Author Archives: Mark Hirshberg

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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Baby Clinton, Not Jewish But Still Eligible For Israeli Citizenship

Photo/AP

Photo/AP

As the Mazel Tov’s keep piling up, the media is abuzz with speculation whether Chelsea Clinton’s newborn and Bill and Hillary’s einikl will be raised Jewish, since Clinton’s husband, Marc Mezvinsky is Jewish.

Chelsea Clinton announced the news on Twitter and Facebook early Saturday, saying she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are “full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.” Read more »

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Rabbi Freed From Nepalese Jail on Second Day of Rosh Hashanah

Chabad of KathmanduAfter being arrested shortly before the start of the Holiday on a clerical error on his visa, Rabbi Chezki Liftshitz, co-director of Chabad of Kathmandu, was freed from a Nepalese jail on the second day of Rosh Hashanah following urgent appeals to officials just before the holiday from his wife and co-director, Chani Lifshitz; Chabad officials worldwide; and U.S. and Israeli officials, Chabad.org reports. Read more »

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Indian Prime Minister Meets Influential Jewish Group in New York

Credit: @Yair_Rosenberg via Twitter

Credit: @Yair_Rosenberg via Twitter

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday met an influential Jewish group in New York, as was previously reported on the planned meeting. The Prime Minister conveyed that India was proud of the community’s acknowledgment that it has been an integral part of Indian society for 2,000 years and never suffered any discrimination, India Today reports.

The group hoped that under Modi’s leadership, India’s ties with the US and Israel will expand further. Read more »

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Knife-wielding Terrorist Crosses into Israel from Gaza, Caught by Israeli Forces

img534391A terrorist from Gaza, armed with a knife and spike, was caught Sunday by the Security Coordinator of Moshav Shokeda, not far from the religious agricultural community, in the Sdot Negev Regional Council.

The terrorist had infiltrated near Nahal Oz and was caught about eight kilometers from the Gaza security fence. He is being interrogated by the Israel Security Agency.
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Livni Reportedly Meets with Group of Arab Foreign Ministers in New York

MIDEAST-DIPLOMACY-ISRAEL-QATARJustice Minister Tzipi Livni last week reportedly attended a dinner in New York with foreign ministers and senior officials from a number of Arab nations, among them some that do not have any diplomatic relations with Israel.

Livni – a former foreign minister, and currently in charge of Israeli Palestinian negotiations – arrived in New York for a visit that lasted a mere 24 hours, primarily to attend a formal event organized by former president Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. However, according to Israeli news source Walla, following the event, she was invited to a small dinner of about 20 people that was closed to the press. Read more »

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JP Business – The LICH, Fortis, NYU Deal May Indeed be Salvaged

fortis, LICH joel kestenbaumAfter pulling out of its agreement with the Kestenbaum family’s Fortis Property Group to run Long Island College Hospital, as reported hereN.Y.U. Medical Center has agreed to re-enter its partnership with the Brooklyn developer and take over Long Island College Hospital if a lawsuit from the nurses union is dropped or dismissed, Capital NY reported on Saturday.

The official announcement, expected to be made in the coming days, comes after near round-the-clock negotiations between officials from the governor’s office, SUNY, N.Y.U. and Fortis Property Group, desperate to save the quarter-billion dollar deal. Read more »

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JP’s Jacob Kornbluh Debuts on NY1’s ‘Inside City Hall’ Show

jacob on inside city hallOur very own political correspondent Jacob Kornbluh was dubbed a “top reporter” during his debut appearance on NY1’s ‘Inside City Hall’ program.

Inside City Hall is an American political talk show that appears on the 24-hour cable-news television channel NY1. The show’s format is a roundtable of top city hall reporters who are invited to discuss various topics, but its primary focus is on political issues concerning New York City. It also extends into other issues, such as social, economic, and education topics affecting New York City residents.

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Antwerp Jewish Community Leaders Host Pre Holiday Meeting with Law Enforcement [Photos]

1Some 100 members of the Jewish community on Wednesday gathered for an informational hearing between local community leaders, heads of Jewish organizations and institutions and local Police leaders in Antwerp, Belgium, in the run up to the Jewish High Holidays. The meeting was organized by the local CKJGA – Shmira group.

