Jewish life

New York’s tears after Sandy

By JCReporter, November 8, 2012

The deaths of two childhood friends in Hurricane Sandy has touched the lives of many in New York’s Jewish community.

Over 300 people attended the funeral of Jessica Streich-Kest, 24, and Jacob Vogelman, 23, who were killed by a falling tree as the storm hit New York on October 29.

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New York has a quiet election

By Jennifer Lipman, November 8, 2012

The comments of one New Yorker seemed to tell a large part of the election story this week: “Four years ago when Obama won, it was crazy here,” she said. “Now, not so much.”

Indeed, walking around Manhattan, you could have been forgiven for not knowing there was an election on.

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Faith leaders warn over opt-out organ donor plan

By Simon Rocker, November 8, 2012

A proposed new policy on organ donation in Wales is causing consternation, with the Board of Deputies warning it could be the “thin end of the wedge” for Britain as a whole.

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How Jews broke into the professions

By John Cooper, November 7, 2012

In the past, Jewish mothers wished for their sons to become doctors or lawyers. Today, they are quite likely to want their children to become High Court Judges.

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World's largest Jewish centre opens in Ukraine

By Anna Sheinman, October 18, 2012

The world’s largest Jewish centre — with more floor space than Windsor Castle — opened this week in the unlikely location of Dnepropetrovsk in south-east Ukraine.

The chief rabbis of Ukraine, Russia and 400 other guests were present as the Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, Shlomo Amar, placed the mezuzah on the door of the 540,000 sq ft Menorah Centre.

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Students celebrate Sukkot at UK universities

October 11, 2012

Students celebrated Yom Tov in succahs erected on campuses, at student unions and by chaplains and the Union of Jewish Students.

Nottingham Chabad provided nearly 2,000 pieces of sushi at a party attended by around 130 students. One of the city’s top sushi chefs prepared food for the evening, organised by Rabbi Mendy Lent.

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The Power 50 - Celebrating Influential Women

By JCReporter, September 20, 2012

Ros Altmann
The population is ageing, the pensions industry is in crisis. Who do governments listen to? Ros Altmann. The director-general of Saga is a long time campaigner for pensioner’s rights. Her solution to the coming pensions timebomb? We live longer, we should work longer.

Avielah Barclay

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Jewish mothers on TV and in life

By Simon Round, September 20, 2012

H ow many Jewish mothers does it take to change a lightbulb? According to the old joke, the answer is none. “Don’t worry about me,” she says “I’ll just sit here in the dark.”

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Guide to the Jewish Man

By Paul Lester, September 20, 2012

What do women need to know about men, Jewish men in particular? Hmm, tricky. But, as a divorced and remarried dad of three, I clearly have a unique perspective in the field of gender difference. So here are my own 13 crucial pointers. Oh, and by the way — Jewish men are not from Mars, they’re from Finchley.

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Dating Jewish men

By Miriam Elia, September 20, 2012

‘And Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married; for he had married an Ethiopian woman” (Numbers 12.1).

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