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Janet Bloch celebrates her son’s memory with a photo exhibition

By Candice Krieger, October 3, 2008

Janet Bloch has created an exhibition of photographs to promote a positive understanding of disability, in memory of her son Steven, who died earlier this year.

A keen photographer, Steven was left disabled after a skiing accident when he was 19 years old. He received a severe head injury, was in a coma for nearly a month, and suffered what he later called subtle brain damage. He died earlier this year.

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Josh Bernstein explores life’s mysteries in a new TV show

By Candice Krieger, September 26, 2008

Is there any physical evidence that Noah's Ark existed - or that there may have been life on Mars before Earth? Explorer Josh Bernstein attempts to answer these plus other big questions in his new television series.

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James Fox and Ben Woolgar are crowned world debating champions

By Candice Krieger, September 26, 2008

Meet James Fox and Ben Woolgar - the World Schools Debating champions.

The two teenagers were part of a four-person England schools debating team that recently won the World Schools Debating Championships - a 10-day competition in Washington DC.

 

In the final, held at the Reagan Centre, they beat New Zealand, previously undefeated in the competition. They knocked out Israel in the quarter-finals.

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David and Nadia Conway launch a new Czech music festival

By Candice Krieger, September 26, 2008

Husband and wife David and Nadia Conway are doing their bit to restore Czech Jewish heritage.

The couple, who live in Enfield, North London, have bought and restored a historic 15th-century house in the East Slovakia's Levoca - the town where Mrs Conway was born - and are now involved in the restoration of a Jewish cemetery there.

They have also initiated an international music festival in the town. It will take place during Rosh Hashanah.

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Hilary Perry uses the JC to meet 100 relatives she never knew of

By Candice Krieger, September 26, 2008

Middlesex grandmother Hilary Perry has recently returned from Canada, where she met a hundred relatives she never knew existed after the JC helped put them in touch.

Five years ago, Mrs Perry, now 63, was contacted by her US-based cousin Lee Feldscher - not known to her at the time. He was tracing his family tree. He knew he had a relative in the UK, and so placed an advert in the JC. The two subsequently made contact. Last month, she met 100 additional cousins from four continents at a family reunion in Toronto.

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Ruti Zahavi appeals to British Jews to help honour her son, killed by a Kassam

By Candice Krieger, September 26, 2008

In 2004, Ruti Zahavi's life changed forever. Her four-year-old son, Afik, was killed by a Kassam rocket in Sderot, in the Negev. Ms Zahavi was critically injured in the attack - her right leg was amputated and she was hospitalised for three months - and unable to attend Afik's funeral. Four years on, Ms Zahavi, 35, is finally rebuilding her life, and her first goal is to create a memorial garden for her son.

She was in London last week appealing to the Jewish community to help her raise money for the garden, to be built near her home in Sderot.

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Yoram Rozen helps solve the mysteries of the universe at Cern in the world’s biggest-ever scientific experiment

By Candice Krieger, September 19, 2008

So, last week's "Big Bang" experiment was not the end of the world as we know it. But it was certainly a life-changing moment for leading Israeli physicist Yoram Rozen.

Professor Rozen, 46, was among the estimated 10,000 people who helped design last Wednesday's monumental experiment, which aims to capture an image of the conditions that existed a billionth of a second after the Big Bang, and shed light on the nature of physics. It is one of the most ambitious and expensive scientific experiments on record, costing £5 billion ($8 billion).

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Francesca Bayford hopes to be crowned Britain’s next top teenage model

By Candice Krieger, September 19, 2008

Teenage beauty Francesca Bayford is a step closer to achieving her dream of becoming of a professional model. The 13-year-old has made it through the opening rounds of the 2009 Teen Princesses competition. Organised in partnership with the Philip Green Memorial Trust - a charity set up by retired businessman Cyril Paskin following the death of his friend Philip Green - the beauty pageant is part of the Miss Teen Queen UK national competition.

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Gavin Gross puts his Zionism into practice

By Candice Krieger, September 19, 2008

Gavin Gross, the director of the Zionist Federation, is leaving the organisation to make aliyah.

Mr Gross, 46, who has been at the ZF for the past two years, intends to go to Israel on the Nefesh B'Nefesh flight in mid-December. His last day at the ZF will be on October 3.

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Gadi Frankel reveals the hidden dangers of packaged salad

By Candice Krieger, September 19, 2008

Salad might not be as healthy as you think. London-based Gadi Frankel, a scientist at Imperial College, says that the increasing popularity of pre-packed salads could lead to a rise in food-poisoning cases.

Professor Frankel, 50, recently spoke at the Food Micro 2008 conference in Aberdeen, where he presented research on how salmonella bacteria are able to contaminate salads and vegetables.

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