News Briefs: Fliers Blame Jews for Kavanaugh Allegations and More


Spread Bagelry Owes Employees Nearly $200K, Department of Labor Says

Dozens of Spread Bagelry employees and former workers are owed $186,292, the federal Department of Labor alleges, according to Philadelphia magazine.

Spread — which has locations in Rittenhouse Square and at the University of Pennsylvania — didn’t pay workers who recorded more than 40 hours in a week time-and-a-half as required under federal law, the complaint against the company and owners Larry Rosenblum and Didiane Arnuti said. Six employees are owned at least $10,000.

Philadelphia said Spread’s owners will pay employees $102,000 in the next five months and also pledged to follow labor laws in the future.

In a statement to Philadelphia, Ballard Spahr attorney Kelly Kindig said while Spread had “reached a resolution,” it challenged some of the allegations made by the Department of Labor.

Jewish Kicker Gets New Mezuzah, Makes Game-Winning Field Goal

Cleveland Browns kicker Greg Joseph hit a game-winning field goal in overtime on Oct. 7 — hours after getting a new mezuzah affixed to his door, JTA reported.

Rabbi Yossi Freedman, who directs the Chabad Jewish Center of Downtown Cleveland, attached the mezuzah at the rookie’s apartment door before the game.

“A win is a win is a … Mezuzah! Congrats to the #Browns and Greg on their win — welcome to Cleveland!” Freedman said in a Facebook post.

Joseph, 24, played college football at Florida Atlantic University and football and soccer at Donna Klein Jewish Academy in Boca Raton, Fla.

College Campus Fliers Blame Jews for Kavanaugh Sexual Assault Allegations

Fliers posted Oct. 8 on the University of California Berkeley and Davis campuses, as well as Vassar College and Marist College in New York, blame Jews for the sexual assault allegations made about new Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, JTA reported.

“Every time some Anti-White, Anti-American, Anti-freedom event takes place, you look at it, and it’s Jews behind it,” the fliers read.

On the fliers, Kavanaugh’s image is surrounded by caricatures of Jewish senators with Stars of David drawn on their foreheads. Also featured is Jewish billionaire George Soros, an opponent of Kavanaugh. In addition, the words “Good Goy” are written on the foreheads of Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford and Michael Avenatti, an attorney for two other accusers.

At the bottom, the fliers say they are “Brought to you by your local Stormer book club.” The Anti-Defamation League said the book clubs “support Andrew Anglin and his neo-Nazi website, the Daily Stormer.”

Undergraduate Admissions Stopped at American Jewish University

Los Angeles-based American Jewish University is phasing out its undergraduate programs and terminating undergraduate admissions, according to JTA.

University President Jeffrey Herbst said the institution has “never been able to grow the undergraduate program to a size where it can provide a deep and broad educational experience.”

The university’s 70 undergraduates will be able to complete their degrees. The university’s graduate-level programs won’t be impacted, there will be no layoffs and the university is financially healthy, it said.

The University of Judaism merged with the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in 2007 to form the American Jewish University.


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