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  • NYPD chief chaplain, an 80-year-old rabbi, attacked in Manhattan

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The 80-year-old rabbi who serves as the New York Police Department’s chief chaplain was assaulted and suffered minor injuries while exercising on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Rabbi Alvin Kass was power walking on Riverside Drive at approximately 6:45 a.m. Sunday when someone came from behind and shoved him to the ground,…

  • Jewish businessman, 3 NY cops arrested in ongoing federal corruption probe

    NEW YORK (JTA) — Brooklyn Jewish businessman Jeremy Reichberg and three high-ranking New York police officers have been arrested in a wide-ranging federal corruption investigation involving New York City officials and potential improprieties in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s political fundraising campaigns. Two of the officers arrested Monday are alleged to have accepted tens of thousands…

  • NY lawmakers approve more oversight, funding for Orthodox-controlled school district

    NEW YORK (JTA) — New York’s state legislature approved a bill that would provide greater oversight of an Orthodox-controlled school district along with $3 million in aid. The bill concerning the embattled and financially troubled East Ramapo School District in New York’s Rockland County, passed both houses of the legislature Thursday and will now go to Gov. Andrew…

  • Swastika posters left in north London playground 4 consecutive days

    (JTA) — Police are stepping up their presence in a haredi Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of London after swastika posters were placed in a playground there four days in a row. London’s Jewish Chronicle reported Friday that local police have increased patrols in Stamford Hill and are investigating the matter. The local branch of Shomrim, the Jewish…

  • Suspected killer of British lawmaker had history with US neo-Nazi group

    (JTA) – The man whom authorities believe killed British lawmaker Jo Cox Thursday is said to have a history of involvement with an American neo-Nazi organization. The New York Times reported Friday that hate group watchdog the Southern Poverty Law Center, said the suspect, who has been identified by neighbors and family members as Thomas Mair, 52, in 1999…

  • Body of missing Jewish paddleboarder found 30 miles off Long Island

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The body of a Long Island Jewish man who went missing while paddleboarding off the coast of Long Island Sunday was found. A tugboat crew found Gary Turkel’s body Friday morning in the Atlantic Ocean about 30 miles off the shore, the Long Island Herald reported. In a statement posted on…

  • Irving Moskowitz, pro-settler American Jewish philanthropist, dies at 88

    (JTA) — Dr. Irving Moskowitz, an American Jewish philanthropist who stirred controversy by donating millions of dollars to Jewish settlement efforts in the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem, has died at 88. Arutz Sheva, a right-wing Israeli news site that he helped establish, reported his death Thursday. The Moskowitz Foundation he founded in 1968 along…

  • Local patrol keeps looking for NY Jewish paddleboarder as Coast Guard suspends search

    NEW YORK (JTA) — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a Jewish man who disappeared off the coast of New York’s Long Island, but a local safety patrol is continuing to look for him. On Tuesday, the Coast Guard quit its search for Gary Turkel, 41, who was last seen paddleboarding without a…

  • Jim Joseph Foundation awards $17.4M for camps and other Jewish ed venues

    (JTA) — The San Francisco-based Jim Joseph Foundation has awarded more than $17.4 million in new grants, primarily for Jewish education in the United States. The Foundation for Jewish Camp, or FJC, Repair the World and a new umbrella group for North American Jewish day schools across the denominational spectrum received the largest grants. FJC,…

  • Israeli ministry collecting info on, and threatening to slash funding of, artists who shun settlements

    (JTA) — Israel’s culture minister is collecting information about which theaters, orchestras and dance troupes perform in Jewish settlements in the West Bank, with an eye toward reducing the funding of those who don’t. Miri Regev of the Likud party said Wednesday that she circulated a questionnaire on the topic because she is proud to lead a…