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 »

JP BUSINESS: Third Quarter Report Shows Dramatic Rise in Sales For Israeli Food Manufacturer Osem

osem-bambaIn a report of its third quarter results on Sunday, the major Israeli food manufacturer Osem Investments Ltd. (which is controlled by Nestle SA) revealed an impressive increase in sales. The sales turnover for this year’s third quarter was NIS 1.128 billion, which represents a rise of 4.2% from the corresponding quarter of 2013, when it earned NIS 1.08 billion.

The newest figures also showed that for the first three quarters of 2014, Osem’s sales turnover totaled NIS 3.22 billion, reflecting a rise of 2.2%. when compared with NIS 3.15 billion in the corresponding period of 2013.

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Paul, Christie, Bush Lead GOP 2016 Pack: New Hampshire Primary Poll

Rand PaulMitt Romney is still the favorite in the first of the nation primary state, if he decided to give it a third try, a new poll conducted for Bloomberg News of GOP-primary registered voters in New Hampshire shows.

But the bigger surprise is Rand Paul, who has risen to the top of potential candidates vying for the Republican presidential nomination, the poll indicates. His favorable rating is the best of the potential 2016 Republican field, with 65 percent of likely primary voters viewing him positively and just 19 percent negatively, and his number two behind Romney with 11 percent. Read more »

Behind The Scenes At The ZOA Dinner In Manhattan

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Some 1,200 attendees filled up the ballroom at The Grand Hyatt Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, in what seemed to be the largest ever Zionist Organization of America (Z0A) dinner. High profile speakers included Pastor John Hagee, Michael Levin (President of Sands Corporation), Professor Alan Dershowitz and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), highlighting the perils facing Israel and the importance of a strong America-Israel partnership.

“Barack HUSSEIN Obama” ZOA president Morton Klein repeatedly referred to the President throughout the evening, prompting the crowd’s standing ovations.  Read more »

Report: Obama Forced Hagel To Step Down As Defense Secretary

Obama HagelDefense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down under pressure, marking the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate, the NY Times reported Monday.

The president, who is expected to announce Mr. Hagel’s resignation in a Rose Garden appearance on Monday, made the decision to ask Hagel to step down after a series of meetings over the past two weeks, senior administration officials said.
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Netanyahu On Iran Talks Extension: ‘No Deal Is Better Than A Bad Deal’

netanyahu bbcIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday welcomed the P5+1 announcement that the talks with Iran over its nuclear program was extended for another 7 months.

“No deal is better than a bad deal. The deal that Iran was pushing for was terrible. A deal would have left Iran with the ability to enrich uranium for an atom bomb while removing the sanctions,” Netanyahu told the BBC, words he repeated at the start of the Likud faction meeting at the Knesset Monday afternoon. Read more »

BREAKING: Iran Talks Extended Until July 2015



(AP). Nuclear negotiators have failed to meet a Monday deadline for a deal that would ease international concerns about Iran’s atomic program and are poised to extend the negotiations for a comprehensive agreement until July 2015, diplomats said.

Under the terms of limited agreements reached after a frenetic six days of talks in Vienna, a political accord is to be completed by March 1, with final details contained in annexes to be sealed by July 1, the diplomats said. Read more »

Palestinian Foreign Minister: Palestine UN Bid Postponed Once Again

arafat_abbas_v_sign_coverThe Palestinian Authority has postponed submitting a draft resolution to the UN Security Council demanding an end to Israel’s occupation, PA Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki told Ma’an Agency on Monday.

The decision was made because the Palestinians are still lobbying to gain the support of nine security council members to ensure the vote passes and because Iran nuclear talks are currently the top priority for Security Council permanent members, according to the Palestinian Foreign Minister.
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