FL – CPR Training Company Donates Defibrillator to Hatzolah Following Equipment Theft



A Florida CPR training company donated life-saving equipment to a member of Florida’s Hatzolah after his emergency equipment was stolen last week.

One Beat CPR donated a defibrillator to Miami-Dade Hatzolah member Yakov Fried after lifesaving equipment valued around $2,400 were stolen from his vehicle. Read more »

Bond Between Senate Leader Reid & Jewish Chief of Staff Defies Controversy

Harry ReidThe Jewish Chief of Staff to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has repeatedly shown that he is not afraid to notably intervene in matters relating to his boss, even if it means ruffling feathers of the likes of President Obama.

Administration and congressional officials have claimed that Krone’s eyebrow-raising actions, such as publicly challenging the president and betraying the White House’s code of silence on discussions expected to be kept private, have damaged Democratic unity at a time when the party is quite weak.

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UN Sec. General: Unilateral Palestinian Recognition Gaining Momentum



(AP). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday the international community’s failure to advance a political solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is spurring governments and parliaments to take action to recognize the state of Palestine — and “that momentum will grow.”

The U.N. chief said at the U.N. commemoration of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People that the international community must assume “a collective failure” for not being able to get a peace deal. Read more »

Netanyahu Blasts Looming French Palestine Vote As ‘Irresponsible’

netanyahu bbcIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that a recognition by France of a Palestinian state would be “irresponsible,”as a vote on the issue loomed on December 2. “Of course I’m worried about this, because what they’re voting on is Palestine without peace,” the Israeli leader stated.

“That’s what the Palestinians want. They want to have a state. Not to end the war with Israel, but to continue the war from improved boundaries. That’s all they’re saying,” he further maintained.

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Hillel Inclusion of Anti-Israel Groups on US Campuses Scored in Israeli Knesset

The American Jewish campus life organization Hillel came under fire in the Israeli Knesset on Monday from an unlikely source: the Israeli right-wing. MK Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi) voiced her deep concern that representatives of what she called “post-Zionist groups” had been invited to make presentations to students at Hillel functions held on campuses around the United States, where they were exerting influence on student opinion.

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Ted Cruz Suggests Joe Lieberman For Defense Secretary

Joe LiebermanHawkish Republican Senator, Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday suggested that President Obama should consider appointing former Senator Joe Lieberman, an independent who caucused with Democrats, as outgoing  Secretary of Defens Chuck Hagel’s successor.

“Today’s resignation reflects the ongoing damage caused by President Obama’s misguided foreign policy of leading from behind. We need a Secretary of Defense who is squarely focused on defending the national security interests of the United States, first and foremost, and especially preventing a bad deal over Iran’s nuclear weapons program that could do irreparable harm to us and our allies,” said Cruz in a statement.  Read more »







Knesset Heatedly Debates Existence of Religious Coercion in IDF

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A discussion about whether religious observance is being forced on soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces became particularly heated in the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Subcommittee on Manpower and Training on Monday.

The arguing actually started even before the meeting officially got underway, with MK Yoni Chetboun (Bayit Yehudi) protesting the wording of its topic, which employed a Hebrew term that he felt implied a religious takeover, but was explained by Dr. Reuven Gal, a researcher on religion in the IDF, to in fact translate to “religionization” with no negative connotations.

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EXCLUSIVE: FDNY Apprehends Man Who Robbed 82-Year-Old Jewish Woman in Brooklyn

fdny NYCWhile they are primarily firefighters, they are also crime fighters when needed, as FDNY demonstrated Monday when department members followed a 33-year-old man who robbed an 82-year-old woman just feet away from Engine 247.

