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Jimmy Carter sued for Israel 'apartheid' book

By Jennifer Lipman, February 2, 2011

The former US President Jimmy Carter is facing legal action from readers who claim he misrepresented Israel in a book about the Middle East conflict.

Mr Carter, who was president between 1976 and 1980, could have to pay more than £3 million if the case is successful.

The dispute is over his 2006 work “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid”, in which Mr Carter compared the Israeli government to the leaders of apartheid South Africa.

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On this day: New Amsterdam becomes a city

By Jennifer Lipman, February 2, 2011

The city now known as the Big Apple began life as a Dutch colonial settlement, taking the name New York in 1664. Chosen as the capital of New Netherland and given municipal rights on February 2 1653, it had a population of just 5,000 by 1700 but by the time of American independence that had grown to about 25,000.

There are now near to 19 million people in New York State; it is estimated that more than 1.6 million of them are Jewish. It wasn’t always that way; the first Jewish community arrived in 1654.

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'Extraordinary' Tullia Zevi mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2011

The JC’s longtime Italy correspondent and the only female president of Italian Jewry in history has died at the age of 91.

Tullia Zevi, whose family left their home in Milan for France in the 1930s when the fascist dictator Benito Mussolini instated antisemitic laws, also served in the World Jewish Congress and European Jewish Congress.

From 1983 she spent five years as head of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, during which time she oversaw the first papal visit to the Rome synagogue in modern history.

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Singing card causes Israeli bank bomb scare

By Jennifer Lipman, January 19, 2011

A bomb-scare at the Manhattan headquarters of an Israeli bank turned out to be nothing more than a joke birthday card.

The Bank Hapoalim building was evacuated earlier today because of fears that it had been targeted by extremists.

However police, investigating what had set the alarm off, found that the “suspicious package” was actually a musical greeting card.

Security staff raised the alert due to the lack of return address given and a spelling mistake on the address.

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On this day: A Jewish family on TV

By Jennifer Lipman, January 17, 2011
Since the dawn of television, family life has proved to be a rich source of inspiration. The same can be said for Jewish family life, demonstrated not least by the popularity of the long running US comedy show The Goldbergs.

Created by a writer named Gertrude Berg in 1928, it began life as a radio programme but 20 years later made the transition to the small screen. Following the drama of life in the Bronx and particularly the meddling Jewish mother Molly, played by Gertrude, it later became a play and a Broadway musical.

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Hate attacks up in New York as shul gets bomb threat

By Ellen Tumposky, January 6, 2011

Jews were the most frequently targeted minority group in hate crimes in New York State in 2009, according to a report issued by state officials.

Anti-Jewish hate crimes rose by 15 per cent over the previous year and represented more than a third of hate crimes committed in 2009 in the state, the report issued last week by the Criminal Justices Services Division revealed.

The report came as a synagogue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan said it had received a letter on December 30 threatening to blow up the shul on New Year's Eve.

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Jewish security team nab Craigslist car thief

By Jennifer Lipman, January 4, 2011

Members of an Orthodox Jewish security force in New York helped catch an alleged car thief by setting up a sting operation.

Valsyl Lazoryshyn is believed to have stolen a car after its owner advertised the vehicle for sale on the website Craigslist.

After being fooled by Mr Lazoryshyn, who drove the car away during a test drive, the owner decided to contact the Shomrim.

The Brooklyn branch of the Jewish security group helped by arranging a second car sale at which he could pose as a prospective buyer.

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New York rabbi fights US Army beard ban

By Jennifer Lipman, December 20, 2010

A rabbi hoping to become chaplain to US troops has run into a problem as plain as the hair on his face – his beard.

According to the army’s strict regulations on appearance, anyone serving the military must be clean - shaven, but Chabad rabbi Menachem Stern has a long black beard.

Rabbi Stern was refused a job as a military chaplain last year after he claimed it would contradict his religious beliefs to trim it.

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Orthodox nurse wins payout after job cut for Shabbat observance

By Jennifer Lipman, December 20, 2010

A Jewish nurse who lost a job offer after she refused to work on Shabbat has won more than £25,000 in compensation.

Before she took the job at the hospital in New York, Alisa Dolinsky, who is Orthodox, told her potential employers that she would not work on Shabbat. However, she offered to work on Saturday evenings and Sundays.

But in response to her request, the hospital retracted the job offer.

Ms Dolinsky, 34, said: “They told me if that's the case, if you can't work on Shabbat, we can't offer the job."

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Catholic sues Jewish store in crucifix row

By Jennifer Lipman, December 14, 2010

A Catholic woman has begun legal action against a Jewish-owned business because she claims she was banned from wearing a crucifix at work.

Jamie Errico was fired from her sales job at watch store Concepts in Time in Manhattan last year.

However the 41-year-old is now alleging that she was discriminated against by the Orthodox owner Saul Jemal, because other staff members were permitted to wear kippot or necklaces with the star of David on.

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