Tag: Jewish

Temples seek extra security

| June 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

Forest Hills synagogues and schools want federal grant money to make their facilities more secure, but a Kew Gardens rabbi thinks none of them should get a dime. Representatives from various 501(c)(3) nonprofits gathered Friday to seek guidance on how to apply for funds from the federal government in an information session hosted by U.S. […]

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Area Jewish Community Reacts To Alleged Terror Plot

| May 16, 2011 | 0 Comments

For Rabbi Eli Shifrin, the details of the Manhattan District Attorney's case against two Queens men accused of planning to blow up city synagogues unearthed old fears lying just beneath the surface. "It takes only 1 percent of the people we don't catch for tragedy to strike our community," said Shifrin, who leads the Chabad […]

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Two Arrested in New York City Synagogue Attack Plot Sting

| May 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Two men allegedly trying to buy weapons including three pistols and hand grenades as part of a plot to attack Manhattan synagogues were arrested in New York City, averting a terror threat, law enforcement sources said. This is the 13th plot thwarted against the city since the Sept. 11, law enforcement officials said. The men […]

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Israel, U.S. Jewish groups on alert fearing reprisal over bin Laden killing

| May 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

World leaders warned of revenge attacks after Osama bin Laden was killed in a U.S. assault in Pakistan on Monday that brought to a dramatic end the long manhunt for the al Qaeda leader who had become the most powerful symbol of Islamist militancy. President Barack Obama declared the world was a safer and "better […]

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Annual report: Anti-Semitic incidents down worldwide but still high

| May 2, 2011 | 0 Comments

Jerusalem (CNN) — Anti-Semitic incidents worldwide dropped sharply in 2010 from their peak in 2009, according to an annual report issued by an Israeli university on the eve of the nation's Holocaust Memorial Day. However, the levels are significantly higher than they were a decade ago, when the upward trend began, according to the report […]

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FBI: Man held in Ohio over California synagogue bombing

| April 12, 2011 | 0 Comments

Los Angeles (CNN) — A man wanted for questioning in last week's synagogue bombing in southern California has been arrested in Ohio, an FBI spokeswoman said confirmed Tuesday. An anonymous caller tipped authorities that Ron Hirsch was in Ohio, spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. Hirsch was taken into custody Monday night in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, a suburb […]

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Israel warns against travel to Sinai, Turkey, Jordan during Passover

| April 7, 2011 | 0 Comments

In addition, the Counter Terrorism Bureau issued a travel warning ahead of the Passover holiday, during which many Israelis frequent tourist destinations abroad. The bureau stressed the warning against travel to Sinai this year, saying intelligence exists that terror agents will attempt to abduct Israeli citizens there. Other countries in which travel is advised against […]

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Amid Unrest, Arab Jewish Communities Worry for Their Safety

| February 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Washington, Feb. 22- In the aftermath of long-time President Zine el Abidine ben Ali’s overthrow in mid-January, Tunisian Jews were greeted with a harsh reminder of their delicate situation: "Jews wait, the army of Mohammed is coming back!” scores of Muslim demonstrators chanted in front of Tunis’ main synagogue on Feb. 11. While hoping for […]

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What’s Going On With Egyptian Synagogues?

| February 19, 2011 | 1 Comment

Concerns have grown from the Egyptian revolutions about the country’s priceless antiquities. Despite Zahi Hawass’s assurances that many items have remained safe, it appears much has been damaged. Egypt also has invaluable Jewish sites, like the synagogue at Alexandria, but these are not mentioned in the media as much. During all the chaos, what has […]

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Islamist anti-Jewish demonstration outside main Tunis synagogue raises fear for security of Tunisian Jews

| February 15, 2011 | 0 Comments

TUNIS /BRUSSELS (EJP)—Tunisia's Jewish community has raised fears for its security with the interim government after Islamists held anti-Jewish protests outside the main synagogue on the Avenue de la Liberte in central Tunis last Friday. The Interior Ministry on Tuesday condemned extremist demonstrations and incitement to violence in an apparent reference to the protests outside […]

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Israel issues alert over Hezbollah plans to attack or kidnap Israelis abroad

| February 11, 2011 | 1 Comment

The Israel Counter Terrorism Bureau issued a warning Friday morning to Israeli travelers in anticipation of threats resulting from the anniversary of the assassination of Hezbollah officials Imad Mughniyah and Abbas al-Masawi, both of which were allegedly perpetrated by Israel. The bureau cautioned the Israeli public that because of the increased threat of terror attacks […]

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Anti-Semitism in the UK remains high in 2010

| February 3, 2011 | 0 Comments

A Jewish charity which monitors acts of anti-Semitism in the UK says it recorded 639 incidents of violence, threats and abuse last year. The figure, from the Community Security Trust, is the second highest since it began its work in 1984. The peak of 926 incidents came in 2009, and was attributed to a backlash […]

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Swastika Spray Painted On Waterbury Synagogue

| January 11, 2011 | 1 Comment

WATERBURY, Conn. — A large swastika was sprayed on a synagogue in Waterbury and now police are investigating it as a hate crime. The vandalism caught the attention of Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who visited the site on Tuesday to make it clear these crimes not tolerable. The swastika was found earlier this week and has […]

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Area synagogues on alert after bomb threat

| November 7, 2010 | 1 Comment

Last Friday, two suspicious packages addressed to a Chicago synagogue and Jewish community center were located on flights leaving Yemen, according to AP reports. The packages turned out to be toner cartridges that had been fashioned into bombs and are believed to be the work of al-Qaida operatives working in Yemen. The Jewish community at […]

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Local ADL head discusses security after foiled bomb plot

| November 7, 2010 | 1 Comment

Over the weekend, the Jewish community was shocked to learn of the alleged plot by a Yemen-based branch of Al-Qaeda to send explosive devices in packages to synagogue-affiliated addresses in Chicago. The devices, authorities believe, may have been intended to explode in flight to bring down cargo or passenger planes. Karen Aroesty, regional director of […]

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