Jewish life

Mum’s hell as father runs off with two sons

By Sandy Rashty, July 25, 2013

A Jewish mother has spoken of her ongoing “hell” in her legal battle to bring two of her sons back to the UK after they were taken to Russia by her ex-husband last year.

Rachael Neustadt, 35, from Hendon, thought that her two elder sons, Daniel and Jonathan, had taken a two-week holiday to visit their Russian-born father’s family.

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Reform faces the music once again

July 22, 2013

The role of music in Jewish life was celebrated at a Movement for Reform Judaism conference attended by almost 100 delegates from 25 communities.

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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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