New York

Champion of Jewish liberal values Bloomberg to step down

By Sandy Rashty, December 22, 2013

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg will stand down from City Hall on December 31.

Since he took up the position in 2002, the Boston-born Jew has battled for the rights of Jewish communities and been applauded by Israel advocacy groups across the globe.

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A little taste of what 'others' feel

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2013

"I hate A-rabs,” said the young man next to me, in a southern accent. “I’ve just got out of the US Navy, and I can tell you, we Americans hate A-rabs. We still ain’t forgotten September 11. We don’t like Middle Eastern people."

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Hunger strike businessman freed from Bolivian jail

By Sandy Rashty, December 17, 2013

A Jewish businessman has returned to the United States after being detained in Bolvia for over two years on suspicion of money-laundering.

Jacob Ostreicher, 53, who managed a multi-million pound rice-farming venture, was arrested in Santa Cruz and detained for 18 months without charge in Palmasola prison from June 2011, before being placed under house arrest.

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Man spends record £51m on ‘Pink Star’ diamond

By Sandy Rashty, November 14, 2013

A Jewish man from New York bought a 59.60-carat pink diamond for a record £51 million at an auction in Geneva last night.

It is believed to be the largest sum ever paid for a gemstone.

The buyer, diamond cutter Isaac Wolf, named the flawless, oval-cut diamond “Pink Dream”. It was previously known as the “Pink Star”.

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A strange choice

November 1, 2013

What do you give the billionaire who has everything?

Another million dollars, it seems, in the view of the Genesis Prize judges, who have awarded their inaugural $1 million prize to Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City. Mayor Bloomberg is indeed, as they put it in their citation, “one of the world’s greatest philanthropists” and “a visionary entrepreneur”.

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New York Mayor Bloomberg wins $1million award honouring “Jewish achievements and values”

By Charlotte Oliver, October 21, 2013

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was announced today as the first ever recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize, to be presented next May in Israel by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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New York Sex offender back in class

By Anna Sheinman, October 10, 2013

A New York Jewish university accused by former students of failing to deal properly with sex abuse by staff members has hired a teacher with a criminal record of inappropriate sexual behaviour towards children.

Akiva Roth, 42, took up a new position as a Hebrew teacher at one of Yeshivah University’s (YU) undergraduate schools, Yeshivah College, at the beginning of this term.

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Shut your cake hole: Weiner flips in bakery

By Nathalie Rothschild, September 12, 2013

New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, who exited the Democratic primaries this week with just five per cent of the vote, gave his car-crash campaign one final twist last week.

Mr Weiner lost his cool during a campaign trail stop at a kosher bakery in Brooklyn’s Borough Park when a customer heckled him for being “married to an Arab” and accused him of being “deviant”.

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How we showed there was life after 9/11

By David Marwell, September 4, 2013

The World Trade Centre was an anchor for our neighbourhood, a north star to help one navigate the warrens of New York’s streets, a beacon for all who could catch a glimpse of its Twin Towers. The date of its destruction is a similar anchor to the calendar, a fixed point against which we measure our growth.

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Housewife ‘offered hitman stamps to kill husband’

By Sandy Rashty, September 2, 2013

A New York housewife has been arrested for allegedly offering a hitman almost £40,000 worth of rare stamps to kill her unemployed husband.

Elena Sava-Adams, 57, was arrested in Brooklyn in a police sting operation last Thursday.

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