Referendum Stalemate

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All electronic and paper ballots from a Sept. 30 referendum vote in Ramapo, N.Y., were impounded and then ultimately nullified last week by the state’s Supreme Court on allegations of election fraud. Town lawyer Michael Klein has appealed the ruling. The referendum, which would have reconfigured voting districts from citywide to a ward system and… Read More

A Matter of Concern

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Hundreds of members of Congress sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry last weed expressing concern over Iran’s “refusal to fully cooperate” with the International Atomic Energy Agency’s continuing investigation into Iran’s dismantlement of its nuclear program as required by the  P5+1 framework agreement. The letter, signed by 352 members of the House… Read More

Conservative Rabbi Comes Out to Congregants

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In a poignant letter to his congregants, Gil Steinlauf, senior rabbi at Adas Israel Congregation in Washington, D.C., announced Monday that he is gay and that he and his wife of 20 years, Rabbi Batya Steinlauf, are divorcing. While members of the congregation are still digesting the news, many have already expressed their support. “I… Read More

Ramapo Election Materials Nullified

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After impounding all election materials from a controversial referendum vote held in the heavily populated Jewish community of Ramapo, N.Y., last week because of a last minute lawsuit alleged potential election fraud, New York State Supreme Court Justice Margaret Garvey nullified the election materials Tuesday, ordering that a completely new election be held. Her court… Read More

U.S. Disagrees with Netanyahu Over U.N. Rights Council Label

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration does not concur with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s characterization of the United Nations Human Rights Council as a “terrorist rights council.” “We would not agree with that,” Jen Psaki, the State Department spokeswoman, told reporters when asked about what Netanyahu said in his address to the U.N. General Assembly…. Read More

Hellfire Missiles on Their Way to Israel

WASHINGTON — The United States has resumed delivery of Hellfire missiles to Israel. “The first shipment has been delivered to Israel and the second shipment will be delivered early in October,” Cmdr. Elissa Smith, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said on Monday. The interruption of delivery of the weapons during Israel’s conflict with Hamas in the Gaza… Read More

Loyola U. Chicago Suspends, Then Reinstates Students for Justice in Palestine

Loyola University Chicago suspended and subsequently reinstated its chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine. The action followed an anti-Israel protest this month by the SJP chapter that blocked an event promoting Birthright Israel. According to a statement released by Loyola, the university informed the chapter on Sept. 19 that it was “temporarily prevented from… Read More

Polarized Polling

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    RAMAPO, N.Y. — After 16 hours of polling that included strong voter turnout but some confusion at polls in a Tuesday referendum that pitted elements of the large Jewish community in Ramapo, N.Y., against each other and against other citizens, a state court has halted the tabulation of votes, pending a hearing on… Read More

Still Waiting

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After 16 hours of polling that included strong voter turnout but some confusion at polls in a Tuesday referendum that pitted elements of the large Jewish community in Ramapo, N.Y., against each other and against other citizens, a state court has halted the tabulation of votes, pending a hearing on alleged voting irregularities. Election workers… Read More

Polarized Polling

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Agudath Israel of America, a national organization that promotes the ideals of Orthodox Judaism, recently disseminated a notice urging citizens in the town of Ramapo, N.Y. — home to the heavily Jewish hamlet of Monsey — to vote against today’s referendum on political districting. The measure would reshape the town’s voting districts away from a… Read More