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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.


Indiana Jones: raider of the not so lost Torah scroll

By Jennifer Lipman, August 25, 2011

A man who claimed he was a "Jewish Indiana Jones" has been charged with fraud after it emerged his claims of rescuing abandoned Holocaust-era Torah's around the world were not entirely true.


Gaiman's American Gods to become HBO series

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

A British Jewish writer is to see his bestselling novel adapted into a series for the edgy American television channel HBO.

Neil Gaiman's 2001 book, American Gods, is a gothic tale of a modern-day America populated by mysterious deities and spirits.


ADL criticise Angelina Jolie's dad for Palestinian 'Holocaust' remark

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

The Anti-Defamation League has criticised Hollywood actor Jon Voight for a remark in which he compared Palestinian radicals to a "new Holocaust".

The non-Jewish actor, who is estranged from his daughter Angelina Jolie, is a well-known supporter of Israel and regularly hosts telethons in aid of Lubavitch.


Woody Allen could make next film in Germany

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

Woody Allen is in talks with a Munich film studio for his next project.

If a deal is agreed, it will be the first time the Jewish director has filmed in Germany.

Mr Allen has filmed in locations all over the world, including recently in London, Paris and Barcelona.

His latest film, The Bop Decameron starring Jesse Eisenberg¸ is set in Rome.


Strauss-Kahn a free man as maid's case collapses

By Jennifer Lipman, August 24, 2011

More than three months after his arrest at New York's Sofitel Hotel, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, 62, left court with his wife Anne Sinclair and told reporters that he was delighted that their "nightmare" was over.


Israeli escapes German torture chamber

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2011

An Israeli woman managed to free herself from the clutches of a German captor after he trapped her in a room rigged with explosives.

The woman, who is 26, has not been named but reportedly was acquainted with her captor. Despite being handcuffed in the tiny room – an adapted telephone box - she escaped after a few hours when her captor Thomas Fischer failed to lock the door.