New York

Jewish couple killed by Hurricane Sandy

By Sandy Rashty, October 31, 2012

A young Jewish couple were killed by a falling tree as Hurricane Sandy hit Brooklyn, New York, on Monday night.

Jacob Vogelman and Jessie Streich-Kest, both 23, were walking their dog when they were struck by the tree in Ditmas Park, according to various media reports.

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Rapper Hoodie Allen - You Are Not A Robot

October 22, 2012

Our favourite new Jewish rapper on the block - Hoodie Allen. Real name Steven Markowitz, Hoodie is an American hip-hop artist from Brooklyn, New York.

He started writing lyrics as a child and this year released his first album, All American, aged 22. The album debuted at #1 on the iTunes Chart and #10 on the Billboard Chart (US).

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Turning a blind eye to abuse

By Ellie Cannon, October 21, 2012

After the past few weeks of headlines, I'd be happy to hibernate for the winter and no longer read about kids going missing with strangers, teachers abducting teenagers or allegedly paedophilic presenters from my childhood.

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'Inflammatory' support Israel' adverts up on New York subway

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2012

Adverts encouraging people to "Support Israel" and "Defeat Jihad" that have been described by an American hate monitor as "inflammatory" are being posted on the New York subway system.

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Occupy Judaism leads Rosh Hashanah demonstration

By Sandy Rashty, September 20, 2012

A group of Jewish activists from New York organised a demonstration to promote “social and economic justice” over Rosh Hashanah.

Occupy Judaism brought hundreds of people to Zuccotti Park in New York last Sunday evening.

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How New York blew me away

By Peter Rosengard, September 19, 2012

Last Saturday, I flew to New York.

At 6pm I was in a cab from JFK into Manhattan, when the driver said: "The tornado is due at 9pm." He said it like a waiter saying, "your eggs will be with you in five minutes."

"What!!?" I shouted, sticking my face into the little gap in the glass partition. "Are you kidding me! What is this? The Wizard of Oz!?" 

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Leiby Kletzky killer Levi Aron to be sentenced

By Jennifer Lipman, August 29, 2012

Prosecutors in New York are expected to sentence the killer of an eight-year-old Charedi boy to life behind bars.

Levi Aron, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to murdering and dismembering Leiby Kletzky in Brooklyn last summer, will be given his sentence later today.

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Holocaust survivor granny hunts bag snatcher

By Anna Sheinman, August 24, 2012

A 77-year-old Holocaust survivor is on a mission to track down the man who stole her handbag.

Bertha Presz of Queens, New York, who grew up in Belgium and fled the Nazis as a child, had her bag stolen. The crime occurred while she was in the egg aisle at Brach's Glatt Kosher Meat Market in Kew Garden Hills.

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The (strictly kosher) ice cream van is here!

By Anna Sheinman, August 22, 2012

American newspaper The Jewish Daily Forward have made a video about one of New York's few strictly kosher ice cream trucks.

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Murder mastermind New York rabbi is faking his mental illness, court hears

By Anna Sheinman, August 20, 2012

A New York rabbi accused of hiring contract killers to kill two men is faking his mental illness to avoid trial, a court heard on Friday.

Rabbi Victor Koltun of New York faces charges for murder and conspiracy for allegedly ordering the deaths of Gerald Piscopo, 28, and his uncle, ex-policeman Francis Piscopo, 49, on November 4 2010.

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