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  • All that glitters is Ari Gold

    By Jonathan Maseng

    2 weeks ago

    Sir Ari Gold isn’t actually a knight, but the popular singer and LGBT rights activist can be seen in shining armor in photos on his website. His bold and scandalous style, outspoken nature, and catchy music blending dance and R&B sensibilities ensures no one could ever mistake him...

  • Birthright group asks alum to lobby Congress against Iran Nuclear deal

    By Tom Tugend

    2 weeks ago

    On Tuesday, a New York-based Birthright Israel alumni group sent an email to all of its members urging them to lobby Congress to reject the nuclear arms agreement between Iran and the United States.

    The email, however, does not speak for the national and global Birthright Israel...

  • Ex-NY Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver’s son-in-law admits to defrauding investors

    2 weeks ago

    A son-in-law of indicted former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver pleaded guilty on Monday to operating a Ponzi scheme that defrauded investors out of nearly $6 million over seven years.

    Marcello Trebitsch, 37, pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court to securities fraud,...

  • A Moment In the Dark for Iris

    3 weeks ago

    [Editor’s Note: 18 students of the Gamliel Institute, the leadership training arm of Kavod v’Nichum, having successfully completed all courses and requirements as part of the certification process by the Gamliel Institute, participated in, and recently returned from, the first ever...

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  • Jewish group hired Mexican laborers to protest gay pride parade

    June 29, 2015 | 1:29 pm

    An Orthodox Jewish group hired Mexican laborers to protest for them at the gay pride parade in New York.

    A reporter for The New York Times witnessed the group of Mexican men picketing for the Jewish Political Action Committee, a Hasidic group based in Brooklyn, at Sunday’s parade...

  • The Global Family Reunion shows how far online genealogy has come

    June 15, 2015 | 11:50 am

    What is more unexpected: that Jewish author A.J. Jacobs, known for his ambitious lifestyle experiments, has some Asian and Scandinavian roots? Or that rapper Ludacris is 1/16th Jewish?

    These are the types of questions that were raised by the Global Family Reunion on June 6, a...

  • Convicted killer in New York prison break on third escape attempt

    June 9, 2015 | 12:22 pm

    The daring weekend escape from a New York maximum-security penitentiary – the facility's first prison break – marked at least the third time convicted murderer Richard Matt has moved to bust out from behind bars.

    As authorities searched for a fourth day on Tuesday for Matt, 48,...

  • Marchers at N.Y.’s Israel parade ‘standing up for what is right,’ Netanyahu says

    June 1, 2015 | 2:14 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told participants at the Celebrate Israel Parade in New York that they are “sending a powerful message of support for the essential justice of Israel’s cause.”

    Tens of thousands gathered on Sunday for the 51st annual parade, which this...

  • Broadcast newsman Murray Fromson looks back at storied career

    May 28, 2015 | 5:18 pm

    As a young child growing up in the Bronx, N.Y., Murray Fromson admired Edward R. Murrow’s reports from London during World War II.

    “I was enamored of him,” Fromson said. “I’d go to sleep with a pencil under my pillow, pretending it was a microphone.”

    Not only did Fromson...

  • How to build an American shtetl — See: Bloomingburg, N.Y.

    May 22, 2015 | 8:40 am

    This is how you launch a Hasidic shtetl in 21st-century America.

    Step 1. Find a place within reasonable distance of Brooklyn where the land is cheap and underdeveloped.

    Step 2. Buy as much property as you can in your target area – if possible, without tipping off locals that...

  • Hillary Clinton’s White House bid sparks examinations of her Israel record

    April 13, 2015 | 10:29 am

    Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose complex dealings with Israel date back to her days as first lady of Arkansas, announced her second bid for the White House.

    Clinton’s announcement Sunday made headlines in Israel, with newspapers running front-page chronologies of her relations with...

