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Jewish football identity scandal

By Danny Caro and Marcus Dysch, February 11, 2011

When a Sunday footballer proudly posted pictures of himself in action on Facebook he had no idea he was about to become embroiled in one of the biggest rows in the Jewish game.

For he should never have been playing at all - he had been suspended over claims he might not be Jewish.

And the only reason he managed to get on to the team sheet that day at all was because his manager had used a false name.

Now he, and others, are at the centre of an investigation into the fielding of ineligible players, a claim that has seen their club suspended indefinitely and fined heavily.

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Soros, Bloomberg top donation list

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2011

Jewish financier and Holocaust survivor George Soros has topped a list of the most generous American philanthropists over the last year.

Mr Soros, who was born in Hungary, donated or pledged to donate £205 million in 2010.

The money will go to Human Rights Watch and to other organisations under the umbrella of his Open Society Foundations.

Last year he appeared at sixth on the list, compiled annually by the Chronicle of Philanthropy magazine.

Other Jewish men and women in the top ten included New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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On this day: Facebook is founded

By Jennifer Lipman, February 4, 2011

Who can remember a time when a wall was just a wall, when photos were private not tagged for the world to see, and when events had to be organised with phone calls or paper invitations?

Mark Zuckerberg was a 19-year-old Jewish student working out of his Harvard dorm-room when he founded the social network that became Facebook.

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Israeli soldiers warned over Facebook use

By Nathan Jeffay, January 6, 2011

During the Second World War, the British government famously released posters warning: "Careless talk costs lives." Now the IDF is running a contemporary equivalent campaign - against indiscreet Facebook posts.

Top brass have written to all commanders asking them to urge subordinates to be careful what they post on Facebook and other social networking sites.

It urges against posting photos taken on bases or pictures of soldiers which give away information about their role in the army, such as by revealing unit insignia, or where they live.

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg named Time Magazine Person of the Year

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2010

The Jewish computer-genius who founded Facebook from his college bedroom has been named as the Time Magazine Person of the Year.

Mark Zuckerberg, 26, joins other Jewish winners of the prestigious award, including US politician Henry Kissinger and Ben Bernanke, chairman of the US Federal Reserve. However, in 83 years of naming a Person of the Year, Time has also chosen Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler.

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Doughnut eater scores Facebook hole-in-one

November 25, 2010

There is a new cult activity on the internet - watching how many doughnuts a Chanucah-obsessed Israeli can eat.

Elie Klein, a 30-year-old father-of-two from Beit Shemesh, has Facebook users from all over the world following his doughnut consumption, and pledging big money to charities for each fried 500-calorie snack he eats.

On Wednesday, after around a week of doughnut-eating and with six full days to go before the first Chanucah light, he had already eaten 30 doughnuts and was raising 322 shekels - more than £50 - for each.

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Israeli army uses Facebook to stalk draft-dodgers

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2010

Israel has adopted a new tool in the fight against army draft evaders, and it involves looking at people’s Facebook pages.

Service in the IDF is compulsory for Israeli school-leavers, except under specific circumstances. Those exempt from duty include some Orthodox Jewish men and women.

But with draft-dodging on the rise, the army has turned to Facebook to check those avoiding service are doing so for a legitimate reason.

The method has enabled the IDF to catch some 1,000 women exaggerating the extent of their religious observance.

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Zuckerberg, Emanuel on Fortune power list

By Jennifer Lipman, November 23, 2010

The 26-year-old founder of Facebook has been placed fourth in an annual list ranking the world’s top businesspeople by Fortune magazine.

Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg, who created the influential social networking site from his college dorm-room in 2004, is the highest ranked Jewish businessman on the list.

The list also includes the CEOs of Starbucks and Kraft Foods, Howard Schultz and Irene Rosenfeld.

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How to respond to 'lies about Israel'

By Robyn Rosen, November 18, 2010

A Middle East expert has urged community members to "oppose lies about Israel".

Lawyer Andrew White was addressing the Israel in Focus conference at the Israel embassy hosted by StandWithUs UK and attended by 60 young Jewish and non-Jewish professionals.

He gave examples of misinformation in the public arena regarding Israel, citing an article in The Economist claiming that Israeli traffic lights stop for less time for Arab traffic.

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Virtually at Norwood

By Robyn Rosen, November 11, 2010

Norwood will digitise its annual dinner next week in an attempt to reach the entire community.

The event, held on Monday, will be available on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. More than 1,300 guests, including Simon Cowell and Sarah, Duchess of York, will attend the event.

Viewers can watch chief executive Norma Brier who will appeal to digital participants to raise an extra £1 million.

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