News Briefs: KFC to Open in Israel (Again), Europe’s Oldest Jewish Building to Reopen, and More


Man Arrested in Hit-and-Run Death

A man who told police he had recently used heroin was arrested for the hit-and-run death of Emanuel Weintraub, 70, who was killed the night of Aug. 21 as he crossed a street in Levittown, the Bucks County Courier Times reported.

Anthony M. Woods, 41, of Falls was charged Aug. 28 with third-degree murder, homicide by vehicle and related offenses, according to court records.

Falls Township police have said Weintraub, who used a cane, was crossing New Falls Road in the crosswalk in heavy rain, when a sedan went around a stopped car, hit him and drove off. The retired Jewish postal worker had just left JoJo’s Ice Cream & Water Ice and was apparently walking back to his nearby home.

Police said Woods thought he had hit a child with his 2007 Nissan Altima. The impact cracked his windshield and sent Weintraub flying. Woods had the windshield repaired the day after the crash, the complaint said.

Woods’ preliminary hearing is set for Sept. 11. Court records show he was denied bail and is in the Bucks County prison.

KFC to Try Again in Israel

Fried chicken giant KFC is planning to relaunch operations in Israel, five years after closing its locations there, JTA reported.

Business daily newspaper Calcalist said representatives of Yum! Brands have met in Israel with real estate agents, potential franchisees and poultry suppliers. The paper said KFC intends to open 100 branches within five years. Relaunch dates were not announced.

KFC previously operated in Israel between 1993 and 2013, with as many as 10 locations. The company has used a soy-based substitute for kosher clientele in place of the Colonel’s milk-based recipe.

Europe’s Oldest Jewish Building to Reopen

The Sublime House, the home of a 12th-century yeshiva in Rouen, France, about 70 miles northwest of Paris, will reopen to the public in October, according to JTA.

In advance of the reopening, a conference titled “Medieval Judaism Between Normandy and England” will focus on the 1,615-square-foot building.

The building was discovered in 1976, then closed to the public in 2001 due to fears that it might become a terrorist target. It reopened in 2009, but was closed six years later because humidity and poor ventilation weakened the structure.

A $1 million restoration program began last year.

‘Anne & Frank’ Bakery to Change Name

After receiving online criticism, a recently opened bakery in Amsterdam called Anne & Frank will change its name, JTA reported.

The bakery — which is located near the hiding place of Holocaust victim Anne Frank and her family — received a deluge of critical comments.

Owner Roberto Barsoum removed the words Anne & Frank, which was written in an antiquated font on the bakery’s window, and said he will change the name.

“I was afraid the name would cause anger, that people would think I was trying to exploit the name for commercial purposes,” he told a Dutch newspaper. But later he reckoned that “it’s a good name, a sign of protest. I don’t think it’s an abuse personally of the Anne Frank name.”


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