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The American rapper who converted to Judaism: God is my only drug now

By Sandy Rashty, October 31, 2014

Damian Black grew up in a gangster's paradise.

Living in Seattle, where his family ran a drugs den, was rough. His cupboard was used to grow marijuana and he started smoking it aged 10. Two years later, he was dealing and owned his first gun.

At 13, he started rapping about his life using the name D.Black, releasing records such as You Need a Thug.

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Jews for Jesus relocates to heart of London Jewish community

By Simon Rocker, October 29, 2014

The missionary group Jews for Jesus is moving its London office to Hendon, into the heart of one of the most populated Jewish areas.

It has taken a shop opposite the tube station, which lies close to the local branch of Aish, the Jewish young adults’ organisation.

Jews for Jesus UK director Julia Pascoe said that while an opening date had not yet been set, it would be “by Chanucah”.

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Rabbi Naftali Schiff: Aish UK's wonderwall

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2014

The executive director of Aish UK is running on just three hours sleep.

Rabbi Naftali Schiff had left his office at 4.30am - hours before we met - to prepare for the Jewish education charity's first major fundraiser in a decade.

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Do not argue with me on this one

By Sandy Rashty, January 17, 2014

Listen up, you young unmarried girls. If you’re looking to get hitched fast, there are some very simple steps to follow.

Please don’t argue with a man. He’ll think you’re too smart, informed, or that you’re looking to emasculate him. It’s a no-no.

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Hundreds take part in Jewish students' Shropshire weekend

By Sandy Rashty, February 8, 2013

More than 350 university students attended a Genesis Challenge educational programme last weekend.

The event, held at the Condover Hall in Shropshire, was run as a joint learning venture by Aish and the Jewish Learning Exchange.

Events included a performance by comedy hypnotist Ken Webster and talks by JLE’s Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz and Aish director of schools Rabbi Shlomo Farhi.

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Alex Epstein talks Apprentice, fame and Lord Sugar

By Jessica Elgot, November 11, 2010

Alex Epstein, the King David High School boy who couldn’t find his way round Manchester’s Trafford Centre, was the latest victim of reality TV show The Apprentice this week.

The 26-year-old from Whitefield headed Team Apollo for the task of creating a new brand of cleaning product, producing an advert described by Lord Sugar as “shockingly bad”.

Mr Epstein escaped from the boardroom last week despite messing up a marketing strategy in the Trafford Centre, where he had previously worked in retail.

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Help for New Year services

By Jay Grenby, September 7, 2010

United Synagogue chiefs have recruited some experienced festival stand-ins for congregations with pulpit vacancies.

Following the departure of Rabbi Reuven Livingstone, Hampstead Garden Suburb services will be led by Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen, formerly at Stanmore and one-time HGS assistant minister.

Rabbi Cohen has been serving as consultant minister while the community searches for Rabbi Livingstone's replacement. He will be assisted by the congregation's community director, Rabbi Anthony Knop, and Aish's Rabbi Daniel Rowe.

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Aish quizzed over gambler rabbi

By Robyn Rosen, June 17, 2010

The Aish outreach organisation is re-examining its informal education programmes after a young professional gambler who met a rabbi through the organisation lost a gambling case against the rabbi in the High Court.

Andrew Feldman, a 22-year-old former JFS pupil, took Rabbi Simon Nissim, 34, to the High Court in an attempt to set aside a £136,000 bill.

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Katie Melua unplugged for Africa aid charity

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2008

Katie Melua is to perform at the launch of a welfare charity whose members were moved by a visit to an Aids orphange during an Aish trip to South Africa.

The singer will play an acoustic set at AfricArt, being staged by the African Social Action Project (ASAP) at the Getty Images Gallery in the West End next month.

"These guys went on a trip, saw a problem and have then gone and created their own charity to help. It is incredible and inspiring," she said.

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Reform launches outreach arm as alternative to Aish

By Simon Rocker, October 17, 2008

The Reform movement is about to take the first step to launch an alternative to Aish, the Orthodox outreach organisation for young adults.

A residential weekend next month will be the inaugural event by the Assembly of Reform Rabbis to offer a "non-fundamentalist" alternative.

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