New York

Crunch time as judge denies prisoner's matzah request

By Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

A judge in New York has ruled that a Jewish prisoner does not deserve a weekly portion of matzah.

Southern District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that Christopher Henry's request was not wrongfully denied.

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Holocaust survivors fund fraudster sentenced

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2011

A women charged with participating in an extensive and long-running conspiracy to defraud an the organisation that supports needy Holocaust survivors has been sentences to a year and day in jail.

Polina Anoshina was the first of 17 people convicted for their roles in the £25 million scam against the Claims Conference.

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Not guilty plea in Leiby Kletzky murder case

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

A man charged with murdering and dismembering an eight-year-old Jewish boy has pleaded not guilty.

Levi Aron underwent a psychiatric assessment after he was charged with the shocking murder of Leiby Kletzky last month.

But he was declared competent to stand trial and has now pleaded not guilty in a Brooklyn court.

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'Kosher pork' on sale in New York deli

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2011

There has been bacon on a flight to Israel, pork in the kosher section of Costco and even an Israeli cookbook dedicated to pig delicacies.

Now, a shopper in New York has expressed shock after finding "kosher pork" in a supermarket.

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Mazel Tov: New York's first gay Jewish marriage

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2011

The mayor of New York was among the guests who watched a glass smashed under the chuppah at one of the state's first ever same-sex marriages.

New York became the sixth US state to legalise gay marriage in June, and the law came into effect on Sunday.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a champion of gay marriage, conducted a ceremony for a Jewish couple at his Upper East Side residence.

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Outpouring of support for Leiby Kletzky memorial charity

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

More than £79,000 has been raised for needy children following an outpouring of support for the family of murdered Chasidic boy Leiby Kletzky.

The Leiby Kletzky Memorial Fund was launched as a way for the family to preserve the memory of the eight-year-old, who was kidnapped and killed earlier this month.

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Hippest Jewish music label in world shuts

By Ellen Tumposky, July 21, 2011

The Jewish music label and events promoter JDub is shutting down - a victim of the recession and lack of donations.

In a letter on its website, founder Aaron Bisman expressed sorrow over the decision, saying: "The challenges facing our business model are too great to overcome."

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Man indicted for murder, kidnap of Brooklyn boy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2011

A medical examination into the death of a murdered Chasidic child has revealed that he was drugged by his killer.

According to New York officials, before Leiby Kletzky was smothered he was given a cocktail of a muscle relaxant, an anti-psychotic substance and pain medications.

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Mayor Bloomberg visits shiva of murdered Brooklyn boy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2011

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has visited the family of the murdered eight-year-old boy Leiby Kletzky as they sat shiva.

Mr Bloomberg joined the Chasidic family in their week of mourning at their Brooklyn home, visting at the same time as the New York police commissioner Ray Kelly.

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'Jewish Elvis' plans tribute to murdered Brooklyn boy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 18, 2011

A Chasidic singer described as the Jewish world's answer to Elvis Presley is working on a tribute to the eight-year-old boy murdered in Brooklyn last week.

The family of Leiby Kletzky are currently sitting shiva for the boy, whose dismembered body was found after 2,000 people joined a search for him. A man called Levi Aron was arrested in connection with Leiby's death.

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