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Bill Would Amend Election Law Because Of Shavuot

04/13/2011

The filing period for designating petitions in this year’s election cycle would be extended from 37 to 44 days because the original start date falls on the first day of Shavuot under a bill passed by the Assembly on Tuesday. A Senate vote was scheduled for Wednesday and expected to pass. The bill would then go to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

Clean Up Israel Founder Accused of Illegal Dumping

04/13/2011

(JTA) — The Australian founder of a movement to clean up Israel has denied allegations that he illegally dumped hazardous waste material.

Phillip Foxman accused the New South Wales Department of Environment of conducting a “witch hunt” against him, according to a report Sunday in the Sun-Herald newspaper in Sydney.

The newspaper reported that a local council south of Sydney has taken civil action against Foxman for allegedly dumping more than 25,000 tons of material.

Presidents Conference Taps Richard Stone as Chairman

04/13/2011

(JTA) — Richard Stone, the chairman of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry was elected unanimously as the next chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Stone, a New York attorney, was elected Monday at a meeting of the Presidents Conference in New York. He succeeds Alan Solow.

Stone said his goals include prioritizing the fight against the delegitimization of Israel, strengthening ties with Israel and promoting unity among the American Jewish community.

Suspect Arrested In Attack On Calif. Chabad Center

04/13/2011

 (JTA) — The suspect in an explosion outside a Southern California Chabad House was arrested after he was recognized while praying in a suburban Cleveland synagogue.

Ron Hirsch, 60, also known as Israel Fisher, was arrested Monday night in a Cleveland Heights synagogue and Jewish center by the FBI and local police shortly after evening prayers as he sat studying from a Jewish text.

Philanthropist Henry Taub Dies At 83

04/05/2011

Henry Taub, an immigrants’ son who became a self-made millionaire and philanthropic supporter of several Jewish causes, died March 31 at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. A resident of Tenafly, N.J., he was 83.

Mr. Taub, who as a 22-year-old accountant founded Automatic Payrolls Inc., which grew into Automatic Data Processing, one of the world’s largest payroll-processing firms, was a co-owner of the National Basketball Association’s New Jersey Nets for two decades.

Israeli Powers Toledo To Women's Hoop Title

04/05/2011

(JTA) —Naama Shafir, a Sabbath-observing Israeli, scored a career-high 40 points to power the University of Toledo women's basketball team to the school's first national postseason championship in any sport.

Hundreds Participate In National Mitzvah Day

04/05/2011

(JTA) — Hundreds of volunteers across America participated in the Areyvut organization's National Mitzvah Day.
The seventh annual day for volunteers to become involved in community service activities focused on providing individuals with basic necessities such as food and shelter.

Israeli Lawmaker Dichter Heckled At Brandeis

04/05/2011

(JTA) — Israeli lawmaker Avi Dichter was heckled by protesters during a speech at Brandeis University.

Students from the group Brandeis Students for Justice in Palestine stood up as Dichter began speaking Tuesday during a panel discussion before an audience of several hundred students and called him a war criminal in English and Hebrew, Haaretz reported. The incident can be viewed on YouTube.

Dichter, a member of the Kadima Party, served as director of the Shin Bet security service during the second Palestinian Intifada.

More Haredi Children In Britain Are Living In Poverty

04/05/2011

(JTA) — A new report warns of a sharp rise in child poverty in Britain's haredi Orthodox Jewish community.

The report says the rise in child poverty is due to the haredi community's large families, lack of secular education and work skills, and cuts in both charitable giving and state social benefits.

The issue is "most acute" among the haredi community, where "the alarm bells should be ringing loudly," according to the report, which was issued last week by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research in London.

Thailand Chabad House Again Damaged By Floods

03/29/2011

(JTA) — A recently renovated Chabad House in Thailand has been ravaged again by flooding.
Heavy rains and flooding this week once again put the Chabad House in Koh Samui underwater. The center recently completed a $50,000 renovation after floods in November destroyed electrical equipment, furniture, books and computers,

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