Africa

Family buries a lost son, 75 years after jungle tragedy

By Moira Schneider, September 8, 2016

The nephew of a Second World War gunner whose plane crashed on Mount Kenya 75 years ago has said that his family could finally complete their mourning and bury him after hearing only last month that his remains had been discovered.

The bodies of rear gunner Simon Eliastam and his three South African Air Force colleagues were found by a jungle logger in 2002.

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How the children of Israel are multiplying in Africa and Asia

By Simon Rocker, August 25, 2016

A few months ago a group of more than 100 people dipped beneath the waters of a river in Madagascar. They had not gone simply to bathe; they were performing ritual immersion to complete the requirements of their conversion to Judaism.

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New dawn in Africa-Israel ties

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 7, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's visit to four African nations this week was both a personal pilgrimage and a further sign of Israel's attempts to broaden its strategic ties beyond its traditional Western allies.

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Walking in step with Ghana

July 7, 2016

Children from Jewish schools have taken to their feet to raise money for development charity Tzedek.

Rather than take the bus or ride in their parents' car, they chose one day to walk from home to lessons as part of the charity's "Shlep to School" campaign.

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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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