Jewish life

In Kosovo, daily survival is a joint struggle for Jews and Muslims

By Liam Hoare, August 9, 2013

Votim Demiri, president of the Jewish community of Kosovo, took me to his house in the Marash area of Prizren.

The district forms one point of a triangle with two Islamic holy sites.

Later, he showed me around the historic centre of the city, where the Sinan Pasha Mosque sits within walking distance of a Serb Orthodox church and a Catholic school. “This is our Jerusalem,” he said.

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Star rabbi is accused of heresay

By Simon Rocker, August 9, 2013

The battle over Orthodox belief that led to the Jacobs Affair in British Jewry has erupted again a half-century later after an American rabbi was accused of advancing heretical ideas about the Torah.

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In Uruguay, city’s Sephardi past hidden from tourists

By Jonathan Gilbert, August 9, 2013

The small city of Colonia is a historical jewel, a World Heritage Site of cobbled alleys and crumbling 17th-century architecture.

But this magnet for tourists, a short boat ride from Buenos Aires, also has a rich, little-known Jewish past.

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Census figures reveal scale of career success

By Simon Rocker, August 9, 2013

A larger proportion of Jews are in professional and higher managerial jobs than any other religious group in England and Wales, according to newly released data from the 2011 Census.

The Jewish community also has the lowest percentage of long-term unemployed.

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UK gets the chance to see another side of Bob Dylan

By Anna Sheinman, August 8, 2013

The times they are a ’changin’ for superstar Bob Dylan, whose next big event in London is not a tour date but the opening of the first UK exhibition of his art work.

The National Portrait Gallery is to display 12 specially commissioned portraits by Dylan from August 24 in a move that will introduce another side of the star to his thousands of British fans.

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Hitmaker who became kung fu queen is not so rock ’n’ roll

By Paul Lester, August 8, 2013

Lynsey de Paul was the Adele of her day — a small, mousey blonde, Jewish version of Adele. For several years in the 1970s, she was everywhere, with that facial beauty spot and that inimitable breathy voice cooing songs that she wrote, performed on piano and produced. Not for nothing was she heralded at the time as the British Carole King — and, subsequently, as the precursor to Kate Bush.

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Mazel Toffs to three new peers

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2013

Three of Anglo-Jewry’s leading figures have received an aliyah of a different kind — elevation to the House of Lords as part of a group of new working peers selected by Downing Street.

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Board of Deputies' arrogance

August 8, 2013

Whatever merit the idea of an All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews might have — and there is a good case to be made for it — the Board of Deputies’ role in its formation is a textbook example of how not to go about such a project.

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Tension as Board of Deputies backs new Parliamentary Jewish group

By Marcus Dysch, August 8, 2013

The creation of a new parliamentary group to promote Jewish issues has brought long-simmering tensions between the Board of Deputies and other communal organisations to the boil.

On Wednesday the Board announced that it would form the secretariat to a new All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews, to launch next month.

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Women of the Wall blocked from holy site by chanting protesters

By Zoe Winograd, August 7, 2013

The Women of the Wall conducted a Rosh Chodesh service at the back of the Western Wall plaza on Wednesday morning, despite the presence of protesters and a police barricade.

The 300 women were not able to pray directly in front of the wall due to a large crowd of strictly Orthodox protesters who were screaming and chanting while standing between the feminist group and the holy site.

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