Jewish life

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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A pretty much religious key to success

By Gerald Jacobs, August 7, 2013

Both the two novels by Jewish authors on the Man Booker longlist announced last week depict the claustrophobic anxieties of a young heroine locked within a powerful family hinterland. In Charlotte Mendelson’s Almost English, sparked by memories of her Hungarian grandparents, the family is, as she puts it, “the really embarrassing foreign kind”.

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Communal film makes BFI 100

By John Fisher, August 5, 2013

A film celebrating 150 years of Jewish life in Leeds has been selected for the British Film Institute collection, God’s Own County: Yorkshire on Screen.

Commissioned by Leeds Jewish resource centre Makor in 2011, the 70 minute documentary, The Last Tribe, was shot by local film-maker Simon Glass.

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Gathering for Irish heritage

August 5, 2013

Irish Jews living all over the globe returned to Dublin for a week of activities celebrating Irish Jewish heritage.

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Smiles better - the Leeds emissary who captured hearts

By John Fisher, August 5, 2013

When Leeds Makor chairman Stanley Cundle interviewed the seven candidates for community shaliach in 2009, Gilad Amit impressed him with his “charisma, beautiful smile and sense of humour. And when he finally came to Leeds, everyone instantly fell in love with him.”

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Rabbinical college ends spouse rule for students

By Simon Rocker, August 2, 2013

Leo Baeck College can no longer require married rabbinic students to have a Jewish spouse or partner because of equality laws, the JC has learned.

The Progressive academy in London quietly introduced the change two years ago after taking legal advice.

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Editor quits as JQ hits 60

By Josh Jackman, August 2, 2013

The search is on for a new editor of the venerable cultural journal, the Jewish Quarterly, after the resignation of Rachel Lasserson, the present holder of the post, who ran the JQ for seven years.

Ms Lasserson stepped down to “seek new challenges”, according to the JQ’s joint chair Mark Goldberg.

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Mother loses custody battle but will fight on

By Anna Sheinman, August 1, 2013

Beth Alexander, a British mother of four-year-old twins, is to appeal against the Viennese court decision which has given final custody to their father.

She said the decision had left her feeling as if she had been “convicted of a crime, although I know I am innocent”. She vowed to fight on in her long-running battle to gain care of the boys, Samuel and Benji.

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