United States

'Tefillin terrorists' strike on Alaska flight

By Jennifer Lipman, March 14, 2011

The “tefillin terrorists” have struck again.

A group of Mexican Jewish tourists sparked a security alert on an Alaska Airlines flight to Los Angeles after they began putting on tefillin and reciting Jewish prayers.

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McCain calls on rival Obama to free Jonathan Pollard

By Jennifer Lipman, March 11, 2011

Former presidential candidate John McCain has added his voice to a growing number of high-profile US politicians demanding the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.

According to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Senator McCain offered his support for the cause during a telephone conversation yesterday.

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American Apparel founder faces sex abuse charges

By Jennifer Lipman, March 10, 2011

The founder of clothing chain American Apparel has been accused of sexual abuse by a former employee who is seeking £160 million.

Dov Charney, who comes from a Canadian Jewish family, created the popular and edgy clothing chain in 1991 when he was 22. Still its CEO, the brand now has stores worldwide including eight in the UK.

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Chabon, Waldman writing Hitler versus the magicians drama for HBO

By Jennifer Lipman, March 9, 2011

Two celebrated Jewish writers are developing a television series for HBO about a group of magicians taking on Adolf Hitler.

American author Michael Chabon, who wrote The Yiddish Policeman’s Union, is collaborating with his wife Ayelet Waldman on the show.

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On this day: Barbie’s first appearance

By Jennifer Lipman, March 9, 2011

Love her for her perfect smile or loathe her for her impossibly tiny waist, did you know Barbra Millicent Roberts had Jewish roots?

The doll was created by Ruth Handler, a Colorado-born Jewish woman whose parents were Polish immigrants.

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Meet the happiest Jew in America

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2011

America’s happiest Jew is not Oscar winner Natalie Portman or the newly elected Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel.

In fact, the happiest Jew in the United States isn’t anybody in the public eye – it’s a Chinese-American Jewish businessman from Hawaii.

Experts have announced that statistically speaking a 65-year-old called Alvin Wong should be happier than anyone else in the country.

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Wedding in Vegas - Chabad style

By Jennifer Lipman, March 4, 2011

There were 600 guests at a rare Chabad wedding in Las Vegas last week, as young couple Chayala Harlig and Levi Wilhem tied the knot at the starry Venetian hotel.

Photos: Rabbi Shea Harlig

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Hall of Infamy: Glenn Beck

February 23, 2011

"Reformed rabbis are generally political in nature. It's almost like Islam, radicalised Islam in a way.

"Radicalised Islam is less about religion than it is about politics. When you look at the reform Judaism, it is more about politics.

"It's not about terror or anything else, it's about politics, and so it becomes more about politics than it does about faith."

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Republican leader pledges US Israel support

By Jennifer Lipman, February 18, 2011

One of the most powerful members of the Republican opposition has vowed that the United States will stand by Israel.

John Boehner, who became Speaker of the House of Representatives after the Republican Party won a majority at the mid-term elections last November, made the promise during a meeting with the Israeli ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren.

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Helen Thomas: Jews not persecuted since Holocaust

By Jennifer Lipman, February 18, 2011

The US reporter who left her job as a White House correspondent for Hearst Newspapers following uproar over her anti-Jewish comments has made another controversial claim.

Helen Thomas, who last summer was filmed saying that Jews should "get the hell out of Palestine", said in a CNN interview that Jewish people did not have to leave Europe after the Holocaust.

The 90-year-old said: "They didn't have to go anywhere really, because they weren’t being persecuted anymore.

“There hasn't been persecution since…World War Two.”

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