Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Head Shliach of Washington, DC, turned down an invitation to an event with President Donald Trump on Friday because it was likely to run into Shabbos. Until he received a phone call from the White House.
Rabbi Levi Shemtov, Executive Vice President of American Friends of Lubavitch and the Rebbe’s Shliach to Washington, DC, was invited for a special event at the White House on Friday.
President Donald Trump was to sign the Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2019. It provides federal money for the protection of houses of worship and other nonprofits, authorizing $375 million in funding to secure Shuls, Mosques and other religious institutions.
But Rabbi Shemtov was not sure he could accept the invita...
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Baltimore, MD - Jan.26, 2020:
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Royal Farms is trying to build a gas station next to its existing store at the corner of Smith Avenue and Old Pimlico Road. We strongly oppose this action within a residential neighborhood at an already busy intersection.
Such an establishment will result in:
1. Risk of increased level of crime, which already exists at this site. 2. Danger to children crossing the street into an already packed parking lot with limited visibility. 3. Increased risk of health hazards and damage to the environment due to gas emissions, exposure to toxic chemicals, and air & soil pollution. 4. Additional traffic congestion leading to chance of bodily injury and longer traffic delays. 5. Danger to adults and children walking to adjacent syn...
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Baltimore, MD - Jan. 27, 2020 – The last time Yaakov Shwekey performed in Baltimore was the 35th annual Isaac H. Taylor Jewish Music Festival in 2010. It felt only right to usher in a new decade with the same performer that has stood the test of time and has added many new popular songs to his catalogue of impressive music. His reinvigorated performance was truly the concert of a decade and enjoyed by a sold-out auditorium of children, teens, parents, grandparents.
The event began with a beautiful VIP reception graciously sponsored by Hoffman & Co., filled to the brim with NCSY supporters, all uniting with a shared passion for Jewish outreach. The VIP reception included fantastic food, great entertainment, including a magician, and a chance for Yaakov Shwekey fans to get ph...
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 26, 2020 - On Friday morning, January 17th close to 200 Bais Yaakov grandparents and special friends joined in the inaugural Bais Yaakov Kindergarten Grandparents Day on our Park Heights – Owings Mills campus. Benefitting from other scheduled Bais Yaakov weekend events, those joining us on this memorable day came from as far away as Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Michigan, Florida, California, Ontario Canada and Eretz Yisroel.
Despite the frigid outdoor temperatures, the beautiful sunny day and the bright blue nearly cloudless sky, were signs of the cheerful and warm inner feelings of nachas to come in the next few hours spent at Bais Yaakov.
At Bais Yaakov we have been working to create events that allow our...
Former US ambassador to the UN discusses "Deal of the Century": Israel's national security was the number one priority.
Former US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley spoke on Monday at the Israel Center on Addictions event in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.
In her remarks, Haley addressed US President Donald Trump's peace plan, the “Deal of the Century”, which will be unveiled on Tuesday.
"The number one priority" of the deal is "the national security of Israel," she said.
“We knew we would not do anything to compromise security, and there would be no deal if either party disagreed," Haley added, according to a report in Israel Hayom.
"The goal is to get to a place where we can help the Palestinians be in better condition - without harming ...
Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said Israelis were not welcome to visit the kingdom after Israel decreed that Israeli citizens could visit Saudi Arabia under certain circumstances, CNN reported on Monday.
“Our policy is fixed. We do not have relations with the State of Israel and Israeli passport holders cannot visit the kingdom at the current time,” the US broadcaster quoted Prince Faisal bin Farhan as saying.
A statement from Israel‘s interior minister on Sunday said Israelis — if invited and permitted by Saudi authorities — would be allowed to travel there for religious reasons on pilgrimage or for up to nine days for business reasons such as investment or meetings.
Israelis, mostly M...
Israel-based drugstore chain Super-Pharm has implemented shelf organization technologies developed by WiseShelf in 14 of its stores, according to WiseShelf CEO Shalom Nakdimon. Super-Pharm is also among the investors in the Caesarea-based startup, which has raised $2.6 million to date.
WiseShelf’s system integrates light sensors and cameras that continually monitor what is happening on the shelf, providing retailers with information in real-time concerning the organization and the availability of certain products, Nakdimon said in an interview with Calcalist. The company is currently in negotiations with additional retailers in the US and Europe, he added. Read more at Algemeiner
Holocaust survivors in Israel are better off financially than in the past thanks to the efforts of campaigners after decades of government neglect and bureaucracy, but some still live in poverty.
World leaders joined some of the survivors in Poland on Monday to mark 75 years since Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz, the biggest Nazi death camp, where more than 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, perished.
With an average age of 85, some 140,000 Holocaust survivors live in Israel today. Another 50,000 have recently been added to a broader category of survivors that include Jews who faced persecution in countries such as Algeria and Iraq.
Israel‘s government allocated a record 5.5 billion shekels ($1.6 billion) to all survivors of persecution in 2019, up from 2.9 bil...
French President Emmanuel Macron was locked in a dispute with senior representatives of his country’s judiciary on Monday, after earlier expressing support for putting the alleged antisemitic murderer of a Jewish woman on trial.
