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Unique Purim Celebrations of Specific Communities



   The Haggadah for Passover makes a profound statement based upon our experience in Jewish History. ¨Not only one enemy has risen against us; but in ever generation they rise against us to destroy us. And the Holy One, Blessed Be He, saves from their hand.” Purim is a celebration of one of the times that they rose against us, tried to destroy us but the Holy One saved us from their hands.

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The Conversion Crisis and Challenge



By Rabbi Marc D. Angel


    Great news.
Many thousands of people in Israel want to convert to Judaism. Most are from the former Soviet Union and have Jewish ancestry or spouses. Many others, of various national and religious backgrounds, have come to Israel to study Judaism and to become Jewish.

Thousands of people throughout the diaspora want to become Jews. They are attracted to the teachings of Torah; or they’ve discovered Jewish roots; or they want to marry a Jewish spouse.


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  Latin America

Bomb Damages Caracas Synagogue




   The homemade grenade, tossed late Feb. 26 into the Orthodox Beit Shmuel synagogue, damaged windows and a car; no injuries were reported.

It was the second such attack this year on a Jewish site in Caracas. Eleven people, including eight policemen, are under arrest for vandalizing a Caracas synagogue last month.


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  Latin America

ADL Condemns Violent Attack on Caracas Synagogue 




     The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned the violent attack on a Caracas synagogue and called on President Hugo Chavez to promptly and publicly denounce this heinous anti-Jewish hate crime and to quickly bring the perpetrators to justice.

Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:

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Ronald Lauder Praises Argentinean Expulsion of Holocaust Denier


   The president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC), Ronald S. Lauder, has hailed as a positive move the order by Argentina’s Government to the Holocaust-denier Bishop Richard Williamson to leave the country within ten days or face expulsion. “This decision is commendable, even more so because the government of Argentina makes it crystal clear that Holocaust deniers are not welcome in the country. Sadly, other countries and governments are much less inclined to crack down on any attempts to denigrate the victims of the Shoah.
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Miami Jewish Teachers Recognized




    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Seven teachers in Jewish educational institutions in Miami have been awarded teacher excellence and creativity awards.

The 2008 awards, sponsored by the Targum Shlishi, a Raquel and Aryeh Rubin Foundation, provide a cash prize for each recipient to be applied to a continuing education opportunity.

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A Call to Arms...

By Benjamin Vinas



  When I first began the following article, I was looking to write a history of the Sefardic Jews of Cuba, “los turcos”. I wanted to document the history, experiences, and traditions of those Jews that lived in the tropical paradise, Cuba. But upon reviewing hundreds of documents, books, photos and other research materials and interviewing some of the aging members of that generation living in South Florida today, I stumbled upon another story. It is the story of two groups of valiant young Jews that left their homes in order to actively participate in the destinies of the Jewish people.


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Mourning the Passing of "Baal Tzedaka" Geladio "Gerry" Grinberg



   Paramus, N.J.--Movado Group founder and chairman: Gedalio "Gerry" Grinberg, widely considered a visionary in the watch industry, has died. He was 77.

Over a distinguished 60-year career, during which time he built a reputation as a leader, entrepreneur and patron of the arts, Grinberg became the first recipient of the Jewelry Information Center's Lifetime Achievement Award. Grinberg, who said in a 2008 interview that "watches measure time, and I have always been fascinated by what a person does with their time," gained notice for his ability to recognize the potential cache of luxury watches and market them accordingly

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13 Cheshvan 5770 HEADLINE NEWS     

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New York - Former Police Commissioner Kerik Orderd To Jail

Today at 01:32 PM

New York - A judge has revoked bail for former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik and ordered him to go straight to jail. Fox 5 News... Read More »

Jerusalem - US and Israel Stage Major Air Defense Exercise

Today at 01:22 PM

Jerusalem - The Israeli and U.S. militaries were set to begin a major joint air defense exercise Wednesday, highlighting military ties between the... Read More »

Jerusalem - Opposition Grows Over Knesset Ban Against Underage Drinking

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Jerusalem - Chabad activists were shocked over a new proposal by Knesset Chairman Yariv Levin (Likud) that would prohibit minors from drinking or... Read More »


Sioux Falls, SD - Agriprocessors Clients Testify in Rubashkin Trial

Oct. 19, 2009. -Sioux Falls, SD - Two kosher meat sellers who regularly bought from Agriprocessors Inc. testified today that they were unaware that the eastern Iowa... Read More »


New York - Chag Sameach: Shemini Atzeres, Simchas Torah

New York - This is it. We’re finally here. We’re on the cusp of whole new year. Tishrei is almost over. Sad, isn’t it? But there’s still one more chance to get in those sweetest of spiritual feelings: Shmini Atzeres and...

