New York

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!?" 


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.


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.


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.


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.


British bank accused of hiding billion-dollar Iran deals

By Orlando Radice, August 7, 2012

Standard Chartered may lose its licence to do business in the US after a report by New York regulators alleged that the British bank hid more than £160bn in illegal Iranian transactions.


Leiby Kletzky accused set to plead guilty to murder

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2012

The alleged killer of an eight-year-old Charedi boy from New York is expected to plead guilty to his murder.

Levi Aron initially confessed to abducting and dismembering Leiby Kletzky days after the boy went missing on the way home from summer camp, but later said pleaded not guilty.


The Munich petition that helped the world remember

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

The chief executive of the Jewish Community Centre that launched the global petition for an official Olympic silence in memory of the Munich 11 has hailed the campaign for bringing the tragedy to the world's attention.

David Kirschtel, who runs the JCC Rockland in upstate New York, has been working with Ankie Spitzer – widow of murdered fencing coach Andre Spitzer – for several years.


Row over 'misleading' Israel advert in New York stations

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2012

Members of the Jewish community in New York have reacted angrily at the posting of "misleading" advertisements in train stations that they claim show an incorrect version of the history of the Jews in Israel.

The adverts feature four maps, going from British Mandate Palestine to the Partition Plan, the fledgling state of Israel and the modern country.


New York 'sex slave' learns to shoot

By Ted Merwin, June 14, 2012

A Chabad-Lubavitch woman who withdrew her allegation that she spent ten years being held as a sex slave in Brooklyn, New York, is now learning how to shoot an Uzi in Israel.

In one of a series of photos posted online, the flaming redhead can be seen holding a pistol. She also appears on top of a tank, practising the martial art Krav Maga and firing a sub-machine gun.