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She survived Hitler, but not the hurricane

September 1, 2011

Three Jews were among the 40 deaths in 10 American states hit by Hurricane Irene, reports said this week. Among them was a rabbi, a first aid worker and a Holocaust survivor.

On Sunday, Rabbi David Reichenberg, 50, who lived in Spring Valley, New York, was trying to save a father and his six-year-old son, Reuven Herbst, from power lines which had been downed during the storm.


Analysis: Much to fear, much to hope with Arab Spring

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, September 1, 2011

The Arab Spring represents an unprecedented crisis for the Middle East regional order. The upheavals it engendered are still under way and much hangs in the balance - but clearly, out of change, dangers as well as opportunities arise.


Hall of Fame: Paul Rudd

August 31, 2011

"My go-to thing was to make jokes. Comedy was my way in. I noticed if I could tell Jewish jokes, kids would really laugh at that.

"I didn’t realise until much later in life that that was kind of f****d up."


A decade on, 9/11 antisemitic conspiracy theories alive and well

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2011

A decade after the September 11 attacks, antisemitic conspiracy theories "warping and manipulating" the truth and blaming Israel are still being widely circulated.

The New York-based Anti Defamation League has carried out an in-depth study of the conspiracies that have been discussed over the ten years since American planes were hijacked by terrorists.


Jewish group calls for day to disconnect from technology

By Jennifer Lipman, August 26, 2011

A Jewish women's study group is to stage a day for people to disconnect from technology.

The "Day to Disconnect" has been organised by members of the Ohr Naava women's Torah Centre in Brooklyn.


Ahmadinejad: Zionist regime 'hotbed for germs'

By Jennifer Lipman, August 26, 2011

The Iranian president has declared that Israel is a "hotbed for cancerous cells".

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marked International Quds Day (Jerusalem Day) with a speech at Tehran University, in which he said there would be no room for Israel in the Middle East after a Palestinian state was established


Housekeeper arrested for kidnapping rabbi's baby daughter

By Jennifer Lipman, August 26, 2011

Police have arrested a former housekeeper who lost her job and then allegedly abducted the baby daughter of her former employers, an Orthodox Jewish couple.

Gloria Suraez had worked for the Hayempour family for six weeks but when the summer job came to an end she concocted a plot to kidnap five-month-old Esther and take her to Uruguay.


The brit boom that made this mohel a cut above

By Nissan Tzur, August 25, 2011

He has become known as the Magnificent Mohel, a Chabad rabbi working in Ukraine who this week celebrated an astonishing landmark - 4,500 circumcisions which he has carried out in the last 13 years.


Sharpton pulls out of riot panel

By Amanda Julius, August 25, 2011

A panel discussion marking the 20th anniversary of the 1991 Crown Heights riots has been cancelled following the decision of political activist Reverend Al Sharpton to pull out of the event.

Tensions, buried over the past 20 years, resurfaced as a result of Rev Sharpton's inclusion in the commemorative event, due to take place at Long Island's Hampton Synagogue, with several members of the Jewi


Sydney eruv rejected

By Dan Goldberg, August 25, 2011

Jewish leaders in Sydney are irate after a local council denied an application to build an eruv.

Ku-ring-gai Council, on Sydney's north shore, voted on Tuesday night to reject a plan to build a 20-kilometre symbolic boundary that would allow Orthodox Jews to push prams and carry objects on Shabbat.