Geneva, Switzerland - Nuclear Engineer Arrested For al-Qaeda links

Today at 01:47 PM

Geneva, Switzerland - French agents have arrested a researcher from Europe's top atomic lab on suspicion of links to al-Qaeda, fuelling fears that... Read More »

Brooklyn, NY - Anti-Semitism On the Rise

Today at 11:29 AM

Brooklyn, NY - Residents in Windsor Terrace are up in arms after a pair of thugs pelted a house with eggs and rocks while shouting anti-Semitic slurs, witnesses said. The alleged bias incident, which took place on Prospect Ave., is the second such crime to rattle the neighborhood in recent weeks - and comes on the heels of other high-profile anti-Semitic... Read More »

Monroe, NY - Area Troopers Warn: Don’t Steal Election Signs

Today at 09:50 AM

Monroe, NY - Troopers are warning people not to steal campaign election signs. State police received a complaint... Read More »

Washington - U.S. Furious Over Israeli Incitement Against Obama

Today at 09:46 AM

Washington - The U.S. administration is furious over Israeli incitement against President Barack Obama, Democratic congressmen close to Obama told an... Read More »

New York - International Simchas Torah Hakafah Initiative to Invoke Spirit of Daniel Pearl

Today at 09:24 AM

New York - One of the seven hakafah dances around the synagogue this year will dedicated in memory of slain Jewish Wall Street Journal journalist... Read More »

Princeton, NJ - University Implements New Shabbath Key Policy

Today at 09:01 AM

Princeton, NJ - Jewish students who do not use electricity on the Sabbath recently received metal dorm keys to use from sundown on Fridays to sundown... Read More »

Hammond, IN - Lawsuit: Local Gas Station Chain Using Unauthorized OU's Kashrut Symbol

Today at 07:43 AM

Hammond, IN - Contrary to its logo, Luke Oil Co. is not kosher, according to a lawsuit filed by a group of Orthodox Jews. The Union of Orthodox... Read More »


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More Ethiopian to Israel

Israel will allow additional Ethiopians to petition for aliyah under the special circumstances afforded the Falash Mura.

Without specifying a number, Israel’s Cabinet decided Sunday that the petitioners must meet three key criteria: They must be listed on a 1999 census of the Falash Mura in Ethiopia; have been living for at least a year in the Ethiopian city of Gondar, where Jewish aid groups have provided services; and have relatives in Israel who can submit formal petitions on their behalf.

At least 1,400 Ethiopians are expected to meet those criteria, and possibly as many as 8,700.

The move follows months of pressure on the Israeli government by advocates of Ethiopian aliyah, including American Jewish federation executives. Several months ago, Israel’s Supreme Court recommended that the government check the eligibility for aliyah of an additional 1,400 or so Falash Mura but did not order the government to do so.

The Falash Mura are Ethiopians who claim links to Ethiopians whose Jewish ancestors converted to Christianity a century ago to escape economic and social pressures, but who now are returning to Judaism and petitioning to immigrate to Israel.

On Sunday, the Cabinet ordered the Interior Ministry, which historically has been slow to verify the eligibility of Ethiopian petitioners for aliyah, to begin the verification process by Jan. 1. Those found eligible will be brought at a rate of up to 100 per month, the Cabinet decision said.

A total of 16,095 Ethiopians have immigrated to Israel since the Cabinet decided in February 2003 to bring additional Ethiopian olim.



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Latin American Jews concerned about Hezbollah activities

The president of the Confederation of Israelite Associations of Venezuela (CAIV), Abraham Levy Benshimol, has said it was worrying that the militant Lebanese group Hezbollah could be operating in his country. In an interview with Argentina's Jewish News Agency (AJN), Levy Benshimol said the Jewish community was concerned by a story published last week by the ‘Los Angeles Times’ newspaper, and reproduced by Israeli media, according to which Hezbollah could have a base of operations in Venezuela



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Dr. Death is still alive in Chile

The Simon Wiesenthal Center has received leads that "Dr. Death" Aribert Heim, the center's most wanted Nazi war criminal, is alive and living in Patagonia, Chile. The center's chief Nazi hunter is due to travel there this week.

