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  • Body found in Jerusalem Forest reportedly confirmed that of missing N.J. yeshiva student

    3 weeks ago

    Israel Police reportedly confirmed that a dead body found in Ein Kerem near the Jerusalem Forest is that of Aaron Sofer, a yeshiva student from New Jersey who went missing in the area a week ago.

    The body was found in a shallow ditch a the side of the road in the neighborhood,...

  • Amid search in Israel for missing yeshiva student, prayer vigils in N.J.

    By tessc

    3 weeks ago

    Israel Police units continued to search the Jerusalem Forest area for a New Jersey yeshiva student who has been missing for four days.

    Aaron Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, was last seen at noon Friday when he and a friend began climbing down a steep incline on a hiking trail. The friend...

  • Christie’s Weiner

    By Marty Kaplan

    January 13, 2014 | 10:38 am

    I did not have sex with that bridge.

    That was Chris Christie’s Hail Mary play at his press conference last week.  He looked us in the eye, he told us he’d done nothing wrong and he prayed it would turn out better for him with George Washington than it did for Bill Clinton with...

  • NRA official invokes Holocaust in N.J. gun safety debate

    December 17, 2013 | 10:34 am

    A National Rifle Association board member in criticizing a New Jersey mayor for supporting gun safety proposals noted the mayor’s grandparents were Holocaust survivors.

    Scott Bach, also the executive director of the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, in an...

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  • Jersey boy ponders his home state’s governor

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    November 13, 2013 | 1:29 pm

    I was once a Jersey boy. I grew up in Nutley, N.J., just about 20 minutes from Manhattan. I still wear my T-shirt from Rutt’s Hut in Clifton, N.J. — known to many as the maker of the best hot dog in America.  

    Even when New York City was the central core of Jewish America (before...

  • Boteach tweets of terror during N.J. mall shooting with family inside

    November 5, 2013 | 11:09 am

    Rabbi Shmuely Boteach tweeted “Please pray” as law enforcement scoured a New Jersey mall looking for the gunman who fired shots there while his daughter and wife took cover inside.

    Boteach and three of his children were entering the Garden State Plaza in Paramus on Monday night...

  • My family’s terror at the N.J. Garden State Mall

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    November 5, 2013 | 9:40 am

    I have just finished buying electronics at Best Buy at the Garden State Mall in New Jersey. I have our three young children with me, ages 12, 7 and 5. It is about 9:10 p.m. I have brought the kids with me because, due to the statewide elections the following day, they have no...

  • Cory Booker, close to N.J. and national Jewish communities, wins Senate seat

    October 17, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Cory Booker, the Newark mayor who headed two Jewish student societies while in university, was elected to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate.

    Booker, a Democrat, coasted to a win in a special election Wednesday to succeed the late Frank Lautenberg, defeating Republican Steve...

  • Cory Booker & Lynsie Lee – A Non Story

    By Ilana Angel

    September 26, 2013 | 6:19 pm

    I totally have a crush on Cory Booker. He is smart, funny, aware, charming, and handsome. As the mayor of Newark, New Jersey, and a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, he is admired and respected by many, and has a promising career in American politics.  People are trying to make...

  • Feeds and reads: Reactions to James Gandolfini’s death

    June 20, 2013 | 10:29 am

    Sopranos star James Gandolfini dies in Italy (Reuters)

    James Gandolfini, the burly actor best known for his Emmy-winning portrayal of a conflicted New Jersey mob boss in the groundbreaking TV series "The Sopranos," died on Wednesday vacationing in Italy. He was 51.

    Gandolfini,...

  • Dad who named kids for Nazis wears Nazi regalia to court

    June 4, 2013 | 2:51 pm

    A New Jersey white supremacist who gave his children Nazi-linked names wore full Nazi regalia to a court appearance to request visitation rights.

    Heath Campbell, 40, appeared Monday in Hunterdon County Family Court in Flemington to request visitation rights for the...

  • Frank Lautenberg leaves legacy of American Jewry’s profile

    June 4, 2013 | 11:17 am

    This story originally appeared on JNS.org.

    Someone searching for the legacy of Frank Lautenberg, the longtime Democratic U.S. senator from New Jersey, might simply look to Baruch College in New York. Of the 1,900 Jewish students there, 60 percent are from the former Soviet Union,...

  • Was Frank Lautenberg sufficiently pro-Israel?

    June 4, 2013 | 9:25 am

    Jennifer Rubin at the Washington Post berates AIPAC for what she calls its “fawning” remembrance of Frank Lautenberg, the longtime New Jersey senator who died yesterday:

    As for Lautenberg, AIPAC’s fawning can be chalked up to the gradual lowering of the bar for Democrats in an...

  • Senator Frank R. Lautenberg 1924-2013

    By Michael Berenbaum

    June 4, 2013 | 9:20 am

    Frank Lautenberg’s rise to wealth and prominence is a classic rags-to-riches story. Born in Paterson, N.J., the son of Polish and Russian immigrants who came to the United States through Ellis Island, his early life was unsettled as his parents moved about a dozen times while...

  • In Senate, Lautenberg maintained commitment to the Jewish community

    June 3, 2013 | 9:23 am

    In 1982, Frank Lautenberg was running for New Jersey’s U.S. Senate spot at a time when  Democrats in the state were down on their political fortunes.

    The Jewish community knew and liked Lautenberg, a data processing magnate who died Monday at 89 after serving more than 30 years...

