New York

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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On this day: Clifford Odets dies

By Jennifer Lipman, August 18, 2011

The Philadelphia-born Odets gained world-wide fame in his career. When he died at the age of 57 he had authored almost 20 plays, writing on topics including the Nazis, the great depression and the trials of ordinary life.

His themes were not necessarily Jewish but, as the son of immigrants to America, his work often had a Jewish feel to it.

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Teddy bear stolen from New York simcha

By Jennifer Lipman, August 15, 2011

It was meant to be a celebration – but one family saw a brit milah turn into a farce when a teddy bear was stolen from the buffet.

A man, believed to be posing as a caterer, nabbed the teddy bear and balloon centrepieces from the tables of the simcha and walked away. He was forced to burst some of the balloons in order to make a quick exit.

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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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