United States

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.


FBI 'recorded' conversations at US Israel embassy

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2011

The FBI has been accused of secretly recording discussions at the Israeli embassy in the US.

According to a blogger, who spoke to the New York Times, a translator for the intelligence agency shared transcripts of recorded conversations and telephone calls with him.


Lauren Bush prepares to become Lauren Lauren

By Jennifer Lipman, September 1, 2011

America's wedding of the year is set to take place this weekend, when the son and daughter of two of the most legendary American families tie the knot.

On Sunday, David Lauren – son of fashion designer Ralph – will marry Lauren Bush, granddaughter and niece of the 41st and 43rd US presidents.


She survived Hitler, but not the hurricane

September 1, 2011

Three Jews were among the 40 deaths in 10 American states hit by Hurricane Irene, reports said this week. Among them was a rabbi, a first aid worker and a Holocaust survivor.

On Sunday, Rabbi David Reichenberg, 50, who lived in Spring Valley, New York, was trying to save a father and his six-year-old son, Reuven Herbst, from power lines which had been downed during the storm.


CIA fight publication of ex-FBI agents September 11 book

By Jennifer Lipman, August 26, 2011

Two of the United States' security agencies are fighting over the publication of a book, co-authored by a Jewish writer, about the September 11 attacks.

The book "The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al-Qaida" is due to be published on September 12.


Sharpton pulls out of riot panel

By Amanda Julius, August 25, 2011

A panel discussion marking the 20th anniversary of the 1991 Crown Heights riots has been cancelled following the decision of political activist Reverend Al Sharpton to pull out of the event.

Tensions, buried over the past 20 years, resurfaced as a result of Rev Sharpton's inclusion in the commemorative event, due to take place at Long Island's Hampton Synagogue, with several members of the Jewi