Bloomberg Plans Israel Trip


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


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


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


 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

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


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

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.

Tamar Fogel Meets Jonathan Pollard In Prison


Tamar Fogel, whose family was murdered by terrorists in their West Bank home, met with Jonathan Pollard in prison.

Fogel, 12, visited Pollard in the federal prison in Butner, N.C., shortly after his father's death earlier this month, Ynet reported. She was accompanied by her aunt and grandfather.

According to Ynet, Pollard reached out to Fogel through his wife to express his condolences on the loss of her family in the March attack in the Itamar settlement.

Mazon Doling Out $3 Million In Grants To Fight Hunger


Mazon said it has awarded more than $3 million in grants for 2011 to agencies dedicated to fighting hunger.

The grant recipients announced Tuesday by the Jewish nonprofit organization included about two dozen organizations from around the world, including Israel, South Africa, Ethiopia and Haiti, and several hundred from more than 40 states in America.

Hamas Rejects German Mediator's Offer On Shalit


Hamas has rejected a German-mediated offer to free Gilad Shalit that had been accept by the Israeli government.

Hamas political bureau deputy chief Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzouk in an interview with the Al Hayat newspaper called the offer "unjust" and said the German mediator “endorsed the unfair and unjust positions of the Zionist government,” according to reports.

Hamas will no longer negotiate with the German mediator, he added.

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