Jewish life

Honours for producer Codron, author Horowitz and FA’s Bernstein

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

An American rabbi, a theatre producer, a writer and the former Football Association chairman have been recognised in the New Year’s Honours List.

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Funding to secure Titanic butcher's lifeline

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 30, 2013

Preservation of the kosher butcher which supplied the Titanic has been secured by millions of pounds of funding from the late Jewish philanthropist Sir Isaac Wolfson.

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The great kosher meat debate

By Marcus Dysch, December 24, 2013

When you sit down for Shabbat dinner, what is on your mind? The joy of being with friends and family? The relevance of the week’s Torah portion? Or concern over the cost of your kosher roast chicken and chopped liver?

Kosher meat and poultry is more widely available in Britain than ever before, with a greater range of quality and affordability.

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Edinburgh Dialogue looks to build as one

By Adam Henderson, December 23, 2013

The Edinburgh Jewish Dialogue is making plans to decide on the best way to unite the small community.
The latest meeting — which attracted 50 people — heard Dr Jesmond Blumenfeld speak about the Oxford model of Judaism.

This includes different branches of Judaism in the one building holding simultaneous services.

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Historian Simon Schama speaking to the JC Editor

By Rosa Doherty, December 19, 2013
Speaking at a JC Editor’s Choice event at the JW3 centre in north-west London on Tuesday,historian Simon Schama restated his Zionist beliefs, and called for a shift in the public view of Jews as “either victims or bullies”.

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To tree or not to tree? That is the question

By Charlotte Oliver, December 19, 2013

Doing anything special on December 25? Christmas is a polarising time for UK Jews. Some enter enthusiastically into a secular celebration, sitting down with family and friends to a (kosher) turkey dinner, handing out presents and pulling crackers. Others get into the spirit of the season of goodwill by volunteering at a variety of charities.

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Are British Jews living in new ghettos?

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

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British Jews are moving to ghetto-style communities and becoming increasingly isolated from mainstream society, new research has claimed.

A report by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research says the community is “heading in the direction of insularity”, which is jeopardising integration.

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Simon Schama: British Jews must resist the victim-bully image

By Marcus Dysch, December 19, 2013

Historian Simon Schama has restated his Zionist beliefs and called for a shift in the public view of Jews as “either victims or bullies”.

Despite the shock expressed in some circles over his statement that he was a Zionist in his recent BBC series The Story of the Jews, Professor Schama said he had meant to be bold and was “completely unapologetic”.

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Jews in China: Living in the dragon’s den for 14 centuries

By Erica Lyons, December 19, 2013

Today in China there are both synagogues without Jews, and Jews without synagogues, as in Beijing, where the growing community has created places of worship in renovated flats.

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Manchester mortuary repaired

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 16, 2013

The Jewish mortuary at Manchester General Hospital has been repaired after a fire in March which caused damaged estimated at £50,000. The fire was started by a discarded cigarette. Although the police did not suspect malicious intent, the hospital has bolstered security measures.

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