New York

Composer and pianist wife die in house fire

May 7, 2015

British-born composer Ronald Senator and his wife, Miriam Brickman, were killed in a fire at their home in Yonkers, New York, last week. Mr Senator, 89, was best known for his piece Holocaust Requiem – Kaddish for the Children of Terezin, which was inspired by poems by writers Nelly Sachs and Paul Celan. Ms Brickman, 81, was an accomplished concert pianist.


Seven siblings die in horror New York fire

By Sebastien Malo, March 26, 2015

A fire in which seven siblings died has left the Orthodox community of Brooklyn in shock.

It is believed that the blaze started after a food-warming plate used on Shabbat malfunctioned.

The fire was the deadliest in the New York area since 2007, fire department officials said.

Neighbours said they could hear the children, aged 5 to 16, calling for help and screaming in the early hours of


Seven siblings killed in New York fire

By Sebastien Malo, March 23, 2015

The Orthodox community in Brooklyn, New York, is in shock after seven siblings lost their lives in a fire.

Hundreds turned up to mourn at the funeral on Sunday.

It is believed that the fire started after a food-warming plate used for Shabbat malfunctioned.


Watch it! App helps prayer

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

It has not even gone on sale yet, but the new Apple Watch has already attracted the attention of a software producer rushing to make the first Jewish app for the device.

New York-based technology firm RustyBrick is preparing to launch an app which will alert wearers of the watch to prayer times and the where-abouts of kosher restaurants.


Aspiring rabbi uses gay app to promote Shabbat

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

A rabbinical student is being paid by his university to invite locals to Shabbat dinners using a gay hook-up app.

Matt Green, a 24-year-old, second-year student at Hebrew Union College in New York, has been given a university grant to find and engage estranged members of the community on Grindr.

The free app, which uses geolocation software to identify nearby users, has been characterised as


Orthodox mum: husband 'raped and punched me'

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

An Orthodox woman has told a court how her husband sexually and physically abused her.

Rivky Stein, 25, made the allegations at Kings County Supreme Court in New York during a hearing to determine custody of her five-year-old son and four-year-old daughter.

She is asking for full custody, with supervised visitation rights for their father, 32-year-old Yoel Weiss.

Ms Stein testified that w


Lawyer who got Islamic State and the FBI chatting

By David Lazarus, December 23, 2014

New York lawyer Stanley L Cohen has spent much of his career representing terror suspects — including Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law — and has been labelled a “traitor” and an “enemy of Jews, Israel and America”.


Stab attack at Chabad HQ

December 11, 2014

An Israeli student was stabbed at the headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement in Crown Heights, New York, on Tuesday morning.

The 49-year-old assailant reportedly shouted "kill the Jews" as he launched his attack.

New York police have said that there was "no indication" the attacker, identified as Calvin Peters, was connected to a terrorist group.


Gangster, rabbi, copper - who is the real Mr Gross?

By David Lazarus, October 23, 2014

Is he a genuine Jewish convert or convict and con man?

Those were the main questions surrounding the saga of Rabbi Avraham Gross, who appeared in a New York court last week facing a slew of felony charges for posing as a police officer.

He pleaded not guilty.


Elite US rabbi 'had mikveh peep camera'

By Dan Friedman, October 23, 2014

Jewish Washington DC was in shock last week as news spread about the arrest of Rabbi Barry Freundel.

On October 14, the 62-year-old leader of Washington DC's "power shul" - so known because it is the place where Orthodox Jewish lawmakers and powerbrokers daven - was handcuffed and led away from his home where he lives with his wife and children.