New York

Chasidic woman's flight from New York Orthodox life

By Miriam Shaviv, May 25, 2012

Unorthodox is an account of Deborah Feldman’s Chasidic upbringing in New York, her unhappiness at what she sees as her oppression, and ultimately her escape into secular society. Inevitably, the Satmar community in which Feldman grew up has responded aggressively, accusing her of mistakes, omissions and outright lies.

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Frum but fair about Facebook

By Orlando Radice, May 24, 2012

Did you hear the one about the gathering of 40,000 Charedim in New York to protest against the immorality of the internet? They heard about it online.

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Brooklyn prosecutor under fire over Charedi sex abuse

By Nathalie Rothschild, May 24, 2012

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has come under fire for his handling of accusations of child sex abuse in the strictly Orthodox community.

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Orthodox lingerie company owner sued for sacking 'hot' employee

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2012

A woman has taken legal action against a lingerie company claiming that her Orthodox Jewish employers dismissed her for being "too hot" and too well-endowed.

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Why Koreans love Jews

By Julia Bass, May 17, 2012

I was sipping tea with a South Korean friend of my father’s when he asked: “Do you go to church?” It’s a much more common getting-to-know-you question in Korea than in the north-eastern United States, so I replied: “I actually don’t go to church, I’m Jewish.” When the oohs and ahs from members of the family, who were thrilled to learn I was part of the tribe, had subsided, my fathe

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Alan Rickman to star as CBGB club owner Hilly Kristal

By Jennifer Lipman, May 15, 2012

The story of a man who gave some of the biggest names in punk rock their start is to be made into a film.

Hilly Kristal, who founded and owned the iconic Manhattan nightspot CBGB, will be played by Alan Rickman in the forthcoming film.

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Solidarity rally for Orthodox Jew held in Bolivian jail

By Jennifer Lipman, May 11, 2012

Hundreds of members of New York's strictly Orthodox community gathered last week to highlight the inaction over the plight of an Orthodox Jewish businessman incarcerated in a Bolivian jail without charge.

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Mitzvah Day volunteers set sandwich-making world record

By Sandy Rashty, May 4, 2012

A Guinness World Record was set by the Jewish community in New York last Sunday, after volunteers made 1,660 sandwiches in one hour as part of a Mitzvah Day challenge.

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The Jewish war veteran and the pirate DVD collection

By Jennifer Lipman, April 30, 2012

A 92-year-old Jewish man has emerged as one of the biggest pirate DVD makers in the United States.

But Hyman "Big Hy" Strachman, profiled this week by the New York Times, engages in the illegal activity to brighten the lives of US servicemen in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Reality show producer wants to follow lives of former Orthodox jews

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2012

New York's strictly Orthodox community could go under the microscope if a television producer succeeds in her plan for a reality show about their lives.

However Noah Scheinmann, executive producer at No Regrets Entertainment, wants the series to focus on those members who opt out of the insular community.

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