Jewish life

Centre studying antisemitism gets £1.4 million grant

By Rosa Doherty, February 3, 2015

The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism has received a grant of £1.4 million that will fund its work for the next five years.

The funding from the Pears Foundation will pay for a social sciences lecturer, and extend teaching and research into antisemitism.

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Jonathan Romain made head of Reform Beit Din

By Josh Jackman, January 23, 2015

Rabbi Jonathan Romain has been appointed chairperson of the Movement for Reform Judaism’s Beit Din.

The organisation’s religious court has chosen the Maidenhead minister to head its rotating team of seven judges and make the final decision on issues from conversions to divorces.

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1,500 expected to attend London conference in support of Israel

By Sandy Rashty, January 15, 2015

UK leaders are preparing for the "biggest pro-Israel gathering ever to have been held in this country".

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A better way to report the views of British Jews

By Stephen Pollard, January 14, 2015

One of the frustrations for anyone working in the Jewish community is that it has been impossible to provide a reliable snapshot of opinion on any given subject. What were our views of the Gaza war last summer? Do we think shechita is under threat? Have we experienced antisemitism? The list of issues on which it would be invaluable to know what Jews think is almost endless.

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JC poll reveals 88 per cent of British Jews have not considered leaving UK

By JC Reporter, January 14, 2015

The vast majority of Britain’s Jews have no intention of packing their bags despite rising concern about safety after the Paris attacks, according to an authoritative new poll for the JC.

Almost nine out of 10 – 88 per cent - say that they have not considered quitting the UK since last week’s atrocities, compared to just 11 per cent who have thought of leaving.

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Authors from across the globe compete on JQ-Wingate prize shortlist

By Josh Jackman, January 13, 2015

The nominees for this year’s prestigious JQ-Wingate literary prize come from all over the globe, with authors from four continents competing on the shortlist, announced today.

Famous literary figures such as Simon Schama and Ari Shavit, as well as controversial anti-Zionist Ilan Pappé, fell by the wayside as the longlist was cut down from 15 to seven.

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UK police increase patrols after Paris supermarket attack

By Sandy Rashty, January 9, 2015

Communal organisations are monitoring the security situation in the UK, after a gunman took five people hostage in Paris today.

The Community Security Trust is liaising with UK police, government and the SPCJ, the French-Jewish security watchdog.

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Heroes and Villains: Who we liked, and who we didn't, in 2014

By JC Reporters, December 31, 2014

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Jewish Care workforce - by Rosa Doherty

Jewish Care employs staff from five continents to look after some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

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New Year Honours for Esther Rantzen, Joan Collins and Lord Young

By Sandy Rashty, December 30, 2014

A Hollywood actress, a television personality, a rabbi and at least two jewellers were among the 1,164 people who were recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, which was released this week.

TV presenter Esther Rantzen, who has described her Jewishness as a “central part of my identity”, was made a Dame.

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Limmud 2014: Chief says take pride in Judaism and reach out to others

By Josh Jackman, December 30, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis arrived at his second Limmud with a message that Jews should take pride in their religion.

Rabbi Mirvis, the first UK chief rabbi to attend the cross-communal event last year, told a large audience that Judaism could be preserved by Jews helping others in a spirit of tikkun olam — healing the world.

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