Briefs

DHS Partners With Jewish Groups In Security Campaign

06/14/2011

In its first partnership with a faith-based community, the Department of Homeland Security is working with Jewish organizations to expand awareness of suspicious behavior.

The “If You See Something, Say Something” campaign will distribute posters and customized announcements in synagogues, Jewish community centers and related agencies across the country.

Toledo's Only Day School Closing

05/31/2011

The only Jewish day school in Toledo, Ohio, is closing at the end of the school year due to a lack of enrollment.

The David S. Stone Hebrew Academy will shut down when the school year ends next week, the Toledo Blade reported.

The school, serving grades K-5, dropped from an enrollment of more than 100 students several years ago to 22 this year. It was founded in 1968 and served all Jewish denominations.

Britain Academic Union Votes For Israel Boycott

05/31/2011

For the third time since 2007, Britain's largest academic union has voted to adopt an academic and cultural boycott of Israel.

The resolution was passed Sunday at UCU's annual conference in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

In voting to move forward with the sanctions, the University and College Union -- which represents more than 120,000 academics across the United Kingdom -- ignored the legal advice it received after the first boycott vote in 2007. Lawyers told the union then that a boycott "would be unlawful and cannot be implemented," according to the union's Web site.

New Square Arson Victim Seeks Fed Hate Probe

05/31/2011

The chasidic man who was burned over half his body in an attack he believes is linked to politics in the Skverer enclave of New Square is seeking a federal investigation of the crime.

Pizzeria Burglars Vow To ‘Kill All Jews’

05/31/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

Police are investigating the robbery of a Rockland County pizzeria as a hate crime after the culprits left swastikas and spraypainted a threat against Jews in German.

The message, as seen on Cablevision’s News 12, means “We will kill all the Jews.”

While Ed Rudzin, the owner of Cassie’s Italian restaurant in Orangeburg, is Jewish, he said he did not know how the culprits might have known that. Rudzin, who lives in a nearby New Jersey town, told The Jewish Week on Tuesday he had faced no prior anti-Semitic incidents.

Israel’s Joseph Cedar Takes Screenplay Prize At Cannes

05/24/2011

Israeli director Joseph Cedar won the best screenplay award at the Cannes International Film Festival for his movie “Footnote.”

Cedar, whose film “Beaufort” was nominated for an Oscar in 2007, had left Cannes on Sunday and was called back to receive his prize. He did not return in time to personally accept the award.

“Footnote” centers on a father and son who are rival talmudic scholars, and opens June 2 throughout Israel. The film will be distributed in the United States by Sony.

Non-Denominational Rabbi Program Gets $50 Million

05/24/2011

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.

Financing Approved For Huge Desalination Plant In Israel

05/24/2011

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.

Joplin Tornado Hits Town’s Small Jewish Community

05/24/2011

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.

Chasidic Dissident Burned By Attacker In New Square

05/24/2011

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.

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