Shark Dumped In Young Israel’s Pool

06/27/2011 - 20:00
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

06/27/2011 - 20:00

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

06/27/2011 - 20:00

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

06/27/2011 - 20:00

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.

Change In Leadership At RCA

06/27/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Rabbi Basil Herring, executive vice president of the Rabbinical Council of America since 2003, will leave that position to assume another, undefined position in the organization, the RCA announced this week. The RCA is the major rabbinical organization of Modern Orthodox Jewry in this country.

Texas Enacts Law Upholding Mezuzah Rights

06/20/2011 - 20:00

Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a bill requiring homeowner associations to permit religious displays on residents' doors, including mezuzahs.

According to the law, the religious item must be under 25 inches and remain in the doorway.

The law, signed June 17, was introduced after a Conservative Jewish couple was ordered to remove a mezuzah from the door of their rental apartment and then fined when they refused. The couple sued to be allowed to keep the mezuzah up and lost, moving from the building when their lease was up.

Ramah Camper Dies On Rafting Trip

06/20/2011 - 20:00

A camper at Camp Ramah Darom in Georgia was killed in an accident on a white-water rafting trip.

Eleventh-grader Andrew Silvershein, of Davie, Fla., died when his raft capsized Sunday on the first day of a trip on the Ocoee River in Tennessee.

Six other campers who had been with Silvershein on the raft made it back to shore safely. Silvershein remained trapped under a rock, under the water's surface, according to Southern Jewish Life Magazine. A paddle reportedly was used to free him, but CPR efforts failed.

Yale Announces New Anti-Semitism Program

06/20/2011 - 20:00

Yale University’s decision this week to found a new academic program that studies anti-Semitism -- after it ended its support this month for a five-year-old project under intense criticism from the Jewish community and campus circles -- has received tentative approval.

Jews Lobby On Same-Sex Marriage Legislation

06/20/2011 - 20:00

The Jewish community has lobbied on both sides of the debate over proposed amendments to the Domestic Relations Law by the state Legislature. The bill is only one Senate vote away from passage.

Representatives of Orthodox organizations reached out in recent weeks to members of the Senate and Assembly, urging them to vote against legalizing same-sex marriage, while non-Orthodox groups took a stand in favor.

Idaho Chabad Center Vandalized

06/13/2011 - 20:00

The Chabad Jewish Center of Idaho in Boise was vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti.

A spray-painted message discovered on the building on June 11 read “Zionism = Racism.”

Boise Police Lt. Kent Lipple told the Idaho Statesman that the vandalism would be considered a hate crime since its message was specific to a particular religion.

The Boise community has supported the Chabad center with phone calls, e-mails and visits, Chabad emissary Rabbi Mendel Lifshitz told the Idaho Statesman. Volunteers have offered to repaint the building’s wall.

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