New York

Steve Jobs fights Jewish journalism student

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2010

A Jewish student from New York spent Yom Kippur thinking about Steve Jobs after she received an email from the Apple chief executive telling her to leave him alone.

Chelsea Kate Isaacs described Mr Jobs as rude after he refused to help her with her university coursework. The 22-year-old former model, who studies journalism at Long Island University, had asked him for a comment for an article she was writing about the iPad. The university has launched an initative providing students with iPads.

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Hebrew schools for non-Jewish children

By Paul Berger, September 21, 2010

It's Thursday morning and 25 boys and girls are leaping on the spot in four lines, counting out jumping jacks in Hebrew.

"Echad! Shtayim! Shalosh!"

These are second grade students at the Hebrew Language Academy Charter School in Brooklyn, in which children - the majority of whom are not Jewish - study a large part of their curriculum in Hebrew.

When it opened last year, the HLA was only the second Hebrew-language charter school in America. Within a few years it could be among up to 30 such schools.

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Succot and the City

By Paul Berger, September 17, 2010

They come in myriad shapes and sizes from bulbous, futuristic pods to sweeping, organic forms.

Twelve finalists in an architectural competition to re-imagine the succah will land in Manhattan's Union Square Park, New York, on Sunday.

After two days, and following a popular vote, the winner of the Succah City competition will remain in the bustling square for the duration of Succot.

The contest's co-organisers, Roger Bennett and Joshua Foer, intend to work and sleep in the winning succah during the week-long festival.

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Daniel Pearl's father: don't build mosque

By Jennifer Lipman, August 26, 2010

The father of a Jewish journalist murdered by terrorists in Pakistan has voiced his opposition to the plan to build a mosque near the site of the September 11 attacks.

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Michael Bloomberg defends the Ground Zero mosque

By Jennifer Lipman, August 26, 2010
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New York mayor Michael Bloomberg outlines why he supports the plan to build a mosque and Islamic community centre near the site of the September 11 attacks.

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Justin Long's not very kosher film

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2010

Actor Justin Long has revealed the kosher conundrum at the centre of his new film Going the Distance.

Scenes from the comedy film, which also stars Drew Barrymore, were shot at the home of an Orthodox Jewish couple from Queens in New York.

But the script called for Mr Long’s character to eat a hamburger at their dining room table.

“The prop guy was making the burgers on the grill that they owned. They found out about it and got very upset because it was not kosher food.”

However he said the studio replaced the grill and utensils after the shoot.

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English prof in Starbucks bagel broiges

By Jennifer Lipman, August 17, 2010

A New York English professor taught a Starbucks barista a lesson because, she complained, she had been asked about what she wanted on her bagel in a grammatically incorrect way.

Lynne Rosenthal, an academic at Mercy College with a Phd from Columbia University, was forcibly removed form an Upper West Side branch of the coffee chain for allegedly calling the barista “an a***hole."

The 60-something had ordered a toasted multigrain bagel, but would not specify her non-choice of topping.

She was told: “You're not going to get anything unless you say butter or cheese!"

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US shuls get 'terror grant'

July 22, 2010

More than 25 synagogues in the New York area will receive up to $75,000 each as part of a $6 million anti-terror grant from the US Department of Homeland Security.

The funds must be put towards shul security.

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Matchmaking mum's web bid to find son a wife

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2010

A Jewish mother has become so fed up with waiting for her son to settle down that she has set up a website to find him a wife.

Just weeks after an enterprising son tried to auction his Jewish mother on eBay the tables have turned as New Yorker Geri Brin launched a site to find her son Colby a girlfriend.

Ms Brin, an Internet entrepreneur who works with Colby, has started “Date My Single Kid" to help her and other parents find matches for their single offspring.

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Chelsea Clinton wedding rumours

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2010

Former "First Daughter" Chelsea Clinton has finalised plans for her wedding to Jewish fiance Marc Mezvinsky, according to reports.

Speculation has been growing for months about the event and now a resident has let slip that the pair are likely to marry in the upstate New York village of Rhinebeck.

Ms Clinton, 30, and Mr Mezvinsky are believed to be marrying on July 31 at a mansion owned by a donor to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, Kathleen Hammer.

The 50-acre Astor Courts estate is modelled on Paris’s Versailles.

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