It all started shortly after 11:50 AM when Borough Park Shomrim received a phone call that a woman was just robbed at the intersection of 13th Avenue and 61st Street. After immediately notifying the police and responding to the scene, Shomrim members saw FDNY members running after the suspect. Read more »

Cruz Condemns Obama’s Iran Policy, Hagee Calls POTUS An Anti-Semite

Ted CruzPotential GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz offered a harsh critique of current United States policy regarding Israel on Sunday night, declaring to the large crowd at the Zionist Organization of America event in New York City that President Barack Obama is endangering the Jewish state by refusing to unequivocally confront Iran and thwart its nuclear ambitions. Read more »

Sen. Schumer Thanks Def. Secretary Hagel For ‘Service’

Schumer at AIPAC 2014US Senator Chuck Schumer, who helped allay concerns about Chuck Hagel’s nomination as defense secretary in 2013, applauded the outgoing Pentagon chief secretary, after President Obama announced Hagel’s resignation at the White House on Monday morning.

“If there is a word that personifies Chuck Hagel, it is ‘service,’” Schumer said in a statement. “He served his country as a hero in Vietnam, as a Senator, and now as Defense Secretary, where he presided over the department in a smart and level-headed way. I wish Chuck Hagel and his family the best.” Read more »

FL Court To Announce Long-Missing Philanthropist Guma Aguiar Officially Dead



The estate of Guma Aguiar, the Jewish philanthropist who has been missing since he disappeared near Fort Lauderdale, Fla. in June of 2012, has been divided among his heirs by a court in his home state, as the Florida court is reportedly about to declare Guma Aguiar officially dead in the coming days.

The court approved a compromise that was agreed to by Aguiar’s wife, Jamie, and his mother, Ellen, in conjunction with his sisters Adriana and Angelika.

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Toronto Jewish Federation Raises Funds For Canadian Victim of Jerusalem Attack

massacre jerusalem(JNS). The UJA Federation of Greater Toronto is raising funds to assist Howie (Chaim) Rothman, a Canadian citizen injured in the Nov. 18 terror attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood.

Rothman’s siblings in Canada said that their brother was struck in the head with a meat cleaver in the attack. Rothman, 54, is the most seriously wounded victim among those who survived. He is currently hospitalized in a coma and blind in one eye as a result of the attack. Rothman has 10 children, and he recently had his first grandchild. Read more »

New UJA-Fed NY Head Faces Challenges of Fundraising Overhaul

uja goldsteinWhen Eric Goldstein took over the position of chief executive of the UJA-Federation of New York this summer, he came in with a carefully mapped-out transition plan that would give him sufficient time to meet major donors and visit a network of organizations that serve New York’s neediest. But his entire plan was quickly jettisoned, according to an extensive Wall Street Journal profile.

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‘Orthodox Jewish All Stars’ Awards Event To Celebrate Jewish Pride Amid Growing Antisemitism

Orthodox-Jewish-All-Stars-2014Forbes magazine-ranked hedge fund manager and philanthropist Henry Swieca, BCBGeneration Creative Director Joyce Azria, and Columbia Law School Dean Emeritus David Schizer are among 10 people who have been named 2014 Orthodox Jewish All Stars by Jew in the City, an organization dedicated to re-branding Orthodox Jews and Judaism through digital media.

The red carpet awards party will take place in downtown Manhattan on Dec. 2nd, 2014. The event will be emceed by Hasidic comic, Mendy Pellin, who the New York Times called “Stephen Colbert with a beard and a black hat.” Read more »

Immigration Lawyers: Obama’s Immigration Reforms Would Greatly Benefit Israelis

obama in Israel #1President Barack Obama’s sweeping changes to the United States’ immigration policy will have far-reaching effects on Israelis wishing to work or move across the ocean, Yediot’s Itamar Eichner writes.

The wide-reaching executive plan would apparently help thousands of undocumented Israeli immigrants, specifically Israeli parents with American children. Moreover, the major benefit of the new policy is the ease of the visa process for innovative entrepreneurs and High-Tech companies. Read more »

Brooklyn Emerges As Finalist To Host Democratic National Convention In 2016

DNC Brooklyn(AP). Democrats have narrowed the list of contenders for their 2016 national convention to three cities: Columbus in Ohio, New York and Philadelphia.

