New York

Cash-launder Syrian rabbi comes clean in court

By Ellen Tumposky, March 31, 2011

An elderly and prominent Syrian rabbi from Brooklyn has pleaded guilty to laundering tens of thousands of dollars through a religious charity.

Saul Kassin, 89, rabbi of Congregation Sharee Zion in Brooklyn, the largest Syrian Sephardic synagogue in the US, confessed his crime to a federal court earlier this week.

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On this day: The Triangle Shirtwaist fire

By Jennifer Lipman, March 25, 2011

It was late on a Saturday afternoon, the end of the working day, when the first flames were spotted at the Triangle Waist Company factory in New York.

The tragedy left 146 people dead and more than 70 with injuries, prompting the introduction of improved regulations on factory safety.

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The Maccabeats do Purim: Raise Your Glass

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011
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Remember the Maccabeats' Chanucah version of Candlelight. Well, the band from New York are back with a song for Purim, to the of Pink's hit Raise Your Glass.

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Diamond dealer pleads for prison

By Ellen Tumposky, March 10, 2011

A Jewish diamond dealer begged a New York City judge last week to let him remain in prison rather than face retribution for testifying against a mafioso.

Brian Greenwald, former president of Doppelt & Greenwald in Manhattan's Diamond District, made the plea at his sentencing at Manhattan Federal Court last week.

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Interview: Mordechai Dzikansky

By Yoav Sivan, March 10, 2011

Growing up in New York's Orthodox Community, Mordechai Dzikansky, a rabbi's son, did not envision his memoir would be titled Terrorist Cop.

Nor did Mr Dzikansky, 49, who now lives in Ra'anana, foresee that he would go from being a policeman who happens to be Jewish to the Jewish policeman of New York and, ultimately, to New York Police Department's ambassador to the Jewish state.

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American Apparel founder faces sex abuse charges

By Jennifer Lipman, March 10, 2011

The founder of clothing chain American Apparel has been accused of sexual abuse by a former employee who is seeking £160 million.

Dov Charney, who comes from a Canadian Jewish family, created the popular and edgy clothing chain in 1991 when he was 22. Still its CEO, the brand now has stores worldwide including eight in the UK.

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On this day: Eliot Spitzer’s downfall

By Jennifer Lipman, March 10, 2011

Former New York governor Eliot Spitzer wasn’t the first political player whose career was prematurely ended by a sex scandal, and he likely won’t be the last.

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Interview: Nev Schulman

By Jennifer Lipman, March 3, 2011

As Yaniv “Nev” Schulman points out, he’s got a fair amount in common with Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg.

Both are 26, from Jewish families in New York and live enviable lives surrounded by the latest in geek-dream software. And for both, being part of what Schulman calls “the first Facebook generation” has had unimaginable consequences.

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On this day: Zero Mostel is born

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2011

The Broadway comedian was born Sam Joel in Brooklyn to Orthodox parents and spent his childhood learning at a yeshiva school, but chose to enter showbiz and change his name to Zero rather than follow in the family footsteps.

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Gay group backs down on Israeli apartheid party

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2011

A US gay advocacy group has cancelled plans to allow pro-Palestinian campaigners to host a "Smash Israeli Apartheid" party at its New York headquarters.

The event was due to take place at the city’s LGBT community centre as part of international “Israeli Apartheid Week” at the beginning of March.

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