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Swastika on the F Train

Thursday, June 4th, 2015

Service on New York’s subway line running from Queens through lower Manhattan and on to Brighton Beach in Brooklyn was disrupted Tuesday morning by an anti-Semite with a sharp instrument and an attitude problem.

The unidentified vandal scratched a swastika on to the F train, according to an MTA source.

A train dispatcher noticed the Nazi symbol on the front of the lead car of the northbound train while it was standing at the 179th Street station in Queens at about 8:10 am ET.

The train was taken out of service – annoying a lot of commuters – and sent to a train yard in Jamaica, Queens for further examination.

The New York City Police Department’s vandal squad has launched an investigation into the incident.

Hana Levi Julian

NYPD Cop Shot in the Head

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

A NY Police Department plainclothes officer, Brian Moore (25), was shot in the head in Queens, NY.

Moore and his sergeant, Eric Jensen, where sitting in an unmarked car when they saw a suspicious man.

They pulled up beside him, and the man, identified as Demetrius Blackwell, allegedly shot at the cops three times. Two bullets hit Moore in the head.

Moore was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where doctors placed him in a medically induced coma after 4 hours of surgery to reduce pressure on the brain.

He is the 5th NYPD cop to be shot in the past 5 months.

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An Unlikely Partnership: Filming the American-Jewish Story

Sunday, December 1st, 2013

At first glance they may seem rather an unlikely pair to have built a company together. One may even wonder how these two came to meet in the first place.  A dynamic Russian Israeli from Moscow brimming with enthusiasm and a talented, and a Spanish Moroccan from Tangier with a soft-spoken demeanor. Eddie Nuvakhov encountered David Levy at a Shabbat meal, where the idea of forming a video production agency would begin to germinate.

Bonded by a common passion for film, they soon realized the value of their complementary talents. Eddie’s exuberance and ability to connect with people was tempered by David’s passion and calm, and thus, LNC Productions was born.

The story of Eddie and David recalls that of earlier immigrants. Their desire to succeed – influenced by a tremendous sense of gratitude for the opportunities afforded to them – became a desire to create a vehicle with which to give back and enrich American society.

In the past two years, while living away from their families, Eddie and David have achieved their dream to establish a thriving, creative enterprise focused on all aspects of video production including documentaries, commercials, promotional and even music videos.

They have risen to tremendous heights, filming for prominent fashion designers, creating videos featuring the likes of Dr. Oz and Elie Wiesel, as well as producing advertisements for large organizations and companies. However Eddie (as producer) and David (as director), yeshiva educated baalei-teshuva, take particular pride in productions for Jewish causes and recognize how the impact of film can strengthen the Jewish community.

An example of this remarkable commitment to Jewish causes found them, in the midst of a very busy production schedule, taking the time to independently produce a documentary focusing on the tiny and struggling Jewish community of Maspeth, Queens. It is a story that touches on the common and heartbreaking themes of neighborhood change, community-less children and parents left behind. As a direct result, several benefactors have recently come forth volunteering their support for the elderly congregants who remain.

They continue to produce videos for Jewish organizations including the Jewish Values Network, Orthodox Union and Yeshiva University with the goal of driving community engagement. The documentary they created for the Jewish Values Network features Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Professor Elie Weisel and Dennis Prager (Talk Radio Host and political activist). The video was screened at the organization’s gala awards dinner held in the New York Marriot Marquis with an audience of five hundred influential attendees. The duo’s numerous promotional videos for the Orthodox Union, including coverage of the Jewish Communities Fair in April at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan, feature on the Orthodox Union’s website. For Yeshiva University they created a documentary about influential university president, Dr. Samuel Belkin.

These two creative individuals have already established themselves as exceptional filmmakers, have established excellent reputations and are clearly on a trajectory to success.  They have a desire to inspire others through their belief in the positive change that the power of video can affect. As the acronym of their company name LNC Productions references, Life Needs Creativity.

As they continue to grow their business, we hope that the influence they have on both the Jewish world and the film industry will increase.

It is certainly inspiring to note that the American dream is not dead, that at least two individuals carry the torch and hope that our grandparents came to these shores with. We expect them to continue to positively influence others through their medium of video, furnishing us with a bright outlook towards the leaders of today’s Jewish entrepreneurs.

Jewish Press Staff

NY Arrests 2 in Plot to Help Taliban ‘Cut US Soldiers to Pieces’

Friday, October 11th, 2013

New York City police have arrested two local Muslim citizens for allegedly trying to buy equipment to help Taliban terrorists “cut U.S. soldiers to pieces.”

The arrests follow a two-year investigation, leaving unanswered questions why it took so long to arrest the men and why federal authorities did not intervene.

