New York

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.


Poverty on rise among New York Jews

By Melissa Jacobs, June 14, 2012

A study released on Tuesday has found that the New York Jewish community has grown by nearly ten per cent since the last survey in 2002, but intermarriage remains a challenge.

The survey found that intermarried couples lag behind in almost every measure of Jewish engagement, and the gap has widened since 2002.


NYPD blues for Orthodox recruit with beard

By Jennifer Lipman, June 11, 2012

A Chasidic trainee policeman has complained that he was asked to leave the force because his beard was longer than regulation.

Fishel Litzman's hopes of becoming a full-fledged member of the New York Police Department were dashed when he was fired from the training academy just a month before qualification.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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