United States

Panetta gets peace pledge in Cairo

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 6, 2011

The Egyptian leadership this week promised the US Secretary of Defence, Leon Panetta, that there were no plans to change the peace treaty with Israel.

Mr Panetta's visit to Egypt on Tuesday came amid uncertainty regarding the future of Egypt's ties with Israel, following the violent attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo last month.


Antisemitism still 'disturbing part' of US Jewish experience

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2011

Antisemitic incidents in the United States were on the increase last year for the first time since 2004.

According to hate monitor the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), there was a slight rise in the number of reported assaults, vandalisms and cases of harassment against Jews last year, from 1,211 incidents in 2009 up to 1,239 incidents.


Living American dream

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 22, 2011
The mother of a Manchester boy with a serious immune deficiency has praised Camp Simcha for giving him the opportunity of a lifetime.

Eight-year-old Alexander Cohen appeared in a music video and toured the New York sights after taking part in the charity's trip to the Catskills.

Alexander was accompanied by Manchester Camp Simcha volunteers Aharon Howich and Ruby Abenson, who supervise


Nazi accomplice loses US deportation appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2011

A US judge has upheld a deportation order for a man described as an "indispensable" part of the Nazi campaign in the Ukraine.

John Kalymon was found to have voluntarily served in the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police for three years during the Holocaust.


Perry attacks Obama for Middle East 'appeasement'

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2011

US presidential candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney have pitted themselves firmly against the Palestinian bid for statehood this week in remarks designed to encourage pro-Israel voters to support the Republican Party.


Rabbi obstructs fraud probe, citing Talmud

By Ellen Tumposky, September 15, 2011

A US federal judge is weighing the fate of a Chasidic rabbi who is citing Talmudic law as a justification for his refusal to testify against fellow Jews before a Los Angeles grand jury investigating tax evasion.

Moshe Zigelman, who was the executive assistant to Grand Rabbi Naftali Tzi Weisz of the Brooklyn-based Spinka sect of Chasids, received a two-year sentence in 2009 after he pleaded guil


Jimmy Carter offers suport for Palestinian UN bid

By Jennifer Lipman, September 14, 2011

Former President Jimmy Carter has given his backing to Palestinian plans unilaterally to declare statehood at the UN later this month.

Mr Carter, who oversaw the Camp David negotiations which secured peace between Israel and Egypt while in office, is well-known as a critic of the Israeli government.


Is Obama losing Jewish vote? New York says yes

By Matthew Brooks, September 8, 2011

After scandal-scarred incumbent Anthony Weiner resigned from his seat, Democrats and many political sages confidently predicted that the district he represented - New York's 9th, a rock-solid Democratic district - would stay in the Democratic fold.


Washington letter to Jews 'key to roots'

By Ellen Tumposky, September 8, 2011

An important document in American history — George Washington’s 1790 letter to the Jews of Newport, Rhode Island — has been languishing in storage for years, and a US Jewish newspaper has launched a campaign to get it out into the open for public viewing.


US audiences to be served Friday Night Dinner

By Jennifer Lipman, September 8, 2011

The British sitcom about a Jewish family's Friday night meal is to be remade for a US audience.

Friday Night Dinner, which aired earlier this year on Channel 4, followed the ups and downs of Shabbat with the eccentric Goodman family.