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Chaim Weizmann and how the Balfour Declaration was made in Manchester

By Josh Glancy, November 1, 2012

Ninety-five years ago, on November 2 1917, British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour wrote his famous letter to Lord Rothschild, expressing the support of the government for the “establishment in Palestine of a National Home for the Jewish people”.

It was a major step towards the eventual founding of Israel.

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Sally Becker looks back on a life in the war zone

By Gerald Jacobs, November 1, 2012

When former Serb leader Radovan Karadzic recently claimed at his war crimes trial in The Hague that he should be “rewarded” for his actions in the 1990s Bosnian war, Sally Becker suggested on Twitter that an appropriate reward would be a nice “rest” at the Holiday Inn, Sarajevo.

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Israel’s envoy Daniel Taub deploys movies and high-tech to beat the boycott

By Jenni Frazer, October 25, 2012

In the year since his appointment as Israel’s ambassador to Britain, Daniel Taub has barely drawn breath.

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A Woman's Work: The kids' homework task? To get me to do it

By Keren David, October 22, 2012

We have reproduced a plant cell using Lemsip capsules. We built a Museum of Tolerance which was too big to fit in the car. We created a synagogue in a shoebox, complete with a matchstick mechitzah and a cardboard congregation.

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Vantage Point: I was there when The Beatles played a Jew do

By Gerald Jacobs, October 11, 2012

Whatever one feels about the current 50th birthday of the Beatles’ first single being celebrated somewhat more widely — and wildly — than the 90th anniversary of T S Eliot’s The Waste Land and James Joyce’s Ulysses (not to mention Aaron’s Rod by D H Lawrence and Jacob’s Room by Virginia Woolf), there is no denying the 1960s’ evocative power.

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Revealed: the forgotten Jews of English football

By Anthony Clavane, October 11, 2012

In a short item in the JC a few weeks ago, Leyton Orient fans were said to be “bemused by pictures of thousands of Orthodox Jews who used its stadium for an anti-internet rally”. This actually amused rather than bemused me. For, in researching my new book Does Your Rabbi Know You’re Here? I made two discoveries.

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Just (Re)Married: Festivals? Me and the kids did them weeks ago

By Paul Lester, September 27, 2012

For those of you with kids, it was probably with some sadness — and some relief — that the summer holidays came to an end. My new wife, unbelievable as it might sound, is one of those weird, twisted individuals who (whisper it) actually likes spending time with children. I know, I know, it shouldn’t be allowed.

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George Solti: celebrating a virtuoso

By Jessica Duchen, September 27, 2012

Sir Georg Solti, one of the 20th century’s greatest conductors, was born 100 years ago, on 21 October 1912. Now major celebrations are getting underway around the world to mark his centenary.

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Miriam Gross Returns to Jerusalem

By Miriam Gross, September 20, 2012

I was born in Jerusalem a year before the outbreak of World War II. My parents had met there (my mother was married to someone else at the time), both having left Germany in 1933 soon after Hitler came to power.

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The Power 50 - Celebrating Influential Women

By JCReporter, September 20, 2012

Ros Altmann
The population is ageing, the pensions industry is in crisis. Who do governments listen to? Ros Altmann. The director-general of Saga is a long time campaigner for pensioner’s rights. Her solution to the coming pensions timebomb? We live longer, we should work longer.

Avielah Barclay

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