Chabad emissaries and volunteers in Nepal have spent the past week helping stranded tourists and talking to worried relatives in Israel, after a blizzard hit climbers trying to cross part of the famed Annapurna Circuit. Three Israelis were among the 400 hikers hit. Dozens have been killed and over 250 injured.
A Frankfurt court has heard how a glatt kosher butcher with close ties sold more than 88,000 pounds of treife (non-kosher) meat to Orthodox Jews for years until the fraud was uncovered. The two well-known male owners, who admitted the fraud, were sole suppliers to a Jewish nursing home and a Jewish school.
Swiss bank UBS is being sued for auctioning off the artworks of a German Jewish couple without their knowledge. Relatives of Ludwig and Margret Kainer say the banking giant sold priceless paintings by Monet, Degas and Renoir without making a diligent effort to find them, creating a ‘sham’ foundation instead.
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Over 350 students gathered at Harvard for ‘If Not Now When,’ the inaugural conference of Open Hillel, a student group that seeks to abolish Hillel International Standards of Partnership rules that prevent campus Hillels from collaborating with people or groups that ‘delegitimize’ Israel or support BDS.
An Orthodox follower of a suspected paedophile rabbi has drowned near Antwerp. Nissim Levy, 27, travelled to Europe to be near Rabbi Eliezer Berland, who was finally captured in Amsterdam after going on-the-run in Africa. Last year Berland fled Israel after being accused of sexually assaulting a young girl.
Gay Russians are being helped out of the country by a US group founded by Jews from the former Soviet Union. RUSA LGBT, originally comprising Russian-speaking Jews, is helping organisations offering relief to asylum applicants, who are not allowed to work in US and are sometimes forced to live on street.