Jewish life

The Bletchley codebreakers who never cracked

By Josh Jackman, December 24, 2014

Most daughters keep secrets from their mothers, but not usually because they are a matter of national security.

During the Second World War, Ruth Bourne, from Birmingham, worked at the codebreaking base at Bletchley Park as one of the team helping Alan Turing crack the Germans’ Enigma code.

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Tel Aviv inspired to launch its own event

By Simon Rocker, December 23, 2014

One guest from abroad will be taking a particular interest in events at Warwick this year.

Israeli Tal Grunspan is chairman of the inaugural Limmud Tel Aviv, which is scheduled to take place over two days at a college in Jaffa next May.

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Feeding Limmudniks is like catering biggest simchah ever

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2014

One of the biggest logistical challenges at the Limmud conference is the task of feeding thousands of people three times a day.

Satisfying hungry Limmudniks requires the largest kosher catering contract in Europe.

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Michael Bublé helps former JFS student propose to his girlfriend

By Sandy Rashty, December 17, 2014
When former JFS student Anthony Goldman took his girlfriend Louisa Kremer to a Michael Bublé concert he planned more than a backstage meeting with the award-winning Canadian performer.

The nervous 25-year-old took the opportunity to interrupt Mr Bublé mid-song, got down on one knee and proposed to a shocked Ms Kremer.

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Merger between JW3 and LJCC agreed

By JC Reporter, December 16, 2014

Agreement has been reached over the merger between JW3, the £50 million community centre, and the London Jewish Cultural Centre, it was announced today.

The two organisations will occupy a single site – at JW3 in Finchley Road, north-west London – from August 1 2015, when LJCC’s building, Ivy House in Golders Green, will close.

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Regulator rules King David High School must change admissions policy

By Josh Jackman, December 15, 2014

King David High School in Manchester has become the latest Jewish school to be ordered to change its admissions policy.

The Office of Schools Adjudicator decided on Monday that admissions arrangements for September 2014 and 2015 “do not conform with the requirements,” and must be revised “as quickly as possible”.

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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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