Your First Read For Sep 28


Three Israeli Arabs arrested in suspected Temple Mount attack

The Shin Bet and Israeli police today announced the arrest of three Israeli Arab citizens, supporters of the ISIS, who had plotted terrorist attacks against Israeli citizens, Arutz Sheva reports.

Two of the detainees planned to carry out a shooting attack on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, similar to the deadly attack in which two Druze policemen were murdered in July, the security officials said.

Nashville synagogues increase security for Yom Kippur

Nashville police, in advance of Yom Kippur, will increase security patrols at synagogues following the recent shooting of a woman in the parking lot of the Burnette Chapel Church of Christ, JTA reports.

Among the precautions are security cameras and increased police presence, both uniformed and plainclothes

NY Post: Judge Noach Dear unduly favors Orthodox Jews

The New York Post, in an editorial headlined “It’s past time to rein in rogue judge Noach Dear,” has called for his removal from the bench. The editorial states that Dear, an Orthodox Jew who earlier had served as a member of the City Council, inordinately rules in favor ofinvolving his fellow Orthodox Jews.”

“He routinely” dismisses cases brought against members of the Orthodox community, states the editorial, which calls Dear “a Brooklyn machine hack who (as we’ve been noting for years now) by all rights shouldn’t be sitting on any bench.”

‘Alternative Yom Kippur’ – in a beer garden

More than 100 Washington-area Jews expect to observe Yom Kippur this week in a bar, under a rabbi’s supervision, according to Religion News Service.  Rabbi Aaron Potek, who leads a 20- and 30-somethings Jewish group called GatherDC, will co-host, along with former first lady Michelle Obama speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz, an “alternative Yom Kippur” service at Sauf Haus Bier Hall and Garten in the capitol’s hip Dupont Circle neighborhood.

Rabbi Potek, who was ordained by Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, said he will not bring a Torah scroll or High Holy Day prayer books to his service. And attendees will not be expected to fast, though he will.  The service will include time for personal reflection and meditation, musical interludes, text-based study and the pairing up of congregants to share thoughts.

Eleven neo-Nazis arrested in England

British police said they arrested 11 people around the country yesterday as part of an investigation into a banned far-right group who were suspected of planning terrorist acts, the Jerusalem Post reports. The 11 are members of the banned neo-Nazi National Action organization.

Earlier this month, three men, including two soldiers, appeared in court charged with being members of National Action and police said the men held in the latest arrests were part of the same investigation.

Long Island bishop visits Holocaust memorial

A Long Island bishop this week visited a Long Island Holocaust memorial center in the wake of several anti-Semitic hate attacks in the suburban, according to JTA. Bishop John Barres, head of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, was accompanied by other church officials on his visit to the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County in Glen Cove.

The delegation met Holocaust survivors along with center staff and volunteers. The visit follows several anti-Semitic incidents in Nassau County, including swastikas spray-painted inside a high school.