Margolin said that a half-million Jews will attend prayer services on Rosh Hashana this year at 1,353 synagogues throughout Europe. “Half-a-million Jews will participate in prayers, but 1.5 million Jews hide their Jewishness,” the RCE and EJA commented, according to the Jerusalem Post, adding that “there is 80% intermarriage among Europe’s Jewish communities, when compared with the total number of Jews.” At the same time, though, “the number of visitors in the synagogues increased by 17% compared to the same period last year.”
(AP). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Leonardo DiCaprio as a United Nations Messenger of Peace to help promote global action on climate change.
Ban told a news conference Tuesday that the American actor “is not just one of the world’s leading actors” but he has “a longstanding commitment to environmental causes.”
For the first time since Operation Protective Edge, a rocket was fired from Gaza Strip east to the security fence. The rocket landed in an open area in the Eshkol region. No injuries or damage were reported.
“Mortar from Gaza hit Israel; first since end of Operation Protective Edge. #StandWithIsrael,” the iDF spokesperson tweeted.
Israel’s mixed Jewish-Arab city of Akko is set to become the first place outside the United States where Bill Strickland, president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, will open an affiliate of his successful nonprofit arts, education and job training centers. During his initial visit to Israel this week, Strickland came with a message of hope to the city on the coast of northern Israel in the Galilee, including Jews, Muslims, Christians and Druze.
In cooperation with the Northern Israel Center for Arts and Technology (NICAT) and Akko Mayor Shimon Lankri, Strickland promised to build a center in Akko that would provide vocational courses for single mothers, young adults and children of all faiths.
The Shuk brought in vendors and merchants from Israel who are struggling because of the crisis in the south and the lack of tourism associated with it, which gave local residents the opportunity to support the Israeli economy from right here at home. Rice, who traveled to Israel in July, was in Tel Aviv when the FAA banned American flights from flying to Ben Gurion Airport.
In an effort to rally donors and support ahead of the general election, Republican Attorney General candidate John Cahill’s campaign sent donors a memo citing internal polling that shows the race against incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman a dead heat, The Daily News reported.
According to the internal poll, not released to the press, Schneiderman leads Cahill by a 7 point margin (36.8-29.7).
Veteran consumer advocate and previous longshot candidate for president Ralph Nader – who is also known for having foreign policy views that are unfavorable to Israel – is making public appearances to back up his endorsement of the Green Party’s candidate for governor of New York State (who just recently condemned the Jewish state) along with one of the party’s congressional candidates.
In an apparent attempt to broaden his appeal as a regular, “fun” guy, House Speaker John Boehner’s office has put out a YouTube video — straightforwardly titled “The Monkey in the Room” — that presents the Ohio Republican playing with a small mechanical monkey.
Seemingly devoid of any political agenda, the 42-second video consists of Boehner and Rep. Devin Nunes’ young children playing around with the toy. The video’s primary power appears to be its ability to go viral, to quickly spread across social media.
(AP). The nation’s top military leader told Congress on Tuesday that if President Barack Obama’s expanded military campaign to destroy Islamic extremists fails, he would recommend that the United States consider deploying American ground forces to Iraq.
Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate panel that the goal for American advisers is to help Iraqi forces with planning, logistics and coordinating military efforts by coalition partners to take out members of the Islamic State group.
Emotions have become heated in Scotland as its residents prepare to vote Thursday on a referendum that will determine whether or not Scotland becomes independent of the United Kingdom. As often happens in these situations, the country’s Jewish population is concerned about how such a change might affect their well-being.
The fire broke out on the second floor of the synagogue in the eastern suburb of Anderlecht and was first reported at around 6:30 am (0430 GMT), Belga wrote.
(AP). The nation’s top military leader says strikes against Islamic extremists in Syria will be persistent and sustainable as President Barack Obama expands the military campaign to combat the terrorist threat.
Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate panel on Tuesday that the airstrikes will not resemble the “shock and awe” bombardment of the Iraq war that began in March 2003.
A US-Israeli defense agreement will support coordinated air power in Syria if and when the Israel Air Force (IAF) is tasked to operate in close proximity to American-led coalition air forces against ISIS, the Defense News publication reported.
The bilateral accord was reportedly signed more than a year ago as part of Pentagon planning for prospective air strikes against chemical weapon-related sites then serving the Syrian regime.
In an Op-Ed in the Daily News, Avi Schick, an Orthodox Jewish influential, calls on Mayor Bill de Blasio to back off from enacting former mayor Michael Bloomberg’s regulation on Metzitzah B’Peh.
“As public advocate, Bill de Blasio criticized the adoption of this regulation — but he has yet to do anything about it as mayor,” Schick, who served as deputy attorney general from 1999 and as president of the Empire State Development Corporation in the Spitzer administration, writes.
The Dan District Police raided the Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak Monday night and arrested several students in connection with an ongoing investigation over the destruction of the yeshiva’s library last week, Arutz 7 reported.
Three people were reportedly arrested and are currently being questioned in the police station.
Dani Dayan, the chief foreign envoy of the Yesha council, says the figures are a sign that the settler population is “a thriving community that is here to stay.”
In a lengthy review of primary night rerun data by Capital New York, Stephen Romalewski, director of the Mapping Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, remarked that the governor performed better in election districts with significant Orthodox Jewish populations than in non-Jewish neighborhoods of New York City.
A Williamsburg Shomrim member, out on patrol, found Monday night – at around 9:00 p.m. – multiple flyers with a swastika and the word ‘UBER’ printed on it, along Bedford avenue in the Jewish neighborhood in Williamsburg. He immediately alerted a Shomrim dispatcher and the NYPD, who responded to the scene.
(AP) - New York and New Jersey are facing a daunting domestic terror threat fueled by mounting hostilities between the United States and Islamic State extremists, federal and state officials warned Monday.
“We would be in a state of denial if we did not say with what’s going on internationally that the risk of a threat to us has increased,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters following the hourlong meeting in midtown Manhattan with Gov. Chris Christie, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
A supposed name-change on a local bridge in Fort Myers, Florida, was scrapped from a city council vote after an uproar by many locals stated that the person behind the bridge’s new name was an avowed anti-Semite.
What was once known as he Caloosahatchee Bridge was changed to the Henry Ford Bridge, after a legislative bill took effect on July 1, naming the bridge after American industrialist Henry Ford.
A parent of one of the children, who is a student at Yeshivas Yavne, David Rosen, posted the story on social media which caused a large uproar and after reaching the company, they sincerely apologized.
The New York Police Department is seeking information to identify the suspect who was trying to steal an ATM machine from the Berkshire Bank located at 5010 13th Avenue in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn. The attempted robbery was caught on surveillance camera, police told JP.
Authorities said the suspect can be seen on the footage entering the bank on Sunday night. He entered through the front door while wearing plastic gloves on both hands.
Governor Andrew Cuomo was back in Brooklyn on Monday trying to secure a super majority in his reelection bid, by courting the Orthodox Jewish community’s support at the early stages of the general election.
The governor attended a fundraiser Monday evening at the home of Sol Werdiger, chairman of Agudath Israel of America’s board of trustees, in Flatbush.