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Senators, Reps Pledge To Stand With Israel At Iron Dome Tribute On Capitol Hill

iron dome tributeThe US administration’s contribution to the security of Israel by funding the Iron Dome defensive shield was highlighted by US Senators, Congressmen, community leaders, as well as administration officials, during a luncheon at the US Capitol and at an off-the-record briefing at the White House last Wednesday.

The “Tribute to the U.S. Israel Security Alliance,” at the Russell Senate Office Building, was co-chaired by Elliot Gibber, Stanley Tate, Simcha Lyons and Jason Lyons and organized by Ezra Friedlander, CEO of The Friedlander Group, in honor of the U.S. Israel relationship and special appreciation for Iron Dome funding. Read more »

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Miss America 2015 Opens Inaugural Russian-American Person of the Year Awards

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Photo credit: Landon Knoblock

Kira Kazantsev, Miss America 2015, thanked the Russian-Jewish community on Friday for supporting her efforts to become third consecutive Miss America winner from New York, after she had won the title of Miss New York on May 24, 2014 while serving as Miss City of New York.

Kazantsev, the daughter of Russian immigrants, hosted a press briefing Friday at the Gallery Shchukin in midtown to officially open the Inaugural Russian-American Person of the Year Awards and announce the nominees. Read more »

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NYC Council Speaker Mark-Viveriro: Immigration Reform ‘Not Just A Latino Issue’

MMV MasbiaMany progressives, Democrats and Latinos across America celebrated President Barack Obama’s announcement of the immediate executive action he will be taking in order to find relief to the many undocumented immigrants. But to one progressive leader, the actions announced are just one of many reforms needed to reform the broken immigration system; and not just aimed to satisfy one community. And it all started under her watch in the City of New York. Read more »

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Bloomingburg Jewish Community Calls BOE Decision To Toss Hasidic Vote ‘Anti-Jewish’

bloomingburg #4On Thursday, the Sullivan County Board of Elections tossed out 62 of 69 Hasidic voter registration challenges that were filed by proponents of the village of Bloomingburg dissolution.

The voters whose registrations were rejected were all of the incoming Hasidic Jewish community, who were opposed to the plan put forth in a referendum to dissolve Bloomingburg into the Town of Mamakating. Read more »

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2016: Webb’s Israel Record Already Called Into Question

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As Jim Webb, a former Democratic U.S. Senator from Virginia, becomes the first candidate to launch a committee to explore running for president in 2016, his Israel record is already being put into question.

According to Morrie Amitay, former executive director of AIPAC, Webb’s Israel record “has to be the worst” he’s ever seen “in 40 plus years following Congress.” Read more »

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Reps Royce, Engel Urge US Negotiators To Follow Through Tough Terms On Iran Deal

Photo: GPO/Kobi Gideon

Photo: GPO/Kobi Gideon

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA) and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) on Thursday urged US negotiators to floow through with the tough terms that were set by Congress and Israel as they seek to to reach a final agreement on Iran’s nuclear program by November 24th.

‘We continue to urge U.S. negotiators to take into account testimony given at a dozen hearings before the House Foreign Affairs Committee this Congress. Among the challenges negotiators face: contending with the thousands of centrifuges (the key bomb-making technology) that Iran is seeking to maintain intact; establishing an effective verification regime; and understanding and addressing the ‘possible military dimensions’ of Iran’s nuclear program,” Royce and Engel said in a join statement.  Read more »

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8 Senior U.S. Officials Slam ‘Unjust Denial Of Parole’ To Pollard In Letter To Obama

PollardEight former senior U.S. officials have written a letter to President Barak Obama in which they strongly protest “the unjust denial of parole to Jonathan Pollard,” following a report that the administration has prevented the release of Jonathan Pollard on parole.

The letter was signed by officials who have first-hand knowledge of the case and who are fully familiar with the classified file, including former CIA director James Woolsey and former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb. Read more »

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2016′s Nachshon Ben Aminadav: Jim Webb Announces First 2016 Exploratory Committee

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Jim Webb, a former Democratic U.S. Senator from Virginia and a Reagan administration appointee, becomes the first candidate to launch a committee to explore running for president in 2016, according to a 14-minute video he sent to supporters by email just before midnight on Wednesday.

“I’d like to take a few minutes of your time to ask you to consider the most important question facing America today,” Webb said at the start of the announcement. Read more »

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Public Advocate James and Hate Crime Task Force Condemn Anti-Semitic Williamsburg Attack

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Photo credit: CBS2

As police continue to investigate Monday’s hate crime against an Israeli tourist in Williamsburg, Public Advocate Letitia James and the Public Advocate’s Hate Crime Task Force, launched earlier this year by her office, came out on Wednesday in full force, to condem the rise in bias-related crime against the Jewish community in New York City.

