Jewish life

This one will run and run — Paul, 88, completes 22nd marathon

By Sandy Rashty, April 25, 2013

Completing the 26.2-mile marathon distance is a gruelling task for any participant. To prepare properly requires a lifestyle overhaul, particularly with regard to diet and exercise. But the London Marathon’s oldest competitor, 88-year-old Paul Freedman, takes it all in his accomplished stride.

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Four women to stand for top synagogue jobs

By Sandy Rashty, April 24, 2013

The United Synagogue is likely to get its first woman chairman of a congregation when it hold its elections next month.

The Chief Rabbi and US leaders passed a ruling allowing women to become chairmen of synagogues last December. Women had previously been restricted to the roles of vice-chair or financial representative.

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Mazeltov! King David Suite to reopen

By Simon Rocker, April 24, 2013

The horas are set to spin again and toasts to the Queen and the President of the state of Israel be raised once more at what was one of London's most popular simchah venues.

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Canadian Jewish News to fold

By Zoe Winograd, April 24, 2013

The Canadian Jewish News has announced it will cease publishing from June 20.

The independent newspaper has been in print for 42 years with a regular circulation of 40,000 copies a week.

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KD remembers soldier

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 22, 2013

Manchester’s King David High has rededicated a plaque in memory of a former pupil who died in the aftermath of the Yom Kippur War in 1973.

Michael Marshall, who was 19 at the time, survived the war but was killed by a sniper just after a ceasefire was declared. He was on patrol waiting to return from the Sinai Desert across the Suez Canal.

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Don’t drown in Maggie’s wake

By Laura Marks, April 21, 2013

It is more than 30 years since Margaret Thatcher became our first female prime minister, trailblazing the way for women, changing the rules and smashing the glass ceiling. Although we don't buy that for a moment, it is worth considering what this formidable leader really did for women and what we as a Jewish community can learn.

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Deep within Cairo’s old city lies the key to the collapse of Egyptian Jewry

By Alastair Beach, April 19, 2013

inside the ancient warrens of Cairo’s old city, and not far from the great walls erected by the medieval Fatimid dynasty, lies Haret el-Yahud — the Jewish Alley.

The neighbourhood was long ago drained of its Jewish character but it is linked to one anomalous fact of great historical significance.

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Coen brothers film generating heat at Cannes

By Zoe Winograd, April 19, 2013

This year’s Cannes Film Festival programme includes a long list of Jewish film-makers.

The prolific director-duo, Joel and Ethan Coen, are one of the festival’s hottest talking points with their new film Inside Llewyn Davis about a folk singer in 1960s New York.

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Nationality offer from Portugal

By Richard Zimler, April 18, 2013

The Portuguese parliament unanimously approved on April 12 a new law that will offer nationality to the descendants of Sephardic Jews who escaped from Portugal in the 15th and 16th centuries after being forcibly converted to Christianity and then persecuted by the Roman Catholic Inquisition.

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Jerusalem is built in Hendon

By Zoe Winograd, April 18, 2013

Nancy Reuben Primary pupils in Hendon celebrated Yom Ha’atzmaut by building a model of Jerusalem.

Each class created different parts of the old city using cardboard, printed images and plastecine. The detailed model included the old temple, people praying at the W estern W all, houses made to look as if built from Jerusalem stone and the walls surrounding the old city.

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