Jewish life

Tiny Newport has a big giveaway

By Zoe Winograd, July 22, 2013

The five remaining active members of Newport Hebrew Congregation held a kiddush on Monday to mark the handover of two sifrei Torah to a new Israeli community.

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Jobcentres ignore law

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 19, 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions is launching an investigation into claims that Shabbat-observant Jews continue to be refused job seekers allowance.

Under a policy followed by some job centres in the north-west of England, claimants who are not willing to work on Saturdays are automatically denied JSA.

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A healthy turnout for US women's initiatives

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2013

Rebbetzin Lauren Levin — appointed last December at Finchley Synagogue by Chief Rabbi elect Ephraim Mirvis as Britain’s first Orthodox female halachic adviser — led a seminar on “women’s health and halachah” at Kinloss on Sunday.

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In pole position for eruv news

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 15, 2013

Evidence of the interest in the north Manchester eruv was the turnout of 400 on Shabbat at Salford’s Stenecourt Synagogue to be told about the final preparations.

They heard that 101 of 117 poles for the religious boundary were in place and that completion was expected by Succot.

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Out of the flames comes hope

By Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, July 14, 2013

Fires — and Tishah Be’Av.

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Talmud is the Wisden of Solomon

By Simon Round, July 14, 2013

On Wednesday, the cricketers of Australia and England took to the field at Trent Bridge for the first Ashes test. Many JC readers, including me, were unfeasibly excited about it. In fact, British Jews can count themselves as among the most fanatical of cricket fans.

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Locals rally to save popular creperie

By Sandy Rashty, July 11, 2013

For more than 30 years, the crepe stand in Hampstead High Street has been a social hub for north-west London’s Jews.

For teenagers and young families, dating couples and senior citizens, La Crêperie de Hampstead has been a place to meet, greet and grab a French-style snack. Even celebrities such as Kate Moss and Mila Kunis have been known to stop by for a pancake.

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From City jungle to zoo keeper

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2013

The city of London is often described as a jungle, but for Daniel Simmonds it clearly was not wild enough.

Mr Simmonds gave up his job as an oil trader — and the six -figure salary that went with it — to become a keeper at London Zoo.

Now he is the focus of The Zoo, a three-part ITV1 fly-on-the-cage documentary about life looking after the animals.

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U-turn on school Hebrew is triumph for lobby groups

By Marcus Dysch, July 11, 2013

The government has dropped plans which some Jewish schools had argued could have stopped Hebrew being taught to primary pupils.

The Department for Education had previously announced that Hebrew would be omitted from a compulsory list of languages to be taught as part of the national curriculum.

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How Sir Cliff Richard held court in Israel

By Shira Rubin, July 11, 2013

A tennis ball whizzed past Sir Cliff Richard so fast the crowd could almost hear it.

Rather than disappointment at missing the ball, however, a look of happy surprise spread across his face.

For this was a special opponent — a 12-year-old tennis champion at Nazareth’s YMCA — and these games carried a special mission: to promote co-existence between Jews and Arabs.

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