Jewish life

How Rosh Hashanah influences the stock market

By Anna Sheinman, September 20, 2011

Researchers have discovered that Jews control the stock markets – for two days of every year.

A new study by academics at Nova Southeastern University in Florida shows that Rosh Hashanah has an impact on the stock market.

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Bikes, babies and Shabbat lunch

By Anna Sheinman, September 16, 2011

Having only made it to a JSoc Friday night dinner twice in my first year at Cambridge, I was flattered but somewhat surprised to be invited by the Jewish Chaplain to his house for Shabbat lunch.

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Site launched to link global Jewry in recovery prayers

By Jennifer Lipman, September 12, 2011

A teacher whose sister battled leukemia has developed a website for Jews around the world to unite in prayers for a speedy recovery.

Shira Kalish, from Long Island, came up with the idea of "linking the Jewish community through chesed (lovingkindness)" when she witnessed the response to her sister's illness.

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Donisthorpe finds a gem

September 8, 2011

Leeds care home Donisthorpe Hall has appointed a gem of a new chair in Andrew Brown.

Mr Brown also chairs the Beaverbrooks jewellery chain and, at Donsithorpe, succeeds Geoff Caplan, who has stepped down after six years in the post.

Having admired and supported Donisthorpe for many years, Mr Brown said he hoped to bring his business acumen to its boardroom.

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Compromise reached on waste disposal

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 8, 2011

Strictly Orthodox Jewish families in Bury who feared reduced waste collections by the local council have managed to negotiate increased bin capacity. Fortnightly collections and smaller bins are to be introduced next month, days before Succot, in a bid to save millions of pounds and to increase recycling.

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Going for a song on Kol Chai's silver anniversary

September 8, 2011

Kol Chai - Hatch End Jewish Community - launched its 25th anniversary celebrations with a singing workshop on Sunday.

More than 40 members and friends enjoyed a musical two hours in a variety of languages under the guidance of singer-songwriter Judith Silver.

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Historian fights to preserve East End landmark

By Jessica Elgot, September 8, 2011

A Tower Hamlets campaign group is fighting to save the former Jewish Maternity Hospital building in Whitechapel from demolition by developers.

Retired teacher and local historian Tom Ridge is spearheading a letter-writing campaign to preserve the building, which is more than a century old.

Arnold Wesker and Lionel Bart were among famous Jews born there.

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Popular Eden draws pupils from all sides

September 8, 2011

Eden Jewish Primary in Haringey welcomed children from its 30-strong reception class on Wednesday, as governors' chair Peter Kessler reported that the places could have been filled more than twice over.

Jewish pupils for the first intake of the cross-communal free school have been drawn equally from the Orthodox, Reform and Masorti folds.

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Washington letter to Jews 'key to roots'

By Ellen Tumposky, September 8, 2011

An important document in American history — George Washington’s 1790 letter to the Jews of Newport, Rhode Island — has been languishing in storage for years, and a US Jewish newspaper has launched a campaign to get it out into the open for public viewing.

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Outrage in France over plan to delete 'Shoah'

By Michel Zlotowski, September 8, 2011

Film director and writer Claude Lanzmann has attacked the French Education Ministry for planning to "delete" the word "Shoah" from school textbooks.

Mr Lanzmann argued in a recent article for Le Monde that some at the ministry were trying to challenge the uniqueness of the Jewish genocide and give it the same historical status as the Allied bombing of German cities.

Mr Lanzmann claimed to ha

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