New York – Stock Market’s Future In Trump’s Hands As Federal Reserve Chair Pick Looms

New York — Investors awaiting the nomination of the next Federal Reserve chair are hoping whoever is nominated pursues the same monetary policy that has supported rising stock prices for the past nine years. Led by Janet Yellen since 2014, the Fed is about to allow its $4.5 trillion portfolio of securities to shrink, and […]

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OJC’s All New Biz Podcast Hosted By Rabbi Jacob Rupp

The Orthodox Jewish Chamber Of Commerce is proud to introduce its new weekly Biz podcasts series featuring CEOs and business leaders to share their leadership insights to help others succeed.

In their amazing first episode Chris Gronkowski, former NFL player turned entrepreneur shares exclusively with our listeners his entrepreneurial insights of how he successfully turned his idea into reality and his experience of pitching it on ABC’s Shark Tank.

His pitch was so good that all five sharks fought over the opportunity to invest with him. In the end, Mark Cuban and Alex Rodriguez invested $120K together for a 15% stake in his company, Ice Shaker.

In this amazing episode, Chris shares the story of getting onto Shark Tank, how he brought his product to market, his take on the current media storm over the NFL, and the strategies his parents used to groom all their children with to compete at the highest level.

In addition, join us as Chris keynotes our Dallas Texas OJC Small Business Alliance Group in Dallas, TX November 2017.

For more information or to join the Orthodox Jewish Chamber of Commerce, visit

To sponsor an episode or inquire about being featured email or call 212 659 5270.

To hear the podacst via iTunes click here.


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London – Letter Penned A Day Before Titanic Sank Sold At UK Auction

London — A letter written by one of the Titanic’s passengers a day before the ocean liner sank has sold for 126,000 pounds ($166,000) at an auction in England. The handwritten note, on embossed Titanic stationery, was penned by first-class passenger Alexander Oskar Holverson on April 13, 1912 — the day before the ship hit […]

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Tillerson Pushes Saudi Arabia On United Front To Counter Iran

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Sunday promoted a Trump administration goal of uniting Saudi Arabia and Iraq in common cause to counter Iran’s growing assertiveness in the Middle East.

Tillerson participated in the inaugural meeting of the Saudi Arabia-Iraq Coordination Committee, along with Saudi King Salman and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, telling the leaders that the event highlighted the improving ties between the longtime rivals and showed “the great potential” for further cooperation.

The United States is “grateful for this progress and urge you to expand this vital relationship for the stability of the region,” Tillerson said. “The United States stands ready to support continued cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Iraq and we congratulate you.” Read more at NY POST.



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West Bank – Residents Fume As Palestinians Stage Unprecedented Agriculture Heist

West Bank — IDF and Border Police units arrested 67 Palestinians from the village of Beit Awwa over Shabbat for allegedly stealing tons of agricultural produce from the greenhouses of Moshav Shekef, in the Lachish region, near the West Bank security barrier. During a routine tour the IDF noticed something suspicious in the greenhouses, but […]

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GOP Senate Hopefuls Reluctant To Back McConnell As Leader

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has become a flashpoint for Republicans running for Senate in 2018.

The Hill asked nearly two-dozen Senate candidates this week if they would support McConnell as leader if elected. Not one campaign said outright that they would support McConnell, although two candidates appear to have expressed support for McConnell in the past.

Several candidates declared their opposition to McConnell and attacked their GOP primary opponents for not taking a stance on the question. Other candidates deflected, or spoke on background about the bind they’re in over the question of McConnell’s leadership. Most candidates were eager to avoid the question entirely, and ignored multiple requests for comment. Read more at The Hill.



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Jerusalem – Chilean Diplomat Who Saved Over 1,200 Jews Honored As Righteous Gentile

Jerusalem — A Chilean diplomat who saved over 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust was honored as a Righteous Gentile. Samuel del Campo, who served as chargé d’affaires at the Chilean embassy in Bucharest, assisted Jews by issuing them Chilean passports – mainly to Polish Jews in Czernowitz – between 1941 and 1943. A relative of […]

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Hamas Leader Doubles Down on Group’s Goal of Eradicating Israel

Yahya Sinwar, the political chief in Gaza for the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, said on Thursday the group will not disarm or ever recognize Israel, and vowed to get rid of the Jewish state.

“Gone is the time in which Hamas discussed recognition of Israel,” Sinwar said during a rally in Gaza. “The discussion now is about when we will wipe out Israel.”

Sinwar added, “No one will disarm us. No one can disarm Hamas.” His declaration came after the US and Israel said this week they will not negotiate with any Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas, as long as the terror group refuses to abide by the Middle East Quartet principles of disarming, renouncing terror and recognizing Israel.



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Dickinson, TX – ‘Confusion’ Over State Law Led Texas Town To Require No-boycott-against-Israel Pledge

Dickinson, TX — A northern Texas state representative said that a town that asked its residents to certify that they do not participate in boycotting Israel in order to receive hurricane aid was due to “confusion” over a new state law. Republican State Rep. Phil King authored state legislation against BDS, or boycotts of Israel, […]

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They Died On the Way To My Vort

Dating wasn’t easy for me. It took years of dating to find my kallah. Finally, I found the perfect girl. I proposed to her, and she said yes. It was a dream come true. That night, we would have the l’chaim.

I wore my best suit, a modest piece, and took the bus to the home of my aunt & uncle, who had agreed to host the simcha. Soon, everything was in place. The rain began to pour outside but my heart was full. This was the moment I’d always dreamed of.

However, after guests began to pour in, and ‘mazal tovs’ abounded, there was something missing: my parents. ‘Have you seen mommy & daddy?’ I asked my siblings. But they were at a loss. 

‘They should have left already an hour ago,’ my sister said. Thunder rumbled, and I felt a pang of fear.

I checked my phone. 10 missed calls from my brother. That’s when I got the news.

My parents had been in a car full of supplies for the vort. The storm began and the roads were slippery. They rode along the highway, but the rain was so strong they didn’t see the truck veering out of control until it was too late. The brakes slammed, and their car skidded off the edge of the mountainside.

My younger siblings were in the car. None of them survived. 

In the weeks that have followed, any savings my parents had have gone toward burying them, and finding a place for my remaining siblings to live. I have nothing to offer my kallah, no home to go to, no foundation for our future.

We applied for the Kupat Ha’Ir orphan wedding campaign, and were Baruch Hashem accepted. If the campaign can successfully raise the money here, we can get some help to start our new life. 

This is my story, but there are 29 other orphans like me, each with their own story. We need your help to get married this month. Rav Chaim Kanievsky is helping us, and has written out a bracha for simcha in the home to all who donate. We are counting on you.


Thank you,

Anonymous Chassan*

**The chassan in the story above is symbolic, not literal. Each of the 30 orphans has their own story of loss.

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