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The Fig Leaf

Posted on 28 November 2014 by admin

Editorial: The New York Daily News published an article on November 26, 2014, authored by Reuven Blau, under the headline “Borough Park Clogged with Yeshiva Buses Due to the Increasing Number of Vehicles and Schools”. The report is replete with deceptions and half-truths. The headline suggests that this is a newly created situation caused by an abrupt increase of schools, school buses and vehicles. It cites “community insiders” that there was a 20% increase in the number of school buses . >>> READ MORE ...

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Opinion: Outremont sukkah battle is the latest case of harassment of Hasidim

Posted on 20 November 2014 by Josh Fallik

Leila Marshy, Special to Montreal Gazette More from Leila Marshy, Special to Montreal Gazette Published on: November 19, 2014Last Updated: November 19, 2014 In 2011, Outremont councillor Céline Forget lobbied to block the renovation of a Mile End synagogue. She and blogger Pierre Lacerte went door to door in both neighbourhoods for months and rallied enough signatures to call for a referendum. Their organizing paid off and in June, when the votes were counted, declared victory. But as a Ha . >>> READ MORE ...

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Dozens of Complaints Logged Against Yeshiva for Illegal Construction

Posted on 19 November 2014 by Josh Green

By Janet Upadhye on November 18, 2014 CLINTON HILL — A yeshiva is illegally using a factory building as a school and has racked up a litany of complaints about illegal construction, according to Department of Buildings records. Neighbors have a laundry list of grievances about United Talmudical Academy, located at 25 Waverly Ave., which include the use of the street as a parking lot for school buses and students who harass women in nearby buildings and throw garbage out the window. Now neighb . >>> READ MORE ...

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Employment rate among ultra-Orthodox women hits new high

Posted on 18 November 2014 by Josh Green

Rise in haredi women in the workforce — now higher than overall female average — attributed to Sharon-era social security cuts By Times of Israel staff November 13, 2014 For the first time since the founding of the state, the rates of employment among ultra-Orthodox women are higher than those of all Israeli women, the Central Bureau of Statistics announced on Wednesday.Since 2000, employment of ultra-Orthodox women has shot up by nearly 30 percent, Ynet reported. Almost 80% of haredi wom . >>> READ MORE ...

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Why Do “Air Raid” Sirens Blare In Williamsburg Every Friday?

Posted on 18 November 2014 by Josh Green

If you’re ever in Williamsburg ten minutes before the sun sets on a Friday night, you’ll have heard the eerie sirens that wail far and wide throughout the neighborhood. It isn’t a test or drill, it’s the warning that Shabbat will be starting soon, and it’s time to go home (if you’re Orthodox Jewish). It’s not just one siren, but several, installed on different Yeshivas in South Williamsburg, a neighborhood that’s predominantly ultra-Orthodox Jewi . >>> READ MORE ...

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Kiryas Joel proposes creating new village

Posted on 18 November 2014 by Josh Green

November 17, 2014 KIRYAS JOEL – Lawmakers in the Hasidic community of Kiryas Joel are now proposing to create a new village, tripling its current size. Kiryas Joel Village Trustee Jacob Freund says the new plan would create the new village of Glilos Kiryas Joel and develop 1,140 acres surrounding Kiryas Joel. Freund says they will not need local or state approval to start their own village. “We don’t want to take over,” says Freund. “We are here to be in peace with . >>> READ MORE ...

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30,000 Americans in Israel Voted in 2014 US Elections

Posted on 07 November 2014 by Josh Fallik

War of Words Between Bibi and Obama Drives Out Turnout of US Citizens in Israel By: Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency (Jerusalem, Israel) Over 30,000 U.S. citizens living in Israel cast their vote in this week’s U.S. elections. iVoteIsrael, the leading organization facilitating the ability of Americans in Israel to vote in US elections, has successfully completed its 2014 campaign making voting from Israel more accessible to as many Americans in Israel as possible. “iVoteIsrael is pleas . >>> READ MORE ...

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Kiryas Joel Split, Diluting Voting Impact

Posted on 06 November 2014 by Josh Green

By Chris McKenna Times Herald-Record [caption id="attachment_1442" align="alignleft" width="198"] Men stand outside Keren Plaza Banquet Hall, Kiryas Joel’s polling station, on election day. The village’s opposition party took stances different than that of the village’s main faction in close elections for Congress and Assembly and the Monroe Town Board race.[/caption] Kiryas Joel’s voting blocs played a significant role Tuesday in close elections for Congress and Ass . >>> READ MORE ...

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Winners and Losers 2014 – 48th NYS Assembly District

Posted on 05 November 2014 by moshe emes

Editorial:   Winners Dov Hikind Hikind won this race fairly and squarely, and with a landslide. This race gave him a perfect opportunity to review with the voting public his long list of accomplishments and endeavors over his thirty two year carrier in public service, and he did so in a very gracious and magnificent manner. Hikind is indubitably a winner The Hikind Team Yony Hikind who worked assiduously for the campaign – Klein and Steinmetz who gave the campaign face and character . >>> READ MORE ...

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Election Day is Here!

Posted on 04 November 2014 by admin

Don’t forget to visit your polling station today to cast your ballot, before it closing time. The influence your community commands in the halls of power depends on the number of voters it gets out on Election Day.  The number of voters a community gets out to vote on Election Day matters more that the plurality the successful candidate gets over his opponent. While voting for any one of the candidates on the ballot is very important, a blank ballot can enhance the political influence of . >>> READ MORE ...

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State backs away from enforcing secular studies in haredi elementary schools

Posted on 04 November 2014 by Josh Green

The government’s 2013 decision was for schools to gradually increase the total basic curriculum hours and reach 11 hours by the 2016/2017 school year.  A government plan to enforce the teaching of basic curriculum studies in the ultra-Orthodox boys elementary school system has been pushed back until 2017. In May 2013, the government approved a decision that would require haredi elementary schools to teach at least 11 hours of English, Hebrew and math, defined as the basic curriculum, in o . >>> READ MORE ...

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Sheikh at Jewish wedding riles Muslims

Posted on 02 November 2014 by moshe emes

The Times of Israel Man who posted video of spiritual leader enjoying ultra-Orthodox ceremony fined over NIS 1 million in religious court, says he fears for his life By Times of Israel staff November 1, 2014 A young Bedouin man from the Negev was fined NIS 1.2 million ($316 000) by a religious court for sharing a video of a sheikh dancing at an ultra-Orthodox wedding, thus humiliating him, Channel 2 reported. The story reportedly began when the man, identified only as “A,” shared a vide . >>> READ MORE ...

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Haredim Dominate US Jewish Day School Enrollment

Posted on 02 November 2014 by moshe emes

      Reform and Conservative day school enrollment is down sharply. By: JTA Published: November 2nd, 2014 Jewish day school enrollment in the United States is up 12 percent from five years ago, primarily due to growth in Haredi schools. Then numbers present a scary picture of the future of non-Orthodox and non-Haredi-Hasidic American Jewry, who seem to be the only ones who seem to be able to attract parents to keep their children in a Jewish educational surrounding. Nearly 25 . >>> READ MORE ...

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