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Dallas rabbi sued for running home-based synagogue

A Dallas-area rabbi who uses his home as a synagogue is being sued by a neighbor who says it has lowered his property values. David Schneider, who lives across the street from the home-based synagogue of Rabbi Yaakov Rich, is seeking $50,000 in compensatory damages. Rich told a local TV station that his 3,700-square-foot home is a synagogue with about 25 members. A website identifies the synagogue as Congregation Toras Chaim, with the tag line “An intimate space … Grow at your pace.”

The website also said the Liberty Institute, a conservative Christian advocacy and legal defense organization, has agreed to represent the congregation in the lawsuit. Rich asserts that property values rise around Orthodox synagogues because adherents have to be able to walk to their places of worship and will pay more to buy a home in the area.

Reversing course, AIPAC says now is not the time for new sanctions

WASHINGTON — Following the lead of Sen. Robert Menendez, the top sponsor of new Iran sanctions and chair of the Foreign Relations Committee, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee backed away from pressing for the sanctions’ passage at this time. In a Feb. 6 speech on the Senate floor, Menendez (D-NJ) said dealing with Iran deserved “a spirit of bipartisanship and unity,” and rejected bids to make it a partisan issue

“We agree with the chairman that stopping the Iranian nuclear program should rest on bipartisan support and that there should not be a vote at this time on the measure,” AIPAC said in a statement.

Of the 33 original sponsors of the bill, 15 were Democrats. In subsequent weeks, the Obama administration, which opposes new sanctions, lobbied hard, and almost no new Democrats signed on. At least four of the original Democratic sponsors said in recent weeks that they no longer favored a near term vote.

AIPAC continued to press for passage until the bill took on a partisan hue when 42 Republicans, threatened parliamentary maneuvers to force a vote on the bill. AIPAC avoids any appearance of partisanship.

Virginia Beach students to make up school on Saturdays

Virginia Beach City public schools will have classes on three Saturdays to make up for days lost from a major snowstorm last month.

“We hope our community could be reassured that our religious needs can be met,” Rabbi Israel Zoberman of Beth Chaverim, a Reform congregation in Virginia Beach, told the local media. “We don’t want anyone to pay a price for the snow that came upon us.”

Zoberman told WAVY-TV, “I would like to believe that someone overlooked the fact that on Saturday Jews meet at worship. We also have pre-arranged special events such as bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs.” At least one bar mitzvah is scheduled for one of the makeup days. Phillip Goldstein is worried that none of his middle school friends will be able to attend the morning service on April 26, according to The Virginian-Pilot columnist Kerry Dougherty.

“There is never a day that is convenient for all of our students, staff and families,” said Sheila Magula, the superintendent of Virginia Beach Schools.

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