New York

Oy gevalt! How Yiddish halted trial of century

By Dan Friedman, July 4, 2014

It has been New York's political corruption trial of the century, complete with FBI informers, meetings in strip clubs, and video footage of bribes passed in a car park rendezvous - and it all ground to a halt because of a lack of Yiddish translators.

Or, rather, the right kind of Yiddish translators.

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Mum's divorce campaign goes viral

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2014

An Orthodox Jewish woman in New York has launched a social media campaign calling for her husband to grant her a religious divorce.

Rivky Stein, 24, has been fighting for two years to secure a get from Yoel Weiss, 31.

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Kosher force behind icon of US satire

By Nathan Abrams, May 9, 2014

Al Feldstein, who died on April 29, took over MAD Magazine and transformed it into the secular Talmud that many Jewish teens pored over while eating their cornflakes.

MAD first appeared in October 1952 under the editorial direction of Harvey Kurtzman, but it was really Feldstein, as Kurtzman’s successor, who turned it into such a biting satirical force.

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Unity march begins with a broiges

By Dan Friedman, April 14, 2014

The Celebrate Israel Parade is an annual show of support for the Jewish state by the largest Jewish population outside Israel — that of New York City.

Run by the UJA-Federation of New York and the Jewish Community Relations Council, the kosher carnival, timetabled for June 1, is touted as an opportunity to show unity.

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Big rise in antisemitic attacks on New York Jews

By Marcus Dysch, April 2, 2014

Attacks on Jews in New York more than trebled last year, according to figures released by the Anti-Defamation League.

There were 22 assaults on Jewish New Yorkers in 2013, compared to just six in the previous 12 months.

The ADL said it could not explain the significant rise, but it is thought the "knockout game" trend was partly responsible.

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London man injured in New York race-hate attack

By Rosa Doherty, March 26, 2014

A London man has been attacked in New York in what police believe to be an antisemitic attack.

The 65-year old unnamed grandfather, was visiting relatives for a wedding, when he was assaulted by two men in the Borough Park area of Brooklyn.

Relatives of the man said he was punched in the head and fell to the ground,badly injuring his face.

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Shabbat email kept me off missing Malaysia plane

By Lauren Davidson, March 13, 2014

A man has claimed he decided not to take the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared last Saturday because of a “miraculous” intervention by his observant travel agent.

The man, known only as Andy, said he had asked the agent to book him a seat on flight MH370, which vanished with 239 passengers and crew on board.

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A New Yorker in London - it's a steep learning curve

By Meira Drazin, March 7, 2014

GPS is my frenemy,” I posted as my Facebook status a month after I moved to London from New York with my husband and three children. I felt stranded in an unfamiliar city, piloting an SUV that drove like a tank with three carseats on London’s narrow roads, blindly following a disembodied voice. “Does she have an English accent?” a friend gamely commented.

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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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A little taste of what 'others' feel

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2013

"I hate A-rabs,” said the young man next to me, in a southern accent. “I’ve just got out of the US Navy, and I can tell you, we Americans hate A-rabs. We still ain’t forgotten September 11. We don’t like Middle Eastern people."

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