Prince William Prays at the Kotel As Chief Rabbis Look On & Other Orthodox Jews in the News

New York Public Schools to Offer Kosher Lunches
New York City will begin a $1 million pilot program to provide kosher and halal school lunches to students in all New York City schools. Currently, approximately 38% of the NYC’s 1.1 million public school students are either Jewish or Muslim.

These Incredible Photos Show What Hasidic Life Is Actually Like
Joshua Haruni spent years documenting life in Israel’s Hasidic communities — from the Rebbe’s office to the tisch’s with thousands gathered to sing, from cheder graduations to the moments in the kitchen on Friday afternoon. Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt, life editor, spoke to Haruni about his forays into this community.

Fighting Back Against Library Porn
Imagine taking your children to the library for story time and there’s a patron watching porn on the library’s public computer! That’s exactly what happened to one San Fernando Valley mom. And she tells FOX 11 the librarian told her it’s perfectly legal!

Dalya Wins!
History has been made in Baltimore City as Dalya Attar, an Orthodox Jew, has won one of the three delegate spots in the Democratic primary for the 41st legislative district. When she is elected in November she will become a member of the Maryland House of Delegates.

Rock Star Perry Farrell is Obsessed With an Orthodox Rabbi Right Now
Most rock music lovers know Perry Farrell as the charismatic frontman of the band Jane’s Addiction and the founder of the Lollapalooza music festival. Hardcore fans know that he was born Peretz Bernstein, and that he has been one of the more prominent celebrity adherents of Kabbalah. These days, Farrell is really into the writings of Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the late influential leader of the Hasidic Chabad-Lubavitch movement. Obsession might be the correct term here, since he told Rolling Stone this month that he studies Schneerson’s teachings through the night.

Montreal-Area Hockey School Gives Observant Jewish Kids a Chance to Play
Competitive hockey is virtually closed to observant Jewish youngsters, because most leagues play on Shabbos. Brothers Shlomi and Isaac Levy know that well, given their enthusiasm for the game ever since their family emigrated to Montreal from Israel in 1985. That’s why they founded Tip-Top Hockey Academy, based out of the Bonaventure Hockey Complex in St-Laurent, Que. They never hold practices or games on Shabbat or Jewish holidays, and conduct in keeping with Jewish values is expected, both on and off the ice.

A Prince in the Holy City: William Wears Yarmulke for Prayers at the Western Wall
The Duke of Cambridge today prayed at the most sacred site accessible to Jews as he concluded his tour of the Middle East. Prince William visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City with a yarmulke – also known as a kippah or skull cap – on his head, and placed a written prayer on a folded piece of paper into one of the cracks in the wall.

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