Government Officials Brief Jewish Organizations on KC Shooting and Security Measures

In the wake of the Kansas City-area shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom Assisted Living Center on April 13, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) convened a high-level security briefing with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Secure Community Network (SCN), the national homeland security initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

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JP News Team Wishing You A Happy and Healthy Passover

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Passover Greetings By Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

“I want to wish a zissen Pesach, or happy Passover, to the Jewish community of Brooklyn, New York City and beyond. As families gather for seder tonight, we recall the values of determination, faith and freedom that the Haggadah teaches.

“We stand united, as One Brooklyn, in a repudiation of acts of hate, be they enslavement of times olden and modern or be they expressions of prejudice. Instead, we join together in celebration of our diversity and to care for one another.”

Passover Greetings By NYS Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

Tonight, across our state and around the world, people of the Jewish faith will gather in love and warmth to remember an important night in their long struggle against oppression. The story of Passover is a powerful reminder of the strength of faith, an enduring belief in better days ahead, and a reminder of the importance of communities sticking together to overcome adversity. And it is a day when families and friends gather to join in a ceremony that honors the Jewish community’s great victories, and prepares the next generation to carry on this faithful tradition.

I wish all of my friends a joyous Passover celebration.







Boro Park – Klausenberger Rebbe Calls FDNY Marshal ‘Nazi, Germany’ [Video]

klausenberger rebbe[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] A fight broke out Monday morning between Klausenberger Hasidim and FDNY officers over a Chametz burning site. The brawl broke out on 14th ave and 50th street in Borough Park after the Fire Department wanted to extinguish the fire at the time agreed upon with local agencies and elected officials. Read more »

Sec. Of State Kerry To Attend Seder At Home Of Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer

Secretary of State John Kerry will celebrate the holiday of Passover this year, not at the negotiation table in the Middle East but at the residence of the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer. Mr. Kerry will also speak with Israeli Prime Minister on the phone to personally extend his best wishes to him and his family and the people of Israel.

The following is Secretary Kerry’s Passover greetings:

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Passover Greetings By President Barack Obama And First Lady Michelle Obama

obama sederMichelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Passover in the United States, in Israel, and around the world.

On Tuesday, just as we have every year of my presidency, my family will join the millions taking part in the ancient tradition of the Seder. We will enjoy the company of friends and loved ones, retell a timeless story, and give thanks for the freedom we are so blessed to enjoy. Read more »

Passover Greetings By British Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg [Video]

Borough Park – Greenfield Thanks Local Agencies For Assisting With Chametz Burning Sites

Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield spent the morning visiting bread burning sites throughout Boro Park and Midwood and thanking FDNY, Shomrim and Chaverim members for their participation in the annual bread burning ritual.

Prior to visiting several burning sites, Councilman Greenfield stopped by the firehouse at 4210 12th Avenue, which is home to Engine 282 and Ladder 148, where he thanked FDNY officials and firefighters for their hard work throughout the day to make sure the bread burning ran smoothly and safely this year.

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AG Holder To Investigate Overland Park Terror Attack As Federal Hate Crime

The Justice Department will investigate whether federal hate crimes were committed in the Kansas City terror attack that left three people dead Sunday, Attorney General Eric Holder said.

“Justice Department prosecutors will work with their state and local counterparts to provide all available support and to determine whether the federal hate crimes statute is implicated in this case,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement released Monday.

“No matter what, we will do everything in our power to ensure justice is served in this case on behalf of the victims and their families. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by these heinous acts,” he said.

Passover Greetings By NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito

“Tonight, Jews across the five boroughs will be gathering together with their families, friends and loved ones at the seder table to celebrate the first night of Passover. Passover, or Pesach, commemorates the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt and is a story of freedom from slavery and oppression full of meaning that resonates to this day. I’d like to wish all New Yorkers who are celebrating a happy and meaningful holiday. Chag kasher v’sameach!”

New Mobile App Helps Plan, Organize Passover Preparations

pesach appA free cellphone app takes some of the schlep out of Passover by helping Jews plan Seder meals, organizing the pre-Passover cleaning schedule, and even alerting users to the very moment they have to stop eating chametz. The app also helps you to learn the four questions with an Ma Nishtana trainer.

“Passover Assistant”, for iPhones and Androids, even has a Seder planner that automatically creates a meal planner and shopping list features are tightly integrated with’s selection of 150 tried-and-true Passover recipes, allowing people to choose a recipe, add it to a day’s meal and then affix the ingredients to a master shopping list. Read more »

Passover Greetings By NYGOV Candidate Rob Astorino

On the eve of Passover 5774, I want to take this opportunity to extend greetings to all my friends in the Jewish Community.

Passover is a holiday rich in symbolism as Jews worldwide commemorate and celebrate their deliverance from bondage in Egypt centuries ago. Jewish tradition instructs Jews to observe the Passover experience as if they themselves were the ones liberated. As we look to the future, we also must constantly keep in mind the past.

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Passover Greetings By NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

Starting tonight, families across the city will gather to celebrate Passover with food, wine and songs. They will read from the Haggadah and retell the story of liberation that makes this holiday so powerful.

“Passover is a celebration of freedom for which people had to fight. With eyes to our past as well as our future, let us all reflect on the message of Passover and recommit ourselves and this city to fight for an end to inequality all across New York.

