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The chasidic female terrorism expert

The chasidic female terrorism expert

NEW YORK — When a 16-year-old Lubavitcher named Ari Halberstam was gunned down on the Brooklyn Bridge on March 1, 1994 by a Lebanese livery cab driver, the killing seemed to be a cut-and-dried case.

The shooter, Rashid Baz, was captured the following day and confessed to police. After a trial several months later, he was sentenced to 141 years in prison.

But a murder conviction was not enough for Ari’s mother, Devorah Halberstam. She saw a terrorist conspiracy behind the shooting and criticized authorities for treating it as an ordinary homicide.

For years she obsessively campaigned for further investigation, clamoring to be taken seriously by authorities. She waited on receiving lines to buttonhole senators and congressmen, knocked on doors at City Hall and traveled back and forth to Washington.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 February 2014 13:03 )

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The unexpected rabbinate of Susan Miller Rheins

The unexpected rabbinate of Susan Miller RheinsRabbi Susan Miller Rheins lifts a heavy chair and sets it down in front of Temple Sinai’s Ark. In contrast to the animated offices and populated hallways, the sanctuary is as subdued as her attire. For a few moments, Rheins’ initial reserve blends into the surroundings. Her voice is so soft she’s asked to speak louder. Then an unexpected question unleashes the candor lurking in her eyes. On Aug. 6, 1990, the New York Times published the wedding announcement of Rabbi Susan Lynn Miller and...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 February 2014 15:07 )

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Death Café

Death CaféTo philosophize is nothing else but to prepare for death. — Cicero On a warm winter afternoon, strangers slowly enter Feldman Mortuary. Led into an adjoining room, they are encouraged to sample fresh coffee, assorted teas and an exquisite cake. There is no funeral at the mortuary today — but death is not taking a holiday. In fact, death is on everyone’s mind. Welcome to the Death Café, a global, grassroots conversation about our mortality that was founded by the UK’s John Underwood...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 February 2014 14:59 )

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Lower tuition for first-time campers

Lower tuition for first-time campersNEW YORK — Think Expedia or Hotels.com or countless other vacation discount finders online, but instead to connect kids to Jewish camps. The Foundation for Jewish Camp announced this week that it is piloting a new program this summer offering first-time campers from middle- and lower-income families camp sessions at prices that are 40-80% below the camps’ standard rates. Called BunkConnect, the program, in partnership with the Center for Entrepreneurial Jewish Philanthropy, will make avail...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 February 2014 14:30 )

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Russian Jewry’s revival evident at Olympics

Russian Jewry’s revival evident at OlympicsSOCHI, Russia — Soft sand and turquoise beaches make Sochi a lovely holiday destination — also, as the 2014 winter Olympic games opened, a city with five Jewish information centers, three synagogues and 13 rabbis. The Jewish infrastructure in Sochi is aimed not only at serving Jewish visitors but also at advertising what the Chabad-affiliated Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia calls a Jewish revival in the former Soviet Union. Boruch Gorin, a senior Chabad rabbi in Moscow, told JTA...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 February 2014 14:29 )

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British Jews urge government to secure U.K.-born IDF officer’s release

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Eric Cantor yields the floor, one final time

Ron Kampeas On his way out of Congress, Eric Cantor once again makes clear how his roots helped shape his political outlook. ... [Link]

Sinn Fein rebukes councillor who called on U.N. to bomb Israel

Ron Kampeas Sinn Fein distanced itself from a councilor in an Irish city who called on the United Nations to bomb Israel. ... [Link]

Belgian MD denies knowing that he denied treatment to a Jewish woman

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Cantor to quit Congress on Aug. 18

Ron Kampeas Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), announced his resignation from Congress the day his term as majority leader came to an end. ... [Link]

Several GOP senators block infusion of cash for Iron Dome

Ron Kampeas A number of Senate Republicans blocked Israel’s request of an additional $225 million for the Iron Dome anti-missile system during the current Gaza Strip conflict. ... [Link]

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