World news

Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen wins Spanish prize

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

Leonard Cohen has been awarded a prize dubbed the Spanish Nobel Prize.

The legendary singer - songwriter is this year's recipient of the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters. The prize, which will be given out at special ceremony in autumn, is worth £44,000.

More..

Tension as Bolivia hosts Iranian terror suspect wanted by Argentina

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

Bolivia's foreign minister has issued an apology to Argentina after inviting a wanted Iranian terror suspect to an official ceremony.

David Choquehuanca offered his "deepest apologies" to his Argentine counterpart Hector Timerman for hosting Iran's defence minister at an event on Tuesday.

More..

Milestone as World ORT returns to Berlin

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

A Jewish organisation has held its first meeting in Berlin since before the Holocaust.

Representatives of more than 20 countries including Israel and the UK attended the World ORT event on Monday and marked the launch of a website dedicated to music composed during the Nazi era.

The educational site includes 100 recordings from the ghettos and the concentration camps.

More..

End of a New York era at Elaine's

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2011

Elaine's, the Manhattan restaurant that hosted everyone from Norman Mailer to Jack Nicholson has closed its doors for the final time.

Opened by Elaine Kaufman on Second Avenue in 1963, it quickly became a New York landmark and the place for celebrities to dine under the radar.

Woody Allen even used it as the location for the opening scene of the film Manhattan.

More..

UN peacekeeper killed in Lebanon

By Jennifer Lipman, May 27, 2011

An explosion in southern Lebanon has left one person dead and at least three others injured.

Officials said a convoy of UN peacekeeping vehicles was targeted earlier today at the coastal city of Sidon, an hour drive from Beirut and about 40 minutes from Israel's northern border.

More..

Rabbi wants to make BlackBerry and Apple crumble

By Jennifer Lipman, May 27, 2011

A Hasidic rebbe has called on his followers to burn their iPhones, BlackBerrys and any other "unkosher" devices they might have.

Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Dushinsky, whose community is based in Jerusalem, said smart phones and computers with internet access were treife (unkosher) because they caused trouble in people's personal lives.

More..

Justin Bieber's Hebrew tattoo from Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, May 27, 2011

Justin Bieber may have left Israel with more than some sand in his suitcase.

The teenage pop star, who delighted fans with a concert in Tel Aviv last month, was recently spotted sporting a new tattoo.

The tattoo, on his left ribcage, is of the Hebrew word Yeshua, translated into English as Jesus.

More..

Zach Braff and James Franco team up on Disney film

By Jennifer Lipman, May 27, 2011

Former Scrubs star Zach Braff has joined the cast of Disney's remake of The Wizard of Oz.

Mr Braff will play the put-upon sidekick to James Franco's Wizard. Other cast members include the Jewish actresses Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz.

More..

A barmitzvah with liver (not chopped)

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

A man has celebrated the barmitzvah of his liver.

Toronto academic Frank Bialystok underwent a liver transplant in 1998.

Thirteen years later, he decided to mark the organ's birthday with a traditional Jewish coming of age ceremony.

More..

Hotel holds prison parties at former Nazi jail

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

Tourists are being offered the chance to experience life as a prisoner at a hotel on the site of a former Nazi jail.

For a bargain £38, visitors to the four-star Hotel Stadt in the German town of Hameln can attend special "Prussian prison parties".

More..