Author Archives: Mark Hirshberg

Memorial Fund Sponsored by JP For Families of Assassinated Officers

nypd ramos liu ripAs we mourn the loss of the two NYPD Police Officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were brutally assassinated on Saturday in Brooklyn while serving and protecting us, we need to show our sincerest support to these two shattered families.

A memorial fund has been sponsored by JP Updates, along with others, in order to raise money for the families of the fallen heroes. Read more »

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Father Of MVA Victim Sets Roadside Speedometer To Assist Motorists With 25MPH Speed Limit

20141111-004500.jpgAn Orthodox Jewish business owner has stepped up to the plate to alert his fellow New Yorkers about the new 25MPH speed limit currently in effect across the City of New York, by placing a roadside speedometer on several busy streets in Brooklyn, where motorists are used to pick up speed.

Mr. Moshe Lemmer – who is quite familiar with safety issues, being the owner of A Plus (A-1) Fire Control which services our New York City with fire protection and safety for over 35 years‎ – told JP on Monday that he launched the initiative in memory of his daughter Tzippy OB”M, who herself was the victim of a fatal motor vehicle accident.
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RJC Congratulates GOP on House and Senate Wins

RJC Republican Jewish CoalitionThe RJC applauds the Republicans who won today, taking back the majority in the U.S. Senate and expanding the GOP’s majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. The results today demonstrate clearly that the American people rejected Pres. Obama’s failed policies and chose a new direction forward for our country. Read more »

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Illinois – Republican Bruce Rauner Ousts Democrat Governor Pat Quinn

rauner-CST-030914-01Full report to follow…

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Republican Thom Tillis wins 7th GOP Senate Seat in North Carolina

Thom TillisRepublican Thom Tillis wins Senate race in North Carolina against Democrat incumbent Kay Hagan.

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REPUBLICANS WIN SENATE! With Joni Ernst Win in Iowa Senate

joni ernstRepublican Joni Ernst wins the Iowa Senate seat against Democrat Bruce Braley, which handed the GOP the sixth seat needed to win over the control of the U.S. senate.

Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House Tuesday night in elections certain to complicate President Barack Obama’s final two years in office. Read more »

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Republican David Perdue Wins Senate Race in Georgia

David PerdueRepublican David Perdue wins Senate race in Georgia against Democrat Michelle Nunn.

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#NY11 – Embattled Congressman Michael Grimm (R) Holds Seat

Grimm_FacebookCongressman Michael Grimm has won his congressional seat in New York’s 11th congressional district against Democrat Domenic Recchia.

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#NY1- Lee Zeldin Replaces Eric cantor as only Jewish GOP Congressman After Concession by Tim Bishop

Lee ZeldinIncumbent congressman Tim Bishop has called Republican Lee Zeldin to concede the race in the NY1 Congressional district.

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Scott Walker Wins Wisconsin Governor Race

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(AP) — As Republicans make gains in the House and Senate, one of the potential Republican presidential contenders in 2016 has survived a challenge in Wisconsin.

Gov. Scott Walker was a top target of Democrats, after angering labor groups by enacting a measure reducing the power of public sector unions. He survived a recall attempt two years ago.

Republicans have been steadily advancing toward a Senate majority, while also strengthening their House advantage. Read more »

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Governor Rick Scott (R) Wins Florida Governor race Against Charlie Crist (D)

rick_scottRepublican Rick Scott wins governor race in Florida against republican turned democrat Charlie Crist.

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GOP Picks Up Fourth Senate Seat with Colorado Win, Fifth in Montana

Cory GardnerCory Gardner wins Colorado senate race against incumbent Senator Mark Udall.

Republican Steve Daines won in Montana in the race for the Senate seat that had been held by Democrat John Walsh. Walsh had to drop his re-election bid over a plagiarism scandal.

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NY Assembly #AD48 – Dov Hikind Wins Handily Race Against Nachman Caller

IMG-20141104-WA247After a heated campaign Dov Hikind wins handily his reelection bid for a 17th term in the 48th Assembly district. He was opposed by self funded Borough Park attorney Nachman Caller.

Candidate Nachman Caller posted on his twitter feed “I just called Dov Hikind and congratulated him on his win”. Read more »

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JP Projects Simcha Felder to Win the NY State Senate Race in #SD17

Senator Felder HeadshotSenator Simcha Felder is the projected winner of his senate race in the 17th district. Senator Felder ran unopposed.

Senator Felder’s win is a significant one since the balance of the State Senate might be in his hands, if the democrats and republicans end up winning the same amount of seats.

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South Dakota gives GOP 3rd gain in Senate

RoundsMike(AP) — Republicans are halfway there in their fight to win control of the Senate.

Republican Mike Rounds won a Democratic-held Senate seat in South Dakota, the third of six the GOP needs for a Senate majority.

