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  • New York premiere of North Korea comedy canceled after threats

    3 days ago

    The New York premiere of "The Interview," a Sony Pictures comedy about the assassination of North Korean President Kim Jong-Un, has been canceled and a source said one theatre chain had scrapped plans to show it, after threats from a hacking group.

    The hackers, who said they were...

  • No, Bono did not disguise himself as a Hasidic Jew

    2 weeks ago

    Bono has dressed up in many styles throughout his career, from a classic leather-jacketed rock star to his Mr. Macphisto alter ego in the early ’90s.

    However, U2 guitarist The Edge recently gave the world a new outfit in which to imagine Bono: that of a Hasidic Jew.

    Bono...

  • Is Crime Caused by Poor Moral Character?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    2 weeks ago

    Recently I was catching up on reading some back issues of the Jewish Journal, when I came across a column by Dennis Prager called, “Poverty Causes Crime?” He spends almost all of the article explaining why he thinks poverty does not, in fact, cause crime.

    Then, at the end, he...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 weeks ago

    This week, I would like to introduce you to the most Hollywood-like Israeli TV series, which is a combination of non-stop action, thrills and drama.

    New-York, which is filmed partly in Manhattan and partly in Israel, tells the story of Yossi Elharizi, the illegitimate son of...

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  • Chasidic family charged in $20 million fraud case

    November 14, 2014 | 11:56 am

    More than a dozen members of a prominent Satmar Chasidic family in New York were charged with lying to obtain $20 million in mortgages while also receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars in public benefits.

    Preet Bharara, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York,...

  • New York’s and Israel’s grape expectations

    November 11, 2014 | 3:07 pm

    It’s not exactly a case of sour grapes. In fact, it’s too many cases of sweet grapes.

    New York Sen. Charles Schumer is pressing Israel to lower its tariff on grape juice so that New York State farmers, who are stuck with a bumper crop of grapes this year, can more effectively...

  • Clinic that treated Joan Rivers cited for multiple major failings

    November 10, 2014 | 4:29 pm

    The New York outpatient clinic where the late Joan Rivers suffered cardiac arrest did not follow all the standard protocols during the throat procedures it conducted on the comedian, according to a government agency report released on Monday.

    Rivers died on Sept. 4 at the age of...

  • Beloved N.Y. Jewish coffee shop to close

    November 7, 2014 | 1:57 pm

    Another old-school New York Jewish institution is about to fall victim to gentrification.

    The New York Times reports that Cafe Edison, a modest Theater District coffee shop long favored by Broadway’s cognoscenti, has been asked to leave by the owner of the hotel in which it is...

  • N.Y. voters pass bond measure offering up to $38 million for Jewish schools

    By tessc

    November 5, 2014 | 11:43 am

    Voters in New York state passed a schools bond act that may provide up to $38 million in reimbursements to Jewish day schools and yeshivas.

    The Smart Schools Bond Act of 2014, one of three referendums on the state ballot Tuesday, authorizes the state comptroller to issue and sell...

  • Hundreds protest Met Opera’s ‘Klinghoffer’ opening in N.Y.

    October 21, 2014 | 10:15 am

    Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Metropolitan Opera House in New York to protest the opening performance of “The Death of Klinghoffer.”

    Protesters were joined on Monday by several high-profile figures including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former New...

  • Comedian Joan Rivers remains in serious condition at N.Y. hospital

    August 30, 2014 | 2:28 pm

    Comedian Joan Rivers was in serious condition on Friday at a New York hospital a day after she was admitted suffering cardiac arrest when her breathing stopped during a vocal cord procedure, her family and hospital officials said.

    "Her condition remains serious, but she is...

  • Giant pro-Palestinian, pro-BDS flag hung from New York bridge

    August 21, 2014 | 9:14 pm

    A pro-Palestinian flag is hung from the Manhattan Bridge while pro-Palestinian demonstrators march across the Brooklyn Bridge in Manhattan, N.Y. on Aug. 20. Photo by Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

  • Giant Palestine Flag Draped on New York Bridge Under Investigation

    August 21, 2014 | 3:30 pm

    New York City detectives were searching on Thursday for activists suspected of unfurling a massive Palestine flag over the side of an East River bridge during a march in support of Palestinians in Gaza, police said.

    The flag, draped over the south side of the Manhattan Bridge...

  • Schmuck and the City

    By Nikki Tabibian

    August 13, 2014 | 11:57 am

         During my first months on the East Coast, snowfall, rain and hail hit The City, while a storm of vexing questions plagued my frozen suburban mind:

         How many layers are too many?
         Would it be appropriate to wear a hijab to fight off a 30-degree chill? 
         Where...

  • Husband of Rivky Stein fails to show for get proceedings

    August 7, 2014 | 2:59 pm

    The husband of Rivky Stein, a New York Jewish woman who launched a social media campaign to attain a religious divorce, did not appear at the religious court as promised.

    Yoel Weiss, 31, failed to show up at a beit din, or Jewish religious court, convened on Wednesday to complete...

