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Woody Allen signs film deal with Amazon

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2016

Woody Allen has signed a deal with online giant Amazon, selling them the rights to his latest film.

Amazon will screen the film, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Steve Carell and Blake Lively, in cinemas this summer before making it available to customers on its streaming service Amazon Prime Video.


Chasid hero of Hudson plane crash in second daring river rescue

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2016

A woman who jumped off a bridge and broke her leg was saved by strictly-Orthodox volunteers who had been searching the river for the body of their friend.

A group of men from the Orthodox New Square village in New York were looking for David Ahronowitz, who died jumping off the George Washington Bridge in January, when they saw a 25-year-old woman make the same leap.


Sanders misses out on historic victory by smallest margin

By Josh Jackman, February 2, 2016

Jewish presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has narrowly lost the Iowa caucuses to Democratic Party frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

If Vermont Senator Sanders had won the caucuses, he would have become the first Jew - and the first non-Christian - to win a US presidential primary.


Chart-topping American rapper promotes Holocaust denier in new single

By Josh Jackman, January 26, 2016

US rapper B.o.B has released a track downplaying the Nazi genocide, hinting at a Jewish conspiracy involving President Barack Obama and urging listeners to research Holocaust denier David Irving.

The song came after B.o.B - whose real name is Bobby Ray Simmons - posted dozens of tweets on Monday claiming that the Earth is flat.


Bloomberg mulls presidential bid as independent but ‘won’t run against Clinton’

By Josh Jackman, January 25, 2016

Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is considering a run as an independent candidate in the upcoming presidential election.

It is understood the billionaire businessman, who holds both conservative and liberal views, has told advisers he is willing to spend up to $1 billion (£700m) if he chooses to run.


Fashion brothers celebrate as Mexican drug lord sparks stampede for shirt design

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2016

The brothers who made the shirts worn by drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán during his meeting with Hollywood actor Sean Penn have seen sales skyrocket.

Sam and Shawn Esteghbal, Jewish Iranians who live in Los Angeles, co-own Barabas, the store which sells the $128 (£89) tops favoured by the Mexican billionaire criminal.


Son of Saul Shoah film nominated for an Oscar

By Josh Jackman, January 14, 2016

Holocaust film Son of Saul has been nominated for an Academy Award, it was announced on Thursday.

The Hungarian production, which has already won a Golden Globe and a Grand Prix honour from Cannes during the awards season.

It was first shown in Britain at the UK Jewish Film Festival in November.


New York state mulls anti-boycott bill

By Josh Jackman, January 5, 2016

New York’s state government is considering a bill that would stop the state from hiring or investing in companies which boycott Israel.

Both houses of the New York State Legislature have begun examining the bipartisan bill, which would also involve dropping any pro-boycott companies currently in the pay of the state.


Orthodox modernising row goes global

By Simon Rocker, November 19, 2015

European rabbis have waded into a dispute that threatens to fracture American Orthodoxy.

The Conference of European Rabbis (CER) voted last week to blackball graduates of a New York yeshivah at the centre of a row over its modernising tendencies.


Netanyahu woos America

November 12, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Jews across the globe to unite to "secure the Jewish state" on Tuesday at the annual Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly in Washington.