Chanucah

Jewish siblings in Apollo roof collapse

By Sandy Rashty, December 23, 2013

Three siblings are in shock after they saw the ceiling of the Apollo Theatre collapse on members of the audience in front of them.

Nathaniel and Maya Lightman had been treating younger sister Noa to the stage production of The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time as a Chanucah gift.

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To tree or not to tree? That is the question

By Charlotte Oliver, December 19, 2013

Doing anything special on December 25? Christmas is a polarising time for UK Jews. Some enter enthusiastically into a secular celebration, sitting down with family and friends to a (kosher) turkey dinner, handing out presents and pulling crackers. Others get into the spirit of the season of goodwill by volunteering at a variety of charities.

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My own festival of light

By Simon Round, December 17, 2013

Any cricket fan who has watched a test match from Old Trafford will have heard the commentators talking at length about the significance of the Pennine hills on the game. So the saying goes, if you can see the Pennines, it’s going to rain and if you can’t see them, it’s already raining.

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Moroccans party in mint condition

By Simon Rocker, December 9, 2013

The mint tea was flying from the bar. Crispy Moroccan doughnuts — sfenj — were being dipped in sugar. And in a corner of the room at the Porat Yosef Moroccan synagogue in Hendon stood an Arabic tent with cushions, lanterns and synthetic palms, set up by Harif, the Association of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa.

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Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg ducks questions over David Ward

By Marcus Dysch, December 5, 2013

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has refused to comment on antisemitic remarks made by backbench MP David Ward, despite telling a Board of Deputies event this week that intolerance and extremism must be countered.

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Student hospitalised after Birmingham Hillel Chanucah blaze

By Charlotte Oliver, December 5, 2013

A chanucah candle was the cause of a fire that left one person in hospital and caused thousands of pounds worth of damage at the Hillel House in Birmingham last week.

The blaze broke out on the second night of Chanucah in the library of the student residence where several menorahs had been lit to mark the festival.

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On Campus in December 2013

By Charlotte Oliver, December 4, 2013

The beginning of December was lit by menorahs as Chanucah ushered in the cold, wintery month. Students around the UK got into the holiday spirit, joining JSocs, Chabadniks and Chaplains in celebrating the occasion with parties, dinners - and, of course, a whole lot of doughnuts.

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Jessie J wishes Sinai School a happy Chanucah

By Rosa Doherty, December 2, 2013
Jessie J was shown last week at Sinai School’s first Chanukah Assembly, where over 700 students participated in singing, dancing and lighting the menorah. More videos will be shown this week, which is part of a whole host of Chanukah activities including Arts and Crafts, Workshops and the school Choir Singing for the elderly.

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The miracle of Chanucah is that, now, everyone knows about it

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, November 29, 2013

It’s Chanukah again, folks. And, yes, that’s the way we spell it in our household. The chanukiot have a temporary home by the pond in Hampstead Heath, alongside Golders Green Station, and pride of place on our mantelpiece. My daughter is bleating for doughnuts, gelt and every Moxie doll she sees on television.

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Norwich Chanucah party is rearranged

By Rosa Doherty, November 28, 2013

A venue in Norwich has rearranged a Chanucah party organised by a messianic “rabbi” after complaints from the Jewish community.

The event, hosted by Binyamin Sheldrake, a member of the Adat Yeshua group, was due to take place in a public area of The Forum, a city-centre building which gets thousands of visitors.

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