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It’s older than the US itself — New York’s go-to shul

By Zaki Cooper, January 6, 2016

Of the many beautiful shuls around the world, there are not many that house communities older than the countries they are in.

But that anomaly applies to the ornate Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue, Congregation Shearith Israel, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

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In muddy French refugee camp, Torah ethics live

By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, January 6, 2016

"Compulsory tea break". The call goes around the huge warehouse five minutes' drive from the refugee camp universally known as "The Jungle" outside Calais. During the pause, a woman in a beret eyes my kippah: "Are you here over Shabbat?"

People wheel in loads of donated clothing.

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Let's boycott dictatorships, not Israel...

By Elisabeth Perlman, January 4, 2016

Earlier this month, two Welsh councils reversed their decision to boycott Israeli goods. The government recently announced plans to prevent local councils launching politically motivated boycotts of Israel.

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The extraordinary story of why I owe my life to Irma

By Franz Leichter, January 4, 2016

Franz Leichter made a name for himself in US politics with his liberal-minded passion for social issues. A practising attorney, he cut his teeth in the New York State Assembly, before a lengthy career in the Senate. Yet all that might never have been, had it not been for the courage and bravery of Irma Turnsek – who has just been recognised as a Righteous Among Nations.

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All good, at least on the surface

By Michael Freedland, December 28, 2015

Everything seems better than ever in relations between the Catholic Church and world Jewry. A new declaration emphasising that the faithful should abandon all hope of converting the Jews has finally been issued. We are, after all, the elder brothers and sisters of Christianity.

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Tonight, I’ll have the turkey soup

By Joy Sable, December 25, 2015

Christmas, as we all know, puts in an early appearance at around the same time as we are dipping our apples into honey. Yep, September is when you can spot the first mince pies on our supermarket shelves, and, like it or not, by mid-November we've been subjected to the full onslaught of pretentious fragrance commercials on the telly and overpriced gift sets in the shops.

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Just what will be his legacy?

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 23, 2015

Greville Janner was one of the most flamboyant but at the same time one of the most flawed of the communal politicians who walked upon the Anglo-Jewish stage in the second half of the 20th century. Adored - worshipped almost - but reviled by others, there can be no denying that he made a mark and left a legacy.

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A commitment to multiculturalism

By Rony Yedidia, December 22, 2015

The smell of frying doughnuts alongside the sights and sounds of the Christmas markets, Chanucah songs and Christmas carols, lights bearing symbolism for all the religions at this darkest time of the year, Jews, Christians and Muslims celebrating side by side in a joyous medley - this is the sensory mix characteristic of the winter holiday season in Israel.

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In muddy French refugee camp, Torah ethics live

By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, December 22, 2015

"Compulsory tea break". The call goes around the huge warehouse five minutes' drive from the refugee camp universally known as "The Jungle" outside Calais. During the pause, a woman in a beret eyes my kippah: "Are you here over Shabbat?"

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How should we teach Judaism to our children?

By Rabbi Dr Norman Solomon, December 16, 2015

Almost 65 million people live in Britain. How do you get them all to live happily together as one great society working from the common benefit? That is a problem for government. Jews have a different problem: how do you make sure you are safe and secure, and can feel confident in your identity?

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