United States

Memoir to recall lives of Chicago mayor Emanuel and family

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2013

One brother is the mayor of Chicago, the other perhaps the most powerful player in Hollywood, and the third a respected academic in the field on medical ethics.

Together they are the Emanuels, the sons of an Irgun fighter who grew up in a working-class home in Chicago and have gone on transform Americans politics and entertainment.

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New York Mayor Bloomberg pays tribute to 'great' predecessor Ed Koch

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2013

The former mayor of New York has died at the age of 88.

Ed Koch oversaw the city for 11 years from 1978, stepping down only after losing a bid for a record fourth term in office.

A prominent figure who was known for being confrontational and opinionated, Mr Koch was credited with bringing New York back from the brink of bankruptcy.

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Playtime is over — US and Israel must get real

By Jonathan Cummings, January 25, 2013

President Obama was not waiting for the polls to close on Tuesday evening. While Israelis were still voting, his spokesman reiterated that the United States “will continue to make clear that only through direct negotiations can the Palestinians and the Israelis… achieve the peace they both deserve”.

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Rabbi could run for John Kerry's Senate seat

By Jennifer Lipman, January 11, 2013

A rabbi could be in the running to replace John Kerry when he takes on the job of Secretary of State.

The Massachusetts senator and former presidential hopeful is leaving his seat to take over Hillary Clinton's role in the Obama administration.

According to reports, Boston rabbi Jonah Plesner is considering running for the seat.

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Haim: We want to perform in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, January 11, 2013

They dream of singing in Israel, crave their mother’s kugel while on tour and love Barbra Streisand — and they are being tipped to dominate the 2013 music industry.

Last week Californian Jewish singers Danielle, Este and Alana Haim were overjoyed to learn that they had topped the BBC’s prestigious annual Sound of poll.

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Long-serving senator Joe Lieberman says goodbye

By Jennifer Lipman, January 2, 2013

The man who was once in the running to be the first Jewish vice-president in history is to retire from public life this week.

Joe Lieberman, who remains the only Jew to have run for the United States' second-highest office in the history of the major parties, announced a year ago that he would not be standing for re-election and will officially step down on Thursday.

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Aipac and Reform poles apart on US Israel policy

By Anna Sheinman, January 2, 2013

Two major American Jewish organisations are at odds over how the US should react to the Palestinian UN upgrade.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (Aipac) which defines itself as “America’s Pro-Israel Lobby”, has called for the closing of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation’s offices in Washington following the UN vote to upgrade the Palestinian Authority.

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Act now, don’t wait for tragedies like Sandy Hook

By Jonathan Cannon, December 28, 2012

The tranquillity of Chanucah was shattered as news began to filter in of the tragic events unfolding at Sandy Hook Elementary School. We learned that 20 children aged six and seven, and six of their teachers and administrators had been murdered. As an Israeli friend put it: "We are a country that is used to being shocked, but this is truly shocking."

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Bomb threat to LA synagogue

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2012

A Los Angeles Reform synagogue has been closed while police investigate a series of bomb threats.

A suspicious package, discovered adjacent to Wilshire Boulevard Temple on Monday, was blown up by the LA Police Department (LAPD). The package was not found to contain any explosives.

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The youngest victim of Sandy Hook: Jewish Noah Pozner, 6

By Anna Sheinman, December 17, 2012

The youngest of the 20 children killed in the worst school shooting in US history in Connecticut on Friday was Noah Pozner.

Noah, a pupil at Sandy Hook Elementary School, was shot 11 times. His twin sister also attends the school but survived the attack in which 26 died.

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