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On this day: Seinfeld airs for the first time

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2011

Regularly topping those "best shows of all time" polls, Seinfeld, which ran from 1990 to 1998, was very much a Jewish comedy.

Audiences spent nine seasons watching actor Jerry Seinfeld play a geeky and neurotic Manhattan singleton contemplating life, love and pretty much anything with his friends Elaine, George and Kramer.

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Jewish man severely burned in religious feud attack

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2011

A Hasidic plumber from New York suffered third degree burns to at least half his body in an attack police said was down to a religious feud.

The victim, named as Aron Rottenberg by The Journal News, was attacked yesterday morning near his home in a strongly Hasidic area, the New Square village in Rockland County.

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No sympathy for Dominique Strauss-Kahn from Michael Bloomberg

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2011

New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has weighed into the ongoing scandal involving IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

In the four days since news broke that Mr Strauss-Kahn had been arrested in Manhattan for the "criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment, and attempted rape" of a 32-year-old hotel maid, a number of well-known figures have commented on the case.

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Broadway show for Woody Allen and Coen brother

By Jennifer Lipman, May 18, 2011

Woody Allen has revealed plans to write a new Broadway show.

He told the New York Times that he was working on a one-act play, to be staged on Broadway from September alongside another by filmmaker Ethan Coen.

The comedies will be shown with a third act written by Primary Colours screenwriter Elaine May.

The show will be directed by Hollywood actor John Turturro.

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Rabbi who groped Israeli soldier sentenced to jail

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2011

The rabbi who was convicted of groping a female IDF officer on a flight to New York will spend two months behind bars.

Father-of-11 Gavriel Bidany was arrested after the woman, 23, accused him of touching her underneath her airline blanket without her consent.

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Synagogue plotter felt Muslims treated 'like dogs'

By Jennifer Lipman, May 13, 2011

The Americans arrested when buying weapons on Thursday, on suspicion of planning terror attacks on New York synagogues, were apparently angry that the world treated Muslims "like dogs".

Ahmed Ferhani, a 26-year-old said to be of Algerian descent, was heard by undercover police saying that he needed the arms "for the cause" and expressing interest in attacking the Empire State Building.

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Arrests in New York synagogue attack plot

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

Two men thought to be planning to strike synagogues in New York have been arrested just ten days after the city celebrated the death of the man behind the September 11 terrorist attacks.

The pair, described as Muslims of North African descent, were detained by police as they attempted to buy AK-47s, hand grenades and other weapons.

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Valmadonna goes back on the market

By Robyn Rosen, May 12, 2011

The Valmadonna Trust Library is back on the market after a bid for the world's finest collection of Hebrew books and manuscripts fell through.

There were reports last December that the collection of 13,000 volumes was sold to an anonymous buyer at Sotheby's in New York in a sealed bid.

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Interfaith pioneer rabbi given top French honour

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

A New York-based rabbi who has dedicated his life to the promotion of human rights and religious tolerance has been presented with one of France's most prestigious honours.

Rabbi Arthur Schneier, a Vienna-born Holocaust survivor who created the interfaith partnership, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, in 1965, received the Officer of the Legion of Honour at a ceremony in Manhattan.

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Kosher deli in very fatty sandwich war

By Jennifer Lipman, May 11, 2011

Food has always been serious business for the Jewish community, and never more so that in the famed kosher delis of New York City, where a broiges has developed over a sandwich.

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