  • New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg dies at 89

    June 3, 2013 | 7:55 am

    New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg, whose signature law facilitated a flood of Soviet Jewish emigration just prior to the collapse of the Soviet Union, has died.

    Lautenberg, 89, died Monday morning of viral pneumonia, his office said.

    Two far-reaching laws bear the name of the...

  • New Jersey Palestinian flag flap breezes over

    May 21, 2013 | 1:12 pm

    The city of Paterson, N.J. — whose southern area is called “Little Ramallah” for the large number of Palestinian Arab expats – raised the Palestinian flag above city hall on Sunday May 19 as it proclaimed Palestinian-American Day.

    According to the The Bergen Record, the occasion...

  • N.J. firm wins original rights to drill in Golan Heights

    February 27, 2013 | 8:38 am

    A New Jersey-based company was awarded the first license to drill for oil in the Golan Heights.

    Genie Energy of Newark was given permission recently to search for petroleum in the territory, Reuters reported Feb. 21, citing industry sources.

    Israel captured the Golan Heights...

  • Lautenberg says he will not run again

    February 14, 2013 | 2:31 pm

    Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) said he will not run again for the Senate.

    Lautenberg, 89, had previously said he would consider running again in 2014.

    On Thursday, he told various media that he would instead dedicate the final two years of his term to passing new gun controls...

  • Former Jewish school teacher pleads guilty to child pornography

    January 23, 2013 | 10:59 am

    An ex-teacher at a Jewish elementary school in New Jersey pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography and child exploitation.

    Evan Zauder, 27, who worked as a sixth-grade teacher at the Modern Orthodox school Yeshivat Noam in Paramus, pleaded guilty to the charges in a...

  • N.J. shul claims new menorah-lighting Guinness record

    December 12, 2012 | 10:06 am

    A New Jersey synagogue said that it set a new Guinness World Record by lighting 834 menorahs on 90 tables in an airport hangar.

    The event planned by the Jewish Center of Princeton, N.J., took place on Tuesday night, the fourth night of Chanukah, at the Princeton Airport. It was...

  • Chanukah lessons in a post-Sandy world

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 5, 2012 | 11:24 am

    Late last month, I was in Breezy Point, the isolated beachfront neighborhood in Queens, N.Y., that has become an iconic image for the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Breezy Point was hit full force twice — first by the storm’s surge and then immediately after by a fire that consumed...

  • JONAH center being sued for false claims on reversing homosexuality

    November 27, 2012 | 2:23 pm

    JONAH, a Jewish center in New Jersey that offers therapy to reverse homosexuality, is being sued for allegedly making fraudulent claims.

    Four gay men and two of their mothers filed the suit Tuesday in New Jersey Superior Court against Jews Offering New Alternatives to...

  • Weeks after Sandy, enormity of human and economic costs are becoming clear

    November 20, 2012 | 11:26 am

    Kenny Vance's multimillion-dollar beach house has stood proudly on the Long Island shore and weathered all manner of storms since 1916. Then came Sandy.

    Vance, a 68-year-old musician who has lived in Belle Harbor, N.Y.,  for most of his life, was preparing  to perform on a cruise...

  • N.J. kosher cheese company bidding for recovery after Sandy

    November 13, 2012 | 11:18 am

    A flooded warehouse, decomposed wall beams, sodden sheetrock, crumbling brick walls, a fried electrical system and about $2 million worth of rotten cheese waiting to be chucked: That’s only a glimpse of the woes facing Brigitte Mizrahi.

    Mizrahi owns Anderson International Foods,...

  • Rabbi Shmuley Boteach loses to Rep. Bill Pascrell in N.J.

    November 6, 2012 | 10:15 pm

    Rabbi Shmuley Boteach lost his bid for a congressional seat from New Jersey.

    The Orthodox rabbi, author and media personality was defeated handily in his effort to unseat Rep. Bill Pascrell, a Democrat. Boteach mounted a longshot run as a Republican in the heavily Democratic northeastern New Jersey district.

    Pascrell had defeated a fellow congressman, Steve Rothman, in a redistricting-induced party primary.

  • Jewish friends killed during Sandy remembered for selflessness, activism

    November 6, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    Jessie Streich-Kest and Jacob Vogelman, two Brooklyn Jews and friends from childhood who were killed during the height of Hurricane Sandy, both came from families deeply involved in social and humanitarian causes. Their death, according to Vogelman’s father, also involved an...

  • Sandy stories: Destruction, recovery and human kindness

    November 6, 2012 | 2:44 pm

    A week after Sandy swept into the New York area with fierce winds, driving rain and a high tide for the history books, the nation’s largest Jewish community was still picking up the pieces. JTA gathered stories from around the storm zone about Sandy’s destruction, the recovery and...

  • Sandy-affected voters in N.Y., N.J. can choose polling place

    November 6, 2012 | 10:12 am

    Voters in New York and New Jersey affected by superstorm Sandy will be permitted to vote at any polling place in their respective states using a provisional ballot.

    “Just because you’re displaced doesn’t mean you should be disenfranchised,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday,...

  • From Madoff to Sandy and on eve of GA, federations retool when crisis hits

    November 5, 2012 | 2:45 pm

    The national headquarters of the Jewish Federations of North America could not have been in a worse location when Sandy struck.

    Except, maybe, if it were located on the Jersey Shore.

    The Jewish Federations’ building in lower Manhattan lost power amid Hurricane Sandy’s winds and...

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