Jerusalem Boasts a 60 Percent Increase in Recycling

Jerusalem Boasts a 60 Percent Increase in Recycling
Jerusalem sanitation officials happily report a 60% increase in recycling in 2013 as compared to the previous year. 65,881 tons of garbage was recycled in 2013 as compared to 40,922 tons in 2012. In 2012, 361,639 tons of garbage was brought to landfill sites as compared to 360,757 in 2013. This is particularly significant when one realizes other cities report an annual increase in garbage of 5%. City Hall credits efforts by Mayor Nir Barkat, who remains determined to increase recycling and to make Jerusalem a greener city. Towards ...

Senate's Newest Class Speaks Out On Foreign Policy

Senate's Newest Class Speaks Out On Foreign PolicyFresh voices in the U.S. Senate are speaking loudly on foreign policy, a new generation of Republicans and Democrats who reflect a war-weary nation cautious about America's next moves. Sens. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Rand Paul of Kentucky stand on either side of the growing divide in the GOP, pitting those who favor more robust U.S. engagement overseas against an ...    Full Story »

500,000 Riders Used the Jerusalem Light Rail During Pesach

500,000 Riders Used the Jerusalem Light Rail During PesachIf you were among the many riders relying on the Jerusalem light rail during Pesach you can understand that a half million commuters did the same as the trains were quite full during chol hamoed. On Thursday, the day of the main birchas kohanim at the Kosel, the light rail reported serving 145,000 riders. During chol hamoed, the trains were operating at 6.5 minute intervals during most ...    Full Story »

GOP Senators Attack Obama Deportations Review

GOP Senators Attack Obama Deportations ReviewSenate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and 21 other Republican senators accused President Barack Obama on Thursday of displaying "an astonishing disregard for the Constitution, the rule of law and the rights of American citizens" by considering administrative changes to the nation's deportations policy. In a letter to the president, the senators said that changes under consideration ...    Full Story »

What's the Status of the Chareidi Induction Center?

What's the Status of the Chareidi Induction Center?There is much speculation and concern surrounding the announced opening of the chareidi IDF induction center. There are rabbonim who posit that authorities realize if the draft eligible chareidim do not report to the new induction center at Tel Hashomer, the induction center and the new draft law will become irrelevant. Ironically, while rabbonim first favored the separation of ...    Full Story »

FEMA: Agency Has Paid Out Over $8 Billion in Sandy Funds Locally

FEMA: Agency Has Paid Out Over $8 Billion in Sandy Funds LocallyEighteen months after Hurricane Sandy, the Federal Emergency Management Agency says it has given $8.7 billion to help New York recover. The agency says the biggest chunk of money - $2.5 billion - went towards cleaning up debris and repairing infrastructure. Another billion dollars went directly to individuals, largely to pay for transitional housing or other basic needs after the ...    Full Story »

Jerusalem to Publish Chareidi Tourism Pamphlet

Jerusalem to Publish Chareidi Tourism PamphletJerusalem Councilman (Yahadut Hatorah) Eliezer Ruchberger reports that city tourism officials have agreed to publish a pamphlet that is geared to chareidi visitors to the capital. Ruchberger, who also serves as director of the Jerusalem Development Authority, reports receiving many complaints including from Rav Chaim Miller, who heads the Movement on Behalf of Jerusalem & its ...    Full Story »

On-Duty NYPD Officer Charged With DWI After Shooting Partner (2 opinions)

On-Duty NYPD Officer Charged With DWI After Shooting PartnerAn on duty NYPD detective accidentally shot his partner in the wrist in Queens overnight, and was charged with driving while intoxicated, police sources say. Detective Jay Poggi shot his partner, both assigned to the 75th Precinct, in the wrist at about 1:50 a.m. Thursday morning. Police say Poggi and his partner were driving to a Queens location as part of an investigation when ...    Full Story »

A Painful Look at Reality Ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day (2 opinions)

A Painful Look at Reality Ahead of Holocaust Remembrance DayYom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day will be observed in Israel this coming Sunday night and Monday, coinciding with 28 Nissan 5774. There are currently 193,000 survivors living in Israel today, of which 50,000 are listed among the nation’s poor. · An average of 1,000 survivors are niftar monthly · Two-thirds of survivors are compelled to exist on a 3000 shekel monthly ...    Full Story »

NJ: Very Large Brush Fire Breaks Out In Ocean County; Smoke Seen & Smelled In Lakewood

NJ: Very Large Brush Fire Breaks Out In Ocean County; Smoke Seen & Smelled In LakewoodA "very large" brush fire has ignited in the western part of Beachwood, prompting evacuations of nearby homes and at least one school, according to the Ocean County Sheriff's Office.The blaze began about 11:45 a.m. in Beachwood and has burned into neighboring Berkeley Township, according to Cindy Valloreo, an agency service representative for the New Jersey Forest Fire Service.Between ...    Full Story »

Op-Ed: Deri Blinded by Personal Ambitions (5 opinions)

