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Pipe Bomb Explodes in Elizabeth, NJ [video]

Monday, September 19th, 2016

A device exploded before 1 AM Monday while the package it was in was being examined by a bomb squad robot. near an Elizabeth, NJ transit station, according to Elizabeth Mayor Christian J. Bollwage, who explained the robot was “cutting into the device when it exploded.” The mayor noted it was “an explosive device” with an estimated five explosives. He suggested that “based on the loudness, I think people could have been severely hurt or injured if they had been in the vicinity.”

According to the Mayor, two men discovered the package in a waste basket on North Broad Street and Julian Place around 9:30 PM. He said they took the package “because they thought it was of some value,” but when they spotted wires and a pipe inside, they notified Police. The Union County Bomb Squad was alerted and brought its bomb handling robot. “The drone indicated it could be suspicious and it could be a live bomb,” Bollwage said.

The FBI and NJ State Police are on the scene.

David Israel

NJ Resident Convicted of Setting Fire to Synagogue, Rabbi’s Home

Sunday, May 29th, 2016

Lodi, NJ, resident Anthony Graziano, 24, on Friday was found guilty on 20 counts of terrorism and faces up to life in prison, for vandalizing and firebombing Jewish synagogues and a rabbi’s home in 2012. Graziano’s sentencing will take place in July. Graziano was charged together with his friend, Aakash Dalal.

The two attackers started a fire in the Rutherford, NJ bedroom of a rabbi, who was asleep at the time, as were his wife, their five children and the rabbi’s parents.

Graziano’s attorney argued that his client did not wish to harm anyone, and he plans to appeal.

David Israel

NJ Congressman Scott Garrett Fights For Israel’s Rights in Jerusalem

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

(JNi.media) “I’ve been under two presidents – President Bush and President Obama, and both have taken the wrong view” on Jerusalem, Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), a staunch supporter of moving the US embassy to Israel’s capital, said on the “Yishai Fleisher Show.”

Garrett, who visited Israel with a bipartisan Congressional delegation last month, represents New Jersey’s 5th congressional district in the House since 2003. His district includes the northern-most and western-most portions of the state. Garret began his political career serving in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1992 to 2003. In 2007, Garrett led nineteen US lawmakers in introducing a bill in the House supporting a UN membership for Taiwan, which the US helped revoke under President Nixon. Garrett is a staunch supporter of US military aid to Israel and of the US friendship with the Jewish State.

The group with which the Congressman traveled included Rep. Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), Rep. Raoul Labrador (R-ID), and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC). The trip was sponsored by the US based Christian organization Proclaiming Justice to the Nations and hosted by “Yes! Israel.” Garrett was accompanied by his wife, Mary.

“Ever since I’ve been in Congress I’ve supported the Israeli position on where their capital should be. I believe any sovereign nation has the right to make that determination,” Rep. Garrett told Yishai Fleisher. The Christian lawmaker introduced the Jerusalem Embassy and Recognition Act of 2013, requiring moving the United States Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Israel’s legal capital, Jerusalem.

“I’ve been under two presidents – President Bush and President Obama – and both have taken the wrong view [on Jerusalem],” said Garrett. “And the other problem is the US State Department, [has] always been the fly in the ointment, trying to prevent Congress from moving forward on that legislation. It’s a battle in the United States, and there are some of us who would take right side.”

The congressional fact-finding mission included briefings with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, a strategic helicopter tour with the Israeli Air Force, a visit to the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, meetings with Israelis and Palestinians in Gush Etzion to discuss coexistence, a visit to the Gaza border city of Sderot, as well as tours of ancient Shiloh and Ariel University, and briefings with a range of lawmakers at the Israeli Knesset.

The congressmen also met with American expatriates and held a Town Hall meeting in Jerusalem that attracted around 200 Israeli-Americans.

“As a member of Congress, I certainly look at my trip from a geopolitical perspective, to see Israel as our one true friend in the region and how [our friendship] benefits the United States,” Garrett told Fleisher.

“On the other hand, I am a born-again Christian and I see the faith-based aspect to it as well,” he continued. “My wife and I very much appreciate that aspect of the relationship. Every time I come to Israel—I’ve been here several times now—it is always an eye-opening and heartwarming experience to see the interrelationship between our two shared faiths.”

Fleisher asked Garrett how it felt to be in Jerusalem – “a flowering yet embattled capital” — at a time of increased terror attacks.

