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Crime is Less Prevalent in the Orthodox Jewish Community

Posted on 11 April 2016 by Josh Fallik

While one can’t argue with Rabbi Marc Angel’s underlying premise in his blog, “Dishonest Orthodox Jews? Is that Possible? There is much to comment on his view of the subject matter. The good Rabbi bases the entire piece on a April 8, 2016 New York Times article reporting that four NYPD veterans were being reassigned in a disciplinary action stemming from a wide-ranging federal corruption investigation.  The article went on to report that two businessmen at the center of the investigation . >>> READ MORE ...

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Kiryas Joel to lead annexation review

Posted on 30 January 2015 by moshe emes

By Chris McKenna Times Herald-Record New York’s top environmental official ended a year-long impasse in a controversial bid to expand the Village of Kiryas Joel by announcing Wednesday that he had chosen Kiryas Joel over the Town of Monroe to oversee a study of the potential environmental impact of the proposal. In an eight-page decision [Read the decision here], state Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joseph Martens concluded that Kiryas Joel had greater “authority as the pr . >>> READ MORE ...

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No casino for Orange

Posted on 19 December 2014 by Josh Fallik

The Chronicle Hudson Valley winner: Kiamesha Lake casino at former Concord site Published Dec 17, 2014 By Nathan Mayberg ALBANY — The casino wheel landed on the town of Thompson Wednesday, shutting out Orange County and ending months of speculation about which Hudson Valley town would be allowed a casino. Thompson, in Sullivan County, was the region’s lone winner for a casino. The New York State Gaming Commission’s Facility Location Board chose the site of the former Concord Ho . >>> READ MORE ...

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Rockland Legislator Aron Wieder gets ISIS-style threat

Posted on 19 December 2014 by Josh Fallik

James O’Rourke, jorourke@lohud.com Rockland County Legislator Aron Wieder said he’s been looking over his shoulder since receiving a threatening picture in which his face is superimposed on an ISIS prisoner about to be beheaded. A Rockland County legislator said Thursday he’s been looking over his shoulder since receiving a threatening picture in which his face is superimposed on the body of an ISIS prisoner about to be beheaded. Legislator Aron Wieder, D-Spring Valley, said th . >>> READ MORE ...

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Tech Talk: Haredim in hi-tech

Posted on 17 December 2014 by Josh Green

The hi-tech and start-up sector is in a constant frenzy – Haredim are taking advantage The hi-tech and start-up sector is in a constant frenzy. Haredi men and women are taking advantage of this – especially among young people who are just starting out in their careers and see the key to the future lies in the hi-tech industry. For years now, ultra-Orthodox have been trickling into the hi-tech field, but this phenomenon is picking up steam and there are thousands of haredim who are joini . >>> READ MORE ...

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Man Fatally Shot by Police After Stabbing Rabbinical Student in Synagogue

Posted on 09 December 2014 by Josh Fallik

By Trevor Kapp and Aidan Gardiner  on December 9, 2014   CROWN HEIGHTS — Police shot and killed a knife-wielding man after he stabbed a 22-year-old rabbinical student in the head at the Eastern Parkway headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish community, the NYPD said. Calvin Peters, 49, had a history of “emotionally disturbed” behavior and had visited 770 Eastern Parkway earlier Monday afternoon, police said. He then returned to the house of worship near Kingston Avenu . >>> READ MORE ...

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French Jews Flee Muslim Anti-Semitism to Quebec

Posted on 03 December 2014 by Josh Fallik

December 3, 2014 by Daniel Greenfield Considering Canada’s immigration policies, I’m not sure how long Montreal will remain any kind of refuge, but it’s in the Francosphere and they’re trying to stay ahead of the storm.   Charbit and Hazan are part of a new wave of French Jews who have resettled in French-speaking Quebec, fleeing France’s dismal unemployment rate, which hit 10.5 percent in September, as well as the shock of anti-Semitism that has reverberated throughout the country i . >>> READ MORE ...

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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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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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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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Caller has no Real Chance of Winning, According to the Brooklyn Independent Republicans

Posted on 31 October 2014 by moshe emes

The Brooklyn Independent GOP Fountainhead 2014 Brooklyn GOP Election Roundup — The NYS Assembly Races Edition Thursday, October 30, 2014 For most of us Brooklyn GOPers, this isn’t our first election rodeo   —   But, for many of us, it might be our last roundup  —   Here’s one of the reasons why  —   The quantity and quality of the 2014 GOP County-wide Assembly slate… Things aren’t yet as bad as they seem to be in Queens, where the GOP is . >>> READ MORE ...

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16th-century Hebrew Bible goes missing in Monsey

Posted on 31 October 2014 by moshe emes

    Jonathan Bandler, jbandler@lohud.com Thou shalt not forget to require a signature. That’s the lesson for Gene Albert, a Virginia religious artifacts dealer who sold a rare, 16th-century, eight-volume Hebrew Bible for $7,000 on eBay to a Monsey man who insists he never received it. Postal tracking shows the package was delivered Oct. 10, two days after Albert sent it from Lynchburg to Jacob Gestetner. “Either he has it or it was stolen from his mailbox,” Albert s . >>> READ MORE ...

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Caller Campaign Desperately Resorting to Lies

Posted on 29 October 2014 by Josh Fallik

Under the Headline “AD48 – Hikind, Caller Tout Support Of Brooklyn Rabbis” ,(http://tinyurl.com/mn3qpj4), Jacob Kornbluh, a Moshe Friedman flunky, posted on the JP Updates website, a Moshe Friedman production, an item from the Caller Campaign, managed by Moshe Friedman, claiming rabbinic endorsements for Nachamn Caller’s candidacy to the NYS Assembly in the 48th Assembly District. Listed in the article are H’Rav H’Gaon R’ Yechezkel Roth Shlit”a, Gaavad of Karlsburg, and Chavrei B . >>> READ MORE ...

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Breaking: Caller Campaign Unhinged

Posted on 28 October 2014 by admin

Last week a Yiddish weekly newspaper published an analysis of the “Caller Plan” to build in the next four years 2000 units of affordable housing in Borough Park and an additional 2000 units of affordable housing units in Flatbush. The newspaper’s editors researched the matter and interviewed three professionals with extensive experience in real estate development. They are: Chaim Israel – more than 30 years’ experience in real estate development as Director of Housing at the SBCO . >>> READ MORE ...

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Inside the Kiryas Joel voting machine

Posted on 26 October 2014 by moshe emes

  By Chris McKenna Times Herald-Record Posted Oct. 26, 2014 The stakes were high last November when a team of poll watchers dispatched by the United Monroe citizens group ventured into a banquet hall and medical building where more than 6,000 Kiryas Joel voters would cast ballots. United Monroe had been campaigning hard for a slate of Town Board candidates running on its ballot line, hoping to wrest control of a deeply unpopular board by outvoting the Hasidic community’s powerful voti . >>> READ MORE ...

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Kiryas Joel slaughterhouse fined $330,000

Posted on 24 October 2014 by Josh Green

By Chris McKenna Times Herald-Record Federal authorities have ordered the operators of a Kiryas Joel slaughterhouse to pay a $330,000 fine for repeatedly polluting the Ramapo River with chicken guts and parts that wash out of the plant and into a nearby sewage treatment plant run by Orange County. The U.S. Attorney’s Office and Environmental Protection Agency announced the penalty on Thursday, releasing a 20-page complaint outlining violations of the Clean Water Act and a consent decree th . >>> READ MORE ...

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