New York

Lawyer who got Islamic State and the FBI chatting

By David Lazarus, December 23, 2014

New York lawyer Stanley L Cohen has spent much of his career representing terror suspects — including Osama Bin Laden’s son-in-law — and has been labelled a “traitor” and an “enemy of Jews, Israel and America”.


Stab attack at Chabad HQ

December 11, 2014

An Israeli student was stabbed at the headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement in Crown Heights, New York, on Tuesday morning.

The 49-year-old assailant reportedly shouted "kill the Jews" as he launched his attack.

New York police have said that there was "no indication" the attacker, identified as Calvin Peters, was connected to a terrorist group.


Gangster, rabbi, copper - who is the real Mr Gross?

By David Lazarus, October 23, 2014

Is he a genuine Jewish convert or convict and con man?

Those were the main questions surrounding the saga of Rabbi Avraham Gross, who appeared in a New York court last week facing a slew of felony charges for posing as a police officer.

He pleaded not guilty.


I was shocked by peeping rabbi arrest

By Alex Brummer, October 23, 2014

The Kesher Israel modern Orthodox community in Georgetown has been part of my life for several decades. During my ten years as the Guardian's correspondent and then bureau chief in Washington, I was a member and frequent presence along with my young family.


Elite US rabbi 'had mikveh peep camera'

By Dan Friedman, October 23, 2014

Jewish Washington DC was in shock last week as news spread about the arrest of Rabbi Barry Freundel.

On October 14, the 62-year-old leader of Washington DC's "power shul" - so known because it is the place where Orthodox Jewish lawmakers and powerbrokers daven - was handcuffed and led away from his home where he lives with his wife and children.


Protests over 'pro-terror' Klinghoffer opera

By Dan Friedman, October 23, 2014

Protesters, counter-protesters and police squared up to one another on the normally peaceful plazas outside Lincoln Centre in Manhattan on Monday. The occasion: opening night of the Metropolitan Opera's new production of John Adams's 1991 work, The Death of Klinghoffer.


I'm gay, US rabbi tells shul-goers after Yom Kippur

By Dan Friedman, October 23, 2014

In what the New Republic editor Franklin Foer described as "the most dramatic possible way to break the Yom Kippur fast", his rabbi at the Conservative Adas Israel synagogue in Washington DC announced on October 6 that he was gay.


Oy gevalt! How Yiddish halted trial of century

By Dan Friedman, July 4, 2014

It has been New York's political corruption trial of the century, complete with FBI informers, meetings in strip clubs, and video footage of bribes passed in a car park rendezvous - and it all ground to a halt because of a lack of Yiddish translators.

Or, rather, the right kind of Yiddish translators.


Mum's divorce campaign goes viral

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2014

An Orthodox Jewish woman in New York has launched a social media campaign calling for her husband to grant her a religious divorce.

Rivky Stein, 24, has been fighting for two years to secure a get from Yoel Weiss, 31.


Kosher force behind icon of US satire

By Nathan Abrams, May 9, 2014

Al Feldstein, who died on April 29, took over MAD Magazine and transformed it into the secular Talmud that many Jewish teens pored over while eating their cornflakes.

MAD first appeared in October 1952 under the editorial direction of Harvey Kurtzman, but it was really Feldstein, as Kurtzman’s successor, who turned it into such a biting satirical force.