Jewish life

Beth Alexander will fight on for custody of twins

By Charlotte Oliver, November 14, 2013

A British mother who lost her appeal last week to win custody of her children from her ex-husband in Vienna has pledged she will take the case to the Austrian Supreme Court and, if necessary, the European Court of Human Rights.

In the meantime, she has launched an online campaign encouraging members of the UK Jewish community to write to the Austrian ambassador in support of her case.

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Progressives pledge to pay staff the living wage

By Simon Rocker, November 7, 2013

Liberal Judaism plans to be the first synagogue movement to adopt the living wage across all its congregations.

The wage — a voluntary initiative launched 12 years ago by the grass-roots activist movement Citizens UK — this week rose to £7.65 an hour nationally and to £8.80 an hour in London.

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How the dating guru found love of her own

By Rosa Doherty, November 7, 2013

The queen of Jewish online dating has found love at last — thanks to a rival website.

And ironically, JDate vice president Daniella Perlstein was not even looking for a date. Her new man spotted her by chance in a picture on her friend’s profile.

The 38-year-old entrepreneur spoke of her own match made in heaven when she arrived in London to launch a new dating web tool.

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New emissary pledges to shine a light within Leeds community

By John Fisher, October 28, 2013

Or Nehushtan — his first name means “light” in Hebrew — promises to bring luminosity to his role as Leeds’s new emissary.

The 29-year-old twin — he has a sister, Zohar — who arrived from Hod Hasharon, near Ra’anana, described his Leeds welcome as “more than I could ever have wished for” as he settled in at the Makor office where he is based

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Historic lives on display in Oxford

By Alison Ryde , October 28, 2013

A permanent exhibition illustrating the history of the Jews of Medieval Oxford has opened in the city’s museum.

The project is the culmination of several years’ work between the Oxford Jewish Congregation, which established the Oxford Jewish Heritage Committee in 2006, and the Museum of Oxford — housed in the Oxford Town Hall.

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‘Jewslims’ on love across the divide

By Sandy Rashty, October 24, 2013

Lenny is the son of a Holocaust survivor who has converted to Islam for love. Like others in the same situation interviewed under pseudonyms for BBC Radio 4 programme “Meet the Jewslims”, which aired on Monday, he married his British-Iranian wife Sheherazade in a Muslim ceremony but also sought to reconcile Islam with his Jewish heritage.

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Less (and more) in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 21, 2013

Manchester’s Jewish population has been calculated at a maximum 28,000 — 10,000 less than the number often cited by communal leaders.

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All change in Manchester Rep Council

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 14, 2013

Manchester Jewish Representative Council wants to implement “radical changes” in a bid to reverse falling attendances and attract young leaders.

A report by a committee of executive officers proposes a complete restructuring of the council with the possibility of a paid CEO and doubled annual costs. It will be put to the vote next month.

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New surveys shed light on who we are

By Linda Woodhead and Steven M Cohen, October 10, 2013

What’s special about British Jews? How do they compare with other religious groups in the UK — and how do they compare with their counterparts in the US?

Two recently conducted national surveys of the British population — each with over 4,000 respondents and over 150 Jews apiece – offer new insights into the question of what makes British Jewry distinctive.

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Scottish Jewry is now 'below 6,000'

By Adam Henderson, October 7, 2013

The Scottish Jewish population has fallen below 6,000, according to the country’s latest census results. Newly released figures from the 2011 census record the total as 5,887, a fall of 500 from the 2001 survey.

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