Jewish life

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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Israel is a better place to be born than Britain

By Anna Sheinman, December 14, 2012

Israel is a much better place to be born today than Britain, the Economist has reported.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), the sister company to The Economist has produced a quality of life index that measures which country will “provide the best opportunities for a healthy, safe and prosperous life in the years ahead.”

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Census 2011: The Jewish breakdown

By Simon Rocker, December 13, 2012

The number of identifying Jews in England and Wales has risen slightly over the past decade, indicating a stability which contrasts with the usual perception of relentless diaspora decline.

According to the first results of the 2011 census published this week, 263,346 people answered “Jewish” to the voluntary question on religion, compared with 259,927 in the previous count of 2001.

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Census results: rise in Jewish identification

By Simon Rocker, December 11, 2012

The number of people identifying religiously as Jews in last year's Census has risen in England and Wales from the previous count a decade ago.

According to the figures published by the Office of National Statistics today, there were 263,000 Jews who answered the voluntary question on religion in 2011, compared with 260,000 in 2001.

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Concerns of Polish Orthodox seeking a monopoly on the community

By Zoe Winograd, November 30, 2012

The Progressive Judaism movement in Poland has alleged that it is under threat of being taken over by the country’s main Orthodox group.

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Spain offers Sephardim new deal on citizenship

By Adam Feinstein, November 29, 2012

In a landmark decision, the Spanish government has ruled that all Sephardim — the descendants of the Jews expelled from Spain in 1492 — will be able to acquire Spanish nationality wherever they live in the world, provided they obtain accreditation from the Spanish Federation of Jewish Communities (FCJE).

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Shechita: the beginning of the end?

By Marcus Dysch, November 29, 2012

New fears have been raised over the future of shechita by a Polish court ruling that could lead to the banning of religious slaughter in that country and threaten kosher meat supplies in Europe and Israel.

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US groups seek better ties with Latino voting bloc

By Gil Shefler New York, November 22, 2012

Florida’s Jews are used to being a coveted voting bloc, sometimes determining the outcome of national elections. But this year, another all-important demographic emerged at the ballots.

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Judgment in UCU tribunal due next year

By Marcus Dysch, November 22, 2012

A Jewish academic who says his union has not done enough to challenge antisemitism “deliberately misled” an employment tribunal, the union’s lawyer has claimed.

Ronnie Fraser was accused, by Antony White QC, of making around a dozen unreliable claims against the University and College Union.

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