Briefs

Report: Pollard Offered To Spy For Australia

09/20/2011

(JTA) – Jonathan Pollard, the Jewish American jailed for spying for Israel, first offered classified information to Australia, according to a report.

Lydia Jechorek, an FBI agent assigned to the Pollard case after his arrest in 1985, told Newsmax, a conservative American news organization, that Pollard had attempted to spy for another “friendly country” before spying for Israel. Jechorek said that he had admitted this to her after his arrest.

Director Retracts Apology For Hitler Sympathy

09/20/2011

(JTA) — Director Lars von Trier has retracted his apology for saying at the Cannes Film Festival that he had sympathy for Hitler.

In an interview in this month's GQ magazine, von Trier said his apologies at and immediately after Cannes, where he was declared a persona non grata and removed from the festival in May, were not sincere and forced, the Toronto Sun reported.

Rabbis, Scholars Compile Materials To Guide Civility Drive

09/13/2011

(JTA) — A group of leading rabbis and scholars has compiled sermons and other materials to help Jewish leaders talk about civility during the High Holidays and all year.

The civility materials, which include religious texts and study materials, were prepared by a working group composed of rabbis and scholars from across the Jewish religious spectrum under the auspices of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs.

They are part of the Campaign for Civility that JCPA launched in 2010 and can be found on the JCPA website.

Bloomberg Plans Israel Trip

09/13/2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg will visit Israel on Oct. 23 to dedicate a Magen David Adom facility in Jerusalem named after his father.

The trip will be entirely at the expense of the billionaire mayor, who will fly on his personal jet and cover all costs, ranging from transportation to meals for security.

New Sexual Complaints Against Marc Gafni

09/13/2011

Marc Gafni, the controversial rabbi and teacher who was accused over the years of sexual misconduct here and in Israel, is facing new allegations of sexual improprieties by associates in the U.S. spiritual renewal world where he sought refuge five years ago.

Israel Intercepts Gaza Flotilla Ship

07/19/2011

Israel's Navy intercepted the only ship from a pro-Palestinian flotilla that managed to set sail from Greece for the blockaded Gaza Strip.

The French-flagged Dignity al-Karama was boarded Tuesday afternoon by commandos five hours after the Navy first contacted the yacht 50 miles from shore and was told that its destination was Gaza and that the passengers were unarmed. The ship, which was aiming to breach Israel’s maritime blockade of the coastal strip, was towed to Israel's Ashdod port.

Man Arrested For Starting J’lem Fire

07/19/2011

 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

07/19/2011
Staff Writer

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

07/19/2011

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

06/28/2011
Staff Writer

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.

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