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President hopes for short term

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 3, 2012

The 74-year-old president-elect of Manchester Jewish Representative Council hopes his term of office will be short as he wants younger people to assume leadership roles.

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Decision nears on Finchley primary

May 3, 2012

Leaders of the project for a cross-communal Jewish primary in Finchley will discuss the plans with Department for Education officials this month.

Interim governors' chair Martin Blain said that, although the DfE interview did not "mean we have the green light", it demonstrated that the free school application was being taken seriously.

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Standing up to save Highams Park

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

One of the United Synagogue's smallest communities, Highams Park and Chingford, will live to pray another day after staving off closure.

A motion to shut the doors of the 200-member east London synagogue had been tabled at an emergency meeting called last month by the previous board.

"Everyone was against it," said new chairman Stan Cordell.

"They asked whether anyone was prepared to be o

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Flags fly high on Israel's birthday

May 3, 2012

West Midlands based Israelis who had served in the IDF - including Rabbi Chanan Atlas, the new minister at Birmingham Central Synagogue - participated in a ceremony to mark Yom Hazikaron.

The event commemorated those killed in Israel's defence, soldiers held in captivity and victims of terror.

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Heritage expert urges rethink on repairs VAT

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

Jewish heritage activist Dr Sharman Kadish has called on the government to rethink plans to withdraw VAT exemption on repairs to listed buildings, claiming it would hinder the preservation of old synagogues.

She said the measure would have "a detrimental effect on historic synagogues - and churches - which want to improve their facilities by installing toilets, kitchens and disability access, w

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Masorti making it big

May 3, 2012

Issues from Israel and Iran to conversion featured in the annual conference of Masorti Judaism, Yom Masorti, held this year in Edgware and attended by more than 150 people.

Leading Masorti rabbis Jonathan Wittenberg, Jeremy Collick and Chaim Weiner were among the speakers.

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Arsenal star targets return Yavneh fixture

May 3, 2012

Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong made good on his promise to Yavneh College pupils to publicise their Pennies With Purpose venture in memory of Holocaust victims.

Within 30 minutes of his visit to the Borehamwood school with fellow Gunner Marouane Chamakh to promote Arsenal's gap year programme, Frimpong had told his Twitter followers about the project, which has a £60,000 target for Shoah

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A fundraiser in four million

By Jessica Elgot, May 3, 2012

The stars came out for a Cancer Research UK lunch at Fortnum and Mason on Monday organised by an Edgware woman who has helped to raise £4 million over 50 years.

Barbara Freedman, 72 - a Cancer Research UK honorary fellow and ambassador - said she wanted "to do this last one" to mark the anniversary.

Impressionist Jon Culshaw and broadcaster Gloria Hunniford were among the speakers at the lu

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Violent muggers terrorise grandmother

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 3, 2012

A Leeds grandmother was the victim of a violent mugging six days after her home was ransacked by burglars.

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Wanted by police - more Specials from synagogues

By Jessica Elgot, May 3, 2012

There was a strong police presence at the New West End Synagogue on Monday as Metropolitan Police Commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe launched a campaign to recruit a special constable from every London shul.

Posters featuring a police helmet and a kippah will go up in synagogues and Mr Hogan-Howe wants "to persuade people from the Jewish community that this can be a great career.

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