New Jersey

Adelson donates $500,000 to republican candidate Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

By JC Reporter, October 18, 2012

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has handed $500,000 to a superPAC in support of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Rabbi Boteach is the Republican candidate in New Jersey’s 9th Congressional District.


Adelson backs campaign of Kosher Jesus rabbi

By Jennifer Lipman, August 21, 2012

The man hoping to become the first Orthodox rabbi to hold a Congressional seat is being backed by one of the Republican Party's most powerful financial supporters.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, the former chaplain of Oxford University, is hoping to win a typically Democrat-held seat in New Jersey at November's elections.


'Antisemitic' pro-Hitler article falsely attributed to Jewish Rutgers student

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2012

A Jewish student at a well-regarded New Jersey college has accused his peers of harassing him for his conservative and pro-Israel views.

Aaron Marcus attends Rutgers University and for the last year has written a regular column for its independent student publication The Daily Targum, with particular focus on his religious and political affiliations.


Arrest in New Jersey shul firebombing attacks

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2012

A teenager has appeared in court in connection with attacks on synagogues in New Jersey.

Anthony Graziano pleaded not guilty at an initial hearing on Wednesday, after being charged with firebombing two synagogues.


New Jersey synagogues in hate fire-bombing

By Nathalie Rothschild, January 19, 2012

A fire in a New Jersey synagogue is being investigated by the FBI as an attempted murder and hate crime arson.


Parents lose custody of Adolf Hitler's baby brother

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2011

The parents of a child named Adolf Hitler have lost custody of their fourth child less than a day after he was born.

The newborn infant was named Hons, arguable a more conventional choice than those made for Adolf and his sisters JoyceLynn Aryan Nation and Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie.


Couple face jail for 'kidnapping' man who wouldn't give wife religious divorce

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2011

A New Jersey couple appeared in US federal court on Monday on charges of kidnapping a man who would not grant his wife a religious divorce.

David and Judy Wax were released on bail but if they are indicted by a grand jury they could face life sentences. Their lawyers said the parents of eight would both plead not guilty.


On this day: Allen Ginsberg dies

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2011

On his death at the age of 70, the JC eulogised Ginsberg as "a lay cantor-rabbi for the worldwide "make love not war" movement". Fourteen years later, his name and straggly-bearded image remain as iconic as they were at the height of the hippie era.


Menorah madness

By Jennifer Lipman, December 6, 2010

New Jersey couple Sid and Shuey Horowitz host an annual Chanucah party to show off their large collection of colourful and unusual menorahs.

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US mid-terms: the Jewish winners and losers

By Jennifer Lipman, November 3, 2010

It was a mixed result for Jewish politicians as America voted in the 2010 mid-terms.

In what appears to have been the worst results in decades for the Democrats, President Barack Obama’s party has lost its majority in the House of Representatives and suffered defeats in key senate seats.

Richard Blumenthal, despite a tough challenge from the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment, and a scandal over his claimed Vietnam record, was elected as the new junior Senator for Connecticut.