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Netanyahu: Israel Committed To Fight The Scourge Of Antisemitism

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent his condolences Monday to the families of the victims in the shootings outside a Jewish community center and a retirement village in Overland Park.

“We understand that the murders were — according to indications — were perpetrated out of hatred of Jews, the prime minister said in a statement. “The State of Israel is at the forefront, along with all civilized peoples which are committed to the struggle against this scourge.”

Jewish Community Members Raising Money For Pal Willi Rapfogel

Some members of the Jewish community are raising money in support of former MET Council executive William Rapfogel, who has been charged with heading a $7 million kickback scam while heading the biggest and most powerful Jewish organization for two decades, The Daily News reports.

One source within the community told The Daily News the goal is to raise as much as $3.1 million that Rapfogel can put toward restitution in hopes of lowering any potential prison sentence.

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Martin Indyk To Return To The Region After First Seder

US special envoy to the Middle East, Martin Indyk is expected to cut short his holiday to return to the region after the first day of Passover.

A meeting between Israeli and Palestinian Authority negotiators on Sunday ended in no results, but the sides plan to meet again Tuesday or Wednesday evening, with US envoy Martin Indyk due to attend.

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Passover Greetings By NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

“Tonight, members of Jewish communities all across New York will gather to celebrate the first night of Passover. Passover is a commemoration of the Jewish people’s exodus from slavery and oppression. It is an enduring narrative of fearlessness and determination which has instilled hope and inspiration across the world to this very day.

As New Yorkers join with family and loved ones to celebrate, let us redouble our efforts to continue this timely message ensuring a safe and secure society and brighter future for all. My best wishes for a happy and joyous Passover.”

Suspect In Kansas City Terror Attack – White Supremacist, Former KKK Leader

Overland Park, Kansas City – The 73-year-old murder in custody in the shooting at a Jewish community center and retirement community in Overland Park, Kansas, that left three people dead is reportedly the former Grand Dragon of the Carolina Knights of the KKK, local TV reported.

Fraiser Glenn Cross Jr., of Aurora, Missouri, was taken into custody in the parking lot of an elementary school near the scene of the shootings, after shooting at 5 people. Cross is an alias for Frasier Glenn Miller, the former KKK leader, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

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Statement By President Obama on Kansas City Attack

This afternoon we heard reports of a horrific shooting in Overland Park, Kansas. Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to the families and friends who lost a loved one and everyone affected by this tragedy. I have asked my team to stay in close touch with our federal, state and local partners and provide the necessary resources to support the ongoing investigation. While we do not know all of the details surrounding today’s shooting, the initial reports are heartbreaking. I want to offer my condolences to all the families trying to make sense of this difficult situation and pledge the full support from the federal government as we heal and cope during this trying time.

Peres: Israel Will Be Able to Celebrate Seder Thanks to IDF

Peres IDF Passover 2014In keeping with his tradition of visiting IDF units on the eve of Jewish Holidays, Israel’s President Shimon Peres, toured the northern border on Sunday together with senior army officers.

In the course of the tour, Peres observed soldiers in the Egoz Reconnaissance Unit engage in military exercises on the Syrian border and also inspected an exhibit of special defense equipment incorporating the most advanced technology at the disposal of the IDF, JPost reported. Read more »

Sources: 3-Hour Israeli/Palestinian Meeting Ends With No Progress

A three-hour meeting between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held without the presence of US envoy Martin Indyk on Sunday ended without clear signs of progress, Ma’an News Agency reported Sunday night.

Palestinian sources said chief Israeli negotiator Tzipi Livni demanded that the Palestinians withdraw their applications for international treaties because the Israelis considered it a unilateral step.

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Mayor de Blasio: NYPD Taking All Steps To Provide Security Over Passover

The following is a statement by NYC mayor Bill de Blasio in wake of the shooting at two Jewish facilities in Kansas City:

“On behalf of New York City, we’d like to offer condolences as well as our thoughts and prayers to the victims of the tragic incident this afternoon in the greater Kansas City area, as well as their families and the entire Jewish community.

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40% of Annual Kosher Food Sales in US Come During Passover

passover masbiaDespite a drop in overall affiliation to nearly all things Jewish, seven out of 10 Jews in the United States plan to attend a seder on Passover, which begins Monday night.

Customers who flock to supermarkets and kosher specialty stores seeking matzo, gefilte fish, brisket, and chopped liver have helped propel the holiday into the Super Bowl of Jewish food. Now, 40 percent of annual US sales of kosher food — about $1.1 billion worth — come during Passover, Menachem Lubinsky, a kosher marketing expert, told the Boston Globe. Read more »

Nationwide Jewish Security Org: Increase Security, But Attend Services On Passover

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Following the horrific killing of three Jews in Kansas City Sunday afternoon, the Secure Community Network, the security affiliate of national Jewish groups, asked communities nationwide to increase security measures, but urged Jews to attend services and other Passover-related events as they had planned before the shooting.

“They need to review secure plans and reach out to police partners to ensure that they work closely with the Jewish community over the next couple of says — review, test and exercise their response plans,” SCN director Paul Goldenberg told JTA. “They need to trust their instincts and err on the side of caution.” Read more »

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