New York

Republicans cause upset in New York election

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

New Yorkers made their thoughts on President Obama's administration clear this week as they handed a Republican candidate a victory in a seat which has been Democrat-run since the Prohibition era.

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Israel key issue for Jewish voters in New York 9th race

By Jennifer Lipman, September 13, 2011

New Yorkers go to the polls today in what is being seen by many commentators as a referendum on President Barack Obama's popularity.

The vote for the congressional seat of New York's ninth district, which includes parts of Brooklyn and Queens, was called after the resignation of Jewish representative Anthony Weiner amidst a sex scandal.

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Site launched to link global Jewry in recovery prayers

By Jennifer Lipman, September 12, 2011

A teacher whose sister battled leukemia has developed a website for Jews around the world to unite in prayers for a speedy recovery.

Shira Kalish, from Long Island, came up with the idea of "linking the Jewish community through chesed (lovingkindness)" when she witnessed the response to her sister's illness.

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September 11 victims remembered 10 years on

By Jennifer Lipman, September 11, 2011

Ceremonies are being held around the world to mark ten years since the September 11 attacks.

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Jewish punk rockers The Groggers: Upper West Side Story

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2011
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New York based Jewish punk band The Groggers have just released their debut album "There's No 'I' in Cherem".

If religion and rock doesn't sound like a natural combination, take a look at their video - it might change your mind.

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Bollywood's Bachchan to play Jewish crook in Great Gatsby film

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2011

A top Bollywood star is to take on the role of a Jewish gambler in Baz Luhrmann's £78 million film adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

Amitabh Bachchan will appear as Meyer Wolfsheim, a shadowy and untrustworthy figure said to have fixed the baseball World Series.

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A decade on, 9/11 antisemitic conspiracy theories alive and well

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2011

A decade after the September 11 attacks, antisemitic conspiracy theories "warping and manipulating" the truth and blaming Israel are still being widely circulated.

The New York-based Anti Defamation League has carried out an in-depth study of the conspiracies that have been discussed over the ten years since American planes were hijacked by terrorists.

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Jewish group calls for day to disconnect from technology

By Jennifer Lipman, August 26, 2011

A Jewish women's study group is to stage a day for people to disconnect from technology.

The "Day to Disconnect" has been organised by members of the Ohr Naava women's Torah Centre in Brooklyn.

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Housekeeper arrested for kidnapping rabbi's baby daughter

By Jennifer Lipman, August 26, 2011

Police have arrested a former housekeeper who lost her job and then allegedly abducted the baby daughter of her former employers, an Orthodox Jewish couple.

Gloria Suraez had worked for the Hayempour family for six weeks but when the summer job came to an end she concocted a plot to kidnap five-month-old Esther and take her to Uruguay.

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Strauss-Kahn a free man as maid's case collapses

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

More than three months after his arrest at New York's Sofitel Hotel, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 62, left court with his wife Anne Sinclair and told reporters that he was delighted that their "nightmare" was over.

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