A Ukrainian court has reportedly sentenced four people to prison for the fatal assault and robbery in 2016 of Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Menachem Mendel Deitsch, H'yd, in Zhytomyr, Ukraine.
Two Ukrainian men were sentenced to nine and 11 years in prison, respectively, for the killing, while two women, who were minors at the time, were sentenced to seven years, according to the anash.org website.
Deitsch, a longtime Chabad emissary to France and Israel, was assaulted and robbed at Zhytomyr’s central train station on Oct. 7, 2016, after spending Rosh Hashanah in Haditch, Ukraine, the final resting place of Chabad founder Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, according to Chabad.org.
Deitsch, who suffered brain trauma during the assault, underwent surgery in Zhytomyr before being airlifted...
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Baltimore, MD - Nov. 3, 2019 - This year, the Baltimore Shabbat Project, which originated in South Africa in 2013, will provide opportunities for thousands of Jews in Baltimore to observe the Jewish day of rest with added inspiration and celebration of Jewish identity. The main celebration will be the weekend of November 15-16, Parashat Vayeira, with additional programs taking place leading up to the project.
Previously, Shabbat Project celebrations attracted more than 1 million participants in 101 countries across 1,511 cities and towns. This year, organizers believe the initiative will top those numbers.
Last year, the Shabbat Project weekend was tarnished by the tragic loss of life and heinous act of anti-Semitism in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This year, the organizers of the internati...
NEW YORK—The Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR) welcomed President Donald Trump’s recognition of Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds’ heroism at this morning’s wreath laying ceremony ahead of New York’s Veterans Day Parade.
In 2016, the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous posthumously recognized Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, with its Yehi Or Award for his heroic efforts in saving the lives of 200 American Jewish prisoners of war during World War II at the organization’s annual dinner. The JFR also produced the award-winning documentary titled “Footsteps of My Father,” told through the lens of Edmond’s son, Pastor Chris Edmonds, and several American Jewish POWs including Lester Tanner who was present at this mornin...
The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended at a record high on Monday thanks to a bounce in shares of aerospace giant Boeing.
The company, in a statement to FOX Business, confirmed that "it is possible that the resumption of MAX deliveries to airline customers could begin in December..." contingent on various timetables with the FAA.
The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq held onto modest losses amid concerns the U.S. and China still have differences that need to be ironed out before the two sides reach a phase one trade deal.
“China very much wants to make a deal,” Trump said as he boarded Air Force One on Saturday. “They’re having the worst year they’ve had in 57 years. Their supply chain is all broken, like an egg, they want to make a...
Iran should come to the negotiating table with world powers and Gulf countries to seek a new deal that would deescalate regional tensions and revive its economy, a senior United Arab Emirates official said on Sunday.
Tensions in the Gulf have risen since attacks on oil tankers in a vital global shipping lane this summer, including off the UAE coast, and a major assault on energy facilities in Saudi Arabia.
Washington has blamed Iran, which has denied being behind the attacks on global energy infrastructure.
On Thursday, Iran said it had resumed uranium enrichment at its Fordow nuclear site, stepping further away from its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers after the United States pulled out of it.
“Further escalation at this point serves no one and we strongly believe that there ...
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took part Monday morning in a Knesset meeting, organized by MK Meirav Michaeli (Labor) marking the 25th anniversary of Israel’s peace treaty with the Kingdom of Jordan to discuss the Jewish State’s relationship with its Arab neighbors.
Turning to the failure to achieve a final status agreement with the Palestinian Authority, Netanyahu said the Palestinian Arab population was too internally divided, as well as hostile towards Israel.
“Why isn’t there peace with the Palestinians? I look at Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) and ask: ‘What about you?’ They aren’t ready to accept us. Half of the [Palestinian] people back Hamas and want to annihilate us, and the other half don’t want to fight with the first half, while i...
Iran‘s Foreign Ministry on Sunday rejected as a “trap” reports that the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog, found traces of uranium at an Iranian site that Israel called a “secret atomic warehouse.”
Two months after Reuters first reported that samples taken at the site had shown traces of uranium, the IAEA on Wednesday told member states at a closed-door briefing that it had found uranium traces at a site in Iran it did not name, but diplomats at the meeting said it was clearly the same place.
“The Zionist regime and Israel are attempting to reopen … this file,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in remarks carried on state television.
“We have announced that this is a trap,”...
Red paint was found splashed across the doorway of the historic Middle Street Synagogue in the UK city of Brighton and Hove on Friday, on the eve of the 81st anniversary of the infamous antisemitic Kristallnacht pogrom.
The incident is being handled with “the utmost seriousness,” a spokesman for the Sussex Jewish Representative Council told local paper The Argus.
Stephen Silverman, Director of Investigations and Enforcement at the UK watchdog Campaign Against Antisemitism, said of the incident, “This cowardly act of vandalism against a historic synagogue comes just months after a prominent Labour activist called for a march on a synagogue nearby.”
“It is yet further evidence of the extent to which antisemites have come to feel empowered to demonstrate their...
Nearly 15,000 people took to the streets of Bielefeld, Germany on Saturday as a display of solidarity and strength against a neo-Nazi demonstration that was held on the 81st anniversary of Kristallnacht.
Germany’s right wing party organized the 230 neo-Nazis who march through the city as they called for the release of 91-year-old Ursula Haverbeck, who is currently serving her fourth prison sentence for holocaust denial.
Thousands of counter protesters formed a human chain around Bielefeld’s synagogue, and held a vigil there as well.
The demonstration was organized by Bielefeld’s Alliance Against the Right, and counter protesters criticized German city officials for grant neo-nazis permission to carry out their march.
