Jewish life

David Lewis, face of Eilat tourism mourned

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

David Lewis, the Anglo-Jewish entrepeneur who turned Eilat into an international holiday destination, died at his London home on Tuesday aged 87.

His Isrotel group, which brought five-star luxury to the desert resort with the opening of the King Solomon's Palace in 1984, now owns a dozen hotels and spas across Israel.

Rafi Shalev, director of the Israel Government Tourist Office in London, s

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Israel, Jewish world marks 9th of Av

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2011

Thousands of people have visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem today to mark the sombre fast of the 9th of Av.

The 25 hour fast is observed in memory of a number of tragic events in Jewish history, including the destruction of both temples and the Babylonian exile, the collapse of the Bar Kochba revolt and the start of the Spanish Inquisition.

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Leeds' fresh chapter

August 8, 2011

Fifty people attended the inaugural lecture at a refurbished Jewish library in Leeds.

The Blema Lorie Library has been rehoused in north Leeds' Lubavitch Centre.

It is dedicated to the memory of the mother of the current Leeds Jewish Representative Council president, Hilton Lorie. Blema Lorie was noted for her voluntary work for Jewish organisations.

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EastEnders star Dot cottons on to her Jewish roots

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

Actress June Brown has discovered that her ancestors were Sephardi Jews expelled from Africa during the Spanish inquisition.

The EastEnders star, who has played Albert Square gossip Dot Cotton since 1985, is the latest celebrity to learn more about her Jewish heritage on the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are?

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Farewell to one of the last Cochin Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2011

The Jewish population of the Indian town of Mattancherry has dropped to single figures.

The funeral of Isaac Judah Ashkenazi, an 83-year-old Jewish resident of the town, was held on Sunday.

Mattancherry, in the Kochi region (formerly known as Cochin), was once home to a small but solid Jewish population of 250. A community was first recorded there in the 15th century.

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Merseyside police appoint first Jewish chaplain

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2011

Merseyside Police's chief constable has welcomed the force's first Jewish chaplain who may be called upon to support officers on traumatic crime scenes.

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IVF couple's last-ditch baby plea

By Jessica Elgot, July 28, 2011

A couple who have spent seven years trying for a baby, spending £35,000 on IVF treatment, have been told that egg donation could be their last chance for a family.

The couple, who have chosen to stay anonymous, have gone through seven bouts of IVF after the husband was told he had a low sperm count. In April, the wife became pregnant, but miscarried a month later.

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Zara Tobias auditions for Israel's Hallelujah contest

By Jennifer Lipman, July 24, 2011
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Zara Tobias performs Bob Dylan's Make You feel My Love to win a place in the semi-finals of Israel's Hallelujah singing contest

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'Microgrants' make a big difference

By Jessica Elgot, July 21, 2011

Small is beautiful for Jeneration, which has spent £4,500-plus on grants assisting small innovative ventures.

It has disbursed between £50 and £400 "microgrants" to activities including "Cartoon Kippah" - a Jewish podcast run by David Yehudah Stern - a Talmud study group and youth movement Habonim's bike restoration project for refugees.

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Grandma goes to jail every month

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 21, 2011

Getting in and out of one of the UK's highest security prisons is not easy, even for the innocent. But regular fingerprinting, photographing and a body, shoe and belongings search do not faze 76-year-old Trudy Barres, the last remaining League of Jewish Women volunteer working at HMP Manchester.

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