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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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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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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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Pupils give seed funds

April 19, 2012

Pupils from the Naima Jewish Preparatory in Maida Vale have raised almost £3,500 for a grove in Israel in the school's name.

A cheque for the amount was presented by pupils Raquel Menashe and Jonathan Leas to JNF representatives at a school assembly.

The Naima JPS grove will be in the Aminadav Forest outside of Jerusalem.

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Kingsbury welcomes head start

April 19, 2012

Debra Caplin will start work as head of the Bnos Beis Yaakov School in Kingsbury from the new term.

The governors believe Mrs Caplin - who has varied Jewish school teaching and management experience - will further the development of the girls' school, opened two years ago to cater for demand from the Charedi community.

From the next academic year, the school will have 70 pupils in four class

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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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Tribute to Yoni Jesner

April 19, 2012

The story of a young Glaswegian killed in a Tel Aviv bus bombing almost 10 years ago was told to British gap year students in Israel.

Youth leader Yoni Jesner was 19 when he died.

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