The onetime South Dakota governor won a four-way race to replace Democratic Sen. Tim Johnson, who is retiring. Read more »

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New Hempshire – Jeanne Shaheen (D) Wins Senate Against Scott Brown, Hassan (D) Wins Governor Race

Scott-Brown-for-Senate-ap(AP) — Republican Scott Brown has failed in his effort to represent a second state as a U.S. senator. Brown was defeated in the New Hampshire Senate race by incumbent Democrat Jeanne Shaheen.

Brown served as a senator from Massachusetts from 2010 to 2013. Read more »

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Arkansas – Tom Cotton (R) Wins Senate, Asa Hutchinson (R) Wins Open Governor’s Race

tom cotton(AP) — Republicans have captured the Arkansas Senate race, which they have seen as key to their efforts to be in the majority in the new Congress.

Rep. Tom Cotton defeated two-term Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor after a heated and expensive race. Read more »

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Shelley Moore Capito wins Senate seat in WV, John Kasich wins governor race in Ohio

112_rp_wv_2_capito_shelley(AP) — Resurgent Republicans captured a West Virginia Senate seat long in Democratic hands and bid for control of the Senate and a tighter grip on the House Tuesday in elections shaped by widespread voter discontent with President Barack Obama.

The party’s leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, dispatched Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky after a $78 million campaign of unrelieved negativity.

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito was the GOP winner in West Virginia, the first of her party to make that claim since 1956. Republicans also reached out for relatively easy pickings among Senate seats held by Democrats in South Dakota and Montana, and took aim at Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in Arkansas.

Republicans needed to gain six seats in all to oust a Democratic Senate majority in place since 2006.

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McConnell Keeps his Seat in Kentucky

mitchmcconnell(AP) — Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell swept to a sixth term, and the GOP bid for control of the Senate and a tighter grip on the House Tuesday in elections shaped by widespread voter discontent with President Barack Obama. Read more »

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Orthodox Jewish Community Surprised by Bizzare False Claims Regarding Kiryas Joel

BecommingUnorthodoxIn an interview published in the New Republic with Kansas University Jewish Studies Professor Lynn Davidman, the interviewer – Alice Robb, a staff writer for the New Republic – quotes some bizarre, outrageous, and easily refutable claims about the upstate New York Orthodox Jewish village of Kiryas Joel.

Among the ridiculous claims there is the following charge: “The Satmar Hasidic group lives in a place called Kiryas Joel in [Orange County] New York. There is only one entrance to the community, and it’s also the exit. On Saturday [the Sabbath], it’s locked: Nobody gets in or out.” Read more »

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UPDATED: Upstate NY GOP Operative Breaks Law By Jamming Opposition Campaign’s Phone Lines

IMG_0268Following the footsteps of other Republican operatives who were convicted and ended up in prison for jamming opposition phone lines, Ramapo Republican Committee treasurer Bill Weber pulled the same dirty tricks in the recent Town of Ramapo referendum elections.

On September 30th elections were held in Rockland county’s town of Ramapo on two referendums, whether to increase the number of Town Board members from four to six, and whether to separate the town into geographical districts (wards) and elect a Town Board member from each district.

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Sukkahville 2014: 8 Designs and 5 Judges Raise Awareness for Affordable Housing

Sukkahville 2014Toronto based Kehilla Residential Programme is a non-profit housing agency whose mandate is to identify and champion supportive housing responsive to the needs of the Jewish community in the Greater Toronto Area. 

So, in 2011, non-profit housing agency Kehilla hatched Sukkahville, a competition to re-imagine the little religious structure while raising awareness about affordable housing.  Read more »

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Jewish and Muslim Leaders Meet to Call for Calm Ahead of Holidays

Jewish Muslim LeadersYom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, coincides this year with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the second most important holiday on the Muslim calendar. Eid al-Adha commemorates the near sacrifice by Abraham of his son Issac.

In a rear gathering consisting of both Israeli chief rabbis, the head of the Shari’a court based in Jaffa and a number of Knesset members that took place on Wednesday in Lod, the Jewish and Muslim leaders called for tolerance and respectful celebrations of this weekend’s concurring observance of Yom Kippur and Id al-Adha. Read more »

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Jewish Federation of Cleveland Responds to Planned Protest Against Maccabi Tel Aviv Game

Maccabi Tel AvivThe Jewish Federation of Cleveland released a statement in response to a planned protest of Sunday night’s Cavaliers pre-season game against Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv, according to a report on Cleveland.com.

A local group linked to Al-Awda — The Palestinian Right to Return Coalition — plans to rally outside The Q while coach David Blatt leads the Cavs against his former Israeli basketball team. Read more »

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North Miami – Intensive Security Measures Conducted by Law Enforcement During High Holidays [Photos+Video]

DO8A8347As previously reported by JP, Florida Law enforcement agencies have pledged to provide the Jewish neighborhoods with extra security and Police visibility during the high holiday season, in the wake of the recent uptick in anti-Semitic crime and the killing of Rabbi Raksin on a Shabbos morning.

The unprecedented joint effort by Florida Highway Patrol, Miami-Dade Police Department, and the North Miami Police Department. Read more »

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