million and 6.6 million U.S. Jews, or about 1.8 percent of the population, the Forward reported.

The figure is some 20 percent higher than the 5.2 million reported by the 2000 National Jewish Population Survey sponsored by the Jewish Federations of North America, a study that was found to be faulty and said to have undercounted the Jewish population.

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