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Jay Leno raises $50,000 for Israeli EMS service, Donates Ambulance

April 12, 2016, by

From the Jerusalem Post: Comedian Jay Leno raised 50,000 for and donated a $36,000 fully equipped ambulance to United Hatzalah at a sold-out special concert fundraiser for Israel’s largest volunteer EMS service at the Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York on Sunday. The former Tonight Show host performed a long comedy set and called

Panama Papers Show Abbas’s Son Has 1m in PA-Linked Equity Fund

April 12, 2016, by

From the JTA: Tareq Abbas, the son of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, holds $1 million worth of shares in a Palestinian investment company with ties to the PA, the “Panama Papers” data leak revealed. The Arab Palestinian Investment Company, or APIC, launched in 1995, is today a major financial player in the Palestinian economy,

Two 16-year-old Chabad girls reported missing near Orlando found unharmed

April 12, 2016, by

From the JTA: Two 16-year-old girls from the Chabad-Lubavitch community who went missing during a Shabbat afternoon walk while on a class trip in Orlando, Florida, were found in a nearby area of densely wooded swampland. It took rescue teams more than an hour on Sunday morning to reach the girls, identified as Rivka Moshe and Brocha Katz,

For parents of soldiers lost in Gaza, the war never ended

April 7, 2016, by

From the JTA: One family lost their son in late July 2014. The other lost theirs on the first of August in the same year. One family has lobbied the United Nations and crossed an ocean in hopes of bringing their son’s remains back. The other mostly stays home. One family is sure their son is

North of Paris, a Beleaguered Jewish Community Dares to Seder

April 7, 2016, by

From the JTA: After three firebombs hit the synagogue of this poor and heavily Muslim suburb of Paris, municipal authorities advised the local Jewish community to lower its profile. Like dozens of attacks on French synagogues since 2000, the January 2009 incident at the Chabad House of Saint-Denis, which did not result in any injuries, was

Croatian Jews to boycott country’s official Holocaust commemorations

April 5, 2016, by

The Jewish community in Croatia said it will boycott the country’s official Holocaust commemoration events this year to protest alleged government inaction to curb neo-Nazism. The Coordinating Committee of the Jewish Communities of Croatia said it would hold its own commemoration “in line with Jewish tradition” instead of participating in the government one, the Voice of America reported Monday. The

United Nations: ‘Miscommunication’ behind ban of Israel’s Zionism display

April 5, 2016, by

A “miscommunication” led the United Nations to ban a display about Zionism from an Israeli exhibition at its headquarters in New York, a spokesman told JTA. Hours after the exhibition opened Monday morning, an initially banned display panel about Zionism was added. But the U.N. stood firm in banning two other panels that Israel had proposed — one

Watch: Kosher Certification: Behind the Scene with Reserve Cut’s Rabbi

April 4, 2016, by

How does one of the best steak houses in New York keep kosher? Billy Lyons of Zagat spent a day with OU Mashgiach Rabbi Hyam Maryles who supervises the kashruth of Reserve Cut in Downtown Manhattan. Each day, Rabbi Maryles arrives hours before the restaurant opens to ensure that Reserve Cut’s acclaimed dishes maintain the

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