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  • Giant Palestine Flag Draped on New York Bridge Under Investigation

    August 21, 2014 | 3:30 pm

    New York City detectives were searching on Thursday for activists suspected of unfurling a massive Palestine flag over the side of an East River bridge during a march in support of Palestinians in Gaza, police said.

    The flag, draped over the south side of the Manhattan Bridge...

  • Brooklyn man, extradited from Israel, arraigned in ’08 beating death

    July 21, 2014 | 12:47 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A former Hasidic community watch group member in Brooklyn was arraigned in New York in a 2008 beating death after being extradited from Israel.

    Yitzchak Schuchat, 31, was arraigned Friday in state Supreme Court in the death of Andrew Charles, according to New...

  • Brooklyn baby named for three murdered Israeli teens

    July 15, 2014 | 8:44 am

    A Brooklyn baby was named Eyal Gilad Naftali in memory of the three murdered Israeli teens.

    The name was announced at the baby’s bris on Monday, according to the NRG news website. He is the son of Yankee and Bina Teitelbaum, who live in the Crown Heights neighborhood.

    Reports...

  • Baruch Lebovits, Brooklyn rabbi charged with sex abuse, gets plea deal

    July 10, 2014 | 2:54 pm

    Baruch Lebovits, a Brooklyn rabbi convicted of sex abuse in 2010 only to have the conviction overturned on appeal, was sentenced to two years in prison as part of a plea deal.

    The deal was approved Wednesday. Lebovits is expected to serve less than a year of additional jail time...

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  • Construction worker arrested in Stark murder

    May 1, 2014 | 11:10 am

    A Brooklyn construction worker was arrested in connection with the murder of real estate developer Menachem Stark.

    Kendel Felix, 26, was employed by a contractor who worked for Stark, the New York Daily News reported. Felix, who was arrested Wednesday night after being questioned...

  • Menachem Stark, slumlord or saint? Depends who you ask

    January 9, 2014 | 3:18 pm

    The murder of Menachem Stark has sparked intense media scrutiny of the Brooklyn real estate developer’s troubled business record, prompting the New York Post to ask “Who didn’t want him dead?” on its front page.

    But while mainstream media outlets scrutinized the Satmar hasid’s...

  • Four minors arrested for ‘knockout’ attacks in N.Y.

    December 19, 2013 | 3:29 pm

    Four minors were arrested in connection with what are believed to be “knockout game” attacks in Brooklyn, DNAinfo New York reported.

    The New York Police Department arrested a 14-year-old girl and three other youths, aged 10 and 11, for involvement in three assaults in the borough...

  • Porn pioneer Al Goldstein dies at 77

    December 19, 2013 | 1:25 pm

    Al Goldstein, the man who brought his particular brand of hard-core porn to the masses, died on Thursday in a nursing home in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. The cause of death was renal failure, The New York Times reports.

    Goldstein was best known for sharing his raunchy sensibilities...

  • Incoming councilwoman: Knockout attacks may be caused by black-Jewish tension

    December 5, 2013 | 10:50 am

    An incoming New York City councilwoman said the wave of so-called knockout attacks may be caused by tension between blacks and Jews.

    Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo, who was elected to represent the Crown Heights neighborhood and will take office next month, made the statement in...

  • Sucker punch: Brooklyn Jews targeted in ‘knockout’ attacks

    November 26, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    Chava, a student at a Chabad seminary, has lived in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn for six years, but it’s only in the past few days that she started carrying pepper spray in her handbag.

    Her younger brother gave her the deterrent after news hit of a string of recent...

  • Accused sex offender pleads not guilty, released on bail

    By Jared Sichel

    November 13, 2013 | 2:52 pm

    On Nov. 8, accused sex-offender Mendel Tevel pleaded not guilty in Brooklyn to charges that he sexually abused a minor for several months six years ago, according to CBS New York. Tevel accepted the court’s offer for $100,000 bail and is no longer in custody.

    Tevel was working at...

  • Accused sex offender transferred to custody of Brooklyn D.A.

    By Jared Sichel

    November 7, 2013 | 3:01 pm

    New York law enforcement assumed custody of accused sex-offender Mendel Tevel late Thursday morning, Nov. 7, according to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department. Beverly Hills police arrested Tevel on Oct. 29 after receiving a warrant from the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office.

    A...

  • Mendel Tevel in Los Angeles jail awaiting extradition

    By Jared Sichel

    October 30, 2013 | 4:51 pm

    Menachem Mendel Tewel, who goes by the name Mendel Tevel, remains in a Los Angeles jail awaiting extradition to Brooklyn. The rabbi and youth worker arrested Tuesday afternoon at the JEM Center in Beverly Hills is expected to be charged in New York with three counts of sexual...

  • Beverly Hills Police report arrest of alleged sex abuser

    By Jared Sichel

    October 29, 2013 | 4:19 pm

    Mendel Tevel, a local rabbi and youth worker accused by multiple people in the New York Jewish community of sexual abuse, was arrested Tuesday, October 29, at the JEM Center in Beverly Hills.

    The arrest was reported to the Jewish Journal by Lt. Lincoln Hoshino, a spokesman for...

  • N.Y. deliveryman awarded $900,000 in anti-Semitism suit

    October 29, 2013 | 10:21 am

    A New York restaurant deliveryman was awarded $900,000 for enduring 16 years of anti-Semitic harassment by three supervisors.

    A U.S. District Court jury in Brooklyn found in favor of Adam Wiercinski on Oct. 24 in four hours, the New York Post reported Monday.