The Chief Rabbis of Machzike and Shomrei Hadas communities, as well as Rabbi Pollack, the designated coordinator with the Shmira together; the Corps Chef of Antwerp; heads of DIA and ISRA and the Info coordinator with Brussels, were in attendance. Read more »

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Florida Jewish Leaders Meet With Law Enforcement Officials in Preparation for High Holidays

20140917_113654Tallahassee, FL – An annual pre-High Holiday meeting between Jewish community leaders and Florida Highway Patrol took place on Wednesday in Florida State Police Headquarters in Tallahassee.

In attendance at the meeting were the newly appointed Executive Director of  Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) Terry Rhodes who was recently appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott, Colonel David Brierton; Director of Florida Highway Patrol, Lt. Colonel Kelly Hildreth; Deputy Director for Field Patrol Operations, Lt. Colonel Ernesto Duarte; Deputy Director for Special Services Command, Elizabeth Denmark; Special assistant to the FHP Director Rabbi Mark Rosenberg Chaplain with Florida Highway Patrol and Director of Chesed Shel Emes-Florida Division, Rabbi Schneur Oirechman of Chabad Lubavitch of the Panhandle-Tallahassee, and Dovy Katz of Chesed Shel Emes-Forida.

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Thousand Rally in Largest Ever Orthodox Jewish Child Safety Awareness Event

JPG23Brooklyn NY – Some thousand members of the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn crowded into a Crown Heights hall Monday evening for a night of awareness and education of child abuse. The event was in memory of Dave Gordon, a lone soldier in the IDF, a survivor of CSA and an advocate for positive change in the community’s handling of abuse.

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KJ, Monroe – NYSP Arrested Man For Shattering Window Of Kaufman Catering

The New York State Police has charged a 19-year-old Monroe resident for resisting arrest after being caught shattering a window at Kaufman’s Catering.

State Troopers responded Tuesday night to a call at the Kiryas Joel Shopping Center, located at 59 Forest road, to Kaufman Kitchen for an alleged report of shattering a window of the restaurant.  Read more »

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Brooklyn, NY – Two Flatbush Residents Killed in High Speed Accident

Two people were killed and two others injured Monday night in a two-car accident in Brooklyn.

Authorities say they responded to a 911 call at 6:38 p.m. at Flatbush Avenue and Avenue U. A Nissan Maxima going south on Flatbush Ave. struck a BMW which was turning onto Avenue U.
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Over 5000 Summonses Issued During Last Weeks NYPD Crackdown

The New York City Police Department today announced the results of the safety initiative conducted citywide what focused on addressing cell phone use while driving and failing to yield to pedestrians.

Officers issued a total of 5,258 summonses during the 2 day initiative that was conducted on two separate days: Tuesday, May 13 and Friday, May 16th, for the entire 24 hour period of each day. Read more »

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Brooklyn, NY – NYPD Discovers Arms Stockpile At Family Residence

20140515-220455.jpg The New York Police Department on Thursday discovered a weapons stockpile at a family residence in the 62nd precinct. Four men, 3 of them brothers, were arrested Thursday morning as the deadly weapons were discovered , police say.

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New York City – NYPD Announces Two Day Traffic Enforcement Initiative

NYPD officerThe New York City Police Department on Monday announced a citywide initiative to address the use of cell phones/texting while driving and failing to yield to pedestrians.

The department said it will conduct a two-day enforcement operation Tuesday and Friday across the five boroughs.

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NYPD Commissioner Bratton Attends ‘Ground Zero 360′ Exhibition in Tel Aviv [Photos]

Photo credit: Liat Mandel

Photo credit: Liat Mandel

NYC Police Commissioner William Bratton on Sunday attended  the “Ground Zero 360″ opening ceremony – an exhibition about the September 11, 2001 attacks – at the Rabin Center in Tel Aviv.

Also taking part were Rabin Center Chairwoman Dalia Rabin, Israel Police Chief Yohanan Danino and Fire Chief Shahar Ayalon, as well as Dov Shefi, who represented the families of the five Israelis murdered in the attack. Read more »

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Burglar Wanted For Breaking Into Jewish Homes On Shabbos Is Under Arrest

Credit: NYPDHours before Shabbos begins, residents of Borough Park are breathing a sigh of relief upon hearing the arrest of Peter Dixon wanted for several burglaries in the Borough Park Neighborhood. The suspect in custody has been identified as the burglar wanted for hitting on Jewish homes in Borough Park on Shabbos.