As first reported by JP, on Monday, an Israeli tourist was attacked by a violent group at the Queens-bound platform at the Marcy Avenue J-M-Z station in Williamsburg.

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Pope Francis Condemns ‘Unacceptable’ Synagogue Terrro Attack

Photo: Kobi Gideon, GPO

Photo: Kobi Gideon, GPO

(AP). Pope Francis is condemning what he calls an “unacceptable” attack on a Jerusalem synagogue and is calling for Israel and the Palestinians to take “courageous” steps to forge peace.

Francis told his weekly General Audience on Wednesday that he was greatly concerned by the “alarming increase in tensions” in the Holy Land. Two Palestinian cousins carried out the attack Tuesday, killing five people. Israel has vowed retaliation. Read more »

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Brooklyn, NY – Deutsch Supports Bill Assigning NYPD Safety Officers At Private Schools, Yeshivas

chaimdeutschNYC Council Member Chaim Deutsch (D-Brooklyn) on Tuesday called on the de Blasio administration to heighten security at synagogues and Jewish schools across the City all year round, following the horrific massacre in Jerusalem earlier today.

“This attack is a stark reminder that synagogues and yeshivas in New York City are vulnerable to violence,” Deutsch said in a statement. “I thank Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner Bratton for their swift response to this morning’s tragedy in assigning extra NYPD security to local synagogues. We must continue to remain vigilant in protecting our community.” Read more »

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Netanyahu: Blood Libel Against Israeli Jews Led to Wave Of Terror In Jerusalem

massacre jerusalem“We are in the throes of a terror attack directed at Jerusalem,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday evening as he urged calm and unity following the horrific massacre that killed four rabbis while praying shachrit at a Jerusalem synagogue.

“Hamas, the Islamic movement and the Palestinian Authority are spreading endless stories and false facts against the State of Israel. Those lies have already cost us a very steep price,” Netanyahu said during an address to the nation. Read more »

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Mayor De Blasio Says He’s ‘Heartbroken’ By Jerusalem Massacre, Orders NYPD Presence At Synagogues

bill de blasio jewish queensNYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday strongly condemned today’s terror attack in Jerusalem and ordered increased NYPD presence at key locations in New York City.

“I am horrified and heartbroken by today’s terror attack in Jerusalem, which took the innocent lives of four people. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims’ families. New York City stands in solidarity with Israel at this difficult time, and we hope and pray for a peaceful and secure future for all of its people.,” de Blasio said in a statement. Read more »

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UK’s Cameron Vows: ‘I Will Fight Antisemitism, Wherever It Is Found’

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British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday pledged to combat growing antisemitism in Britain “wherever it is found,”

Speaking at an annual dinner for Norwood, UK’s largest Jewish social welfare charity, Cameron addressed the growing antisemitism across the United Kingdom, referring specifically to summertime bias attacks against the Jewish community, in which a couple of Norwood charity shops were targeted as part of a number of “utterly despicable” anti-Semitic attacks. Read more »

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NY Senate – Skelos Wants IDC To Join Coalition With GOP Majority

skelos and kleinRepublican conference leader Dean Skelos said Monday he would like to continue the alliance with the breakaway Independent Democratic Conference, though “Senate Republicans are going to drive the agenda.”

“There was a consensus that we would like to keep the coalition going,” Skelos told Albany reporters after a nearly two-hour meeting with his conference. “I will be having discussions with Senator [Jeff] Klein on how we move forward.” Read more »

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UPDATED: Greenfield, Levine Call On De Blasio To Expand Half-Day Pre-K For Jewish Day Schools, Yeshivas

pre k meetingCouncil Members David Greenfield and Mark Levine called on Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday to immediately release a half-day UPK RFP to enable most yeshivas that have been shut out of the full day UPK program to offer their students UPK.

The call on action came after JP reported that the Mayor’s office insisted that the Borough Park and Flatbush neighborhoods “did very well by any measure” in the latest universal pre-k enrollment. Read more »

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Mayor De Blasio Challenges Press: Stop Digging Into Public Servants’ Lives

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Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday questioned the media’s focus on personal matters that occur in the lives of elected officials and public servants, thus preventing from good people to serve a good cause.

The Mayor made the remarks after facing questions Monday about his wife’s chief of staff taking a leave of absence after dealing with several family controversies over the past few months.

