United States

Romney heading to Israel as race against Obama heats up

By Benjamin Lazarus, July 3, 2012

The Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney will visit Israel in the coming weeks to meet Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The two first met in 1976 when they both worked for The Boston Consulting Group, and have remained friendly since.

More..

Hip-hop mogul attacked by ADL for 'ugly' comments in Jerusalem

By Josh Jackman, June 22, 2012

The national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has reacted angrily to the hip-hop record chief Russell Simmons’s accusation that his behaviour towards African-Americans was similar to that of Louis Farrakhan’s towards Jews.

More..

My not-so-stereotypical year in the deep South

By Josh Jackman, June 18, 2012

My first reaction to finding out that I was going to be spending my third year of university at the College of Charleston in South Carolina was, it’s fair to say, not entirely positive.

More..

Shimon Peres honoured with Medal of Freedom by Barack Obama

By Jennifer Lipman, June 14, 2012

Shimon Peres has been awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom.

The Israeli statesman collected the prize at a ceremony in Washington DC on Wednesday evening hosted by Barack Obama.

Speaking as he honoured Mr Peres with the highest civilian award given by the US government, Mr Obama praised the Israeli for his contribution to the links between the two countries.

More..

Miami: Life is more than a beach

By Jenni Frazer, June 12, 2012

On January 1 1927, excited fans crowded into Miami’s Coconut Grove Theatre to see The Sorrows of Satan, the new “moving picture” by D W Griffith.

More..

Arizona family found dead in suspected murder-suicide

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2012

Five members of the same Jewish family have been found dead in Arizona in what police are believed to be treating as a murder-suicide case.

Yafit Butwin, an Israeli who moved to the US after she got married, was found dead along with her husband James and their three children, aged between seven and 16 .

The bodies were found severely burnt in a car in the Arizona desert on the weekend.

More..

Man admits to murder of Etan Patz

By Jessica Elgot, May 31, 2012

Missing six-year-old Etan Patz, whose face was on thousands of American milk cartons in the 1980s, was strangled and thrown into a bin, according to the man who has admitted responsibility for his murder.

Pedro Hernandez, 51, was arrested last week in New York after telling police that he was the one who abducted Etan while he was on his way to catch the school bus 33 years ago.

More..

Kosher chocolate chip change causes controversy

By Jennifer Lipman, May 24, 2012

Jewish cooks across the US have been left distraught after a popular brand of chocolate chips was stripped of its "parev" label.

The Trader Joe's semisweet chocolate chips have long been a staple of the kosher kitchen, with people using them to whip up all manner of milk-free desserts.

More..

BBC defends 'Jewish lobby' interview

By Simon Rocker, May 17, 2012

The BBC has defended an interview with controversial American Jewish academic Norman Finkelstein in which the presenter referred to “the Jewish lobby”.

Three complaints have so far been received by the corporation about the Hardtalk programme broadcast on the News Channel last week.

More..

Jewish groups respond to Obama backing gay marriage

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2012

American Jewish groups have expressed support for President Barack Obama’s declaration in support of gay marriage.

In a landmark statement on Wednesday the president said: “I’ve just concluded that for me personally it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same sex couples should be able to get married.”

More..