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Victory for Jewish basketball team over Shabbat game

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2012

A Jewish basketball team will be playing for a place in a tournament final after organisers relented and changed the date of the semi-final game so it does not fall on Shabbat.


Organisers refuse to move game for Jewish basketball team

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2012

A Texas school's basketball team have been denied its chance to compete in a state championship because the game has been scheduled for Shabbat.

Pupils at the Orthodox Jewish Robert M Beren Academy in Houston were left celebrating after they reached the semifinals of the state contest.


Congressman urged to challenge aide on 'chained wife'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2012

More than 2,000 people have signed a petition calling for a senior aide to a US congressman to grant his wife a religious divorce.

Aharon Friedman, who works for Michigan Republican congressman Dave Camp, split up with his wife for good two years ago.


Castro admits jailed Jew Gross is not a spy

By Jennifer Lipman, February 28, 2012

The Cuban leader has admitted that a Jewish American man who was arrested in Havana two and a half years ago and is now behind bars is not a spy.

According to the Associated Press, President Raul Castro acknowledged that 62-year-old Alan Gross, who speaks barely any Spanish, "was no spy."


'Unrepentant bigot' Buchanan sacked from news network MSNBC

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2012

One of the most controversial political commentators in the US has been sacked from his role on a major US news network.

Pat Buchanan had already been suspended by MSNBC, but this week the network said it was parting ways with the social conservative pundit.


Israel move after 71 years of marriage

By Jennifer Lipman, February 15, 2012

An American couple have arrived in Israel to build a new life together – at the combined age of 188.

Phillip and Dorothy Grossman, who have been married for 71 years, are thought to be the oldest husband and wife to make aliyah.

The Grossmans, from Maryland, arrived in Israel on Tuesday and have now moved in to their new house in Jerusalem.


Marines apologise for SS flag photo

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2012

The US Defence Secretary has issued an apology after it emerged that a group of US marines had posed with a flag that "adopted the SS insignia".

Leon Panetta's office expressed regret for the insensitivity displayed by the sniper team when it posed alongside a US flag and another bearing "a Nazi-related symbol".


US Marines posed with 'SS insignia' flag

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2012

Members of the US Marine Corp have been criticised after a photograph surfaced of them posing with a flag that "adopted the SS insignia".

Ten Marines, who were serving in Afghanistan, were pictured next to a flag bearing "a Nazi-related symbol", as well as a US flag. The photo was said to have been taken in September 2010 but was not brought to the unit's attention until late last year.


Woman's memoir lifts lid on New York Chasidic life

By Jennifer Lipman, February 8, 2012

A woman who has renounced her Chasidic background is set to send shockwaves around New York's strictly Orthodox community after writing a tell-all memoir about her upbringing.

Deborah Feldman turned her back on life in Brooklyn's Satmar community two years ago, after being pushed into an arranged marriage at 17 years old and becoming a mother at the age of 20.


Super Bowl bet winner giving money to charity

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2012

An Orthodox Jewish sports fan who won $50,000 on a bet before the Super Bowl has announced that he will donate the money to charity.

New Yorker Jona Rechnitz is a lifelong fan of the Giants, and decided to place a $1,000 bet on his team before the biggest match in the American football calendar.