Strange but true

Could this Jewish prince charm Kate Middleton?

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2011

A Manchester-born Jew living in Israel has decided he has looks to match the future king.

Budget airline EasyJet is marking the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton with an international lookalikes search.

The prize for the top ten hopefuls who submit their photos is a free trip to London to coincide with the Royal wedding on April 29.

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Hall of Fame: Alaska Airlines

March 15, 2011

"Out of an abundance of caution to protect all of our customers, we misinterpreted the behavior of the three passengers who were praying and wearing tefillin.

"To help make sure this misunderstanding does not happen again, we plan to incorporate awareness training of Orthodox Jewish religious practices into our ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts."

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Snake has kiss of death with Israeli model

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

An Israeli glamour model is recovering after a boa constrictor bit her chest and died of silicon poisoning as a result.

Orit Fox needed a tetanus injection after the creature attacked her while she was filming a scene for a Spanish television programme. Ms Fox, who once told an Israeli interviewer that she was “obsessed” with her breasts, was trying to lick the snake at the time.

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'Tefillin terrorists' strike on Alaska flight

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2011

The “tefillin terrorists” have struck again.

A group of Mexican Jewish tourists sparked a security alert on an Alaska Airlines flight to Los Angeles after they began putting on tefillin and reciting Jewish prayers.

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Meet the happiest Jew in America

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2011

America’s happiest Jew is not Oscar winner Natalie Portman or the newly elected Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.

In fact, the happiest Jew in the United States isn’t anybody in the public eye – it’s a Chinese-American Jewish businessman from Hawaii.

Experts have announced that statistically speaking a 65-year-old called Alvin Wong should be happier than anyone else in the country.

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Iran threaten over London Olympics Zion logo

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2011

Iran has made an official complaint over the logo for next year’s London Olympic Games, because the design is considered to be a “disgraceful” reminder of the word “Zion”.

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Israeli grandmother gives birth to 18th baby

By Jennifer Lipman, February 11, 2011

A Jerusalem woman has given birth to her 18th child, a baby boy who is already an uncle twice over.

Rivkah, who has two grandchildren older than her new son, is part of the strictly Orthodox Chasidic community, where large families are not unusual.

But at only 44 years old, Rivkah – who cannot even count a set of twins or triplets among her brood – has gone a step further than many.

And her nine sons and nine daughters also have a large extended family; their mother has 15 siblings.

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Mighty Mouse: Israel's bomb sniffing mice

By Jennifer Lipman, February 4, 2011

Israel’s advanced security methods are known as some of the best in the world, but a new development should raise more than a squeak.

Researchers from BioExplorers, a Herzliya-based company, have discovered that mice can be used to detect bombs.

They believe the technique could even be more accurate in finding explosives than the controversial full-body scanners.

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Israeli politicians could face swearing fine

By Jennifer Lipman, February 2, 2011

Israeli politicians could soon face a fine for using bad language.

The Knesset Ethics committee is set to consider a proposal to punish members who swear or speak insultingly to their colleagues by charging them up to 34,000 shekels (£5,700).

The amount is equal to an entire month’s salary.

At present Knesset members can only be fined for prolonged lapses in attendance or for taking on outside work.

The committee will meet later this month to decide whether to approve the new set of behavioural recommendations.

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Bottlenose dolphins spotted on Israeli coast

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2011

Israel has welcomed its latest group of immigrants – hundreds of bottlenose dolphins.

Experts from the Israel Marine Mammal Research said more than 180 dolphins have been sighted along the Mediterranean coastline. They said they believe d there were up to 400 of the species which have taken up residence off the Tel Aviv and Herzliya shores.

Dr Aviad Scheinin, the chairman of the Haifa-based centre, said: "The data of the past year strengthens research I did…showing that the bottlenose dolphin has a permanent population near Israel's shores.”

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