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Michael Bloomberg to give away $1 million Genesis Prize

By Daniel Easterman, May 23, 2014

Billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg has announced that he will give away the $1 million (£590,000) he received in prize money for the Genesis Award presented to him by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel.

Shortly after receiving the award, the three-time former Mayor of New York pledged that the money would be used for a new global entrepreneurship competition.

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Praise for Bloomberg, New York’s liberal light

By Sandy Rashty, January 3, 2014

As the new Mayor of New York, Bill De Blasio, was sworn into office this week, one Jewish community stalwart took time to remember the achievements of the outgoing head of City Hall, Michael Bloomberg.

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Champion of Jewish liberal values Bloomberg to step down

By Sandy Rashty, December 22, 2013

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will stand down from City Hall on December 31.

Since he took up the position in 2002, the Boston-born Jew has battled for the rights of Jewish communities and been applauded by Israel advocacy groups across the globe.

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New York Mayor Bloomberg pays tribute to 'great' predecessor Ed Koch

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2013

The former mayor of New York has died at the age of 88.

Ed Koch oversaw the city for 11 years from 1978, stepping down only after losing a bid for a record fourth term in office.

A prominent figure who was known for being confrontational and opinionated, Mr Koch was credited with bringing New York back from the brink of bankruptcy.

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New York mayor greets Muslims with Jewish greeting

By Jennifer Lipman, July 29, 2011

New York's mayor may have inadvertently taken a step forward in Jewish-Muslim relations this week.

Michael Bloomberg was speaking at an event to mark the beginning of Ramadan, Islam's annual month of fasting, when he made something a slip.

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Mazel Tov: New York's first gay Jewish marriage

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2011

The mayor of New York was among the guests who watched a glass smashed under the chuppah at one of the state's first ever same-sex marriages.

New York became the sixth US state to legalise gay marriage in June, and the law came into effect on Sunday.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a champion of gay marriage, conducted a ceremony for a Jewish couple at his Upper East Side residence.

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Mayor Bloomberg visits shiva of murdered Brooklyn boy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2011

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has visited the family of the murdered eight-year-old boy Leiby Kletzky as they sat shiva.

Mr Bloomberg joined the Chasidic family in their week of mourning at their Brooklyn home, visting at the same time as the New York police commissioner Ray Kelly.

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No sympathy for Dominique Strauss-Kahn from Michael Bloomberg

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2011

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has weighed into the ongoing scandal involving IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

In the four days since news broke that Mr Strauss-Kahn had been arrested in Manhattan for the "criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment, and attempted rape" of a 32-year-old hotel maid, a number of well-known figures have commented on the case.

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Synagogue plotter felt Muslims treated 'like dogs'

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2011

The Americans arrested when buying weapons on Thursday, on suspicion of planning terror attacks on New York synagogues, were apparently angry that the world treated Muslims "like dogs".

Ahmed Ferhani, a 26-year-old said to be of Algerian descent, was heard by undercover police saying that he needed the arms "for the cause" and expressing interest in attacking the Empire State Building.

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Google founders, Bloomberg among Forbes billionaires

By Jennifer Lipman, March 10, 2011

The founders of Google and Hungarian-born financier George Soros are among the 50 richest people on the planet.

Forbes magazine has released its annual list of the world’s billionaires, topped for the second consecutive year by Mexico’s Carlos Slim.

The highest placed Jewish person on the list was Larry Ellison, the founder of software communications company Oracle.

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