News Briefs: ‘Maisel’ Sweeps Emmy Awards, Homemade Bomb Found at NJ Jewish Cemetery, and More


Ordinance Prohibiting Eruv to Be Repealed

Mahwah Township, N.J., will repeal an ordinance that prohibited an eruv from being constructed, JTA reported. The township’s announcement on Sept. 17 settles a lawsuit the state attorney general’s office filed in 2017 that claimed the ordinance discriminated against Orthodox Jews.

The township had said previously that its signage rules were violated when PVC pipes were attached to utility poles.

An eruv is a boundary within which observant Jews may push strollers and carry objects outside their homes on Shabbat.

Earlier, the township repealed an ordinance that prohibited out-of-state residents from using its parks. That ordinance had appeared to be aimed at Orthodox Jews in neighboring New York.

Charlotte Synagogue Sends Kosher Food to Wilmington Via Helicopter

The Chabad Synagogue in Charlotte, N.C., arranged for a helicopter to transport 150 pounds of kosher food so Jewish families in Hurricane Florence-swamped Wilmington could eat a kosher meal before Yom Kippur, JTA reported.

A truck loaded with kosher food that originated in Raleigh was turned back because of road conditions, so Ben Tzion Groner, son of Rabbi Yossi Groner of Oh HaTorah, contacted a helicopter mechanic friend who helped secure a helicopter. The helicopter was able to fly to Wilmington on Sept. 18 with kosher chicken, dairy products and prepared meals.

“It was tremendous, and certainly a relief,” Rabbi Moshe Leiblich of the Chabad of Wilmington told the Charlotte Observer. “It gave us kosher meat until the stores are back to normal.”

Jews, Jewish Themes Do Well At Emmys

Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which depicts a Jewish housewife-turned-stand-up comedian, won eight Emmy awards, including best comedy and best actress in a comedy, JTA reported. Show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino won awards for writing and directing. Alex Borstein, who plays Mrs. Maisel’s manager, won best supporting actress; her mother is a Hungarian Holocaust survivor.

Meantime, Henry Winkler won best supporting actor for his role in HBO’s Barry, former CIA officer Joe Weisberg won for his writing for the FX drama The Americans, and Game of Thrones showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff were part of the team winning for best drama series.

And Glenn Weiss, winner of best directing for a variety special, used his acceptance speech to propose to girlfriend Jan Svendsen.

Homemade Bomb Found in N.J. Jewish Cemetery

A homemade bomb was found attached to a headstone at the B’nai Abraham Cemetery in Newark on Sept. 15 during the Jewish Federation Cemetery Visiting Day, JTA reported.

The cemetery was evacuated, reported.

Robert Wilson, chief security officer at the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, said the device was a can of WD-40 with what looked like fireworks attached. A motive remains unknown.

“There is no indication at this time that the device was targeted as a bias/hate crime incident, but we will be following up with our law enforcement partners at Homeland Security to advise them of the incident,” MetroWest Federation CEO Dov Ben-Shimon said in a Facebook post.


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