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Top Democratic Party role for Jewish congresswoman

By Jennifer Lipman, April 6, 2011

A Jewish politician has been personally chosen by President Barack Obama to take on a senior role within the Democratic Party.

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Severed pig foot sent to Islam debate congressman

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2011

A high-profile Republican politician has been sent a bloodied pig foot with an allegedly antisemitic note attached.

The package was sent to the Capitol Hill office of New York representative Peter King, a polarising figure in the US for his role chairing last month’s congressional hearings on radical Islam. It was discovered on Monday by security before it reached the congressman.

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On this day: A revolution in pencils

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2011

The pencil with the rubber attached to the top is an item so ubiquitous that few would consider where it came from. But, as with every household object, someone had to come up with the idea.

That someone was Hymen Lipman, a Jewish inventor who lived in Philadelphia. On March 30, he won the patent for his product, which placed a rubber atop the end of a wooden pencil.

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Hall of Fame: Robert Gates

March 25, 2011

"No sovereign state can tolerate having rockets fired at its people.

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'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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