The men, Humayoun Nabi, 27, and Ismail Alsarabbi, 32, each are being held on $550,000 on charges of conspiracy and seeking to aid terrorists. There were hauled into Queens Criminal Court on Tuesday but the announcement of the arrest was delayed until Thursday because law enforcement officials wanted  to protect their undercover sources and look for additional suspects.

Authorities said the men were not involved with any plots to terrorize New York City but that their scheme, if carried out, would have been a “game changer,” court records revealed.

Nabi is a college-trained renovator with no criminal record and was a victim of police undercover agents’ tricks to arrest him for innocent actions, such as agreeing to “to send shows and coats to Afghanistan,” according to Nabi’s attorney Kenneth Finkelman.

He added, “For 18 months, for two years, the NYPD was trying to convince a guy with a wife and a child to send shoes and coats to Afghanistan. It’s totally entrapment.”

The charge sheet  states that Nabi and Alsarabbi plotted to send military equipment, including boots, to Taliban terrorists.

Alsarabbi’s attorney Sean McNicholas called the prosecution “outrageous” and accused the government of using a “a very common tactic…where they play on our fears and…use a confidential informant.”

The investigation began two years ago after Nabi met a police informant through a mutual acquaintance and talked about his hatred for the United States, Jews and American soldiers.

“The source of the Americans’ strength is their equipment, specifically good jackets, good goggles, good GPS,” Nabi told an undercover agent in December 2011. In another conversation, two weeks after U.S. commandos killed Osama bin Laden, Nabi allegedly said, “We are sitting here breathing in peace, eating chicken and roasts and our brothers, they are dying.”

Nabi  allegedly admitted to police he planned to provide clothes and boots to terrorists in Afghanistan to “level the playing field” in battles with U.S. soldiers. He was reported as saying he wanted to build “ a small army.”

He  also told agents he ultimately wanted to provide persons to Taliban terrorists but for the time being concentrated on funding clothing and electronics.

The police informant gave Nabi a $3,900 check, and Alsarabbi allegedly told his cohort to send the money to Nabi’s father in Pakistan.

Jewish Press Staff

Philip Berg (86), the Kabbalah Centre Rabbi

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Rabbi Philip Berg (born Shraga Feivel Gruberger in Brooklyn, in 1927 or 1929), founder of the controversial Los Angeles based Kabbalah Centre, that attracted many movie celebrities to join its ranks, died on Monday at age 86 (or 84).

Rabbi Berg was ordained in 1951, from Yeshiva Torah voDaas

Berg’s Kabbalah Centre introduced a New Age version of Kabbalah, Jewish mysticism, made famous for it promotion of its version of Kabbalah to non-Jewish celebrities. The Kabbalah Center’s assets are believed to be in the many millions of dollars, acquired from donations, selling red bendels (strings), and pocket Zohars.

Primarily based in Los Angeles, the group has centers in 40 countries.

A few years ago, Rabbi Berg suffered a stroke, and his wife Karen Berg, and their two children began to take over running the business.

Rabbi Berg will be buried in Tzfat, Israel.

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Yahrzheit for Lubavitcher Rebbe Expected to Draw 50,000 Visitors

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

Tens of thousands of Jews are expected to visit the gravesite of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Tuesday, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson (z”l), who passed away 19 years ago.

Thousands stood in the rain Monday night at the Queens gravesite at the beginning of the third day of the Hebrew month of Tammuz.

The Rebbe was arguably the most influential rabbi in the past generations. He is credited with reinvigorating a decimated Jewish people after the devastation of the Holocaust and creating the largest Jewish organization in the world, with more than 3,300 social, religious and educational institutions in 80 countries.

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Weiner Misses Queens Memorial Day Parade to Speak at Church

Monday, May 27th, 2013

New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner passed up the annual Memorial Day parade in his former Queens district on Sunday in order to speak at a half-empty church.

“I was, like, ‘Where’s Weiner?!’” Forest Hills resident Frankie Esposito told the New York Post.  “I figured he’d come out to see his constituents. I don’t know if I support him as mayor. Taking a shot of his package and sending it out is questionable judgment for a public figure.”

While mayoral candidate Christine Quinn basked in the limelight along with Queens residents who were marching in the parade, Weiner was preaching, or more accurately, confessing in church. He spokes about his sexting scandal at a half-empty church in St. Albans, Queens, where he told 35 listeners, “I’ve made mistakes and done things that might make people say, ‘You know what? I will never trust that guy again. I will never vote for him in 100 years.’ And I get that, too. But in the course of the last two years, I’ve had some incredible blessings.” He cited his forgiving wife and his 17-month-old child who he said “doesn’t care much about the stuff that I’ve been through.”

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