United States

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.

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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.

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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:

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The New York rabbi and the Shabbat sex scandal

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2011

A rabbi and his wife are engaged in a court battle over his alleged involvement with prostitutes and her role in a sting operation to catch him.

Long Island rabbi Avraham Rabinowich, who is even alleged to have hired prostitutes on Shabbat – after services - was secretly filmed by a private investigator. The investigator had been hired by his wife Dr Amora Rachelle during a custody fight.

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Mila Kunis to go on date with YouTube suitor

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2011

The Golden Globe-nominated actress Mila Kunis has agreed to accompany an American soldier to a ball after he posted a video plea for a date with her on YouTube.

The Jewish star, who was born in the Soviet Union and moved to the US after the fall of Communism, has said she will attend a Marine Corps ball in November with Sgt Scott Moore.

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Democrats are losing us

By Matt Brooks, July 7, 2011

While it is a fact that no modern Republican presidential candidate has yet matched the 39 per cent of the Jewish vote that Ronald Reagan received in 1980, there has, however, been an unmistakable trend in Jewish voting, with Republicans gaining a larger share of the Jewish vote in presidential elections and doing well in the community in other races.

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US: Palestinian September plans 'not helpful'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

Palestinian plans to bid for statehood at the United Nations in September are a distraction from the goal of peace negotiations, a US State Department official has said.

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Body in lake not missing student Lauren Spierer

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2011

A body found in an Indiana lake was not that of a Jewish student who went missing more than a month ago.

Forensic staff who carried out an autopsy on the badly decomposed body yesterday ruled a match out with Lauren Spierer on the basis of "external characteristics and body structure".

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New York Shomrim in neighbourhood feud

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

A dispute has broken out in New York between an Orthodox Jewish security force and a man arrested for hitting a rabbi.

Dwight Chaparro was charged with felony assault after battering the 57-year-old Rabbi Mordechai Stern over the head with a wooden shelf. The attack was said to be because of a parking space.

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Body in lake linked to Lauren Spierer disappearance

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2011

Investigators looking into the disappearance of a Jewish student from New York are to carry out an autopsy on a female body found in a lake 50 miles from where she went missing.

Lauren Spierer was last seen on June 20 on the campus of Indiana University, where she was studying.

Her family has vowed not to stop looking for the 20-year-old and thousands of people have joined search parties.

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