New York

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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Titanic’s hidden victims

By Tony Kushner, April 11, 2012

There is an old Jewish music hall joke: "Did you know that the Jews were responsible for the sinking of the Titanic?"

"No they weren't, it was the iceberg."

"Oy, already. Iceberg, Goldberg?

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Gefilte fish gets a retro-chic makeover

By Nathalie Rothschild, April 4, 2012

In Brooklyn, three Jewishfoodies are
reviving old-world dishes for a new, environmentally-aware generation.

Liz Alpern, Jackie Lilinshtein and Jeffrey Yoskowitz, founders of the Gefilteria, are offering up traditional Ashkenazi foods with a twist.

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Mark Ronson: 'Any successI've ever had is by accident'

April 4, 2012

Mark Ronson is reminiscing. "My grandmother was so funny. She's not around any more but when we were kids we'd go over to her house and she'd only have two periodicals on the table: French Vogue and the Jewish Chronicle". He smiles. "Those were like her Bibles."

The memory is partly prompted by the fact Ronson is talking to the JC, partly by the fact he is back in London.

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Three Lives: A Biography of Stefan Zweig

By Amanda Hopkinson, April 2, 2012

Stefan Zweig, in recent years, has not so much reprised an earlier reputation in this country as achieved one hitherto denied him beyond his native Austria.

This cannot be merely a testament either to the pioneering Modernism of this uniquely voiced author or to the increased sophistication of a new generation of Anglophone readers.

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He survived the Titanic shipwreck, and became a Manchester legend

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 29, 2012

Pistols were firing, children were being dragged from their mothers, and men stampeded in panic. But this was not a German concentration camp. It was the sinking of the Titanic, as witnessed by a British Jewish survivor.

One hundred years ago, survivor Joseph Hyman told the New York Herald: "We sat there silent, we were terror-stricken.

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