Day 1: Jury Selection for the Shomrim Trial

A grueling full day of jury selection took place in the New York State Supreme Court today, where six community members are facing serious criminal charges and can face a possible lengthy prison sentence.

The prosecution and the defense polled prospective jurors as to their work and interests in order to determine if they each can function as a fair and impartial judge based on the facts that will be presented during the course of the trial.

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Boruch Dayan Hoemes – Rabbi Chanan Feld OBM

With sadness we inform you of the passing of Rabbi Chanan Velvel Simcha Feld.of Berkley, California.

He is survived by his wife Yehudis Leah, and two sons Dovid Yitzchak and Daniel Sapir, and daughter Rochel Chaya.

The Levaya and Shiva will be in Eretz Yisroel and will be posted when they are announced.

Boruch Dayan Hoemes

Video: Benny Friedman Taamu Video Promo

The long awaited debut album is almost here!

Presented by Sameach Music and produced by Avi Newmark, this has been one of the most anticipated albums in recent memory, featuring 12 tracks sure to satisfy all musical palettes.

Jewish Teens Explore Identity With Chabad Teen Network

By Dvora Lakein for

NEW YORK — It’s a sophisticated group.

Roughly 93% of teenagers use the internet today, with 70% regularly accessing social networking sites such as facebook and myspace. Three out of four teens carry their own cell phones, and even more communicate via email and instant messaging.

Jewish “Heroes” Praise Communities’ Dedication to Those in Need

By Chana Kroll for
Rabbi Chaim Lazaroff, a semi-finalist in the contest, assists Consul General of Israel to the Southwest Asher Yarden in blessing the Lulav & Esrog.

When the umbrella organization of North American Jewish communities launched its new campaign to shine a spotlight on local leaders and activists, few people thought the Internet-based Jewish Community Heroes contest would have quite the impact or buzz it’s garnered for several months, least of all the 20 top vote-getters announced this month.

Op-Ed: Losses & Lawsuits: The Latest Trend?

by Yisroel P.

It has been a year of tragedies. Will you help break the trend, or will the trend break you?

Stop with the negative commenting, the slander, the justification…

A Pushka. A Tehillim.

Just a few examples of how we should react to these calamities. Think of a positive thing to say or do and share it with others. Take upon yourself a new Hachlata and ask Hashem to help out this community.

JEM Community Center Raises More than $100,000

The JEM (Jewish Educa-tional Movement) charity basketball league’s third season came to a close at The JEM Community Center (former Beverly Hills YMCA) Thursday night, where the crown was taken from the two-time reigning champion “White” team by the “Purple” team in front of more than 300 fans.

New Torah Cafe Video Released

The Dynamics of Prayer, a deep and provocative video lecture on the purpose and function of Tefillah delivered by the eminent Rabbi Dr. J. Immanuel Schochet was recently released. The lecture, which is brought to you by Torah Café, JLI’s new online learning destination, is the first installment in a series of five that will be launched on the website over the course of the next few weeks.