Art

Rembrandt's painting of old rabbi given stamp of approval

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2012

A painting of a rabbi that was last on public display more than 60 years ago has been verified as the work of 17th century Dutch master Rembrandt.

The canvas, featuring an austere looking Jewish scholar, has been in the private collection at Woburn Abbey since the 1950s.

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Black Jew is Irish dance champ

By Jessica Elgot, March 22, 2012

Drew Lovejoy is an unlikely heir to Michael Flatley - as an American Jewish boy, with a black Baptist father.

The bi-racial Jewish Irish dance champion of the world has admitted he sometimes keeps part of his biography out of conversation - otherwise people become too confused.

The 17-year-old from Greenville, Ohio, has won the Dublin world dancing championships for a third year running.

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Israel an apartheid state, says German party head

By Benjamin Weinthal, March 22, 2012

Sigmar Gabriel, the head of Germany's second largest party and a hopeful for Chancellor in the next federal election, last week called the Jewish state an "apartheid regime" after a visit to Hebron in the West Bank.

Writing on his Facebook page, the 52-year-old Social Democrat noted: "It's a zone without legal rights for Palestinians.

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Nose-job video 'offensive'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

A supposedly comical ditty about rhinoplasty, performed by a Jewish musician, has raised questions about body image and religious stereotypes in the US.

The trouble started after a Miami plastic surgeon nicknamed "Dr Schnoz" commissioned Jewish punk rock group The Groggers to help him use social media to reach Jews between the ages of 15 and 30.

But it subsequently emerged that in return for

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Story of Muslim Shoah heroes is finally told

By Andrew Rosemarine, March 22, 2012

A French film that premiered in London this week, Les Hommes Libres, depicts the heroic stand of a gentile against Nazi mass-murderers.

It may come as a surprise but, in this case, the hero is a Muslim.

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Mofaz boost in Kadima race

March 22, 2012

A week ahead of the Kadima primaries on March 27, the centrist party is the scene of a head-to-head battle between party chairman and ex-foreign minister Tzipi Livni, and former defence minister Shaul Mofaz, who is vying to take the party reins from Ms Livni.

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Resignations as Guttentag survives

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 9, 2012

Whitefield Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag has survived an attempt by the lay leadership to remove him.

Following an outpouring of support from congregants for the long-serving rabbi, the synagogue president and four executive members resigned last Thursday.

Shul management has been assumed on an interim basis by the trustees, who are attempting to restore communal harmony.

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Village feels like home

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2012

The Village Shul has received permanent approval from Camden Council to continue operating from the former premises of Hampstead's New End Theatre.

The congregation - which started off with services in a private home - took over the New End site just after Rosh Hashanah.

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Another string to cellist's bow

March 8, 2012

It was a case of "if at first you don't succeed, try again" for the 2012 Emunah Young Musician of the Year - Golders Green cellist Anoushka Sharp.

The 12-year-old North London Collegiate pupil was runner-up last year.

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Rome arrival lifts Catford

March 8, 2012

Rev David Gideon Rome will be "coming home" when he joins Catford and Bromley Synagogue as minister next month. For his grandfather Rabbi Judah Rockman served the south London shul for more than 40 years.

Mr Rome, 25, is a qualified chazan and a soloist with the London Cantorial Singers.

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