Talmud event makes history as 92,000 pack New Jersey stadium

By Ted Merwin, August 2, 2012

In one of the largest gatherings of Jews in history, more than 92,000 people convened in a football stadium in New Jersey to celebrate the 12th annual Siyum HaShas, which marks the conclusion of the seven-and-a-half year cycle of studying a page a day of the Talmud.


Ten-year-old breaks weight-lifting record

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2012

She is more than a year shy of her batmitzvah and not yet five foot tall, but pre-teen strongwoman Naomi Kutin can lift twice her own body weight.

The 10-year-old from New Jersey came to the world’s attention earlier this year when she broke an international record for female weight-lifters in her weight class — previously held by a 44-year-old — and lifted 215lb.


Millionaire Jewish businessman vanishes at sea

By Josh Jackman, June 22, 2012

Multi-millionaire Jewish businessman Guma Aguiar has gone missing off the coast of Florida.

The Brazilian-born energy magnate went sailing at around 7.30pm on Tuesday night, but was not on his boat, the TT Zion, when it returned to shore at around 1.15am.


Santa Monica: Shore Hotel

By Sharron Livingston, June 19, 2012

It was only a short stay in Santa Monica and so for me, the beach beckoned. This resort hotel is located on Ocean Avenue where the beach is just 59 feet away and hit the spot.


Santa Monica: La Dolce Vita

By Sharron Livingston, June 19, 2012

It was 7.30am one December morning and I was stretching my limbs in the bright morning sun to the softly spoken instructions of yoga teacher Lauren Eckstrom from ESP Wellness Center. She gently coaxed out more length and deeper breaths until I could almost touch the bright blue skies.


Close Bibi-Romney ties revealed

By Nathalie Rothschild, April 19, 2012

The man now certain to be the Republican nominee for the US presidential elections, Mitt Romney, has close personal links to Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu.

Among the details that have emerged recently about their relationship in the American press, is the fact that, in 1976, fresh out of graduate school, they were both working as corporate advisers at the Boston Consulting Group.


Israel severs ties with UN council

By Robin Shepherd, March 29, 2012

Reading through the seemingly endless list of resolutions adopted against Israel on March 22 at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the first impression was the same as it always is.


Sephardi rift sparks leadership battle

By Simon Rocker, March 8, 2012

Sephardi leaders face a vote of confidence in the first elections since the aborted appointment of a new spiritual head.

The rift among members of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews' Congregation over the attempted recruitment of Rabbi David Bassous - who withdrew in January - appears to have had one silver lining.


MidEast a hot topic in US elections

March 8, 2012

Among the 10 states that went to the polls on "Super Tuesday", three have a significant number of Jewish voters and Mitt Romney, the Republican front-runner, scooped them all.


For America, it's all about timing. Can Israel afford it?

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, March 8, 2012

Beyond the speech atmospherics of the Aipac conference where, in rapid succession, Israel's president Shimon Peres, US President Barack Obama, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US Secretary of Defence Leon Panetta all spoke at length about Iran, the constant of the game remains the same. Israel and America agree that a nuclear Iran is unacceptable.