Second tragedy for millionaire Jonah Shacknai

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2011

The son of a millionaire pharmaceutical mogul has died just days after the gruesome death of his father's girlfriend.

Max Shacknai, the son of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp chief executive Jonah Shacknai, was said to have fallen down the stairs at the family's San Diego mansion last week.

The six-year-old was taken to hospital but could not be resuscitated.


New challenge to San Francisco circumcision ban

By Jennifer Lipman, July 1, 2011

Lawyers for the city of San Francisco have suggested the proposed ban of circumcision for underage males contravenes the US constitution.

Their comments come after a challenge to the ban from an interfaith group of Muslims and Jews on the basis that Californian state law prohibits individual city lawmakers from placing limits on procedures by medical staff.


On this day: Aaron Spelling dies

By Deborah Weitzmann, June 23, 2011

The legendary television and film producer died at the age of 83 after suffering a stroke.

Born to Jewish parents on 22 April 1923, in Dallas, Texas, Spelling enjoyed more than five decades of career success on both the small and big screens. His world renowned and widely celebrated work launched the careers of many major stars of the 1980s.


Interfaith effort to fight San Francisco circumcision ban

By Jennifer Lipman, June 16, 2011

A Jewish congressman has been backed by a Muslim politician in his fight to prohibit US cities from banning circumcision.

Brad Sherman, a Californian Democrat, is set to introduce a bill to counter the San Francisco campaign to make circumcision illegal for underage males.


Santa Monica anti-circumcision bill dropped

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2011

A leader of the anti-circumcision push in Santa Monica has dropped the campaign in the wake of allegations that another Californian campaigner is using antisemitic tactics.

Moves were underway in Santa Monica to secure a public vote in November for an initiative calling for the circumcision of males under the age of 18 to be made illegal and punishable by jail time.


Foreskin man takes on Monster Mohel in comic book

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

The campaigners seeking a San Francisco-wide ban on the circumcision of males under the age of 18 have employed the services of a new superhero – Foreskin Man.

Matthew Hess, president of the Male Genital Mutilation Bill group, which wants the US government to make circumcision punishable by jail time, has written two issues of the comic book.


San Francisco to vote on circumcision ban

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

A San Francisco-wide ban on the circumcision of males under the age of 18 has moved a step closer to reality after sufficient residents signed a petition to get the issue on the agenda for a vote in November.


On this day: Nora Ephron is born

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

One of the most prominent female filmmakers working today, Nora Ephron's life has included a high-profile marriage and divorce, critical and popular acclaim and a close-up view of the Watergate investigation.


Hall of Fame: Arnold Schwarzenegger

May 12, 2011

"I would like to wish Israel another 63 years of great joy, peace and a thriving economy.

"I've had the pleasure of being there many times and have seen it from a bodybuilding point of view, from a tourist's point of view, from an entertainer's point of view, from the governor's point of view. I'm looking forwards to going there many more times."


Hollywood star for Israel conductor Zubin Mehta

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) conductor Zubin Mehta’s five-decade career has been marked by his induction into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Mr Mehta was joined by colleagues, as well as his wife Nancy and actor Kirk Douglas, when he became the 2434th recipient of a star on the famous Beverley Hills boulevard.