News Briefs: Karlie Kloss Engaged to Joshua Kushner, 400-Pound Stone Falls From Western Wall, and More


Heather Barbera to be Extradited

Heather Barbera of Ventnor, N.J., who authorities allege killed her mother and grandmother with a nightstick, was slated to be extradited to New Jersey on Aug. 2, according to a press release from the Office of the Atlantic County Prosecutor.

Barbera, 41, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, third-degree possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and first-degree robbery.

Her uncle, Richard Rosen of Brooklyn, N.Y., told the Press of Atlantic City that he discovered Michelle Gordon, 67, and Elaine Rosen, 87, dead in an apartment in a Ventnor condominium building apartment on July 8.

An affidavit of probable cause said that video surveillance shows Barbera leaving Vassar Square Condominiums on July 7.

On July 11, New York Police Department officers identified her and took her into custody, according to the press release. She has since remained in custody at Rose M. Singer Center, a women’s facility on Rikers Island, to await extradition.

Supermodel Converts to Judaism, Is Engaged to Brother of Trump’s Son-in-Law

Karlie Kloss posted this photo to Instagram announcing her engagement to Joshua Kushner.

Supermodel Karlie Kloss recently converted to Judaism and is now engaged to Joshua Kushner, brother of President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, JTA reported.

Kloss joins Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, in converting to Judaism to marry a Kushner.

Kloss, 25, supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, JTA reported. She also attended the Women’s March after Trump’s inauguration.

400-Pound Stone Falls From Western Wall

A large stone fell from the Western Wall on July 23 — and was removed for an archaeological examination, JTA reported.

The 400-pound stone fell to an egalitarian prayer plaza hours after the Tisha B’Av fast. A woman praying on the platform wasn’t injured.

The Western Wall Heritage Foundation will look to see what caused the incident and prevent a recurrence. If deemed appropriate, the stone will be returned to its place.

Danish Imam Who Called for Killing of Jews Charged Under Hate Speech Law

Mundhir Abdallah of the Masjid Al-Faruq mosque in Copenhagen, who in March cited a Quran call in the Koran to “fight the Jews and kill them,” was charged with incitement under a new Danish hate speech law, according to JTA.

Abdallah was charged July 24 in Copenhagen District Court. The hate speech law passed in 2017.

Israeli ‘Animal Farm’ Cartoon Costs Artist His Job

Cartoonist Avi Katz got fired for a parody of a selfie of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and some right-wing Knesset members that featured them as pigs and included a quote from George Orwell’s Animal Farm, JTA reported.

The cartoon appeared in The Jerusalem Report, a magazine distributed by The Jerusalem Post. The Post told Haaretz that it would no longer work with Katz, a freelancer.

The photo had been taken after Israel’s government passed the nation-state law. That law says the right to exercise national self-determination in Israel is unique to its Jews.


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