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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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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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Haredim Claim Delta Overbooked and Falsely Blamed Them for Delay

Posted on 23 October 2014 by Josh Fallik

By: Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu Published: October 23rd, 2014 A group of Haredi Jews have claimed that Delta Airlines tried to cover up their own mistake of overbooking and instead blamed Haredim for a 75-minute delay in take-off, according to the Kikar Shabbat Haredi website. As reported here on Wednesday, several Haredim left the plane after the airline crew refused to allow them to sit in unassigned seats to avoid having to travel next to someone of the opposite sex. That is not the what happened, . >>> READ MORE ...

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Many in Sea Gate, Coney Island Haven’t Seen Much Progress Since Sandy

Posted on 23 October 2014 by Josh Green

By: Jeanine Ramirez As we hit the two-year mark since Hurricane Sandy, NY1 is taking a look at some of the most devastated residential areas of the city. NY1’s Jeanine Ramirez revisits Sea Gate and Coney Island, where many haven’t seen much progress since the storm. A fire hydrant sits in the middle of the sand in Sea Gate after the street was washed away by Hurricane Sandy. Buried in the sand are fragments of a house. The storm did tremendous damage to the home. Now that it’ . >>> READ MORE ...

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Baby killed at Jerusalem train station; mom from Monsey

Posted on 23 October 2014 by Josh Green

  Thane Grauel, tgrauel@lohud.com  Couple had child after trying for 13 years; baby killed as Palestinian slams car into train station crowd JERUSALEM – A Monsey-raised woman and her husband tried for 13 years to have a child before Chaya Zissel Braun came into the world three months ago, friends in Rockland told The Journal News on Thursday. Joy turned to horror Wednesday when the infant died when a man described as a convicted Palestinian terrorist drove a car into a crowd of people a . >>> READ MORE ...

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De Blasio Slams Giuliani for Leading Protest Against ‘Death of Klinghoffer’, Defends Controversial Opera

Posted on 21 October 2014 by Josh Fallik

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday criticized his predecessor Rudolph Giuliani for objecting to the Metropolitan Opera’s performance of The Death of Klinghoffer and defended the Met’s right to stage the controversial performance that has been labeled anti-Semitic, the New York Daily News reported on Monday, hours before the play was set to open. “The former mayor had a history of challenging cultural institutions when he disagreed with their content. I don’t thi . >>> READ MORE ...

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Expelled Nazis paid millions in Social Security

Posted on 20 October 2014 by moshe emes

DAVID RISING, RANDY HERSCHAFT and RICHARD LARDNER   OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) — Former Auschwitz guard Jakob Denzinger lived the American dream. His plastics company in the Rust Belt town of Akron, Ohio, thrived. By the late 1980s, he had acquired the trappings of success: a Cadillac DeVille and a Lincoln Town Car, a lakefront home, investments in oil and real estate. Then the Nazi hunters showed up. In 1989, as the U.S. government prepared to strip him of his citizenship, Denzinger pack . >>> READ MORE ...

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Dryer vent sparks fire in Monsey

Posted on 20 October 2014 by Josh Green

Alex Taylor, artaylor@lohud.com MONSEY – More than 45 firefighters responded to a blaze that broke out Sunday morning at a multifamily dwelling at 25 Cedar Lane. The fire started shortly before 9 a.m. Officials said it appears to have begun in a lint-clogged dryer vent in the building’s basement laundry room, and then crept up into the walls and ceiling of the two-story, 2,698-square-foot structure. The fire was quickly extinguished and there were no injuries, according to Monsey Fir . >>> READ MORE ...

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Drought at the Brooklyn Independent GOP Fountainhead

Posted on 06 October 2014 by Josh Fallik

The Independent Brooklyn Republicans posted on their Blog-site an article by Galewyn Massey expressing hopefulness that “Nachman Caller’s Run in the 48th A.D. against Dov Hikind might be the best chance that the Brooklyn GOP has of getting a takeaway from the Democrats” Peculiarly, the individual who is inspiring all this optimism is an “annual” candidate, for one office or another, and who has never won a race in his life. Over the years he has been practicing Real Estate Law, pri . >>> READ MORE ...

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Charedi Influence At Play In Ramapo Referendum

Posted on 02 October 2014 by moshe emes

    Issues will likely linger long after this week’s vote 10/01/14 – Amy Sara Clark, Staff Writer As voters in embattled upstate Ramapo went to the polls this week, at stake was the power of the growing population of charedi Jews in the Rockland County suburb. Tuesday’s referendum, led by a group of activists called Preserve Rockland, was aimed at lessening charedi political power in a town that has fought a years-long battle over Orthodox control of the . >>> READ MORE ...

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Jewish Ritual Chicken Slaughter Sparks Protest In Crown Heights

Posted on 02 October 2014 by moshe emes

    (Scott Heins / Gothamist) Last night, as animal rights activists screamed “Murderers!” and waved signs of protest from behind a barricaded portion of Eastern Parkway, hundreds of Jewish families gathered to perform the atonement ritual of Kaporos— a process of waving a live chicken over their heads while reciting prayers. Kaporos is a ritual of atonement that symbolically transfers a person’s sins to the living chicken as it is held aloft. After the ritual, the . >>> READ MORE ...

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Views of Hasidic Jewish Community From 1990s Crown Heights Go on Display

Posted on 02 October 2014 by moshe emes

By Rachel Holliday Smith on October 2, 2014 PROSPECT HEIGHTS — It was simple curiosity that brought Chie Nishio to Crown Heights in the early 1990s. The longtime photographer came to Manhattan from Tokyo in 1969, moving near the Diamond District. There, she remembers seeing Orthodox Jewish men with “long beards and wearing the black hats.” “I was always curious about them,” Nishio, 84, said. When she married a non-observant Jew, she became even more interested in New York’s Jewish . >>> READ MORE ...

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