Jewish life

Santa Monica anti-circumcision bill dropped

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2011

A leader of the anti-circumcision push in Santa Monica has dropped the campaign in the wake of allegations that another Californian campaigner is using antisemitic tactics.

Moves were underway in Santa Monica to secure a public vote in November for an initiative calling for the circumcision of males under the age of 18 to be made illegal and punishable by jail time.

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Foreskin man takes on Monster Mohel in comic book

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

The campaigners seeking a San Francisco-wide ban on the circumcision of males under the age of 18 have employed the services of a new superhero – Foreskin Man.

Matthew Hess, president of the Male Genital Mutilation Bill group, which wants the US government to make circumcision punishable by jail time, has written two issues of the comic book.

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Mum's death saddens community

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 3, 2011

Manchester's strictly Orthodox community has been stunned by the unexpected death of a young mother-of-two from Salford.

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Shock tactics in youth facilities drive

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 3, 2011

A drunk girl lying unconscious on a toilet floor is the image promoting a hard-hitting Manchester Maccabi campaign for better youth facilities to combat drinking and drug-taking among teenagers as young 14.

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Cemetery vandalised

By Cecily Woolf, June 2, 2011

Brighton firefighters had to use 4,000 litres of water to dilute 15 litres of hydrochloric acid poured by teenagers on to the path of Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation's Meadow View cemetery.

The perpetrators stole the hydrochloric acid from the caretaker's shed. The cemetery's gardener heard the commotion and chased them away.

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Becks batmitzvah in style with Usher video

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

A batmitzvah video featuring a father-of-five rapping to Usher's OMG has attracted thousands of hits on YouTube.

Laurence Beck, a chartered surveyor from Radlett, wanted to make sure his daughters, September and Tiger Lily, aged 13 and 12, had unforgettable nights when they marked their batmitzvahs last month.

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Jury to rule in Salmonella wedding case

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2011

An inquest into the death of a Jewish woman, who allegedly contracted salmonella at a kosher wedding, will also investigate concerns over her hospital treatment.

Last Friday at a pre-inquest hearing, Manchester's coroner confirmed that a jury will be required to decide how and why 82-year-old Rene Kwartz, from Crumpsall, died at North Manchester General Hospital last August.

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Death of Stoke Jewish leader

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

The president of the Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Synagogue has died.

Sydney Morris, who was in his mid 80s, spent nearly 30 years at the helm of the small community but saw it diminish from a congregation of 175 families to just two dozen members.

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Manchester Jews will march in city parade

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2011

Manchester's Jewish community will be represented at the city centre Manchester Day Parade with a giant chanuciah after missing out on the inaugural parade last year.

Jewish Representative Council president Lucille Cohen complained that Manchester Jews would be forgotten if they did not take part in the carnival

event which attracted 50,000 people last June.

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My big fat Jewish lego wedding

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011
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A traditional Jewish wedding - but with a difference. Watch Lego characters Rachmi and Yudit as they tie the knot, in a film made by Australian Menachem Aron.

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