    Citing the...

  • Thousands of kapparot chickens die in New York heat

    September 13, 2013 | 9:33 am

    Thousands of chickens designated for the pre-Yom Kippur kapparot ritual died in New York due to unseasonable heat.

    An estimated 2,000 chickens died Wednesday in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park on Wednesday, when temperatures climbed into the mid-90s, the New York Daily...

  • On the eighth day, God made oxycodone

    September 11, 2013 | 10:58 am

    New York City narcotics agents announced the indictment of five Brooklyn men yesterday, members of a Sabbath-observant drug ring that operated out of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.

    Defendants Jack Zibak, 28; Jack Zaibak, 24; Eduard Sorin, 38; David Gerowitz, 37; and Philip...

  • Brooklyn’s ‘crazy chicken lady’ making progress in fighting kapparot ritual

    September 10, 2013 | 10:17 am

    For years, Rina Deych was treated like she was crazy.

    Fighting the Yom Kippur ritual of kapparot, she was told things had always been this way and if she kept up the battle, she would only incite anti-Semitism.

    Year after year, people would kindly suggest she find another...

  • Jewish(ish) highlights from the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards

    August 26, 2013 | 9:56 am

    After Macklemore and Ryan Lewis blew a shofar in a VMA promo video, we were hopeful last night’s event would be full of fantastic Jewish moments. Not so much, unfortunately, but here’s what we managed to scrape together.

    The awards ceremony took place in the Barclays Center,...

  • David Stern getting booed at the NBA Draft: The Supercut

    June 28, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Last night’s NBA Draft was the last one for commissioner David Stern, who has been in the office since 1984.

    Over the years, Stern’s strict on/off-court policies has given him the reputation of an almighty dictator among players, owners and fans.

    Since the NBA Draft is usually...

  • Man freed in killing of rabbi suffers heart attack

    March 25, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    A man whose sentence was overturned after serving 23 years for the killing of a Brooklyn rabbi had a massive heart attack a day after being freed.

    David Ranta, 58, had a heart attack last Friday. A New York State Supreme Court judge in Brooklyn had released him from jail the...

  • Rabbi’s convicted killer goes free after new probe casts doubt on evidence

    March 21, 2013 | 3:00 pm

    Relatives of a murdered Brooklyn rabbi reportedly are shocked after the convicted killer was freed following a new probe of the case cast doubt on the evidence.

    David Ranta, 58, was freed Thursday by a New York State court judge in Brooklyn. Ranta, who had been in imprisoned in...

  • Brooklyn prosecutor to seek freedom for man convicted in 1990 killing of rabbi

    March 20, 2013 | 9:56 am

    In the wintry darkness 23 years ago on a back street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a jewelry thief fleeing a botched robbery panicked and shot a Chasidic rabbi in the head.

    Four days later, the rabbi, Chaskel Werzberger, an Auschwitz survivor, died of his wounds. Even in the New...

  • Driver in accident that killed Chasidic couple charged with manslaughter

    March 19, 2013 | 3:58 pm

    Julio Acevedo, the driver of car in an accident that killed a young Chasidic couple in Brooklyn, was charged with manslaughter.

    Brooklyn prosecutors announced a second-degree manslaughter charge against Acevedo, 44, on Tuesday. If convicted, he faces life imprisonment.

    Acevedo...

  • This week in power: Obama plans, Egypt movie ban, Brooks column, SXSW

    By Danny Groner

    March 14, 2013 | 3:36 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Obama's coming
    "What should Barack Obama, who is to visit Israel next Wednesday for the first time in his presidency, do about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?" asked Rashid Khalidi...

  • U.S. judge rejects request to exclude Jews from jury

    March 13, 2013 | 3:47 am

    A federal court judge rejected a Jewish attorney's request to exclude Jews from a jury involving a client facing charges of lying about joining the Taliban.

    Judge Eric Vitaliano of U.S. District Court in Brooklyn ruled Monday that it would be unconstitutional to bar a prospective...

  • Alleged driver of car that killed pregnant hasidic couple arrested

    March 7, 2013 | 9:28 am

    The man identified as the driver of the car that killed a young hasidic couple in New York surrendered to police.

    Julio Acevedo, 44, of Brooklyn was arrested in the parking lot of a convenience store in Bethlehem, Pa. on Wednesday afternoon. Acevedo told police where to find him...

  • Newborn son of car crash victims dies

    March 4, 2013 | 7:18 am

    The baby boy born to a New York Satmar hasidic couple killed in a car crash on the way to the hospital has died.

    The baby was delivered by Caesarean section at the hospital but died Monday morning.

    His parents, Nachman and Raizi Glauber, 21-year-olds from Brooklyn, were killed...

  • Expectant couple killed on way to hospital; baby survives

    March 3, 2013 | 9:02 am

    A New York Jewish couple was killed in a hit-and-run accident on the way to the hospital to have their first baby, who survived.

    Nachman and Raizi Glauber, 21-year-old Satmar hasidim from Brooklyn, were killed late Saturday night while riding in a cab to Bellevue Hospital in...

  • Brooklyn man sues police for beating at Chabad center

    January 23, 2013 | 10:52 am

    A Brooklyn man who alleges that he was beaten by New York police officers at a Chabad youth center in Brooklyn filed a civil rights lawsuit.

    Ehud Halevy, 21, filed the suit Jan. 22 in Brooklyn federal court over the incident last October at the ALIYA Institute.

    Halevy was...

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