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First Prayer Room for Female Jewish Prisoners Opens in Russia

Maria has been a prisoner in Leningrad Region’s Kolonia No. 2 for the last eight years. Born to a poor Jewish family in St. Petersburg, Russia, for a time she attended the city’s Chabad Jewish school and other community programs. It was later that she got into serious trouble with the law, ending up at a women’s prison camp about an hour’s drive southeast of her native city. But some good news came on Monday, when Maria and 13 other Jewish women were on hand for the opening of the first-ever prayer room for Jewish female prisoners in the country.

Community Board-9 Pressured to Appoint Disgraced Political Operative as District Manager

Ingrid Lewis-Martin, a senior adviser to Borough President Eric Adams who has close ties to disgraced Brooklyn Democratic boss Clarence Norman Jr., is putting the heat on Community Board-9 – which encompasses most of Jewish Crown Heights – to hire Norman’s ex-campaign treasurer, Carmen Martinez, as district manager — even though she was previously forced out of a city job for committing fraud.

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‘Jewish 100’ Honored at Algemeiner Gala

The Algemeiner unveiled its 3rd annual ‘Jewish 100′ list of the top people “positively influencing Jewish life” on Monday night, at a star-studded gala in Manhattan, presided over by publisher Simon Jacobson and editor-in-chief Dovid Efune. Honorees in attendance included Britain’s Secretary of State for Justice Michael Gove, News Corporation Chairman Rupert Murdoch and famed philosopher and humanitarian Bernard-Henri Lévy.

Morristown Gets New Shluchim

Right before purim, Rabbi Moishe and Mushkie Gurevitz (nee Wolvovsky), together with their children, Menachem and Esther, moved to Morristown, NJ, as the new Shluchim to serve the Young Jewish Professional community in Morristown.