United States

Could Bloomberg be the man?

By Monica Porter, August 19, 2011

As we near the 2012 American presidential elections, once again there are rumours that the Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg, might enter the race, thereby making himself potentially the country's first Jewish president.


Aged 8, and taking Clinton to court

By Nathan Jeffay, August 11, 2011

An eight-year-old boy is taking on US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the American Supreme Court.

If you ask pint-sized plaintiff Menachem Zivotofsky where he was born, he gives the same answer as most Jewish Jerusalemites: Israel.


Peres: we must return to peace talks before September

By Jennifer Lipman, August 11, 2011

The Israeli president has told a delegation of US congressman that he hoped "both sides" would return to Middle East peace talks within the next month.

Shimon Peres called for negotiations to resume "before September", when the Palestinians plan to unilaterally declare statehood at the United Nations.


Jewish writer Philip Levine named as US poet laureate

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011

A Jewish writer has been named as the new poet laureate of the United States.

Philip Levine, 83, will start his role as the country's 18th poet laureate in October.

Mr Levine, whose parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants, has won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.


Young Jewish passport holder takes on Hillary Clinton

By Jennifer Lipman, August 5, 2011

A nine-year-old American is preparing for a court case against US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Menachem Zivotofsky began legal proceedings after his parents were prevented from registering his birth country as Israel.


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.