  • N.Y. man accused of hiding mother’s death to collect Holocaust benefits

    By tessc

    August 4, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    A New York man was charged with hiding his Holocaust survivor mother’s death in order to collect her reparations benefits.

    Gary Jacoby, 61, was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Thursday on grand larceny and forgery charges, the Daily News reported. If convicted, he faces up...

  • Hiatus Schmiatus

    By Nikki Tabibian

    July 29, 2014 | 12:13 pm

    A message from the author:

    My dearest readers and adoring fan (hey Grandma),

            When I began writing Le’chaim To Laughter, I was committed to documenting my memoires as a city gal with nothing but comic relief and hummus to help her get by. Yet, as I turned the page on...

  • Thousands attend N.Y. pro-Israel rally

    July 28, 2014 | 3:33 pm

    Members of Congress and thousands of Israel supporters gathered for a solidarity rally near the United Nations.

    The Monday afternoon rally, organized by the UJA-Federation of New York and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, was intended to show support for Israel...

  • Joe Lieberman to teach at Y.U.

    July 24, 2014 | 1:15 pm

    Joseph Lieberman, the former Connecticut senator and the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 2000, will teach at Yeshiva University during this school year in a position named for him.

    Lieberman was appointed the Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service....

  • Met Council’s William Rapfogel sentenced to 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison

    July 23, 2014 | 10:00 am

    William Rapfogel, the former chief of New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, was sentenced to 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme.

    Rapfogel, the longtime executive director and CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, also was...

  • Protesters arrested after ‘die-in’ at Friends of IDF office

    July 22, 2014 | 3:26 pm

    Nine protesters against Israel’s Gaza operation were arrested inside the Manhattan offices of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

    Some two dozen protesters gathered for the “die-in” at FIDF’s New York office on Tuesday. The incident was organized by Jewish Voice for Peace...

  • Brooklyn man, extradited from Israel, arraigned in ’08 beating death

    July 21, 2014 | 12:47 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA) — A former Hasidic community watch group member in Brooklyn was arraigned in New York in a 2008 beating death after being extradited from Israel.

    Yitzchak Schuchat, 31, was arraigned Friday in state Supreme Court in the death of Andrew Charles, according to New...

  • Orthodox school not amused by student’s raunchy ‘America’s Got Talent’ routine

    June 26, 2014 | 1:04 pm

    Josh Orlian cracked up the judges on “America’s Got Talent,” but his Orthodox day school wasn’t laughing.

    The 12-year-old kippah-wearing comic made his national television debut with a raunchy routine packed with sexual innuendo. The show’s celebrity judges and studio audience...

  • #BringBackOurBoys meets #BringBackOurGirls

    June 17, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    Immediately after Monday’s #BringBackOurBoys rally at the Israeli consulate in New York on behalf of the three kidnapped Israeli teens, several participants joined a second rally nearby focused on another kidnapping on a different continent.

    The second rally was outside the...

  • N.Y. rabbi to be slapped with child porn charges

    May 21, 2014 | 3:22 pm

    A New York-area rabbi is among dozens to be charged with trafficking in child pornography.

    The rabbi, whose name was not released, will be charged Wednesday after being arrested in recent weeks, according to The Associated Press. He was among about 70 people arrested in an...

  • Sex comedy ‘Fading Gigolo’ more warm than hot

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 30, 2014 | 10:36 am

    In a movie about sex, there has to be an obstacle, and there’s no bigger obstacle than religion,” John Turturro said from Dallas, where he was promoting his new comic film, “Fading Gigolo.”

    The actor-writer-director plays the eponymous hooker — to Woody Allen’s pimp — who becomes...

  • Follow The DJ

    By Tera Greene

    March 31, 2014 | 6:20 pm

    Short and sweet.

    I am launching my website, http://www.djnovajade.com, tomorrow, April 1, 2014. 

    DJing is my profession, though many of you know that I am also a speaker and writer (duh!), among other things.  So, as I take my career to the next level, I am using my gifts in...

  • Wexler’s artisan-style deli to open in Grand Central Market

    March 20, 2014 | 11:51 am

    In a cover story last year for this publication, I lamented the lack of a contemporary, artisan-style deli in Los Angeles. While the deli scene in this city appears to be robust, we still need food entrepreneurs and chefs willing to shake up the status quo, much like what’s been...

  • N.Y. father of seven missing

    March 20, 2014 | 10:40 am

    [UPDATE March 24] Body of N.Y. father of seven found in state park.


    [MARCH 18] A father of seven from New York's Rockland County is missing after making suicidal comments.

    Search efforts continued on Tuesday for Peretz Sontag, who has been missing since Friday morning. Sontag...

  • Purim story: No Yeshiva Deferments

    March 19, 2014 | 3:50 pm

    The funhouse sideshow of Charedi life in Israel and in the New York area bursts forth every Purim, as the ultra-Orthodox transform themselves into fez-wearing Turks, medieval noblemen and so on.

    We enjoy the easing of cultural barriers in the humor and evincing of a shared...

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