Jewish life

UK Jewish Film Festival opens with gala on London’s Southbank

By Barry Toberman, November 7, 2014

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has praised the UK Jewish Film Festival and the Jewish contribution to the movie industry worldwide.

Mr Javid said the festival had for the past two decades “provided a unique platform for hundreds of film-makers telling thousands of stories, stories that provide stimulating and unique views of Jewish and Israeli culture”.

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My barmitzvah inspired the Martian invasion...

By Angela Epstein, November 6, 2014

The year was 1979. And, as secret peace negotiations were thrashed out at Camp David, Israeli television ran rolling coverage and analysis of the ground-breaking meeting that, it was hoped, would lead to peace with Egypt. Expectations were mixed.

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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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Now he’s a real Transformer: LaBeouf becomes a Christian

By Josh Jackman, October 28, 2014

Transformers actor Shia LaBeouf has moved away from his Jewish roots to embrace Christianity following his latest role.

Mr LaBeouf, whose mother is Jewish and who had a barmitzvah, told Interview magazine that his time spent portraying the deeply religious Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan in David Ayer’s Fury had greatly affected him.

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The Great Challah Make timelapse

October 28, 2014

The entire Great Challah Make in just 16 seconds.

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Shabbat UK Havdalah concert

October 28, 2014

A Havdalah concert in honour of Shabbat UK 2014, with Rabbi Benjy Morgan & Rabbi Dov Cowan.

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Shlomo Sand accused of hypocrisy over his rejection of being Jewish

By Josh Jackman, October 15, 2014

A controversial Israeli historian has faced accusations that he is being hypocritical in rejecting his Jewishness.

Professor Shlomo Sand says he no longer regards himself as Jewish.

But at a packed meeting in London, he was challenged over why he had not rejected his Israeli citizenship too.

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Shabbat UK video competition

By Marcus Dysch, October 14, 2014
Shabbat UK and educational resource group Jewish Interactive have launched a competition to promote Shabbat UK.

Entrants are asked to submit videos about Shabbat UK and the best video will win a tablet computer.

Maureen Lipman, Vanessa Feltz, and Ivan Lewis MP are among those to already make clips.

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Lincoln's arch heritage

By Daniel Easterman, August 15, 2014

A 15-foot arch celebrating Lincoln's medieval Jewish heritage is set to be installed at the entrance to the city's medieval Cathedral Quarter.

The wrought-iron structure features the Star of David prominently and includes details depicting the life of Jewish traders during the Middle Ages.

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Leaders should lead

August 14, 2014

This week’s front-page story is not something we ever thought would be published. The poll is not scientific; we simply approached 150 people randomly in the street. But it accurately reflects the overwhelming anecdotal evidence of recent weeks. Emphatically, that does not mean that 63 per cent of us are preparing to leave.

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