In a speech to French Jews in Jerusalem last Thursday, Macron addressed the widely-condemned Dec. 2019 decision by prosecutors in Paris to excuse the accused killer, 29-year-old Kobili Traore, from a criminal trial.
The prosecutors deemed that Traore’s intake of cannabis on the night that he tortured and murdered Sarah Halimi — his 65-year-old Jewish neighbor — had rendered him delusional and therefore criminally not responsible for his actions.
In his remarks in Israel, Macron appeared to disagree with that ruling.
MONSEY (VINnews) — A psychiatrist hired to evaluate Grafton Thomas, has declared that Thomas’ mental illness deems him incompetent to stand trial on federal hate crimes charges.
Thomas is accused of using a machete to attack Jews attending a Chanukah party at the home of Rabbi Rottenburg in the Forshay neighborhood of Monsey on Dec. 28.
According to Attorney Michael Sussman, “Mr. Thomas was not competent to stand trial” following an evaluation by Dr. Andrew Levi, who has asked a federal judge to hold what he termed a competency evaluation.
Sussman and Thomas’ mother have insisted that Thomas’ stabbing attack was not motivated by hate, but rather was triggered by his mental illness and him not taking his medication.
“He has no history ...
WASHINGTON (JNS) — U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill on Friday that allocates $375 million over five years to synagogues and other houses of worship, as well as additional other nonprofits, to help protect themselves against terror attacks.
The Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against Terrorism Act will allocate $75 million annually under the Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP).
Trump called it an “incredible piece of legislation.”
“It took a long time to get it here, but this is something that is very, very special and great for you as mayors,” he told those in the Oval Office for the signing of the bill. Attendees included Jewish Federations of North America president and CEO Eric Fingerhut and American Friends of Lubavitch (Chabad) e...
Pete Buttigieg talks Trump’s possible removal from office and the Senate impeachment trial during a Fox News town hall.
Press Conference By Blue White Chairman Benny Gantz, Following The Meeting With President Trump:
“The president’s ‘peace plan’ is a significant and historical milestone…immediately after the election, I will work towards implementing it from a stable, functioning Israeli government”
Parshat Bo chronicles the dramatic redemption of the Jewish people from a two hundred-year nightmare of backbreaking slavery and oppression. The great “night of redemption” is punctuated by celebratory rituals which ultimately become incorporated into the Pesach seder. However, before the Jews are informed of these ceremonies, they are instructed to reconfigure their calendar to designate the month of Nissan – not Tishrei- as the launch of the calendar year. This scheduling change delivers two lessons: Firstly, it installs Pesach at the start of each year highlighting the seminal nature of our liberation from slavery and our historical Covenant with G-d. Pesach is celebrated at the launch of a new calendar year, showcasing the importance of historical memory.
Baltimore, MD – Jan. 27, 2020 - The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) today reported that a Maryland resident met the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria for testing for 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV). This individual is in good condition and is being monitored while awaiting test results, to be reported by the CDC laboratory.
“The Maryland Department of Health is closely monitoring the rapidly changing situation with 2019 N-CoV, both in the U.S. and in China,” said MDH Deputy Secretary of Public Health Fran Phillips. “As we learn more, Marylanders are encouraged to practice everyday actions to promote good health and to protect yourself and your loved ones from respiratory viruses like the coronavirus — wash your hands t...
Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas reportedly refused to take a phone call from U.S. President Donald Trump ahead of the White House’s expected release of its long-awaited Mideast peace plan for the Israelis and Palestinians.
“There were attempts by Trump to hold a phone call with Abbas, but the latter refused,” an unnamed high-ranking Palestinian official told the state-run Turkish outlet Anadolu.
P.A. Social Affairs Minister Ahmad Majdalani confirmed the Anadolu report to the Gaza-based Dunia al-Watan news site, saying that Abbas recently “refused a phone call from Trump.”
The P.A. stated its rejection of the Trump administration’s peace plan before it has even been made public, as it is reportedly said to be favorable towards the Jewish state...
Watch: President Donald Trump hosted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his opponent Benny Ganz at the White House on Monday ahead of unveiling the "Deal of the Century" tomorrow. "What a strange system you have," Trump commented about Israel's third election cycle.
U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he will be unveiling the “Deal of the Century,” his peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians, on Tuesday.
“This is a plan that’s very important to peace in the Middle East,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Monday.
“They say Israel and the Palestinians, they have to make peace before you can really have peace in the Middle East. People have been working on this for many, many years ...
It wasn’t until the 1990s that Zofia and Andrzej Pilecki found out their father was a hero. As teens in postwar Poland, they had been told he was a traitor and an enemy of the state, and they listened to news reports about his 1948 trial and execution on the school radio.
In fact, Witold Pilecki was a Polish resistance fighter who voluntarily went to Auschwitz to start a resistance, and he sent secret messages to the Allies, becoming the first to sound the alarm about the true nature of Nazi Germany’s largest concentration and extermination camp.
Auschwitz was liberated 75 years ago on Monday. In a new book, “The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz,” former war correspondent Jack Fairweather unearths the story of Pi...