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Olympics next for veteran competitor

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2012

A marathon veteran in every sense of the word, 87-year-old Paul Freedman was happy with his time of seven hours 20 minutes.

It was the 21st marathon for the Romford Synagogue member and sponsorship will add to the tens of thousands he has raised for St Francis Hospice, which looked after his wife Renee before her death in 2007.

Mr Freedman only took up running when he was 61 and the secret o

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The Levys celebrate their relative success

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2012

After watching their elder brother Simon complete eight marathons in eight days last year, Deborah and Marc Levy were inspired to keep the 2012 London Marathon in the family.

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A slimmer Big Ben clocks in respectably

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2012

Ben Kaye would have had a fat chance of completing a marathon when he weighed more than 32 stone. So finishing Sunday's race in four hours 37 minutes was particularly satisfying for the slimmed-down 34-year-old.

Mr Kaye - who grew up in Maida Vale but has relocated to Vancouver - had his stomach stapled in 2002. Within a year he had lost half his body weight.

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Bananaman has fruitful experience

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2012

With 36,000 London Marathon runners, spotting loved ones taking part can be a thankless task.

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Green party gets Norwood's vote

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2012

The marathon was a family affair for Norwood supporter Philip Green, who ran the race with his four sons.

A marathon veteran, the St John's Wood-based property developer was prevented by injury from running alongside his sons in the 2010 event.

This year, a family Friday night dinner was part of the build-up for Mr Green and the twentysomethings Joe, Sam, Harry and Jacob.

Their exertions

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Beth Din: Why women are not called to Torah

By Simon Rocker, April 26, 2012

The London Beth Din has finally offered reasons for not allowing women to be called to the Torah in Orthodox synagogues after an inquiry from the father of a forthcoming batmitzvah girl.

Hampstead Garden Synagogue member Alexis Brassey had asked last autumn whether it was possible to give an aliyah to women in certain circumstances.

Although the Beth Din flatly ruled out the idea months ago,

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Ziffs chase down a six-figure target as charities cash in

April 26, 2012

Jewish London Marathon participants ran up a charitable total of several hundred thousand pounds.

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Ken defends record against 'tissue of lies'

By Marcus Dysch, April 26, 2012

Ken Livingstone has said the capital's Jewish community "should be celebrated" and promised to work to defend Jewish rights if elected as London's Mayor next week.

Addressing a London Jewish Forum lunch in Hampstead on Tuesday, Mr Livingstone took issue with his critics.

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Missing OAP

April 19, 2012

Police have renewed an appeal for information on the whereabouts of a Jewish pensioner.

Margo Leitch, 73, from south-east London, was last seen at her home in March 2011. At the Metropolitan Police missing persons team in Catford, Ian Wall said there had been a sighting in September "at a synagogue in St John's Wood. However, she has still not been seen by police and her welfare checked".

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A penny for their thoughts

April 19, 2012

Three Yavneh College girls have marked Yom Hashoah by launching an appeal to collect six million pennies in memory of Holocaust victims.

Year-12 pupils Jessica Tray, Talia Album and Rachel Kass hit upon the idea of Pennies With Purpose as a way of leaving a lasting legacy of their time at the Borehamwood school.

Jessica explained that the £60,000 would be split between Holocaust-related cau

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