United States

Relief as judge blocks vote to ban the brit

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

In the end, it was a battle that even Foreskin Man could not win.

Nearly nine months after campaigners in San Francisco launched a bid to make the circumcision of males under the age of 18 illegal, a judge ordered the measure to be removed from a public vote.

San Francisco residents had been set to vote on a ban in November, after the controversial proposal attracted more than the minimum 7,


Tucson congresswoman Giffords back for debt-limit vote

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

A US congresswoman who was shot in the head seven months ago was cheered as she cast her first vote since the attack.

Gabrielle Giffords, a Jewish Democratic Party representative for Tucson, Arizona, was in Washington to vote on the debt-limit bill, which averted a financial disaster for the US with just hours to go.

Ms Giffords was accompanied by her astronaut husband Mark Kelly.


Family 'ran $7m drugs and sex ring'

By Ellen Tumposky, July 28, 2011

A Russian Jew and his wife ran a high-end prostitution ring that catered to Wall Street customers who would spend up to $10,000 a night for sex and drugs, according to prosecutors in Brooklyn.

Mikhail Yampolsky and his wife, Bronislava, were among 17 people indicted last week after an investigation into their business, High Class NY.


Nazi 'Angel of Death' Mengele's diaries bought by Jewish collector

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

An Orthodox Jewish man has paid more than £150,000 for the diaries of a man held responsible for murdering and maiming thousands of people during the Holocaust.


Easy riding settlers go West Bank to West Coast

By Nathan Jeffay, July 21, 2011

It is Easy Rider, settler-style.


Man indicted for murder, kidnap of Brooklyn boy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2011

A medical examination into the death of a murdered Chasidic child has revealed that he was drugged by his killer.

According to New York officials, before Leiby Kletzky was smothered he was given a cocktail of a muscle relaxant, an anti-psychotic substance and pain medications.


Second tragedy for millionaire Jonah Shacknai

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2011

The son of a millionaire pharmaceutical mogul has died just days after the gruesome death of his father's girlfriend.

Max Shacknai, the son of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corp chief executive Jonah Shacknai, was said to have fallen down the stairs at the family's San Diego mansion last week.

The six-year-old was taken to hospital but could not be resuscitated.


Couple face jail for 'kidnapping' man who wouldn't give wife religious divorce

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2011

A New Jersey couple appeared in US federal court on Monday on charges of kidnapping a man who would not grant his wife a religious divorce.

David and Judy Wax were released on bail but if they are indicted by a grand jury they could face life sentences. Their lawyers said the parents of eight would both plead not guilty.


Rabbinical college criticised for Israel memorial email

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

The chair of an organisation dedicated to supporting the families of Israel's war casualties has expressed concern about a proposal by a US rabbinical college to "broaden" commemorative ceremonies.


Michele Bachmann: a lesson in bad yiddish

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Michel Bachmann, a darling of America's Christian right, runs into a spot of trouble with a very well-known Yiddish word. Watch the clip at 1.35 for more: