Africa

Deep in Madagascar, converts arise from a cold river mikveh

By Debbie Josefson, June 13, 2016

June 3 marked the 76th anniversary of the Madagascar Plan. Conceived as an alternative means to achieving the Final Solution, the plan called for the mass-deportation of European Jewry to Vichy-controlled Madagascar, where those who did not die en route would be exterminated far from the prying eyes of the international community.

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'It sounds like fun - if you're a psychopath'

By Josh Jackman, March 3, 2016

"My family think I'm crazy. I think they are a little bit worried for me - which is OK, because I'm worried for me too."

For football agent Matt Kleinman, a serious challenge is looming next month.

The Marathon De Sables (MDS) is a 251 kilometre race carried out over six days in the 50-degree heat of the Sahara Desert.

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A century of search and rescue

By Liam Hoare, November 26, 2015

On February 11, 2015 - the day world leaders gathered in Minsk to hammer out a ceasefire deal for war-ravaged eastern Ukraine - more than 130 Jews were being safely transported out of the conflict zone to Dnepropetrovsk.

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Hair-raising experience aids Ghana schools' growth

By Josh Jackman, November 5, 2015

Charitable funding has been a hair-raising experience for Essex estate agent Adam Capal, who donned comic wigs every day in October in aid of Onechild Ghana, which supports 14 vocational schools.

His campaign, which to date has raised more than £1,800, took him to Leyton Orient's training ground, where former West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan and some of the League 2 side's players tried on some of

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Norwood celebrates its royal double century of patronage

May 7, 2015

Two hundred years ago, Norwood's earliest incarnation, the Jews' Hospital, became the first Jewish charity to have a royal patron.

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Major battle over top Israeli court looms

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 7, 2015

The new Knesset will be a battle-ground over the future and independence of Israel's Supreme Court.

The appointment of Habayit Hayehudi MK Ayelet Shaked - an outspoken critic of the court's powers to scrutinise and disqualify legislation - as the new justice minister will add extra impetus to the campaign to limit its powers.

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Rabbis call for action over Congo tragedy

By JC Reporter, May 6, 2015

Leading rabbis have called on politicians from all parties to help end the violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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Community launches appeal to aid Ebola victims

By Josh Jackman, October 21, 2014

British Jewry has launched its response to the Ebola epidemic, with 14 communal bodies and synagogue movements from all denominations pitching in to help stop the spread of the disease.

World Jewish Relief, the organisation leading the Ebola Crisis Appeal, will use donations to provide medical supplies for health workers and awareness programmes in the countries affected.

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Religiously committed to social action in Africa

By Sophie Lipton, September 18, 2014

Back from a two month African volunteering programme run by practical aid charity Tzedek, student Eli Gaventa says he felt more comfortable wearing a kippah in Ghana than he does in London.

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Summit in Africa ejects 'Israelis'

By Claire Moses, July 3, 2014

Malcolm Hoenlein, vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organisations, has asked for an apology from the African Union (AU) after Egyptian and South African delegates to a summit said they would not participate until the "Israelis" left.

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