  • ‘The Cobbler’: Adam Sandler takes a walk in 1903 New York

    By  Tom Tugend

    March 11, 2015 | 12:10 pm

    Some three years ago, film director-writer-actor Thomas McCarthy was sitting at his desk, in his office located on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, playing with ideas for a movie, when the proverb about walking in another man’s shoes popped into his head.

    What would happen, he...

  • U.S. charges 3 with conspiring to support Islamic State

    February 25, 2015 | 10:55 am

    Three men were charged on Wednesday with conspiring to support Islamic State, including two who planned to travel to Syria to fight on behalf of the radical group, U.S. authorities said.

    One of the men, Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, of Kazakhstan was arrested early on Wednesday at...

  • Medical marijuana may soon get kosher stamp of approval

    February 23, 2015 | 11:15 am

    Kosher marijuana could soon be available to Orthodox Jews in New York State — but only on doctor’s orders.

    Rabbi Moshe Elefant, COO of the Orthodox Union’s kosher certification agency, said he has held “preliminary discussions” with several companies interested in obtaining a kosher seal of approval for medical marijuana.

    Read more at Forward.

  • Prosecutor asks for Strauss-Kahn acquittal in French sex trial

    February 17, 2015 | 3:41 pm

    A French prosecutor asked a criminal court on Tuesday to acquit former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn of a pimping charge for his role in what investigating magistrates argued was an organized sex ring using prostitutes.

    Strauss-Kahn was tipped to become French president before...

  • Death toll in New York train crash revised to six from seven

    February 4, 2015 | 9:10 am

    Investigators examining the circumstances of a New York commuter train accident that killed six people said on Wednesday they were collecting recording devices from the site where the train hit a vehicle stalled on the tracks in the railroad's worst-ever accident.

    New York...

  • Conservative flagship to finance capital improvement by selling dorms, air rights

    January 30, 2015 | 11:46 am

    Like any other longtime Manhattan property owner, the Jewish Theological Seminary has seen the value of its real estate holdings skyrocket in recent years and has gotten its share of inquiries from prospective buyers.

    Now the Conservative movement’s flagship institution has...

  • Sheldon Silver to step down as N.Y. State Assembly speaker

    January 28, 2015 | 10:43 am

    Longtime New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who is facing corruption charges, will resign from his position.

    Silver will be replaced on Monday by majority leader Joseph Morelle, a Rochester-area assemblyman, according to The New York Times. Morelle will serve as...

  • In first, expat author Ruby Namdar wins Israel’s leading literary prize

    January 27, 2015 | 2:01 pm

    Israel’s biggest literary prize, the Sapir Prize, has the drama and mystery of a lottery.

    The identity of the judges remains secret until shortly before the ceremony, when they meet for an early dinner to decide the fate of the five nominees short-listed for best novel. Meanwhile...

  • Northeast U.S. braves ‘crippling’ blizzard

    January 26, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    A massive blizzard slammed into the U.S. Northeast on Monday, canceling thousands of flights, curtailing mass transit and closing hundreds of schools, as officials warned that the storm could dump as much as 3 feet of snow on the region.

    New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and...

  • Tributes, protests mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    January 19, 2015 | 3:37 pm

    Tributes to civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. were held nationwide on Monday as protests over the treatment of minorities by law enforcement rolled on across the country.

    Observers of Martin Luther King Jr. Day have this year linked the federal holiday to a rallying cry...

  • No Americans in Paris: U.S. absence draws criticism at home

    January 12, 2015 | 12:45 pm

    A Republican U.S. senator lambasted the White House on Monday for not sending a top American official to a Paris unity march after deadly Islamic militant attacks in that city, and a New York tabloid headline screamed "You let the world down."

    The image of Israeli Prime Minister...

  • New York premiere of North Korea comedy canceled after threats

    December 17, 2014 | 11:05 am

    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

    December 5, 2014 | 1:31 pm

    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

    December 4, 2014 | 1:03 pm

    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

    November 28, 2014 | 11:53 am

    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...

  • 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...

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