Jewish life

Rachael Neustadt reunited with kidnapped sons

By Sandy Rashty, July 22, 2014

An Orthodox Jewish mother has been reunited with her two sons after they were kidnapped by their father in December 2012.

Rachael Neustadt, a former teacher, said she wanted to thank the UK Jewish community for their “prayers” after she was reunited with Daniel Jacob, aged eight, and Jonathan, six.

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Thousands turn out to support Israel in London rally

By Sandy Rashty, July 20, 2014

Kensington High Street was awash with Israeli flags as British Jews flocked to south-west London to show their support at the Zionist Federation (ZF) rally this afternoon.

An estimated 5,000 Israel supporters – many wearing blue and white outfits for the event – held up placards that called for an end to Hamas terrorism.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis: assisted dying Bill is 'dangerous'

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has condemned a Bill which would allow doctors to end the lives of terminally ill patients.

The Assisted Dying Bill, which was due to be debated in the House of Lords today, would permit lethal drugs to be administered to people with less than six months to live.

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Hundreds join search for missing teenager

By Marcus Dysch, July 14, 2014

Hundreds of volunteers have joined a search for a missing Jewish teenager.

Asher Sekenofsky, 15, has not been seen since leaving his home in Edgware, north west London, at 7.30pm on Friday.

The Hasmonean High School pupil has severe learning difficulties and police said his disappearance was a “high risk” incident.

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Soviet Jewry campaigner Michael Sherbourne dies

By Rosa Doherty, June 23, 2014

Soviet Jewry activist Michael Sherbourne, has died at the age of 97.

London-born Mr Sherman played an important role in the campaign to win Jews the right to emigrate from the Soviet Union during the 1070s.

And coined the term '"refusnik" to describes Jews who had been denied permission to leave.

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Jewish teenagers fall victim to gambling menace

By Marcus Dysch, June 12, 2014

Gambling now poses the biggest threat to Jewish teenagers - even more than drink and drug abuse.

The rise in the number of betting shops and online applications is blamed for a problem experts say is being ignored.

And, they add, smartphones have done much to encourage the bet-anywhere-anytime philosophy and help keep the problem hidden.

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Scrolls returned after 132 years

By pat lidiker, June 9, 2014

An historic sefer Torah kept in a Cornwall museum for well over a century has been returned to the Jewish community.

Having been held in Truro’s Royal Cornwall Museum since Falmouth Synagogue closed in 1882, the scroll was restored by scribe Bernard Benarroch and handed back to the Kehillat Kernow community’s chairman, Harvey Kurzfield, by the Duke of Gloucester on behalf of the museum.

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Yeshiva for Salford construction men

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2014

A former Salford care home is to be converted into premises for a yeshiva which trains its students to be fire cadets, construction workers and ambulance staff trainees.

The Darchei Torah Yeshiva helps strictly Orthodox school-leavers who performed poorly in secondary education to find employment.

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Revealed: who gets what among charity movers and shakers

By Marcus Dysch, May 23, 2014

The range of salaries paid to executives working in Jewish communal organisations is revealed in depth today.

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Payment for results

May 23, 2014

All the information in our survey of Jewish communal executives’ pay is publicly available. But it would be hard to overstate the hostility and nervousness from some of those concerned when we started contacting them for confirmation of the figures in their accounts. There were conference calls between organisations to discuss how best to respond. There were attempts to silence the JC.

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