“It seems that my history of coming here has been during traumatic, tragic times—during the bus bombing period, during the period when cafés were being bombed—and I’m here now when the knifing incidents,” he replied. “So I guess I have a track record. Unfortunately for the people that live here, you live under constant attack, surrounded by neighbors who do not appreciate that you just want to live in peace.”

Congressman Garrett served on the Iran Sanctions Committee in 2010. “We tried to have the toughest sanctions we could have on Iran,” he told Fleisher. “We tried to force Iran’s hand on the nuclear situation and we got pushback from the administration and State Department, who said, ‘No, no, we don’t want those tough sanctions in place, just give us more flexibility’ – a famous word for this president – ‘so we will be able to work with them.’ Of course we see now that as a result of giving the administration as much flexibility as we did, unfortunately, we ended up with the terrible nuclear deal that we’ve suffered under and will suffer under for the next decade.”

The Congressman agreed with Fleisher’s assessment that the Iran deal was “not really about the bomb but [about] the return of billions of dollars into the coffers of Iranian terrorists’ efforts.”

Garrett was one of only 25 members of the House of Representatives who voted against the so-called Corker legislation – the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, which effectively allowed the State Dept. and the White House to hammer out the nuclear deal with Iran without interference from Congress.

“The Corker legislation prevented us from doing what the US Constitution actually required us to do, which was to approve an Iran deal or treaty, and at the end of the day we were not able to do that because we needed 218 votes in the House and 60 votes in the Senate to disapprove [the Corker bill]. By [passing the bill], we facilitated this administration to go forward with a bad deal on the nuclear portion and also to facilitate the undoing of what we were trying to do in 2010 as far as additional sanctions on the financial portion [went] as well.”

Fleisher pointed out that Iran subsequently signed a deal with Russian President Vladimir Putin “powered by the money flowing into Iran, and this new axis includes Russia, Iran, Shi’ite Iraq, Shi’ite Syria, and Shi’ite Hezbollah in a united front.”

“They’ve been empowered for a long time by our administration,” Garrett replied, “but now it’s on steroids, if you will. To address this, we passed legislation in the House with regard to the releasing of the $110 billion to slow it down or put an end to it. In the United States there are number of legal claims from the past half-dozen years by Americans who have been injured by [the Iranian] regime, so the legislation would prevent any of that money from being released until all of the Americans claims against the regime have been compensated first, which I think is the absolute appropriate thing to do.”

Fleisher thanked Garrett for his support, adding, “I hope I will be able to shake your hand when the United States of America recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel and moves the embassy back to Jerusalem. That will be a great day.”

Garrett agreed. “I look forward to shaking your hand once again rather soon, and I hope it will be on that day.”


Inspired by Israeli Tech and Expertise, the 1st Community-based Emergency Response Program Launched in Jersey City

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

JERSEY CITY – On July 30, Jersey City Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, on Thursday, July 20 kicked off a new program to train the nation’s first group of United Rescue volunteers, connected by GPS technology and trained to provide lifesaving medical treatment before the arrival of an ambulance. A partnership between the hospital and the City of Jersey City, United Rescue follows the highly successful model designed by United Hatzalah of Israel, where average emergency response time is just three minutes.

First announced by Mayor Steven Fulop in January, United Rescue received more than 300 applicants for its inaugural training class, reflecting significant interest within the Jersey City community. The first 50 volunteers—all of whom either live, work or attend school in Jersey City—will receive lifesaving medical equipment upon the successful completion of a 60-hour course in medical first response. Once operational, 9-1-1 calls received in the Jersey City Medical Center call center will be routed through the NowForce dispatch system, which locates the closest United Rescue volunteers to a given emergency and notifies them via a GPS-based mobile app.

Whether heart attacks, strokes or traffic accidents, the difference between life and death is often determined by how quickly an ambulance can reach the scene of an incident. Jersey City Medical Center’s EMS Department maintains some of the fastest response times in the nation with an average response time of less than six minutes. United Rescue’s model takes these response times a step further and recognizes that many victims could be saved if a nearby neighbor, coworker or fellow resident were equipped to help during that initial window of time.

According to Joseph Scott, President and CEO of Jersey City Medical Center, “Response time is integral in improving patient outcomes. The United Rescue program will help increase Jersey City Medical Center’s already world-renowned survival rates and ensure that the residents of Jersey City receive the most prompt, professional, and proficient prehospital care.”

Paul Sosman, United Rescue Program Supervisor at Jersey City Medical Center added, “This will be the first program of its kind in the United States. I am confident that the United Rescue program will enhance our EMS system further and save even more lives.”

