New York

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.


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.


In New York, Chasidim keep up informal ban on women driving

By Sebastien Malo, June 1, 2015

A New York strictly-Orthodox community continues to follow a religious tradition under which women must refrain from driving.

Though not illegal for female residents, driving runs against a long-held religious standard in the Chasidic village of New Square, New York, with the result that no women does so, a former village spokesman said.


Paris mayor: Jewish life is vibrant here

By Nathan Jeffay, May 14, 2015

With her city's Jews still reeling after the Hyper Cacher supermarket murders in January, the Mayor of Paris gave an impassioned speech in Jerusalem this week on her determination to fight antisemitism.

Anne Hidalgo did not limit herself to general statements, but also addressed the thorny topic of whether opposition to Israel is sometimes used to obscure Jew-hatred.


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