New York town votes to let Chasidic enclave Kiryas Joel secede

Hasidic Jews standing on a wall amongst trees as they try to see the burial of Rabbi Moses Teitelbaum, April 25, 2006, in Kiryas Joel, New York. (Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

Chasidic Jews standing on a wall amongst trees as they try to see the burial of Rabbi Moses Teitelbaum, April 25, 2006, in Kiryas Joel, New York. (Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The Chasidic community of Kiryas Joel reportedly will become the first haredi Orthodox town in the United States after voters in Monroe, New York, overwhelmingly backed a referendum on secession.

On Tuesday, over 80 per cent of Monroe voters backed the measure on Kiryas Joel, a village of over 20,000 Yiddish-speaking Jews associated with the Satmar Chasidic sect, to form the state’s first new town in 35 years. The Town of Palm Tree – an English translation of the Satmar rebbe’s surname, Teitelbaum – should come into existence in 2020, unless lawmakers speed up the process. [Read more…]

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Argentine Jewish businessman, four friends among dead in NYC terrorist truck ramming

Ariel Erlij, third from left, shown with some of his friends who were also killed in the terrorist attack in New York City, Oct. 31, 2017. (Twitter)
Ariel Erlij, third from left, shown with some of his friends who were also killed in the terrorist attack in New York City, Oct. 31, 2017. (Twitter)

Ariel Erlij, third from left, shown with some of his friends who were also killed in the terrorist attack in New York City, Oct. 31, 2017. (Twitter)

(JTA) – Five of the fatalities in the terrorist truck-ramming attack in New York City on Tuesday afternoon were Argentine tourists celebrating the 30th anniversary of their high school graduation, including one Jewish businessman.

At least eight people were killed and about a dozen injured when a truck rammed into a crowd on a bike path in downtown Manhattan in what Mayor Bill de Blasio called “an act of terror.” [Read more…]

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Vandalism suspect said he knew neighbours were Jewish by ‘way they spoke’

(JTA) – The neighbour of a Staten Island family reportedly admitted he painted a swastika on their garage door, telling police he knew the family was Jewish “because of the way they spoke.”

James Rizzo, 37, was arrested Thursday and arraigned the following day in the vandalism earlier that week. He also painted the misspelled slur “Kyke” on the garage. [Read more…]

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Sukkah blocks Brooklyn woman from escaping apartment fire

(JTA) – A Brooklyn woman was one of 10 people injured in an apartment fire after her balcony exit was blocked by the sukkah erected on her balcony.

Daniella Liby, 53, the divorced mother of three adult children, remains unconscious and on a respirator at a local hospital, the New York Daily News reported. The fire started early Monday morning in the Borough Park neighbourhood. [Read more…]

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Jewish women mistaken for Muslims assaulted in suspected hate crime in New York

(JTA) – Two Jewish women, a woman aged 37 and her mother, 57, were beaten up at a Queens, New York subway station by a man who mistook them for Muslims, police said.

The women were walking toward the exit of the 67th Ave. station in Forest Hills when they heard the man lob an insult at them around 2 pm Wednesday, according to a report on the incident by the New York Post Thursday. [Read more…]

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N.Y. politician who proposed renaming Trump State Park gets anti-Semitic hate mail

(JTA) – A New York assemblywoman has been receiving hate mail since proposing a bill that would rename Donald J. Trump State Park in honour of the counter-protester killed during the Charlottesville white supremacist rally.

Nily Rozic, a Queens Democrat who was born in Jerusalem and moved to New York as a child, said she has received postcards with white nationalistic phrases such as “alt right,” “white race” and “goyim,” as well as “kike” and “Tel Aviv should be nuked.” [Read more…]

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