Teen arrested in vandalism of Jewish camp charged with hate crime

(JTA) – A local teenager has been arrested and charged with vandalizing a Jewish camp in upstate New York.

Police found in their investigation that Christopher Santoro, 18, acted against Camp Shomria in Liberty, New York, out of “a dislike for the religion of the owners and occupants of the camp.” The State Police hate crimes unit has been involved in the investigation. [Read more…]

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Arson destroys Brooklyn minibus decorated in Jewish symbols

(JTA) – New York Police are investigating the arson of a minibus decorated in Jewish symbols as a possible hate crime.

According to police, someone broke the windows of the bus owned by a Brooklyn artist, Lev “Leviticus” Schieber, and set it on fire at around midnight Sunday in Brooklyn’s East Flatbush section, the New York Post reported. Schieber arrived on the scene 30 minutes later. [Read more…]

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Kapparot can continue, N.Y. appeals court rules

(JTA) – The pre-Yom Kippur ritual of kapparot can continue in New York, a New York appeals court found.

The Appellate Division First Department in Manhattan on Tuesday upheld a lower court decision that declined to block the pre-Yom Kippur slaughter of chickens in 2015, when the Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos and 19 Brooklyn residents living near where the ritual was performed sued to stop it, the New York Daily News reported. [Read more…]

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Developer of housing for N.Y. Chassidic Jews pleads guilty to voter fraud

Shalom Lamm (Uriel Heilman)
Shalom Lamm (Uriel Heilman)

Shalom Lamm (Uriel Heilman)

(JTA) – Shalom Lamm, a prominent New York Jewish real estate developer, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit voter fraud in an upstate New York village.

Lamm pleaded guilty on Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan to falsely registering non-resident voters in 2014 in Sullivan Country in order to elect public officials in the Bloomingburg village election who would be likely to approve a townhouse development for Chasidic families. [Read more…]

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Tens of thousands celebrate Israel in NYC parade

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio marching in the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City, June 5, 2017. New York Gov. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio marching in the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City, June 5, 2017. New York Gov. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio marching in the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York City, June 5, 2017. New York Gov. (Stephanie Keith/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Tens of thousands of people lined Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue to show their support for Israel.

The “Celebrate Israel” parade was held Sunday afternoon, under the banner of “Celebrate Israel All Together.” The parade also recognized 50 years of the reunification of Jerusalem. [Read more…]

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‘No Jews,’ other anti-Semitic messages painted on home for sale in New York

(JTA) – “No Jews” was spray painted from floor to ceiling on the walls of a home for sale in Rockland County, New York.

Anti-Semitic messages also were painted throughout the home, including in the kitchen and on the floors. The graffiti was discovered in the empty home, which is for sale, last week, by a home inspector who was checking on the structure for a couple that wished to purchase it. [Read more…]

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