The Democratic National Committee says convention bids from Birmingham, Alabama and Phoenix have been eliminated. Read more »

Major Jewish Orgs Applaud Hagel’s Service and Commitment to Israel



The National Jewish Democratic Council on Monday thanked Secretary of State Chuck Hagel for his service and applauded him for his strong support of Israel, following today’s announcement that Hagel will resign his position.

The democratic Jewish organization further expressed confidence that Secretary Hagel’s successor will be equally as committed to a strong U.S.-Israel relationship. Read more »

Miracle in Israel: Severely Injured Temple Mount Activist Released From Hospital

yehuda glickTemple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick was released on Monday from Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center barely a month after being shot multiple times by a Palestinian terrorist attempting to assassinate him.

The 49-year-old Glick – who founded and heads the LIBA Initiative for Jewish Freedom on the Temple Mount – was shot four times at point-blank range by 32-year-old Islamic Jihad member Moataz Hejazi after delivering a lecture at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center on October 29. The attacker was killed in a police shootout at his East Jerusalem home several hours later.

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PHOTO: Sen. Warren Meets Netanyahu In Jerusalem

netanyahu warren Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, the liberal wing of the Democratic Party’s darling, met on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu while on a visit to the region, her first trip abroad as senator.

Warren also met with Israeli government officials and Knesset Members as she toured the Knesset. She was welcomed in the Knesset plenum by Minister Yuval Shteinitz.

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Readying For 2016 Run, Rand Paul to Introduce Senate Bill Declaring War On ISIS

Rand PaulKentucky Senator Rand Paul, whose likely quest for the Republican presidential nomination has him seeking to forge an image as an expert in foreign policy, will introduce a measure in the Senate next month that declares war on the radical terrorist group. The senator’s resolution would be a sharp reversal of the traditional process by which presidents lead the United States into military action and Congress tacks on its approval.

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Obama Praises Hagel As He Announces Pentagon Chief’s Resignation



(AP). Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Monday he is stepping down, leaving under pressure following a rocky tenure in which he has struggled to break through the White House’s insular team of national security advisers.

During a White House ceremony, Obama said he and Hagel had determined it was an “appropriate time for him to complete his service.” Read more »

UPDATED: Two Yeshiva Students Stabbed in Jerusalem’s Old City

jaffa gate jerusalemTwo people were injured on Monday evening near the Old City of Jerusalem’s Jaffa Gate in what Police believe was a result of a confrontation with a group of Arabs.

A 45-year-old man brought himself to a police station near Jaffa Gate and was immediately evacuated to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem in moderate condition. Read more »

Sen. Warren Watches On Lively Knesset Debate During Israel Visit [Video]

warren knessetSenator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) experienced firsthand the internal conflict and Israeli/Arab tension in Israel, as well as the lively Knesset debates, as she visited the Israeli Parliament on Monday.

Sen. Warren was seated in the VIP balcony, accompanied by US Ambassador Dan Shapiro, as the Knesset erupted into chaos after Arab MK, Jamal Zahalka was dragged off the podium after called the deputy Knesset Speaker, presiding over the non-confidence session, MK Moshe Fieglin, a ‘fascist’. Read more »

Top Iran Commander: We Can’t Trust ‘Arrogant’ United States

Iran Rouhani Ali YounesiA high-ranking Iranian military commander has condemned what he asserts are cruelties and animosities perpetrated by the United States on Iran, and he declared that Tehran is unable to trust Washington.

“Most of the Muslim world’s problems are the result of the arrogant and expansionist performance of the hegemonic powers, headed by the US,” Deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri stated in Tehran on Monday, according to FARS news. Read more »

Judge: Confession Can Be Used Of Suspect In Etan Patz Case

etan patz(AP). A suspect’s confession to choking a 6-year-old boy to death in 1979 may be used at his murder trial, a judge ruled Monday, allowing prosecutors to use what appears to be their key evidence in one of the nation’s most notorious missing children’s cases.

The suspect, Pedro Hernandez, 53, has pleaded not guilty to killing 6-year-old Etan Patz, one of the first missing children ever pictured on a milk carton. He vanished while walking to his school bus stop. His defense has said his confession to the wrenching crime was imaginary. Read more »

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