New York

Hunger strike businessman freed from Bolivian jail

By Sandy Rashty, December 17, 2013

A Jewish businessman has returned to the United States after being detained in Bolvia for over two years on suspicion of money-laundering.

Jacob Ostreicher, 53, who managed a multi-million pound rice-farming venture, was arrested in Santa Cruz and detained for 18 months without charge in Palmasola prison from June 2011, before being placed under house arrest.

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Man spends record £51m on ‘Pink Star’ diamond

By Sandy Rashty, November 14, 2013

A Jewish man from New York bought a 59.60-carat pink diamond for a record £51 million at an auction in Geneva last night.

It is believed to be the largest sum ever paid for a gemstone.

The buyer, diamond cutter Isaac Wolf, named the flawless, oval-cut diamond “Pink Dream”. It was previously known as the “Pink Star”.

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A strange choice

November 1, 2013

What do you give the billionaire who has everything?

Another million dollars, it seems, in the view of the Genesis Prize judges, who have awarded their inaugural $1 million prize to Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City. Mayor Bloomberg is indeed, as they put it in their citation, “one of the world’s greatest philanthropists” and “a visionary entrepreneur”.

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New York Mayor Bloomberg wins $1million award honouring “Jewish achievements and values”

By Charlotte Oliver, October 21, 2013

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was announced today as the first ever recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize, to be presented next May in Israel by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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New York Sex offender back in class

By Anna Sheinman, October 10, 2013

A New York Jewish university accused by former students of failing to deal properly with sex abuse by staff members has hired a teacher with a criminal record of inappropriate sexual behaviour towards children.

Akiva Roth, 42, took up a new position as a Hebrew teacher at one of Yeshivah University’s (YU) undergraduate schools, Yeshivah College, at the beginning of this term.

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Shut your cake hole: Weiner flips in bakery

By Nathalie Rothschild, September 12, 2013

New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, who exited the Democratic primaries this week with just five per cent of the vote, gave his car-crash campaign one final twist last week.

Mr Weiner lost his cool during a campaign trail stop at a kosher bakery in Brooklyn’s Borough Park when a customer heckled him for being “married to an Arab” and accused him of being “deviant”.

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How we showed there was life after 9/11

By David Marwell, September 4, 2013

The World Trade Centre was an anchor for our neighbourhood, a north star to help one navigate the warrens of New York’s streets, a beacon for all who could catch a glimpse of its Twin Towers. The date of its destruction is a similar anchor to the calendar, a fixed point against which we measure our growth.

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Housewife ‘offered hitman stamps to kill husband’

By Sandy Rashty, September 2, 2013

A New York housewife has been arrested for allegedly offering a hitman almost £40,000 worth of rare stamps to kill her unemployed husband.

Elena Sava-Adams, 57, was arrested in Brooklyn in a police sting operation last Thursday.

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Jewish groups to fund Syrian refugee programme

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2013

For the first time since the Syrian civil war broke out over two years ago, Jewish aid groups are about to help its refugees.

A coalition of humanitarian organisations headed by the Jewish Distribution Committee (JDC) is planning to finance welfare programmes for children in the refugee camp of Zaatari in Jordan.

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Anthony Weiner in hot water again over sex messages

By Marcus Dysch, July 24, 2013

New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has admitted sending lewd messages to a woman, two years after he quit Congress following a similar scandal.

He said he would not drop out of the race after an unnamed woman told a gossip website that she had had an online relationship with Mr Weiner last year.

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