Month: October 2017

A Jewish-themed beard balm for hipsters and Hasids

(JTA) — On a recent Friday, Eitan Press stood in Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda Market offering to apply balm to the beards of passers-by.

Press was hoping they would get hooked on his product, an ointment that comes in a variety of Jewish-themed scents, including the popular Sukkot (myrtle, lemon, lemongrass and mint) and Havdalah (clove and cinnamon).

The founder of the Aleph Male beard balm company, Press estimates that he has “anointed hundreds of beards” since its founding in July.

“I’ve seen how it truly makes men’s beards look majestic and smell great,” Press, who sports an impressive red beard,…

Kiev’s American-style JCC gives low-income Jews the millionaire treatment

KIEV (JTA) — This city of 2.5 million residents may be the capital of one of the poorest countries in the Former Soviet Union, but it offers a dazzling selection of luxury services to those who can afford them.

On potholed streets where some elderly people are forced to rummage for food in dumpsters, well-heeled Ukrainians can enjoy dining at all-night sushi restaurants, shop at designer bag stores and ride around in 16-seat Hummer limousines.

Their children also get the VIP treatment at world-class childcare facilities like the Leleka kindergarten — a riverside mansion where the annual tuition easily…

German soccer fans use photo of Anne Frank to mock rival team

(JTA) — Stickers showing a doctored photo of Anne Frank wearing a German soccer team’s jersey appeared in Dusseldorf, Germany, a week after a similar incident in Rome.

Fans of the Borussia Dortmund club are believed to have created the stickers showing the teenage Holocaust diarist in a Schalke team jersey. Borussia Dortmund reportedly has a number of neo-Nazis as part of its hardcore fan base.

Photos of the stickers were first posted on the German blog Ruhr Barone.de.

Why a haredi Orthodox yeshiva student nearly missed his wedding

(JTA) — British immigration officers detained a haredi Orthodox Los Angeles man for three days who had come to the United Kingdom to marry a citizen there.

Yosef Goldenberg, who is studying in Israel and has citizenship there, arrived Thursday at Heathrow Airport in London carrying his American passport en route to his wedding Monday in Newcastle even though his request for a special marriage visa had been denied, Arutz 7 reported Tuesday. Goldenberg was hoping to enter as a tourist but was barred from doing so because he had already applied unsuccessfully for the marriage visa.

He was finally allowed to enter the…

‘Be patient, Jews come last,’ British shopkeeper tells girl

(JTA) — A Jewish schoolgirl in London was told by a shopkeeper to “be patient, Jews come last.”

The incident last week in Stamford Hill, in Northeast London, was reported by the Stamford Hill Shomrim, a neighborhood watch patrol, to the Campaign Against Antisemitism, a British watchdog group.

The girl was dropping off items for a parcel service when the shopkeeper, in the middle of serving her, stopped to help another customer. When the girl politely asked for her receipt, so she could leave, the shopkeeper allegedly replied, “Be patient, Jews come last,” the Campaign Against Antisemitism said in…