Briefs

Applications Begin For Homeland Security Grants

01/22/2010

Rep. Anthony Weiner will host a town hall meeting Monday morning, Jan. 25, with non-profit institutions from Brooklyn and Queens to discuss the application process for Homeland Security grants that can be used to enhance security for local community institutions. The meeting will be held at the Kings Bay Y in Brooklyn.

Zaka Volunteers Arrive In Haiti Via Mexico

01/22/2010

Members of the Zaka rescue team, Orthodox Israelis who are trained to identify and recover human remains, came to Haiti last week after responding to a helicopter crash that killed members of a prominent Jewish family in Mexico.

Son Of Bridge-Shooting Victim Faces His Own Ordeal

01/22/2010
Staff Writer

Supporters of a Crown Heights Lubavitch family have started a fund to aid 8-month-old Moshe Sasonkin, who suffered from a rare infection that required the amputation of both his arms, a leg and one foot.

Pope Visits Rome Shul, Take 2

01/21/2010
Staff Writer

In the women’s gallery overhead, an impromptu press box. On the walls, large plasma screens. Alongside the Holy Ark, two television workstations.
The main sanctuary of Rome’s Tempio Maggiore, or Great Temple, is usually a venue of spiritual contemplation, but on Sunday afternoon it took on the appearance of a broadcast center.

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Playing Ball With The Settlements

01/11/2008
Staff Writer
President George W. Bush, preparing for his initial visit to the Middle East, tried to maintain a middle ground, supporting Israel but gaining Arab backing for a comprehensive peace settlement. This week, the ball was literally in these settlers’ court.

Another Signt of Rebirth In Germany

01/04/2008
Staff Writer
Like most of the Jewish communities of Germany, Bochum’s was nearly wiped out during the Holocaust. Its synagogue was destroyed on Kristallnacht, and only 33 of its more than 1,000 Jews returned after the end of World War II.

Israelis Mark Chanukah

12/14/2007
Staff Writer
No wreaths, no carols, no holiday gift sales. In Israel, outside of Bethlehem and a few other Christian enclaves at least, Chanukah is the holiday this time of year. There is no sign of that other holiday. Bakeries and groceries feature waist-high stacks of jelly doughnuts, Ashkenazi restaurants turn piles of potatoes into latkes, families light their chanukiot in glass-covered cases outside their front doors and children spin dreidels that substitute the Hebrew letter peh for a shin, as in “A great miracle happened here (po).”

European Commission giving $10 million to Palestinians

12/24/2009
Staff Writer

(JTA) —- The European Commission will give $10 million to help Palestinian families living in the West Bank.
The commission decided to channel funds from its Humanitarian Aid department through nongovernmental and international organizations, including United Nations agencies, according to a news release issued Tuesday.
The funds will be used for emergency job creation and the provision of dry food rations for Palestinians living in the West Bank’s Area C, which is under Israeli control and administration.

Austria To Help Restore Jewish Cemeteries

12/24/2009
Staff Writer

(JTA) —  Austria’s government will give $28.6 million to restore Jewish cemeteries in the country.
The cemeteries were abandoned and looted after Austria joined the Third Reich in 1938.
The decision came late Monday evening during a meeting of Austrian officials and Ariel Muzicant, president of Vienna’s Jewish community.
The money pledged by Austria will be distributed over 20 years. The Jewish community will raise a matching $28.6 million from citizens and outside donors, Bloomberg reported.

Digging Up History

12/22/2009
Staff Writer

It’s an early Christmas present — from the birthplace of Christianity.
Israeli archaeologists this week, a few days before Christmas, announced that they had for the first time discovered the remains of a house in Nazareth that dates back 2,000 years, to the time of Jesus.
Jesus grew up in the city in northern Israel.
The discovery “sheds light on the way of life at the time of Jesus,” in the early Roman Period, the Israel Antiquities Authority said.

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