Jewish life

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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Business Club launches in Brighton

By Yael Breuer, November 16, 2012

The Brighton Jewish Business Club has been launched by local Reform synagogue member Nick Beck, who is planning monthly breakfast get-togethers at the shul’s Ajex Hall.

Mr Beck said the club, open to all sections of the community, would provide networking opportunities “in a Jewish context, emphasising Jewish ethics. The rabbis of our community are most welcome to come as well.”

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US Jews ponder how to engage young people in community life

By Hillel Kuttler, November 16, 2012

Rabbi Rick Jacobs faced some of the 3,000 people attending America’s annual conference of Jewish philanthropic organisations and presented a key challenge now confronting north American Jewry: how to engage young people in Judaism and in organised communal life.

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Let's bring back Balkan glories

By Juliette Gerstein, November 12, 2012

Climbing the steps of the old, poorly maintained building, I was unsure what to expect from Belgrade’s Jewish museum.

Inside, the exhibits, while fascinating, had been unchanged for decades; this was not a museum set up to attract international tourists.

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Gift horse with rotten mouths

By David Robson, November 11, 2012

The other day, I came across one of my barmitzvah presents — a beautiful, old, not so say ancient, evening scarf. Cream silk it is, with black-and-white silk fringes and my initials embroidered on it. It came from Sulka (of New York, London and Paris), a gentlemen’s outfitters who had catered for the Duke Of Windsor, Winston Churchill, Henry Ford and Clark Gable.

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