Op-Ed: Deri Blinded by Personal AmbitionsThere can be no question that the appointment of HaGaon HaRav Shalom Cohen as the official head of the Shas Council of Torah Sages is another Deri blunder, one that will most likely contribute to the downfall of the party in the next Knesset elections. While no one questions the gadlus of Rav Cohen chas v’sholom, he remains the wrong man for the job. Aryeh Deri, the wonder boy who ...    Full Story »

Murderer of Esther Lebowitz, H’yd Denied New Trial (3 opinions)

Murderer of Esther Lebowitz, H’yd Denied New Trial YWN  just received word from Assistant State's Attorney Antonio Gioia that Judge Edward R.K. Hargadon made his ruling this morning denying Stephen Wayne Young a new trial. Stephen Wayne Young is the confirmed killer of 11 year old, Esther Lebowitz, H’yd who was brutally murdered just miles away from her house in Baltimore. The Baltimore Jewish community gathered together to ...    Full Story »

Senate Report Criticizes Former DHS Watchdog

Senate Report Criticizes Former DHS WatchdogThe former internal watchdog for the Homeland Security Department was too cozy with senior agency officials and improperly rewrote, delayed or classified some critical reports to accommodate President Barack Obama's political appointees, according to a Senate report released Thursday. The report from a Senate homeland security subcommittee said Charles K. Edwards wasn't qualified for ...    Full Story »

Two Injured in an Attack on a Jerusalem Bus

Two Injured in an Attack on a Jerusalem BusTwo people were injured on Wednesday night the eve of 24 Nissan 5774 due to a rock attack against a Jerusalem bus. The number 65 bus was traveling on Derech Bar Lev, heading to Pisgat Ze’ev when rocks were thrown at it. Baruch Hashem the victims only sustained light injuries. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Christie Says He Would Have Stopped Lane Closings (1 opinions)

Christie Says He Would Have Stopped Lane ClosingsNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he would have stopped aides from blocking George Washington Bridge traffic if he had known about the plan in advance. Christie told a town hall audience in the town of Brick on Thursday that “if anybody had come to me” to talk about causing traffic jams, “I would have stopped it.” Emails show his aides knew the lanes were intentionally ...    Full Story »

iPhones Lead to Vandalism Attack Against a Beit Shemesh Shul (1 opinions)

iPhones Lead to Vandalism Attack Against a Beit Shemesh ShulExtremists perpetrated a vandalism attack against the Nitra ( נייטרא) Shul in the Nachlah U’Menuchah neighborhood of Beit Shemesh. Kikar Shabbos reports that based on witnesses, the attack is the result of chareidi youths seated in the shul while using their iPhones. Windows were broken and doors unhinged. One witness explains he saw a policeman pick up tefilin from the ground. ...    Full Story »

Ashlag Rebbe Shlita Hit with Pepper Spray

Ashlag Rebbe Shlita Hit with Pepper SprayThere was drama in the Torah city of Bnei Brak in the beis medrash on Shadal Street. The Ashlag ( אשלג) Rebbe Shlita was preparing to give a shiur. Tens of chassidim were present along with other community residents. Two of the participants had the gabbai a bit concerned; appearing somewhat odd. The gabbai tried to photograph them with a phone. The two responded by spraying him ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor de Blasio Continues BANNING Tradition Of Mayor Bloomberg (5 opinions)

NYC Mayor de Blasio Continues BANNING Tradition Of Mayor BloombergNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to curb air pollution by placing a ban on all new wood-burning fireplaces, the Democrat announced Tuesday. The mayor proposes that new fireplaces use “cleaner” fuel-burning methods like natural gas, the New York Post reported. Under the new regulations, residents who already have wood-burning fireplaces would then be required to use ...    Full Story »

Over 600 Women to Attend The Jewish Women Entrepreneur (JWE) Second Annual Business Conference (5 opinions)

Over 600 Women to Attend The  Jewish Women Entrepreneur (JWE) Second Annual Business Conference [COMMUNICATED CONTENT] The Jewish Woman Entrepreneur (JWE) announces its 2014 Business Conference.  The conference will take place on Sunday, May 4, 2014 at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel in Parsippany, NJ. The full-day event brings together Torah observant women business owners, non-profit leaders, and professionals from across North America. The conference aims to provide women ...    Full Story »

Ukraine: Sefer Torah Welcomed Amidst Unrest

Ukraine: Sefer Torah Welcomed Amidst UnrestDespite the current instability in Ukraine, the Kharkov Jewish community gathered to celebrate the completion of a new Torah donated by Mr. Shimon Steren in a momentous celebration. The happiness and feeling of unity throughout the event made the participants stronger and inspired despite all the current economic and political instability. For many it was their first time at such an ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Jews Visit Har Habayis - Police Lose Control and Oust the Jews (6 opinions)

