Suspect arrested in NY mezuzah burning spree

(JTA) — A man arrested for allegedly setting mezuzahs on fire in a Brooklyn apartment building addressed the accusations on his Facebook page.

Rubin Ublies, 35, was taken in for questioning on Wednesday and later arrested.

Eleven mezuzahs were set afire on Monday afternoon — the day Israel observed Holocaust...
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U.S. Army cut material liking haredi Orthodox with KKK, al-Qaida

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Army said it had eliminated part of a presentation on extremist threats that lumped together haredi Orthodox Jews with the Ku Klux Klan and al-Qaida.

The grouping was part of a slide, revealed Tuesday in a report by the London Daily Mail, that listed under...
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Yeshiva University embroiled in controversy over award for Carter

Yeshiva University’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law is roiling from a controversial decision by a student committee to bestow the International Advocate for Peace Award to former President Jimmy Carter.

The law school’s Student Journal for Conflict Resolution selected Carter to receive the award on Wednesday because of his...
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Obama in Yom Hashoah message cites commitment to combat intolerance

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama in his Yom Hashoah message recalled his recommitment in Israel last month to combating anti-Semitism and intolerance.

“Today, we honor the memories of the 6 million Jewish victims and millions of others who perished in the darkness of the Shoah,” Obama said Monday in a...
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Kosher scandals like Doheny’s are rare, but not unheard of


NEW YORK (JTA) — Less than a day before the start of Passover, the phone rang at the Brooklyn home of Rabbi Yisroel Belsky. On the line were concerned members of the Rabbinical Council of California, a rabbinical association in Los Angeles that provides kosher certification, among...
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NY newsborn contracts herpes from circumcision rite

(JTA) — The parents of a Jewish newborn who reportedly contracted neonatal herpes following a controversial circumcision rite did not sign the required consent form.

According to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the newborn is the second in three months to contract the virus due...
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Scandal-plagued L.A. kosher market is sold

(JTA) — A local businessman, Shlomo Rechnitz, bought a kosher supermarket in Los Angeles that is suspected of mislabeling its meat. Rechnitz purchased the Doheny Glatt Kosher Meat Market from Mike Engleman at the behest of the Rabbinical Council of California, a kashrut certifier.

The RCC said Wednesday that the...
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Kosher meat scandal hits L.A.

(JTA) — An undercover video captured the owner of a Los Angeles kosher meat market bringing unsealed boxes of chicken into the store, leading to the revocation of the store’s kosher certification.

Mike Engelman, the owner of Doheny Glatt Kosher Meats, was videotaped on March 12 directing his employees to...
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Billboards calling for end of aid to Israel erected in NY, CT

(JTA) — Billboards calling for an end to U.S. aid to Israel were erected at 25 train stations in suburban New York and Connecticut. The billboards that went up Tuesday, on the first day of Passover, in Metro North stations are sponsored by a group called American Muslims for Palestine.

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Loughner’s parents confiscated gun before attack

(JTA) — The parents of Jared Loughner, concerned by his erratic behavior, confiscated a gun and disabled his car in the months before the killing spree that critically wounded congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

Documents released Wednesday by the Pima County Sheriff’s office in Arizona and reported in the media detail measures...
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