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Pinner group hears the poignant case of an Auschwitz survivor

By Jay Grenby, April 27, 2012

The MOVING story of a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor was relayed to the 450 people at Pinner Synagogue's Yom Hashoah commemoration.

Czech-born Zdenka Fantlova was incarcerated in Terezin, Auschwitz and finally Bergen-Belsen, from which she was liberated. She was the only survivor from her immediate family.

She recalled being initially incredulous at the atrocities she witnessed.

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Running stories with happy endings

April 26, 2012

Yeshivah student Sam Baum, 19, was one of the youngest marathon entrants and the fastest of the contingent supporting Emunah, who raised a combined £12,000-plus.

The former Hasmonean pupil's time of three hours 51 minutes bettered his previous marathon finish. He said that seeing family members along the route had spurred him on.

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Tribute from 'lazy friends'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2012

Two friends raised more than £3,000 from their run in memory of a keen adventurer who died in a paragliding accident in the Spanish Pyrenees at the age of 25.

Ben Jacobs, 25, and Simon Azouelos, 24, were already planning to run the marathon when they discovered that the family of their schoolfriend Guy Joseph was setting up a foundation in his name.

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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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Landmark race for the Barrs

By Jennifer Lipman, April 26, 2012

There are more romantic ways of celebrating a wedding anniversary than pounding the London streets for 26 miles.

But for Lauren and Jonathan Barr, who have a combined age of 99, Sunday's race was the second London Marathon they have run together, raising £6,700 for Chai Cancer Care.

Mrs Barr was the fastest of the two, coming home in four hours 45 minutes.

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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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