Although the model has been successfully deployed in Argentina, Brazil, Panama and Lithuania, Jersey City will be the first to incorporate the concept in the United States. “We are excited to be the first city in the country to launch this innovative, lifesaving program,” Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop said. “When every second matters, we want to deliver the fastest, best medical service to our residents.” The United Rescue, Jersey City program is funded exclusively through private charitable donations. United Rescue aims to expand the model around the United States.

“We are thrilled to be exporting our Israeli techniques to help the residents of Jersey City get better, faster emergency services,” United Hatzalah Founder and President Eli Beer, who will be on hand for the initial training, said. “We look forward to sharing in the success of United Rescue, Jersey City!”

Daniela Berkowitz

Israeli Technology Helps Secure Statue of Liberty

Monday, March 24th, 2014

MODI’IN, ISRAEL – An Israeli company was chosen to be part of a nine-member team of technology vendors in a digital security system project for the Statue of Liberty National Monument in New York Harbor.

Assembled by Total Recall Corporation, a video-centric security technology provider specializing in surveillance solutions, the company put together a “dream team” which has top technology to enhance public safety and operation efficiency at America’s well known monument. BriefCam was selected for its award-winning Video Synopsis technology that summarizes hours of events into a “brief” that takes just minutes to watch including direct video feed or archived footage. The Israeli company, headquartered in Modi’in, Israel, has projects in several cities in North America, China and Taiwan, a company representative told Tazpit News Agency. “We are being used by law enforcement and investigative agencies in the US, China and of course, Israel.”

The current surveillance deployment marks the first time an all-digital surveillance system has been installed at the Statue of Liberty monument, which previously had implemented an old analog system that had been unable to reach certain areas of Liberty Island. Following the heavy damage caused by deadly Hurricane Sandy in 2012, the Statue of Liberty underwent eight months of renovation and repairs. The monument reopened to the public on Independence Day, June 4, 2013.

Statue of Liberty Control Room

“The National Park Service and Statue of Liberty National Monument greatly appreciate the comprehensive security system donated by Total Recall,” Capt. Gregory Norman, Commander of Liberty District, U.S. Park Police said.

“The lack of electricity, flooding and damage caused by Sandy could not stop the amazing team from making sure that Lady Liberty could welcome visitors – as she always has,” said Jordan Heilweil, president of Total Recall Corporation.

“We assembled a Dream Team of cutting-edge security technology providers to give her the best protection possible while helping the Park Police, Department of the Interior and National Park Service deliver a memorable experience for the millions of families who visit the Statue each year,” added Heilweil.

Dror Irani, CEO and President of BriefCam further added that “for over a hundred years, as people arrived at Ellis Island from every part the world, they would see the Statue of Liberty and feel they had reached a safe haven in the USA. Today, we’re extremely proud to be part of the team bringing 21st century safety and security technology to this long-standing symbol of hope and freedom.”

The Statue of Liberty was a gift of friendship to the United States from the people of France and was dedicated in October 1886. The robed female figure, holding a torch and tablet, represents Libertas, the Roman goddess of freedom. Approximately four million people visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island each year according to the National Parks of New York Harbor Conservancy.

Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency

Hint of Antisemitism, Hyper PC, in NJ School Board Vote

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Rosemary Bernardi, a 7-year member of the Evesham, NJ, school board, has issued an apology for remarks she made at the May 23 board meeting that were called insensitive and discriminatory, according to the website South Jersey Local News.

Bernardi emailed the following statement on May 27 to her fellow board members:

“Let me begin by expressing my heartfelt apology to the people of Evesham Township for my remarks at the school board meeting. Categorizing individuals on the basis of their religion, race, gender, or sexual orientation has no place in our society, and most especially in our public discourse.”

It all started, apparently, with a board discussion of moving the first day of the next school year from Friday, Sept. 6, to Monday, Sept. 9, because the 6th coincides with the second day of the two-day Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah.

First of all, like most of you, I’m sure, I have to say I didn’t realize Rosh Hashanah is coming so early this year. Second, it doesn’t look to me like such a big deal, starting school on Monday instead of on Friday. In fact, who starts anything on a Friday? Let the folks—Jews and non-Jews—stay on the shore until Sunday night, like human beings, and then make them drive home in bumper-to-bumper traffic the way God intended.

At the meeting, Bernardi objected to changing the school calendar, because she thought it would affect all the students just in order to accommodate a few students.

But the way Bernardi said it is what got the good people of Evesham all riled up. She has been accused of having singled out those few students by calling them “Jews.”

That’s right. She had the audacity to call students who attend Rosh Hashanah services by the J word.

