Strange but true

Dispute after American man is barred from UK

By Marcus Dysch, June 21, 2013

An American student has claimed immigration officials barred him from entering Britain because he is Jewish.

Louis “Chip” Cantor was not allowed into the country when he arrived to visit friends and gain work experience.


Bezalel graduate's birthday television tribute

By Jennifer Lipman, April 19, 2013

Leigh Lahav, a New York-based graduate of Jersualem's Bezalel academy of arts and design, sets the bar high for birthday presents with this video, in which she puts her husband Oren into the opening credits of his favourite television shows.


Foreskin Man is back to battle Muslim circumcision

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2013

Superman, Spiderman and all manner of superheroes have returned for sequel outings during which they saved the world and got the girl. So it should come as no surprise that Foreskin Man – the blonde haired, blue eyed caped crusader against male circumcision – has returned to fight foes in the Muslim world.


Puppy on a plane as passenger gets pet past Ben-Gurion security

By John Jeffay, March 4, 2013

A woman passenger was removed from a plane after she smuggled a dog onto a London-bound British Airways flight.

She managed to get the tiny teacup Yorkshire terrier past security at Tel Aviv's Ben-Gurion Airport, which prides itself on having the strictest anti-terror measures in the world.


A Jewish man for every month

By Anna Sheinman, November 14, 2012

Chanucah shopping solved: the "Nice Jewish Guys" calendar is now available

Ryan can "do complex math problems in his head", Adam "loves tennis, travelling and low-maintenance blondes" and nursing student Mark "sees himself as a modern day Patch Adams".


Baboon at Israeli kibbutz adopts a stray kitten

By Jennifer Lipman, November 14, 2012

In the idyllic surroundings of the Ein Harod kibbutz, a baboon makes a new friend.


Superstorm Sandy stops filming of Aronofsky's Noah's Ark epic

By Jennifer Lipman, October 31, 2012

In what could be termed an ironic case of life imitating art, filming of a biblical epic telling the story of Noah and his ark was put on hold this week due to Superstorm Sandy.

Darren Aronofsky's film, starring Russell Crowe as Noah, was due to be filmed on Monday at locations in New York.


In southern Italy, Judaism is dancing back to life

By Ruth Ellen Gruber, September 20, 2012

Night falls at the end of Shabbat in Trani, a historic Adriatic port town in southern Italy.

Outside a 13th-century synagogue, Rabbi Scialom Bahbout holds aloft the Havdalah candle while a happy crowd around him chants the blessings and passes around sprigs of fragrant herbs.


Keeping up Judaism in Tasmania

By Rabbi Raymond Apple, September 20, 2012

Judaism flourishes in the most unexpected places. Take Hobart, capital of Tasmania. There are less than 100 Jews in the city and in the whole state there are no more than 200. But largely thanks to one couple, Pnina and David Clark, Orthodox life is alive and well in the city.


Dogs, cats and other Jewish pets

September 11, 2012

Barkmitzvah or barking mad? Either way, send us snaps of your pets enjoying Jewish life to and we'll share them with our readers.

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