New York

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.


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.