As a person who has been addressed by that word so many times, I know how it must feel when a public official actually uses it to define an entire group of students. Shocking.

But that was not all. In a May 25 Philadelphia Inquirer article, Bernardi stated that she did mention at the meeting that there were five Jewish members on the board, which is why her attempt to keep school open on Rosh Hashanah “won’t happen on this board because there’s five members of the Jewish faith on this board. They have a majority.”

Incidentally, the school board vote on pushing the calendar to Monday resulted in two gentiles voting against, one gentile abstaining, and five Jews voting for the move.

Yori Yanover

From The Voice of Her Students: In Memory of Mrs. Chaya Newman

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

A Sarah Schenirer of our times, Mrs. Chaya Newman was a trailblazer in the field of women’s Jewish education. She inspired and guided thousands of students and fellow educators with the careful curriculum she created, and example she set. She had the rare gift of bringing out the best in her students, commanding respect while remaining as loving and accessible as a grandmother. Mrs. Newman shaped Bruriah into a top school known for its stellar academic reputation, the close relationships between teachers and students, and as a place where limudei kodesh and limudei chol were not in opposition but instead complement each other. She welcomed students from diverse backgrounds into Bruriah, and the school’s alumnae reflect this inclusiveness.

Mrs. Newman was able to think big, while maintaining her careful attention to detail, especially when it came to her students – she would notice, and compliment, even the smallest achievements. Sitting in the front row during production rehearsals, she would retie someone’s sash, note the lighting, and admire the set. Multiple times a week she spoke to the student body, through the morning announcements students grew to love. In particular, the month of Elul marked a unique practice of Mrs. Newman – she recited the perek of L’David daily with the entire student body, every line pronounced just so in a pattern that strikes a chord in the memory of every Bruriah student.

While she was known and loved by thousands, no one can paint a picture of what Mrs. Newman uniquely accomplished more accurately, more movingly, than the students whose lives she changed. After hearing of her passing, we asked students and alumnae to share how she changed their lives, and the stories came pouring in. The responses, sampled below, range from the general to the specific. All, however, pay tribute to a humbling truth about one person’s ability to alter the Jewish future.

Mrs. Newman was known for her aphorisms, each one containing a bite-size slice of riveting truth. One such aphorism, to which she dedicated her life was: when you educate a girl, you educate a family. Taking that to the next level, when you educate a family, you educate a future. May we be worthy to learn from Mrs. Newman’s example, continuing to build up the Jewish future in her memory and honor.

Student Testimonials:

Rochel Sokoloff, Bruriah Graduating Class of 1975

Mrs. Newman , a”h, came to Bruriah when I was in ninth grade. It was my first year at Bruriah, and hers as well. I had heard that she learned to drive over the summer preceding the school year in order to make the trip to Elizabeth from Flatbush. That single fact amazed me. I saw it as a sign of determination and the sheer will of dedication. I was right. Mrs. Newman set in motion a high school resplendent with fine teachers, both in Kodesh and Chol. Our Kodesh teachers, many of whom traveled in from Lakewood every day, inspired me and shaped my future in a myriad of ways.

Some fifteen years after graduation, I began my own career in chinuch habonos, first as a high school teacher, and today as Dean of Students in Tichon Meir Moshe in Far Rockaway. Mrs. Newman’s leadership continued to inspire me, as I participated in a number of Torah U’Mesorah workshops she ran. What a thrill for both students and principal to work together! Most recently, I was looking forward to participating in the Torah U’ Mesorah Principal’s Fellowship, which she headed. Alas, the Ribono Shel Olam decreed otherwise. I will however continue to inculcate in our students the wonderful lessons she taught me, both as a student and as an educator. Mrs. Newman, we will continue to walk in your footsteps and dedicate ourselves, as you did, to inspire our students to reach for the stars.

Malka (Witkin) Korbman, Bruriah Graduating Class of 1976

As a Bruriah alumnus from Mrs. Newman’s “earlier” days at Bruriah, (I was in the first 9th grade to be in the present main building which we had lovingly referred to as “the new building” at that time…) and as a sister, sister in law, aunt and mother to numerous Bruriah alumni – Mrs. Newman was not just “a principal” – she was a legacy. She hired amazing faculty who introduced us to Tanach, Historia, Halacha, and Hashkafah on a much higher level than we ever thought possible. These mechanchos were wonderful role models for us and helped to shape the way we and our daughters are building our own “batim ne’emanin b’Yisrael“.

Hannah Dreyfus and Leah Rothstein

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