News Briefs, the Week of Aug. 17, 2017


Bomb Threat Suspect Advertised Services Through Dark Web

Michael Kadar, the dual American-Israeli citizen charged with making more than 100 bomb threats to Jewish institutions earlier this year, including in the Philadelphia area, advertised his services on the “Dark Web,” CNN reported.

The allegations are included in recently unsealed court documents, which said Kadar, 18, was running an online threat-for-hire service. Those documents also said a suspect who apparently ordered and paid for some bomb threats has been identified, with authorities intending to pursue criminal charges, the website reported.

Kadar’s thumb drive allegedly contained an advertisement for a “School Email Bomb Threat Service” that charged $30 for the bomb threat and $15 more to “frame someone for it.”

Kadar is in custody in Israel pending trial.

Grossinger’s Owner Wants to Reopen

A New York real estate developer who owns the former Grossinger’s wants to reopen the legendary resort as a hotel, spa and conference center, The New York Times reported.

Louis Capelli has asked the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to designate part of the Catskills resort as a brownfield, or contaminated site. That would make the site eligible for state funding for soil and water remediation.

Capelli told the Times his interest is based, in part, on the planned opening of a nearby $750 million casino complex on the site of the former Concord Resort Hotel.

Grossinger’s, which closed in 1986, catered to a largely Jewish clientele and is often cited as the inspiration for the Kellerman’s resort featured in Dirty Dancing.

Colorado Jewish Camp Evacuated After Fire

A fire that destroyed a major building prompted the evacuation of Camp Ramah in the Rockies, JTA reported.

The building housed the camp’s dining hall, administrative offices and camp kitchen. Nobody was hurt in the fire, which started early on Aug 7; a cause hasn’t been determined. Cellphones and other electronics stored in a locked closet were destroyed, but money and passports kept in fireproof safes was undamaged.

The campers were taken to a synagogue in Denver, about 90 minutes away, and Ramah will finish out the summer

at the JCC Ranch Camp in Colorado, which had just ended its season.

Israeli-born Teenager Upsets Top Seed in Rogers Cup Tennis Tournament

Denis Shapovalov knocked off top-seeded Rafael Nadal at Montreal’s Rogers Cup tennis tournament on Aug. 10 and later advanced to the semifinals before losing to eventual champion Alexander Zverev, JTA reported.

Shapovalov, 18, was born in Tel Aviv to parents from the former Soviet Union. He is now a Canadian citizen.

The world’s top-ranked Jewish player, Argentine Diego Schwartzman, made it to the quarterfinals in the same tournament before losing.


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