New York

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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Woman apologises for letting Chabad rep put tefillin on her

By JC Reporter, June 24, 2015

A female student has apologised for misleading a Chabad outreach worker into thinking she was a man and allowing him to lay tefillin on her.

Jewish student Baci Weiler, currently studying at the University of Chicago, posted a picture on her Facebook page last week of the man from Chabad putting the tefillin on her in New York’s Union Square.

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Guests accidently shot at Waldorf Astoria wedding reception

By Naomi Firsht, June 16, 2015

A million-dollar Jewish wedding reception last Saturday was over before it began when the groom’s cousin accidentally shot four people.

Anna Goldschmidt had married Elan Stratiyevsky in a traditional Jewish ceremony earlier in the day.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio Dances At Celebrate Israel Parade

June 3, 2015

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio got into a Zionistic mood this weekend, dancing with some Chasidic parade-goers at the Celebrate Israel parade.

Over 30,000 people attended the parade on Sunday which was part of a festival celebrating Israeli culture and food, hosted by the Israeli-American Council.

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