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NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio: I’m Not Running For President In 2016

Bill de Blasio Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton’s supporters and New York City progressives can go back sleeping well at night, after Mayor Bill de Blasio calmed their fears that he might run for president in 2016.

During an unrelated press conference in Brooklyn Monday morning, mayor de Blasio denied a report that he was seeking to enter the race for president in 2016, especially after he suggested the Democrats lost the midterm election due to lack of progressiveness.

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Embattled Chief Of Staff To Chirlane McCray, Rachel Noerdlinger, Leaves Job After Months Under Scrutiny

Rachel Noerdlinger Chirlane NYC mayor Blasio wifeRachel Noerdlinger, Chief of Staff to First Lady Chirlane McCray announces Monday morning that she’s taking a leave of absence, after reports emerged that her son was arrested for trespassing inside a Washington Heights apartment building and nabbed with small amounts of pot.

Noerdlinger was reportedly summoned to Gracie Mansion on Sunday after the reports of her son’s arrest flooded the media. She was subject to criticism over the past few months for not disclosing an official background check that she lives with her ex-felon boyfriend before she was hired.

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Inspirational Speeches, Unity and Joyous Dancing At Agudath Israel 92nd National Convention

Keynote_11A joyous Hasidic dance, followed by an array of desserts, ended an uplifting event of inspirational speeches and an incredible show of unity at the Agudath Israel of America’s 92nd national convention at the Hilton Woodcliff Lake hotel in Woodcliff, New Jersey.

The speakers at the keynote session Saturday night expounded upon the convention’s theme of “Shouldering the Responsibility,” before a full room of rabbis, community leaders, political activists and Agudath Israel members from across the country. Read more »

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Former War Administrator in Iraq, Paul Bremer: Obama Needs ‘Surge’ In Iraq To Defeat ISIS

Paul_bremerFormer Presidential Envoy to Iraq, Paul Bremer said on Sunday that President Barack Obama ought to conduct a Bush-style “surge” operation in Iraq, if he intends to defeat ISIS.

“The problem is that so far he [Obama] has not put into effect the military means we need to meet his objective to destroy ISIS. And he continues to insist we won’t send combat troops back in, whereas every military expert you talk to – including those who are in service today – says we’re going to need American combat forces on the ground,” said Bremer during an interview with billionaire John Catsimatidis on his Sunday radio show – The Cats Roundtable. Read more »

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Ezra Friedlander Hired To Promote Qatar Ties With US, Jewish Community

ezra friedlander headA Qatari businessman has hired  The Friedlander Group, a prominent New York political consulting group, to position himself as the “go-to” person between the U.S. and Arab/Muslim World, according to O’Dwyerpr.com.

Hassan Ali Bin Ali also wants to boost Qatar’s bilateral relationship with the US and “to positively impact its relation between American Jewish communities,” according to the lobbying filing of The Friedlander Group, headed by community activist Ezra Friedlander. Read more »

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De Blasio Celebrates City Meeting Pre-K Enrollment Target; Defends Accommodation With Jewish Schools

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New York City has successfully enrolled 53,230 children in high-quality, full-day pre-K this fall, reaching its initial target of 53,000, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday.

“I’m here to say today that we’re happy to announce that we do have a final figure – and it’s a great figure – for the number of kids who are getting full-day high-quality pre-k in New York City today – 53,230, in seats as we speak. And that’s an accomplishment that everyone up here deserves credit for,” Mayor de Blasio said during a press conference with City officials and Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver, after touring a school in Manhattan.

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NY GOP Sends Mayor De Blasio Two Cans Of Red Bull After ‘Sluggish’ Morning

bdb red bullThe New York Republican State Committee on Thursday sent Mayor Bill de Blasio two cans of Red Bull, after the mayor missed the beginning of a memorial for victims of Flight 587 on Wednesday, blaming it on a “rough night.”

t first the mayor’s office blamed the heavy fog for his late arrival, but later de Blasio told reporters that he had a “very rough night” and “woke up sluggish.” Read more »

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Greenfield’s Land Use Committee Passes Landmark Deal on Astoria Cove Project

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William Alatriste/NYC Council

Councilman David Greenfield, in his capacity as chairman of the City Council’s Land Use Committee announced Wednesday a landmark agreement on the Astoria Cove development project in order to give it the final zoning approval.

Astoria Cove, an Alma realty project, has been fraught with controversy throughout the land use review process, specifically over the affordable housing component and union labor. On Wednesday, Councilman Constantinides, who represents the neighborhood in the Council, came to an historic agreement with the developer that will require him to focus on more affordable housing for residents of the neighborhood. Read more »

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