Jewish life

Thousands of Jews on Claims Conference property list

By Zoe Winograd, February 19, 2013

The Claims Conference has published a list of thousands of Jews who lost property in former East Germany.

The claims body announced that these Jews and their families will be eligible to receive compensation from a 50 million euro ‘Late Applications Fund’ set up by the conference.

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Israeli man arrested for ordering a woman to move to the back seat

By Zoe Winograd, February 18, 2013

A man has been arrested for ordering a 22-year-old woman to sit at the back of a bus in Israel.

On Friday two strictly Orthodox men are said to have harassed Noa Kentman while she sat on a bus headed to Ashdod.

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'Care cap' issues worry welfare chiefs

By Sandy Rashty, February 18, 2013

Communal welfare leaders have voiced concerns over the government’s latest plan to cap care costs for the elderly.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt on Monday announced proposals for a £75,000 cap on care costs and to raise the means-testing threshold from £23,250 to £123,000.

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Wrong numbers prompt council to call for better data

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 18, 2013

The Manchester Jewish Representative Council has warned that communal strategy must be based on reliable demographic data, particularly for the mainstream. But there was no questioning the growth of the local Charedi community.

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Glasgow looks to its 'Futures'

By Cathy Forman, February 18, 2013

Glasgow’s Community Futures Project has highlighted a lack of barmitzvah education in the city.

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Anti-eruv councillor defends Shoah day role

By Marcus Dysch, February 18, 2013

A Barnet councillor who opposed a local eruv claiming it would be “marketing the place as a Jewish area” has defended his suitability to organise the borough’s Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony.

David Longstaff was criticised by a fellow Conservative councillor and a Shoah memorial group this week after details emerged of his pivotal involvement in January’s HMD event in Hendon.

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TrainE TraidE Business Awards

By Zoe Winograd, February 11, 2013

Award Winners and Sponsors (l to r): Daniel Green - Homesun (Sponsor of Start Up of the Year), Shraga Zaltzman (Managing Director, TrainE-TraidE), Daniel Abrahams and Stefan Litobac - My Currency Transfer (Business Start Up of the Year), Mark Morris (Business Awards Lunch Committee Chairman), Sharon Jaffe - JaffeBlend (Business Person of the Year), Lloyd Dorfman CBE, Jeremy Stern - Promoveritas (B

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We’re just like Mum and Dad

By Josh Glancy, February 8, 2013

Logging on to Facebook if you're Jewish and 25 is a hazardous business these days. The festive season generated a seemingly unending spate of engagements and weddings.

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In Poland activists fight rabbi’s ghetto skyscraper

By Nissan Tzur, February 7, 2013

Poland’s Ministry of Culture will soon decide whether to allow Warsaw’s historic Jewish community centre to be demolished in order to make way for a skyscraper.

Adding to the controversy is the fact that the request to pull down the building, which stands at the heart of the former Jewish ghetto in Warsaw, came from the current Jewish community leaders themselves.

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Ed Koch’s real legacy is a flourishing New York

By Dan Friedman, February 7, 2013

Ed Koch, the larger-than-life, three-term Democratic mayor of New York City passed away early in the morning of Friday, February 1.

Although 88 and long retired from representative politics, he was an active pundit until the last, using his visibility as a platform for television appearances, political endorsements and, latterly, online film reviews at “Mayor at the Movies.”

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