New York

Israeli chief rabbinate puts lid on Häagen-Dazs

By Jennifer Lipman, January 16, 2012

Israeli ice cream lovers may have to find a new flavour, after Israel's chief rabbinate suggested Häagen-Dazs products were not kosher.

The ice cream company uses liquid milk instead of milk powder for flavours such as pralines and cream and crème brulee, which the chief rabbinate's kashrut department said represented "a severe infringement of kashrut procedures."

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Lord Sacks addresses the Chabad Conference in New York

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2011

The chief rabbi's speech at the annual Chabad gathering in New York

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How a New York visit made me more aware of home

By Jennifer Lipman, November 30, 2011

In vain, we searched for the pickle shop. Wandering around New York's historic Lower East Side, it seemed improbable, impossible even, that we wouldn't encounter a Yiddish-speaking man selling barrels of flavoursome and juicy cucumbers and telling us we had chutzpah when we tried to negotiate a good deal.

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Brooklyn women fight to join Orthodox ambulance service

By Jennifer Lipman, November 28, 2011

A group of Orthodox women in the Borough Park area of New York have sparked a debate in the community after they asked to be allowed to join a men-only Jewish volunteer ambulance service.

The women said they wanted to be involved in Hatzalah's operations, in order to help women going into labour or facing other emergencies.

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'Insensitive' Christmas vodka ad removed

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2011

A Christmas shopping advert has been removed from the upper west side of Manhattan after allegations that it was antisemitic.

The billboard, for a vodka company, read: "Christmas quality, Hannukah pricing".

The image showed two dogs, one wearing a Santa hat and the other with a kippah on.

The Anti-Defamation League, a US hate monitor, said the advert was "crude and offensive".

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Jews defend Occupy Wall Street from antisemitism claims

By Jennifer Lipman, November 2, 2011

The founder of the doveish Israel advocacy group J Street and the disgraced former governor of New York are among the signatories to a statement defending Occupy Wall Street from accusations that it is antisemitic.

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Meet Colonel Gadaffi's Jewish pen-pal

By Jennifer Lipman, October 31, 2011

A Jewish florist from New York has recalled his lengthy correspondence with his "pen-pal" Colonel Gaddafi.

Octogenarian Louis Schlamowitz has spent decades writing to a host of leaders and despots, from President Harry Truman to Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini.

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New York education in Finchley synagogue

October 27, 2011

Four students from New York’s Yeshiva University presented 10 learning events for women at Finchley Synagogue over the Simchat Torah weekend.

Chavi Becker, Kira Joel, Shlomit Cohen and Derora Tropp also led the women’s dancing in synagogue during the festival.

The well-attended activities ranged from interactive Torah study to learning-based afternoon teas in members’ homes.

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Brooklyn's gender-separated bus to change its policy

By Jennifer Lipman, October 26, 2011

A bus service that required male and female passengers to sit separately for religious reasons will no longer operate under that arrangement.

It emerged last week that women who took the B110 bus through a part of Brooklyn that is home to high numbers of Chasidic Jews were being told to sit at the back of the vehicle.

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Lawyer: Murder confession 'false' in Leiby Kletzky case

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2011

The lawyer for a man accused of the shocking and brutal murder of an eight-year-old boy from a Chasidic Jewish community in New York has claimed his client was pushed into confessing to the crime.

Levi Aron, who admitted to killing Leiby Kletzky in July after the boy's dismembered body parts were found in a suitcase and at Aron's home, appeared at a court hearing in Brooklyn on Monday.

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