Posts Tagged ‘Florida’
The FBI arrested a man who was planning to throw an explosive device into an Aventura, south Florida synagogue, WSVN reported. The arrest followed an FBI sting intended to foil a terror attack at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, last Friday evening. According to WSVN, FBI agents posing as terrorists stopped the suspect, who may have converted to Islam.
According to sources, the suspect wanted to throw “some type of explosive device” over the wall of the center on Friday night, which was the last day of Passover and the center was crowded.
“I think about, before we had a baby, that we used to go there for services, and God forbid, it could have been us,” local resident Stephanie Levine told WSVN. “Thank God they stopped him, but had they not, it would have been such a horrible thing to happen to this neighborhood.”
But the same sources said the center was not in danger at any time, because the suspect was taken into custody before he was able to cause any damage.
“Of course it surprised me,” local resident Richard Levinson told WSVN. “Everybody says, ‘I live in a small town. It doesn’t happen here,’ but the sad part is, it happens everywhere.”
And local resident Kim Tepper said she was not surprised, because “it’s a very scary world, and you know what? I don’t think that anybody is safe anywhere. We’d always thought, living in this area, that we could be targeted, so now you’re kind of confirming that for me. Not happy.”
The suspect will appear in federal court this week.David Israel
Someone broke and stole two mezuzahs from the Chabad Center of East Boca Raton in Florida. But it’s not yet clear whether the perpetrator was thief or an anti-Semitic vandal.
“It’s very shocking and disturbing,” Chabad-Lubavitch emissary Rabbi Ruvi New told WPTV said. “Jarring.”
The vandals stole and broke two mezuzahs from the center last weekend. This past Friday the rabbi replaced a mezuzah at the main entrance to the Chabad House, the Coordination Forum for Countering Antisemitism (CFCA) reported.
The rabbi described the purpose of the mezuzah as “an ancient security system.” He said Jewish tradition notes that mezuzahs are to be placed on doorways to provide protection to those entering and leaving.
The two outside the rabbi’s Chabad center together were worth approximately $500.
A spokesperson for Boca Raton police has said the case has not been classified as a hate crime thus far. An investigation has been launched.Hana Levi Julian
An Airbus 321 en route to Ft. Lauderdale, FL from New York’s La Guardia Airport on Saturday never made it off the runway.
Spirit Airlines Flight 197 was at the gate and preparing for departure when its 228 passengers and crew of seven started seeing smoke coming from the left side of the plane. The crew safely evacuated all passengers from the plane, officials said.
Firefighters who responded to the scene allegedly did not find any smoke, according to a police spokesperson from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
According to a statement released by Spirit Airlines, “The APU, a generator which provides electricity to the plane when it’s on the ground, automatically detected the issue and immediately turned itself off. All passengers safely exited the plane… “
The airline was working to rebook its passengers.Hana Levi Julian
On Chanukah as we celebrate the miracle of both revealed and hidden light, the family of Rabbi Joseph Raksin has merited the miracle of closure: an arrest in the murder of their loved one.
The Miami Jewish community saw that which was hidden become revealed when police arrested a suspect in the murder of Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Yosef Raksin of Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
The rabbi was attacked while visiting his granddaughter in the South Florida Jewish community. Hundreds attended his funeral in New York, and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s office vowed never to give up on his case.
Miami Jewish community members also had posted a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects who attacked the rabbi.
Now, as his family celebrates the miracles of the Festival of Light, their own closure is becoming a reality with the arrest of 15-year-old Deandre Edwin Charles after a 16-month-long investigation.
The teen allegedly encountered the rabbi as he walked to synagogue on the Sabbath morning of August 9 after a robbery spree, while Charles was age 14.
The rabbi carried no money, in accordance with Jewish customs on the Sabbath; Charles left the scene empty-handed after allegedly shooting Raksin to death.
The teen was cuffed on Wednesday and was indicted by a grand jury on a charge of first-degree murder, which means he will be tried as an adult, 7News reported.Hana Levi Julian
Sixty-five Jews from 13 states and Quebec, Canada are scheduled to set foot on their home around 7 a.m. Wednesday.
The Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah flight will carry passengers whose ages range from 10 months to 83 years, along with five men and women volunteering in the Israel Defense Forces as “lone soldiers” without family in Israel.
The new olim are from Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Maine, Maryland, Ohio and Quebec.
Nefesh B’Nefesh Co-Founder and Executive Director Rabbi Yehoshua Fass said:
We are truly inspired that despite the extremely difficult times Israel is currently experiencing, Olim are undeterred and are still making Aliyah.
Their choice to leave a comfortable life and move to Israel, and even more so in these times, is an important contribution to Israel’s strength and national morale. We are proud to accompany each immigrant through the Aliyah process and will use all means at our disposal to ensure their successful absorption and acclimatization to Israeli society.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Kosher meat and dairy sandwiches now are available at four Heathrow Airport terminals, according got Kosher Today.
The London international hub offers kosher food at the White House Smith stories in terminals 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Kosher food increasingly is available at major international airports, and travel experts said that the London airport can support kosher fare, just as travelers in American airports have gobbled up kosher food from New York to Boston and Florida.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu