New York

Rosh Hashtag: New Year gets a digital twist

By Lucy Cohen Blatter, September 22, 2016

The New york-based Jewish cultural centre 92Y is using social media to call for a day of global reflection on September 29, ahead of the High Holy Days, and has created the hashtag #NewYearPrayer to spread its message.

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Frum businessman ‘bribed police’

By Sandy Rashty, June 23, 2016

An Orthodox businessman has been accused of paying corrupt New York police officers thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for providing a "private police force".

Jeremy Reichberg, who is at the centre of the scandal, is suspected of bribing officers with cash, Super Bowl tickets, free flights to Las Vegas on a private jet and prostitutes in exchange for numerous police services.

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The oldest American? She's only 113 (and Jewish)

May 19, 2016

The oldest American is now a 113-year-old Jewish woman named Goldie.

After the death of 116-year-old Susannah Mushatt-Jones last week, the New York Daily News reported that Goldie Michelson of Worcester, Massachusetts, became the oldest living American.

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Trump missed grandson’s brit

By Sandy Rashty, April 5, 2016

Donald Trump missed the brit milah of his youngest grandson Theodore in New York last weekend.

The Republican candidate’s daughter Ivanka – who wore a white and pink dress to the brit of her baby - converted to Judaism in 2009 and took the Hebrew name Yael to marry property developer Jared Kushner.

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Chasids in daring river rescue

By Josh Jackman, February 11, 2016

A woman who jumped off a bridge and broke her leg was saved by strictly-Orthodox volunteers who had been searching the river for the body of their friend.

A group of men from the New Square village in New York were looking for David Ahronowitz, who died jumping off the George Washington Bridge in January, when they saw a 25-year-old woman make the same leap.

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Chasid hero of Hudson plane crash in second daring river rescue

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2016

A woman who jumped off a bridge and broke her leg was saved by strictly-Orthodox volunteers who had been searching the river for the body of their friend.

A group of men from the Orthodox New Square village in New York were looking for David Ahronowitz, who died jumping off the George Washington Bridge in January, when they saw a 25-year-old woman make the same leap.

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Muslim, Jewish, Christian power players talk Syria over smoked salmon

By Sandy Rashty, December 21, 2015

It was an unlikely meeting of minds.

There, in the back of a kosher restaurant in the heart of the Syrian Jewish area of Brooklyn, New York, sat four very different men – all set on discussing the conflict in Syria.

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We escaped from Hungary, but we paid a price

By Monica Porter, December 3, 2015

Suddenly the world is awash with refugees. And migrants. Great waves of humanity on the move, all seeking asylum. And as always, the movement is from east to west, because only traitors (think Kim Philby and Edward Snowdon) or religious fanatics (i.e. volunteers for jihad) ever flee in the opposite direction.

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Son's anguish over newly released evidence on executed 'spy' mother

By Helene Robitaille-Hidalgo, July 24, 2015

For much of their lives, Michael and Robert Meeropol, the sons of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were sentenced to death in 1953 after being convicted of passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union, fought to have their parents' innocence recognised.

In particular, they always insisted that their mother was wrongfully convicted.

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Pro-chicken activists face court slog against kapporot ritual ban

By Marcus Dysch, July 9, 2015

"Dead chickens, half-dead chickens, chicken blood, chicken feathers, chicken urine, chicken faeces, other toxins and garbage consume the public streets," the court papers stated.

Even by the standards of the New York legal scene, the attempt to ban the traditional Jewish practice of kapporot is particularly unusual.

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