'The Way We Were' writer dies at 93

By Jennifer Lipman, May 6, 2011

The writer of the classics West Side Story and The Way We Were has died at the age of 93.

Arthur Laurents, born Arthur Levine to atheist Jewish parents in Brooklyn, died on Thursday in New York.

He began writing military training films for the US army during the Second World War, then went on to enjoy an illustrious career in both theatre and film.


University blocks honour over Tony Kushner's Israel stance

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011

Tony Kushner will not be honoured with an honorary degree after a New York university cancelled plans because of the award-winning Jewish playwright's stance on Israel.

After one of the City University of New York (CUNY) board members objected to the institution celebrating Mr Kushner's career at its commencement ceremony later this year, the rest of the board voted against the plans.


Lanvin's Elbaz plans fashion line for kids

By Jennifer Lipman, May 4, 2011

Israeli fashion designer Alber Elbaz is entering the world of couture for children.

Mr Elbaz, artistic director of the Lanvin fashion house, will unveil a new collection for pre-teen girls in the summer.

It will include 25 pieces for those aged between four and 10 and will be sold from November in 80 Lanvin stores around the world.


Galliano fires Jewish lawyer before court date

By Jennifer Lipman, May 3, 2011

John Galliano's Jewish lawyer has been dismissed from the case with just a week before he is due to appear in court for a pre-trial hearing

Mr Galliano, sacked as chief designer for Dior following worldwide controversy over his allegedly racist and antisemitic remarks in a Paris café, is facing charges for public insult.


After Wills and Kate, some not so royal weddings

April 21, 2011

To mark the Royal Wedding this week, a look at some of the equally starry Jewish marriages out there.



Mazel Tov: Matisyahu tweets birth of new son

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2011

Chasidic Jewish rapper Matisyahu has announced the birth of his third child.

The musician, famous for hits including Jerusalem and King Without a Crown, revealed the news on Twitter.

He wrote: "Tonight on the birthday of the rebbe, I was blessed with a baby boy."

He was referring to the spiritual leader of the Chasidic movement.


Mark Zuckerberg's story as told by Tarantino, Capra

By Jennifer Lipman, April 14, 2011

The award-winning The Social Network would have been a very different film without Aaron Sorkin's unique stamp on it. What would it have been like as an action-adventure, indie comedy or as It's a Wonderful Life?

Hat tip: The Scroll


Larry King's smoked salmon bagel shop

By Jennifer Lipman, April 13, 2011

The Jewish television presenter Larry King has gone back to his cultural roots.

The 77-year-old, who gave up his nightly CNN spot after a quarter of a century last year, is now a shareholder in the Beverley Hills franchise of an American bagel business.


Justin Bieber's meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled

By Jennifer Lipman, April 13, 2011

The Justin Bieber-Benjamin Netanyahu "summit" has become the latest to fall foul of PR and spin.

The teenage singer, in Israel for the first time to perform in Tel Aviv on Thursday, was understood to have asked for a meeting with Israel's Prime Minister.


Paparazzi stop Justin Bieber from walking like Jesus in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

Justin Bieber has hit out at the paparazzi for photographing him inside a church in Israel.

The star, who is set to perform in Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park on Thursday – his first show in Israel– complained on Twitter that more respect should be shown in holy paces.