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Future is not orange at Tesco

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 19, 2012

Tesco's own brand Passover orange juice has left a sour taste with northern customers.

Manchester shoppers have complained about the quality of the juice in the one litre cartons, which a number of customers returned to stores for refunds.

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It's bleak for Bradford shul

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 19, 2012

Bradford Hebrew Congregation is on the verge of closure through lack of numbers.

The Orthodox synagogue opened in 1906 and enjoyed a membership peak in the 1950s.

However, as Jewish families left the area, membership declined to 86 in 1999. Today there are just 17 men.

Synagogue chairman Albert Waxman acknowledged the possibility of closure.

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All smiles for charity

April 19, 2012

A charity set up by a Bushey Synagogue member whose wife died from pancreatic cancer at the age of 33 has received a potential £100,000 boost from global financial services company XL.

Nicki's Smile, a fund of Pancreatic Cancer UK, will be the XL Group's chosen charity from 2012-15.

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Satmar school fights planning rejection

By Jessica Elgot, April 19, 2012

Three hundred supporters of a strictly Orthodox Stamford Hill primary school turned up to back its appeal against Hackney Council's refusal of retrospective planning permission.

The Torah V'Yirah is believed to have been operating as a Satmar school since 2009 and currently has 300 pupils.

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Google captures museum's art and soul

April 19, 2012

A Google visual arts venture is shedding new light on some of the Jewish Museum's most cherished exhibits.

The Camden museum is one of just 12 UK collections to feature in the Google Art Project, an online gallery of 30,000 artworks from 151 international partners. Some of the works have been photographed in super high resolution, enabling viewers to study them in intricate detail.

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Rabbi Shalom lights up the Menorah search party

April 19, 2012

Menorah Synagogue (Cheshire Reform) has recruited a locally born successor to Rabbi Brian Fox, who has retired to Israel.

Rabbi Haim Shalom's appointment was approved overwhelmingly at an EGM of the 1,000-strong congregation on Tuesday.

The 33-year-old has worked in Jewish education in Jerusalem for 10 years and was ordained in 2010.

"Few things could tear me away from Israel," he said.

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Go veggie - get a book

April 19, 2012

The Jewish Vegetarian Society is offering an incentive to meat-eaters to try a veggie diet for a month or more.

JVS executive director Suzanne Barnard says the first 100 non-vegetarians to take the pledge will be sent a copy of Rose Friedman's Jewish Vegetarian Cooking, featuring recipes such as mock gefilte fish and stuffed aubergines and goulash with potato kneidlach.

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Organic chickens are certifiable

By Jennifer Lipman, April 19, 2012

The certification of kosher organic chickens by the Gloucestershire-based Biodynamic Association is the culmination of a 22-year campaign.

In 1990, the JC published a letter from Manchester doctor David Freed, appealing for readers to join him in efforts to convince an organic certifier to recognise shechitah as a humane method of slaughter.

Two years after Dr Freed's death, the Biodynamic A

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Boris's bus makes some popular stops

By Jennifer Lipman, April 19, 2012

The consensus among those who turned out to support Boris Johnson as his election battle-bus toured north-west London on Sunday was that London's Mayor should be backed to prevent the return of Ken Livingstone.

Platters of bagels and Danish pastries were thrust towards Mr Johnson as the bus travelled through Stanmore, Edgware, Hendon and Golders Green.

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Plen sees double as Masorti looks to buck trend

By Barry Toberman, April 19, 2012

Matt Plen fully intends to return permanently to Israel with his family one day, having lived there for 10 years from 1998.

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