Author Archives: Mark Hirshberg

Hundreds Celebrate Hachnosas Sefer Torah in Memory of Menachem Stark

sefer torah starkHundreds of community members, friends and family members of Menachem Stark gathered on Saturday night to celebrate the dedication of a new Torah scroll that was written in memory of slain philanthropist and businessman Menachem Stark.

The Hachnosas Sefer Torah was scheduled to coincide with the first anniversary of the brutal murder of Mr. Stark. Read more »

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Shigella Outbreak Plagues Williamsburg and Borough Park Children

shigellaMany ultra orthodox Jewish children from the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Borough Park have been infected with a highly contagious disease called Shigella, according to a CBS 2 Exclusive report.

Eighty cases have been reported since November – most in children – and the number has been growing, reports CBS’s Ilana Gold.

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Hachnosas Sefer Torah To Be Held in Memory Of Menachem Stark

20140105_160930.jpgA Hachnosas Sefer Torah (new torah scroll dedication ceremony) will be held next week Motzei Shabbos (Saturday night), January 24th, in Willambsurg, in memory of philanthropist Menachem Stark OB”M, who was brutally murdered more than a year ago.

The Sefer Torah procession will start at the residence of the stark family located at 259 Rutledge street, and will continue to the Siach Yitzchok of Lodani Synagogue located at 251 Marcy Avenue, which is the synagogue where the late Mr. Stark attended prayer services every Shabbos. Read more »

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France – Gunman who Held Hostages in Jewelry Store Unrelated to Other Hostage Dramas

A gunman has robbed a jewelry store in the southern French city of Montpellier on Friday, taking two hostages, but the incident had no connection to the two other hostage Dramas in France earlier today.

AFP rteports that prosecutor Christophe Barret said “It was a robbery, it has nothing to do with what is happening in Paris.”

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Jacob Ostreicher Writes to Massachusetts Governor on Behalf of One of His Saviors

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It’s about one year since Jacob Ostreicher was rescued from his Bolivian nightmare, where he was incarcerated nearly three years without being charged. Now he’s returning favor to one of his saviors.

Actor Mark Wahlberg – who was instrumental in getting Sean Penn involved in his case – is seeking a pardon in an effort to clear a 1988 felony assault conviction from his record. He applied to the Massachusetts Board of Pardons to have his name cleared. Read more »

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Memorial Fund Sponsored by JP For Families of Assassinated Officers

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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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