New Video Series Launched

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DZERZHINSK, Russia [FJC] — In Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod Region, the Jewish community of Dzerzhinsk has launched a new video project. The community has already gained successful experience in creating a film on its own, but has now taken the decision to not stop at just one individual film story. Over the next two years, this blossoming Jewish community will be issuing a series of bright and cognitive video vignettes dedicated to the history and traditions of Jewish holidays.

Police Settle Orthodox Jew’s Lawsuit Over Yarmulke

By Carri Geer Thevenot for the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Las Vegas police detective Steve Riback adjusts his yarmulke Aug. 6 while discussing his lawsuit against the Metropolitan Police Department to let him wear a beard and the yarmulke.
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LAS VEGAS, NV — The Metropolitan Police Committee on Fiscal Affairs is scheduled to approve a $350,000 payment next week for Detective Steve Riback, an observant Orthodox Jew who claimed he was experiencing religious discrimination on the job.

Oldest Full-Time Pulpit Rabbi Passes Away

By Mordechai Lightstone for

BROOKLYN, NY — The Jewish community united in mourning Tuesday, upon the passing of Rabbi David B. Hollander. Rabbi Hollander, who at his death was the leader of the Hebrew Alliance in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, also served as rabbi at the Mount Eden Synagogue in the Bronx and was the former president of the Rabbinical Council of America. The 96-year old was the oldest full-time pulpit rabbi in the world.

D.C. Jewish Center Busy During Historic Inaugural

By Joshua Runyan

Some two million people filled the Mall between the Washington Memorial and the west front of the U.S. Capitol to watch President Barack Obama take the oath of office Tuesday. (Photo: BBC World Service)

WASHINGTON, DC — As an estimated two million people descended on Washington, D.C., for the historic inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States, offices throughout the Beltway were abuzz with preparations for the incoming administration.