New York

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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Jewish groups to fund Syrian refugee programme

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 25, 2013

For the first time since the Syrian civil war broke out over two years ago, Jewish aid groups are about to help its refugees.

A coalition of humanitarian organisations headed by the Jewish Distribution Committee (JDC) is planning to finance welfare programmes for children in the refugee camp of Zaatari in Jordan.

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Anthony Weiner in hot water again over sex messages

By Marcus Dysch, July 24, 2013

New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has admitted sending lewd messages to a woman, two years after he quit Congress following a similar scandal.

He said he would not drop out of the race after an unnamed woman told a gossip website that she had had an online relationship with Mr Weiner last year.

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Yeshivah University faces multi-million dollar suit over sex abuse allegations

By Zoe Winograd, July 9, 2013

Yeshivah University is facing a $380 million lawsuit over allegations of a cover-up of sexual misconduct.

Nineteen former students filed the lawsuit against the Manhattan university on Monday.

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In New York, 20,000 Orthodox protest against draft

By Zoe Winograd, June 10, 2013

Thousands of Charedim gathered in New York yesterday to protest against the Israeli government’s moves to force the Orthodox to join the army.

The New York City police reported that 20,000 Charedim filled Foley Square in lower Manhattan holding banners which read “freedom of religion” and “Orthodox Jews will proudly go to jail rather than join the Zionist army.”

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Yeshivah students thrown off plane before take-off

By Elliot Miller, June 4, 2013

One hundred yeshivah students and their eight adult chaperones were thrown off an Atlanta-bound plane, just after boarding in New York. The students were from an Orthodox yeshivah in Brooklyn.

CNN reported that airline, Southwest, had accused the group of using their mobile telephones and refusing to remain in their seats just before take-off, which went against regulations.

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One place in heaven, yours for a mere $100,000 on eBay

By Simon Rocker, May 30, 2013

It was an offer too good to pass up: a chance to reserve your place in paradise.

The online auction site eBay hosted one of its more unusual lots when New Yorker Ari Mandel put up for sale his portion in the olam haba’ah, the world to come. Within a day, his supernatural offering had attracted 180 bids, with the price having climbed to a staggering $99,900.

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Split identities of UK chief rabbi hopeful candidate

By The Jewish Channel, May 2, 2013

One of the candidates to be the British chief rabbi and a leading figure in modern Orthodox Judaism has admitted to creating at least one fake identity that he used to promote his arguments among fellow rabbis.

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New York synagogue terror plotter sent to jail

By Zoe Winograd, April 29, 2013

A man who planned to blow-up synagogues in New York has been sentenced to five years in jail.

Mohamed Mamdouh pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit terrorism and possessing criminal weapons last year. New York State Supreme Court issued the jail sentence on Friday.

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