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Lord Bew: If we could bring peace to Ireland, why not Israel?

By Sandy Rashty, April 28, 2015

An Irish-born, left-leaning academic who is not Jewish is not most people's idea of a high-ranking Israel advocate. But, as chairman of the Anglo-Israel Association, Lord Bew is working at the forefront of building bilateral relations between the two nations.

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How we got our Hatton

By Bonnie Estridge, April 17, 2015

Hatton Garden has always been one of London's most enigmatic places. A set of scruffy streets where deal-making market traders, media executives and high-hatted Chasidim mingle with hand-holding couples looking for their jewel-encrusted bond of love, while tourists snap endlessly away on their cameras.

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We must do more to protect ourselves from this cancer in our genes

By Emma Kane, April 17, 2015

Angelina Jolie, actress, filmmaker, humanitarian, wife and mother, announced last month that she had had her ovaries removed following her decision to have a double mastectomy in 2013; in doing so, she put ovarian cancer firmly on the news agenda.

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Lansky unlocked my secret history

By Naomi Firsht, April 17, 2015

When jazz composer Roland Perrin discovered his parents had hidden his Jewish heritage from him, a journey to his roots resulted in a musical epiphany.

Roland and I meet at the café in Southwark Cathedral, not too far from the Southbank Centre, the venue for his latest composition about notorious Jewish gangster Meyer Lansky.

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The £130-a-minute simchah: Are we wedded to excess?

By Josh Jackman and Sandy Rashty, April 16, 2015

It should be the happiest day of your life - and will likely be the most expensive. Wedding planners say that the cost of a kosher celebration can comfortably exceed £50,000. Our £55,000 wedding quote works out at an eye-popping £130-a-minute for a seven hour event.

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Why the view’s so good from south London

By Naomi Firsht, April 16, 2015

Wimbledon, Richmond and Catford are a long way down the list when it comes to Jewish areas of London. But perhaps it’s time for a rethink.

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A medical breakthrough: starve, and you lose weight

By Stephen Pollard, April 8, 2015

You wouldn’t guess from our obsession with talking about our health, but a report a few weeks ago found that British Jews are in better health than almost any other group in the country.

I’m not convinced. Having just turned 50, I could cure your insomnia with a list of my various ailments — and I am far from alone in this.

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Mensch of the Year: Joint winners and top ten

By JCReporter, April 1, 2015

WINNER

Meir Plancey

Camp Simcha co-founder

Described as "helping thousands of families in the darkest of days", Meir Plancey is one of the guiding lights behind the Camp Simcha charity, which supports children suffering life-threatening illnesses.

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Interview: Gabby Bernstein

By Louise Scodie, March 26, 2015

Gabby Bernstein is exhausted. It's not only jetlag that's killing this blonde, skinny New Yorker during her trip to London: she's just given an intense two-hour talk to hundreds of devotees who have paid more than £100 for a ticket. The striking 35-year-old looks like a Jewish princess - ripped skinny jeans, straight hair and stilettos - yet is anything but.

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The barren dating scene is a match made in hell

By Louise Scodie, March 19, 2015

The Jewish dating scene is in crisis. It's stagnant, outdated and, for many of the people stuck in it, it's utterly demoralising.

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