Jewish life

Charm offensive waged against eruv opponents

By Jay Grenby, August 12, 2013

Convened in response to a “considerable amount of anger in Bushey village” to the proposed local eruv, a “well-behaved” meeting to discuss the planning application on Tuesday attracted 180 people. A low-profile police presence reflected unfounded concern that the event might be hijacked by BNP or EDL members from nearby South Oxhey.

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Rock and other hard places

By Derek Taylor, August 11, 2013

There is a fascinating connection between two current stories in the news.

The first is the Spanish continuing harassment of the Gibraltarians in their efforts to regain the colony for Spain. The second is the pressure on Israel to return to its pre-1967 borders. Jews were involved from the beginning in both cases.

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Doctors expose my blind spot

By Peter Rosengard, August 11, 2013

On Sunday, I went on a blind date. I was fully prepared. My 17-year-old daughter had texted me my instructions: “Dad, don’t be on the phone the whole time — in fact don’t even take your BlackBerry. Don’t talk about yourself the whole time. Don’t try and be funny the whole time. Don’t be late”.

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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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