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Two Synagogue-Goers Save Family From Burning Car in London

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:53

Two men worshipping at a synagogue in London pulled members of a family from a burning car.

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Aaron Landes, Philadelphia Rabbi and Navy Chaplain, Dies at 84

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:51

Rabbi Aaron Landes, a Philadelphia congregational rabbi for decades and the longtime director of U.S. Naval Reserve chaplains, has died.

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Synagogue worshippers in London save family from burning car

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 16:22

(JTA) — Two men worshipping at a synagogue in London pulled members of a family from a burning car.

Moses Kupermann of London and a visitor from Israel, identified as a veteran of the Israeli army, pulled an elderly man and a baby, who was in a car seat, from the vehicle after it burst into flames outside a synagogue in Tottenham on Sunday night, the Daily Mail reported.

Two other passengers escaped before an explosion destroyed the car.

“I did what I had to do. I’d definitely do it again,” Kupermann told the British website Jewishnews.co.uk.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police told the Daily Mail that there were “no suspicious circumstances” surrounding the fire in northern London.

 

 

Rabbi Aaron Landes, longtime Naval Reserve chaplains chief, dies

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:47

(JTA) — Rabbi Aaron Landes, a Philadelphia congregational rabbi for decades and the longtime director of U.S. Naval Reserve chaplains, has died.

Landes died on April 19 following a battle with leukemia. He was 84.

He managed some 700 chaplains as head of the chaplains corps until retiring in 1989, according to the Jewish Exponent of Philadelphia.

Landes served as the senior rabbi of Beth Sholom Congregation in suburban Elkins Park, Pa., for 36 years, retiring in 2000 and becoming rabbi emeritus. He also founded the Forman Hebrew Day School — now the Perelman Jewish Day School — and served on the boards of several religious organizations, the Exponent reported.

“He was a very unusual man in that he was highly intelligent and highly creative in his profession, but I don’t know many men who were so successful as he was in two professions,” his daughter Tamar said.

Landes was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1955 and then became a Navy chaplain, serving two years of active duty at the 5th Naval District Headquarters in Norfolk, Va. Afterward he served two weeks of reserve duty each year. He also held a master’s degree from JTS. Landes was a graduate of Yeshiva University, where he served as president of the undergraduate student body.

He met his wife of 61 years, Sora, while working the summer after his college graduation as a lifeguard at Camp Massad, a Jewish sleepaway camp in the Poconos.

 

 

William Rapfogel Faces Up to 10 Years in Prison After Guilty Plea

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 11:49

Former Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty executive director William Rapfogel will serve between 3 ½ and 10 years in prison following a plea deal finalized today in which he admitted to stealing over $1 million from the charity, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced.

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Abraham Foxman To Speak at Boston Graduation Despite Armenian Genocide Debate

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 08:27

Despite protests from some student groups, Suffolk University affirmed its selection of Anti-Defamation League National Director Abraham Foxman as the law school’s commencement speaker.

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Reb Zalman’s December Song

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 06:00

In “The December Project,” legendary “Kabbalah and LSD”-rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi talks about being old through the voice of Sara Davidson.

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London Synagogue Worshippers Pluck Baby From Burning Car

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:10

A baby was saved from a burning car outside a London synagogue when two men rushed out of a Passover service to rescue him moments before the vehicle turned into a fireball.

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Did Israel Fire Grenades in Temple Mount Mosque?

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 07:30

The most senior Islamic cleric in Jerusalem said on Sunday Israeli police hurled stun grenades into al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest site, to quell the latest in a string of Palestinian protests at the politically sensitive holy site.

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Ukraine Synagogue Firebombed — Attack Caught on Video

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 09:59

The main synagogue in Nikolayev, located in the southeast of Ukraine, reportedly was firebombed.

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Utah Man Pleads Guilty to Firing on Salt Lake City Synagogue

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 09:26

A Utah man pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights crime for firing a gun at a Salt Lake City synagogue in 2012.

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Ukrainian synagogue firebombed

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 08:35

(JTA) — The main synagogue in the Ukrainian city of Nikolayev was firebombed.

The synagogue was empty of worshippers when it was firebombed early Saturday morning, according to the Chabad-affiliated Shturem.org website.

Two Molotov cocktails were thrown at the door and window, the report said, citing Yisroel Gotlieb, son of the city’s chief rabbi, Sholom Gotlieb.

