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Britain is full of people fighting hatred. We are lucky to live here

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2012

Standing in the ruins of Bergen Belsen just two years after it was liberated, chatting to children who had lost their entire families to the Nazis and survived unthinkable horrors, Greville Janner could hardly have predicted just how much the experience would shape his future.

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The couple defying Munich’s Nazi legacy with meatballs and dumplings

By Monica Porter, September 6, 2012

Of all the cities in which a Jewish Holocaust survivor might choose to open a restaurant, a mere 15 years after the end of the Second World War, Munich, birthplace of the Nazi movement, would be the least appealing option. At least, you would think so.

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Itzhak Perlman’s chicken soup for the ear

By Jenni Frazer, August 30, 2012

One event we are guaranteed not to see: the families of superstar violinist Itzhak Perlman and that of the equally starry cantor, Yitzchak Helfgot, on stage together.

For despite the free-flowing musicality that runs through both families — four of Perlman’s five children are professional musicians — neither man seems disposed to have their children follow directly in their footsteps.

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Rob Reiner: At last, I’m having what she’s having

By Nicki Gostin, August 30, 2012

Rob Reiner has been thinking about death lately. The director, who has been responsible for some of Hollywood’s most popular films over his career, turned 65 this year and ageing is on his mind.

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How youth groups are meeting the challenge of tough times

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2012

The photos have been taken, the memories made. The bags are now strewn across the floor. Voices have been lost, friendships formed. There have been tears and thrills, smiles and sing-songs, even a smidgen of Jewish education. The holidays are coming to an end for another year, and with them the summer camps and tours that have become a staple of the Anglo-Jewish calendar.

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Hugs, happiness and a host of golden Olympic volunteer memories

By Jennifer Lipman and Anna Sheinman, August 16, 2012

Miranda Salter, aged 49, from Hendon, was a performer at the opening and closing ceremonies
"Danny Boyle signed my drumsticks. He gave a speech before the opening ceremony. He said: “In 10 minutes we are going live to the world”. Then he came to speak to some of the performers. I asked for an autograph, and the drumsticks were the only thing I had for him to sign.

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The curious case of the professor of shmooze

By Gerald Jacobs, August 14, 2012

I remember my father once telling me about an occasion when he ran into somebody with whom he had been at school several decades earlier. This man had done very well in business, as he explained to my father before asking him what he did. “I’m a photographer,” my dad replied.

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Not tough or dedicated enough — why we are failing at sport

By Danny Caro and Marcus Dysch, August 2, 2012

Jessica Ennis, Chris Hoy, Mo Farah and Rebecca Adlington are leading Team GB in their quest for Olympic gold.

But where, you might ask, are the young British Jewish sports stars? Among those household names competing in the Olympics, and in other sports for that matter, it is hard to identify a single Jewish performer of note.

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The girl who beat Israel's bus bullies

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2012

For 15-year-old Ariella Marsden, a £2,000 windfall earlier this month was a great result — but not because of the money.The teenager, who lives in the Israeli city of Beit Shemesh, was awarded the money as compensation after a bus driver demanded that she and two friends move seats to make way for Charedi men.

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The women who say strictly no to Chasidism

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2012

"Everybody's read it," the woman says in a confiding tone. "We're all talking about it. Of course, much of it is made up."

Talking to this member of one of New York's strictly Orthodox communities, it becomes clear that her view of Deborah Feldman's tell-all memoir about Satmar Chasids is not positive.

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