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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Bortch Belt matriarch Helen Kutsher dies at 89

NEW YORK (JTA) — Helen Kutsher, the face of her family-owned resort in the Catskill Mountains for decades, has died.

Kutsher, who came to be known as the matriach of what was called the Borscht Belt, died Saturday in Philadelphia. She was 89 and spent much of her life in...
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Rabbi Herschel Schacter, former Presidents Conference chair, dies at 95

NEW YORK (JTA) — Rabbi Herschel Schacter, a former chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, has died.

Schacter, the first U.S. Army chaplain to enter and participate in the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp, died Thursday. He was 95.

Along with serving as chairman...
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Obama: Peace is possible


JERUSALEM (JTA) — President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to Israel and called for a renewed peace process in a speech to thousands of Israelis in Jerusalem.

In the centerpiece of his first presidential visit to Israel, Obama on Thursday stressed America’s “unbreakable” alliance with Israel and support for Israel...
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Obama call Israel ‘historic homeland’ of Jewish people

( – Presenting a contrast to his Cairo speech four years ago — during which he said that Israel was born from the Holocaust — U.S. President Barack Obama in Israel on Wednesday emphasized the historic link of the Jewish people to the Holy Land.

​Obama in Israel opened his...
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Driver who killed hasidic couple charged with manslaughter

NEW YORK (JTA) — Julio Acevedo, the driver of car in an accident that killed a young hasidic couple in Brooklyn, was charged with manslaughter.

Brooklyn prosecutors announced a second-degree manslaughter charge against Acevedo, 44, on Tuesday. If convicted, he faces life imprisonment.

Acevedo earlier had been indicted on charges...
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