Jewish life

A study in family and freedom

By David Robson, January 18, 2013

He died aged 93. A big, handsome, positive-minded man, his last years brought ill health. His memory failed and speaking became difficult. But on Friday night just before his death, there was one thing that animated him — kiddush. He joined in and was word-perfect. Last Pesach, when he hardly had the ability to ask, let alone understand the answer, he still knew Ma nishtana.

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Hearing impaired asked to assist research project

By Zoe Winograd, January 17, 2013

British Jews with hearing impairment are being invited to assist research by the Action on Hearing Loss charity.

The charity wants people to participate in focus group interviews and online surveys geared to improving understanding of how deafness affects those from ethnic minorities.

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He's the toast of his profession

By Zoe Winograd, January 11, 2013

Toastmaster Jonathan Waterman is a regional winner in the 2013 Wedding Industry Awards.

The Ilford Synagogue member was honoured in the "special touch" category. “I tie guests' cravats and join in the dancing ," he said. “It’s all about the couple . When I see my bride and groom are happy , then it makes me smile.”

Mr Waterman, 41, was voted for by his clients.

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After Hurricane Sandy a sheitel donor comes to the rescue

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2013

Three months after superstorm Sandy hit the United States, a New Jersey businesswoman has found an unusual way to come to the aid of strictly Orthodox residents whose homes were devastated.

Flora Shepelsky has donated more than 60 sheitels to women who saw their hairpieces damaged when flooding hit Seagate, a coastal town near Coney Island.

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Norwood in talks to rescue Drugsline

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

Drugsline, the UK’s only Jewish substance abuse charity, which closed its doors in September, is to be resurrected by leading Jewish charity Norwood.

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Community politics are not ghetto politics

By Martin Bright, January 10, 2013

One of the first meetings I had when I took the job as political editor of the JC was with the Board of Deputies of British Jews. The chief executive and president were curious to know why a gentile had taken the job and who I believed I was writing for. At the time, I thought this a rather peculiar question as I thought one clue at least lay in the title of the newspaper.

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Afghan cave find is ‘monumental’

By Sarah Pilchick, January 10, 2013

Thousand-year-old documents found in an Afghan cave are shedding light on the region’s ancient Jewish community.

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Netanyahu attends Taglit-Birthright’s ‘barmitzvah’

By Zoe Winograd, January 9, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended the ‘barmitzvah party’ of Taglit-Birthright on Monday night in Jerusalem.

Three thousand young Jews taking part in this year’s Birthright programme filled Jerusalem’s International Convention Centre to celebrate the end of their ten-day trip, which coincided with the programme’s 13th year.

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Get ready, it’s time to talk Turkey

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, December 23, 2012

So Chanucah is over. The candles — shamash and all — have burnt down for the final time. The doughnuts have been consumed. The dreidels are packed away and the last of the wrapping paper has been consigned to the recycling bin. Now what?

Well, now, the Christmas season is upon us and the perennial dilemma starts. What should Jews do at Christmas? It is a minefield.

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Census reveals a largely sensible state

By Zaki Cooper, December 21, 2012

The publication of the results of the 2011 census last week answered a number of questions, but here is one it did not: what do the Prime Minister, the Mayor of London and the incoming Archbishop of Canterbury have in common? It sounds like the opening line of a joke but, in fact, these three pillars of the British establishment all have some Jewish blood.

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