A passer-by put out the fires with a fire extinguisher, according to the report.

The attack was recorded by the synagogue’s closed circuit television security camera and uploaded to YouTube.

Nikolayev, a Black Sea port city of approximately 500,000, is located in southeastern Ukraine about 70 miles from Odessa.

The Giymat Rosa Synagogue in Zaporizhia, located 250 miles southeast of Kiev, in eastern Ukraine, was firebombed in late February.

Last week in eastern Ukraine, fliers calling on Jews to register with pro-Russian separatists and pay special taxes were distributed in Donetsk.

 

K.C. suspect said world should be rid of Jews

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 07:16

(JTA) — The Missouri white supremacist charged in the Kansas City-area killings told a Manhattan rabbi that “we have to get rid” of every Jew.

Frazier Glenn Miller, who also goes by Frazier Glenn Cross, called the American Friends of Kiev hotline on March 30 and spoke with Rabbi Menachem Siegal, director of the United Jewish Communities of Eastern Europe and Asia, the New York Post reported Saturday.

Miller attacked Siegal for raising money for Jews who he said “cause all of the problems” and “destroyed the whole economy in the United States and the world,” Siegal told the Post. He also said, according to Siegal, that “Hitler should have finished off the job in Europe by coming to the United States and getting rid of every Jew.”

He did not indicate that he planned to actually attack and kill Jews.

Siegal provided a copy of the call log and caller ID of the 10-minute conversation for the U.S. Justice Department.

Miller was indicted for the April 13 shooting spree that killed three people at Jewish community buildings in suburban Kansas City, Kan. The victims, none of whom were Jewish, were a man and his 14-year-old grandson outside the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park and a woman outside the nearby Village Shalom retirement community.

 

Utah man pleads guilty to firing on Salt Lake City synagogue

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 06:04

(JTA) — A Utah man pleaded guilty to a federal civil rights crime for firing a gun at a Salt Lake City synagogue in 2012.

Macon Openshaw, 21, of Salt Lake City, pleaded guilty on April 16 in U.S. District Court for the District of Utah to firing three rounds from a handgun at Congregation Kol Ami, according to a statement from the U.S. Department of Justice. The shots broke windows and damaged the window casings.

Openshaw admitted to firing at the synagogue because of its Jewish character.

As part of a plea bargain, he could be sentenced to up to five years in prison. He also agreed to pay to repair the damage.

Openshaw is scheduled to be sentenced on July 15.

“Religiously-motivated violence tears at the fabric of our diverse society,” said acting Assistant Attorney General Jocelyn Samuels of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

 

 

Virtues of the Marathon Rabbi

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 06:00

We treasure the young, fresh rabbi. But Gerald Zelizer, who has been with his congregation for 44 years, thinks it’s more valuable to have a rabbi who stays for a long time.

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Rabbi Tries To Squelch 'Register Jews' Story — But It Won't Die

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 17:41

A Ukrainian rabbi whose congregation was the target of an anti-Semitic leaflet wants to put the matter to rest. But the ‘register Jews’ controversy won’t die.

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Did Israel Block U.N. Envoy From Easter Event?

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 16:56

A United Nations envoy accused Israel on Saturday of trying to block him and other diplomats from a pre-Easter “Holy Fire” ritual in the packed Jerusalem church Christians revere as the burial site of Jesus.

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Overland Park Rampage Killer Ranted to Rabbi About 'You Jews'

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 08:59

The notorious white supremacist charged with carrying out the shooting rampage near Kansas City reportedly ranted to a rabbi about “getting rid of every Jew.”

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Atrocities in Myanmar

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 16:00

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, continues to experience the violent persecution of its minority population of Rohingya Muslims. Muslims are being attacked by mobs of extremist Buddhist factions, despite Buddhist principles of nonviolence. “They refer to the Rohingya as subhuman, but beyond that they actually believe the Rohingya are subhuman,” says Matthew Smith, executive director of Fortify Rights, an independent organization to protect and defend human rights, “and I think this is one of the things that make them particularly dangerous.”

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Hardline Rabbi Named Head of Israel's Shas Party

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 07:55

xShalom Cohen, a hardline rabbi known for his overt hostility toward modern-Orthodox and secular Israeli Jews, was appointed spiritual leader of the Orthodox, Sephardi Shas Party.

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