VIDEO: Jews Visit Har Habayis - Police Lose Control and Oust the Jews[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Once again, Yidden visiting Har Habayis, including many children, come under attack from the hostile Arabs who continue efforts to prevent non-Muslims from visiting the holiest location in the world, which the Muslims claim as their own. The video speaks for itself, showing the assaults against the Jews while police are helpless, clearly afraid to respond as they should to protect the Freedom of Worship rights of the Jews. Ultimately, as is the goal of the Arabs, the Jews are removed from the Mount. It must be noted that according to the Poskei Hador one is absolutely forbidden to visit the Har Habayis, and there is an Issur Kares for one ...    Full Story »

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate Up to 4.33 Pct

Average US 30-Year Mortgage Rate Up to 4.33 PctAverage U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose this week as the spring home-buying season has gotten off to a slow start. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 30-year loan rose to 4.33 percent from 4.27 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage increased to 3.39 percent from 3.33 percent. Mortgage rates have risen almost a full ...    Full Story »

YWN New Features Update: Simchas, Classifieds, & Baruch Dayan Ha'emees

YWN New Features Update: Simchas, Classifieds, & Baruch Dayan Ha'emeesYWN is proud to announce that the newest YWN features are being are being fully utilized by our strong global readership base. We have received hundreds of emails thanking us for the newest offered services and it always makes our days when we read such nice emails. We thank everyone for their thoughts and good wishes  and we ask that you let us know more of your feedback/thoughts ...    Full Story »

Levaya Of Reb Yisroel Meyer Z"L (1 opinions)

Levaya Of Reb Yisroel Meyer ZYWN regrets to inform you of the Petira of Reb Yisroel Meyer Z"L, a resident of Boro Park since WWII. Among his Choshuva children and sons-in-laws that Reb Yisroel leaves behind, is the founder of the Misaskim Organization, R' Yanky (Jack) Meyer, who is known for his Askanus for the past few decades. Some of his other children include: R' Yossi (Lakewood), R' Shlomo (Lakewood), R' ...    Full Story »

Russia's Putin Calls the Internet a 'CIA Project' (5 opinions)

Russia's Putin Calls the Internet a 'CIA Project'President Vladimir Putin has mocked the Internet as a CIA project and pledged to protect Russia's interests online. The Kremlin has been anxious to exert greater control over the Internet, which opposition activists — barred from national television — have used to promote their ideas and organize protests. Russia's parliament this week passed a law requiring social media ...    Full Story »

Campaign 2016: Texas Gov. Perry Says He Needs Prep (5 opinions)

Campaign 2016: Texas Gov. Perry Says He Needs PrepTexas Gov. Rick Perry says he'll need more preparation if he runs for president again in 2016. Perry says he learned a lot when he ran last time. He tells CBS "This Morning" it was a humbling experience. The Republican governor says he recommends not having major back surgery six weeks before you start running. And he says that whether he runs for president or not, preparation on ...    Full Story »
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NYU Langone Reopening Emergency Room For First Time Since Hurricane Sandy

NYU Langone Reopening Emergency Room For First Time Since Hurricane SandyNYU Langone Medical Center is set to reopen its emergency room for the first time since Superstorm Sandy. The 22,000-square-foot facility has been upgraded and expanded. It will have more treatment rooms and space dedicated for pediatric emergencies when it reopens on Thursday. The Manhattan medical center evacuated 300 patients after it lost generator power because of the ...    Full Story »

Statement of Williamsburg Shomrim Safety Patrol Following Arrests Of Shomrim Members (15 opinions)

Statement of Williamsburg Shomrim Safety Patrol Following Arrests Of Shomrim MembersThe following statement was given to YWN: For over three decades the Williamsburg Shomrim Safety Patrol has acted as the eyes and ears of the community. Its members are dedicated community servants who take responsibility for protecting our neighborhood, not endangering it. Over the years we have collaborated closely with the NYPD and our efforts have led to the successful arrest and ...    Full Story »

Obama To Russia: More Sanctions Are 'Teed Up' (4 opinions)

Obama To Russia: More Sanctions Are 'Teed Up'Accusing Russia of failing to live up to its commitments, President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Thursday that the United States has another round of economic sanctions "teed up" — even as he acknowledged those penalties may do little to influence Vladimir Putin's handling of the crisis in Ukraine. Obama's frank pessimism underscored the limits of Washington's ability to prevent ...    Full Story »

FDA Proposes First Regulations For E-Cigarettes

FDA Proposes First Regulations For E-CigarettesThe federal government wants to ban sales of electronic cigarettes to minors and require approval for new products and health warning labels under regulations being proposed by the Food and Drug Administration. While the proposal being issued Thursday won't immediately mean changes for the popular devices, the move is aimed at eventually taming the fast-growing e-cigarette ...    Full Story »

Family Members Miss Har HaZeisim Levaya Due to Rock Attack (5 opinions)

Family Members Miss Har HaZeisim Levaya Due to Rock AttackTova Richler, 59, a resident of New York, never imagined that she would miss the levaya of her father. On erev Shabbos 18 Nissan 5774 she was driving towards Har HaZeisim with a number of relatives in the vehicle to attend the levaya. Some ten masked Arabs waited on the side and began pelting the vehicle with rocks and cement blocks. Tova was in shock as the vehicle was bombarded, ...    Full Story »


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