On March 22nd, video surveillance recorded Dixon, 51, between 4:00 and 5:30 am, breaking into two residences on 62nd Street between 18th and 19th Avenues, and attempted to break into three more homes on the same block. Read more »

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Prime Minister Netanyahu Meets with Orphans of IDF Soldiers [Video]

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Tel Aviv – Days ahead of the Remembrance day for Israeli fallen soldiers, Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu met with IDF orphans from the IDF Widows and Orphans Organization at the Defense Ministry in Tel Aviv.

The Prime Minister and his wife listened to the personal stories of each of the orphans of and asked them how they coped with the loss and bereavement of their fathers. Some of them never even got to know their fathers. Read more »

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BREAKING: Main Suspect In Menachem Stark Murder Identified

20140105_160930.jpgBrooklyn, NY – After nearly four months (118 days) of police investigations, several suspects were taken into custody for their alleged role in the brutal kidnapping and murder of Wlliamsburg businessman Menachem Stark Z”L, sources tell JP.

UPDATE 8:06 PM: The main suspect has been identified as 26 year old Kendel Felix of 921 Montgomery Street in Brooklyn, who was the driver of the minivan, according to sources close to the investigation. The motive was allegedly just a robbery gone wrong. He is facing second degree murder charges.

One of the suspects is possibly a Brooklyn contractor who was questioned several times over an alleged business-related dispute, according to some sources who spoke to JP on the condition of anonymity. The contractor, part of a group seeking retaliation by abducting Mr. Stark, was DNA tested several weeks ago.

Other sources claim that the abduction was part of a botched robbery by a group of robbers who were tipped off by the contractor that Mr. Stark is carrying a lot of cash at the time.

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UPDATED II: Williamsburg – Five Men Arrested in Regards to Assault On Black Student

Brooklyn, NY – Five Hasidic Jewish men were picked up for questioning by NYPD hate crime detectives in regards to the beat-down of a black man in Williamsburg, law enforcement sources said.

According to sources in the NYPD charges have been filed against four of the suspects, the following are the names of the four suspects who have been charged: Aba Winkler, Joseph Fried, Mayer Hershkowitz and Aron Hollander. The suspects are to be charged with gang assault not as a hate crime.

The suspects, 4 of them in their 20′s and one of them around 40, were picked up about 5:30 am Wednesday morning soon after the conclusion of the 8-day Passover holiday. Read more »

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JP News Team Wishing You A Happy and Healthy Passover

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OPPD Chief John Douglass Updates Media on Overland Park Shootings [Video]

“Today is a sad and very tragic day,” Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said at a news conference. “As you might imagine we are only three hours into this investigation. There’s a lot of innuendo and a lot of assertions going around. There is really very little hardcore information.”

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3 Dead In Shootings At Two Jewish Locations in Overland Park, Kansas City [Video]

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UPDATED 9:58 PM: Overland Park, Kansas City – Three fatalities have been reported in multiple shootings at two Jewish-related locations in Kansas City, according to sources in the Overland Park Police Department. Law enforcement sources identified suspect as 73-year-old Frasier Glenn Cross, Jr. from Missouri.

The first shooting was reported at around 1:00p.m. at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas. Overland Park Police confirmed multiple shots were fired at the center, which is located at 5801 W 115th St.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Burglar Dressed Up as Hasidic Jew Arrested in Boro Park

photo 1Borough Park, NY – A 27 year Man dressed up as a Hasidic Jew wanted for several burglaries in the Boro Park Neighborhood, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by NYPD 66 precinct detectives with the assistance of the Boro Park Shomrim Patrol volunteers.

On Wednesday night March 26th Yevgeniy Leyzerovich was caught on surveillance video breaking in and rummaging through a home on 48th Street Between 17th and 18th Avenues, he left with Jewelry and electronic devices valued at about $6000 Dollars. On Monday March 31st he returned to the same location during broad daylight and stole additional jewelry and valuables.

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