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The National Threat Assessment Center of the US Secret Service take part in Wednesday’s event designed to provide threat assessment and mitigation training to Jewish community leaders.
The event, set to be hosted by Memphis, Tennessee, is organized by the Secure Community Network (SCN), a non-profit aiming to provide homeland security initiatives to America’s Jewish community.
It will see psychology experts as well as security professionals advise Jewish leaders on the best ways to spot the red flags and prevent attacks.
“Recognizing potential threats is critical to preventing attacks at our schools, synagogues and community centers,” Michael Masters, SCN chief, is quoted as saying by the Jerusalem Post.
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Jerusalem, Israel - Nov. 11, 2019 - President Reuven Rivlin Monday, November 11/ 13 Cheshvan, participated as the opening speaker in the first education conference of Bnei Akiva Yeshivot and Ulpanot with Israeli media Makor Rishon held in the International Conference Center in Jerusalem, Israel. Before going to the podium, the president went to greet, Rosh Yeshiva of Ohr Etzion Yeshiva and head of the Center for Bnei Akiva Yeshivot HaRav Haim Meir Drukman seated in the front row next to Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion.
The president put on his kippah, to begin with, a section in Brachos, and using texts from Vayikra and Devorim in his remarks. The shiur was entitled ‘The Boundaries of the Israeli Classroom’ and was accompanied by a printed source sheet with the...
Baltimore, MD – Nov. 11, 2019 - It is with deep sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah of Mrs. Abby Eisenberg, a’h, wife of Dr. Max Eisenberg, mother of Mrs. Jamie (Dr. Cliff) Katz, and Lavea Eisenberg and sister of Mr. Steve Storch.
The levaya will take place at Levinson’s on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Levinson’s at 8:00 AM.
Kevurah at Wellwood Cemetery - W. Babylon, NY
Shiva info to follow
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Baltimore, MD - Nov. 11, 2019 - Hundreds of boys accompanied by their fathers flocked to Shomrei this past Sunday evening to attend the Pirchei Agudas Yisroel of Baltimore Hasmodah Banquet. The boys, most who attend school at Talmudical Academy and Yeshivas Kochav Yitzchak, were being honored for learning daily during the Sukkos vacation, even though school was not in session. The Hasmodah Banquet was single-handedly organized to perfection by TI 1st-grade rebbe Rabbi Ya'akov Horowitz, who oversaw the event from start to finish and MC'ed the event.
The banquet started off with a feast fit for b'nei m'lachim, catered by Mr. Fishel Gross and his O'Fishel team. A group of 7th and 8th graders from TI/YKY, along with a few other young eager helpers, set up the room and...
Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, the widow of Maryland 7th District Congressman Elijah Cummings, has planned a “special announcement” for Tuesday morning in West Baltimore.
On Oct. 31, two weeks after her husband’s death, Cummings told the Baltimore Sun that she was considering running for her husband’s seat as she would look to continue his legacy of public service.
Cummings is the current Maryland Democratic Party Chairman. She had sought the Democratic nomination for governor last year but ended her campaign, due in part to her husband's poor health.
Cummings’ announcement comes days after the Republican activist who sparked a week of Twitter attacks launched her own campaign for the 7th District seat.
Kimberly Klacik used a FOX News Channel ap...
GOP releases impeachment probe witness list; House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy weighs in.
NEW YORK (AP) – A surge in violent police clashes has left a trail of bodies across New York City, stoking tensions between officers and critics who say they have been too quick to use deadly force.
Since mid-October, New York Police Department officers have shot five people, killing four of them — a torrent that left department veterans struggling to recall another time there were so many on-duty shootings in the city in such a short span.
On Oct. 23, police killed a man in Harlem after they say he fired a gunshot that hit an officer’s bullet-resistant vest. Two days later, police killed a man in Brooklyn after they say he slammed an officer’s head with a chair. That officer was placed in a medically induced coma for several days.
Adding to the chasm: bystander ...
PORTLAND (AP) – On Dec. 14, 2018, Aaron Cole was about to buy a new house and received an email that he thought was from his title company, directing him to make a $123,000 deposit.
Cole complied, not realizing that a sophisticated hacker network had likely been spying on his communications with the title company and that although the email looked like others he had received from the title company, this time, the email address was slightly different.
A week later, the title company called, advising him it was time to send money. The Oregon man suddenly realized he had given away his family’s life savings to criminals. The money was from the sale of their former house.
“It was the worst feeling,” Cole said Friday. “And then having to go home and tell my wife...
LONDON (AP) — Facebook is opening up a war room to quickly respond to election hoaxes. Twitter is banning political ads. Google plans to crack down on bogus videos on YouTube.
Social media platforms say they are mounting a vigorous campaign against misinformation in the lead up to next month’s general election in the United Kingdom. But digital misinformation experts believe British voters remain vulnerable to the same type of misleading ads and phony claims that played a role in the vote to leave the European Union three years ago.
Government inaction on online misinformation and digital ad regulations have added to the pressure internet companies are under as they face growing criticism for amplifying false claims during the run up to the 2016 Brexit referendum and the 2016...
NEW YORK (AP) – A New York regulator is investigating Goldman Sachs for possible discrimination in the way it sets credit limits. The bank denies wrongdoing.
The investigation follows a series of viral tweets by entrepreneur and web developer David Heinemeier Hansson about algorithms used for the Apple Card, which Goldman Sachs manages in partnership with Apple.
Hansson said the card offered him a credit limit 20 times greater than it gave to his wife, even though she has a higher credit score. He called the algorithm a sexist program.
A spokeswoman for the New York Department of Financial Services confirmed Saturday that the agency will investigate.
The agency is “troubled to learn of potential discriminatory treatment in regards to credit limit decisions reportedly made b...