The hunt for "Dr. Death" Aribert Heim, the Nazi war criminal wanted for murdering hundreds of prisoners in concentration camps during World War II, has intensified after the Simon Wiesenthal's chief Nazi hunter received fresh leads during a visit to South America.


. See The Most Wanted War Criminals

Aribert Heim

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World Must Speak out Against Chavez


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  The latest example of the growing hostility toward Jews came on Jan. 30, when a Caracas synagogue was vandalized by armed perpetrators who threw Torah scrolls and prayer books on the floor, and wrote on the walls “We don’t want Jews here” and “Jews get out.”


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Being Written Out of the Jewish People


By Seth Farber




  As Anna Gostamelsky shattered Israel's national swimming record for the 100-meter freestyle on Sunday evening in Beijing, once again demonstrating her incredible endurance, I couldn't help thinking about another battle she has been fighting, this one for more than six years, and to date unsuccessfully: her bid to be recognized by the rabbinate as Jewish.


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The Two Dippings of the Seder

By Rabbi Emmanuel Vinas



      During the Seder it is customary for the youngest child to ask the Four Questions of the Haggadah which really begins the process of discussion and exposition of the story of the Exodus from Egypt.
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Rice and Beans for Pesach

The difference between Chametz and Kitniyot



   During Pesach all types of leavened foods (chametz) are prohibited. According to the Torah, these can only come from foods that contain the five biblically prohibited grains; (1) wheat, (2) spelt, (3) oats, (4) barley and (5) rye.

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Israel and Native American Tribe Smoke Peace Pipe?


    Smoking the Peace Pipe in 21st century? Well, not properly, but an ancient tribe in America extend his hand to the Jewish people.

At first glance, there seems to be little in common between Israel and the 862 member Native American Coushatta Tribe, from Louisiana. But the tribe clearly thought otherwise.  
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  Latin America


AMIA Investigator Tortures in Argentina






  BUENOS AIRES, Argentina. March 8- Claudio Lifschitz (43), a lawyer and former Justice Secretary, was abducted and tortured was by masked men yesterday near Villa Devoto. As recalled, the lawyer alleged cover-up and collaboration in the terrorist attack that killed 85 people on July 18, 1994. Lifschitz was savagely tortured.

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Venezuelan Jewish Community Under Threat


   The violent anti-Semitic attack on a Caracas synagogue on the Jewish Sabbath did not happen in a vacuum. It was the latest manifestation of anti-Semitism in Venezuela, a country whose leaders, government officials, media commentators and others foster an atmosphere of intimidation against the Jewish community, according to a new report from the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) issued today.
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Ancient Barcelona Synagogue & Employee Attacked


BARCELONA, Spain  -- A man dressed in military attire attacked the ancient Synagogue Mayor in Barcelona and an employee there.

On the morning of Jan. 30, the vandal used a baseball bat to smash signs outside the building in the old Jewish Quarter identifying the synagogue. The employee, who approached the man, was beaten with the bat, the European Press reported.

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  New Jersey
Kosher Butcher's Son Tied to Patchogue Hate Crime  

     When the news broke last week of a modern-day lynching of an Ecuadorian immigrant at the hands of a gang of seven high school students in Patchogue, L.I., leaders of the Jewish community stood in the forefront of groups condemning the senseless hate crime and expressing solidarity with the area’s Latino residents.
The American Jewish Committee organized a rally against hate four days after the Nov. 8 murder, and one of the village’s two synagogues, Temple Beth El of Patchogue, hosted a public forum last Friday.
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Seven Generations: Past and Present of Ethiopian Jews

By Andres Bayona

Avishai Mekonem

  They claim that they aredescendants of a beautiful and wise African Queen who fell in love with the wise King Solomon. Her name was Makeda, Queen of Ethiopia. In the Biblical Book of Chronicles she is referred to as The Queen of Sheba, who went to visit Israel after she had heard of Solomon’s wisdom. Makeda, herself was known as the wisest ruler in Africa and people came from far and wide to consult her. Her courtship with Solomon was a source of international interest because of the grace, majesty and romance that it brought with it and it gave great pride to both nations.
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