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April 25, 2014  RSS feed
Just a Nosh

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Poker ace skips pair of mom’s Seders, wins $1 million at Florida tourney

While his relatives in South Florida were reciting the Four Questions, Eric Afriat was looking for four of a kind at a high-stakes poker tournaments.

The Montreal man, who skipped both Seders at his mother’s home in West Boca Raton to play in the tournament, was the $1 million winner of the World Poker Tour/Seminole Hard Rock Poker Showdown in Hollywood, out of a field of 1,795 participants.

Afriat told the Sun-Sentinel newspaper that he considered quitting the tournament even as he advanced to attend the Seders with his extended family.

“Here I was moving up the ladder in a big poker tournament, yet I kept getting more depressed,” he said. “I was so sad I thought about just leaving my chips at the table Monday night (the night of the First Seder) and going home. But I’m now delighted everyone was in town to see me win.”

Afriat, 45, is an importer from Montreal. He was the only amateur player in the final round of the poker tournament.

Ukrainian synagogue reportedly firebombed

The main synagogue in the Ukrainian city of Nikolayev reportedly was firebombed. The synagogue was empty of worshippers when it was firebombed early Saturday morning, April 19, according to the Chabadaffiliated website.

Two Molotov cocktails were thrown at the door and window, the report said, citing Yisroel Gotlieb, son of the city’s chief rabbi, Sholom Gotlieb. A passer-by put out the fires with a fire extinguisher, according to the report. The attack was recorded by the synagogue’s closed circuit television security camera and uploaded to YouTube.

Nikolayev, a Black Sea port city of approximately 500,000, is located in southeastern Ukraine about 70 miles from Odessa.

The Giymat Rosa Synagogue in Zaporizhia, located 250 miles southeast of Kiev, in eastern Ukraine, was firebombed in late February.

Earlier this month, in eastern Ukraine, fliers calling on Jews to register with pro-Russian separatists and pay special taxes were distributed in Donetsk.

Police investigating Israeli organ-trafficking ring

JERUSALEM – An Israeli man in his 40s from Beersheva, believed to be behind an organ-trafficking ring, has evaded capture, according to police.

Young women reportedly were convinced to travel to Turkey to provide organs for transplant into older, wealthier women. They were promised thousands of dollars for the service.

Police were made aware of the scheme last month, when an 18-year-old who had flown to Turkey to have her kidney removed returned to Israel after changing her mind about the surgery. Her parents filed a complaint with Beersheva police.

The young women were introduced to the would-be recipients to form an emotional bond and thus ensure their cooperation, Ynet reported. Many of the women interviewed said they did not receive money for their act, though police believe they did receive payment in cash.

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