Jewish life

Parliamentary Jewish group set to launch

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2013

The new Parliamentary group to promote Jewish issues will launch next month, it has been announced.

The inaugural meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on British Jews will take place in Westminster on October 9 and will include the election of a chairman and officers.

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Titanic butcher's lifeline

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 9, 2013

The premises of the former Merseyside kosher butcher that supplied the Titanic could be saved from demolition.

Galkoff’s green-tiled building in Liverpool city centre — considered of national importance by English Heritage — was under threat because of the development plans of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, which recently purchased the site.

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Biblical names back in vogue for baby boys

By Sandy Rashty, September 3, 2013

Naming babies after biblical patriarchs has made a comeback in the UK, according to a list compiled by the Jewish Baby Directory website from around 1000 birth announcements in the JC.

The list reveals that the top 10 baby boy names for the Hebrew year 5773 are Jack, Samuel, Jacob, Joshua and Joseph, followed by Harry, James, Louis, Max and Raphael.

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British trekker missing in Nepal

By Josh Jackman, September 3, 2013

A British man has gone missing while trekking in Nepal.

George Abboudi, 22, was last heard from on August 5, before he left his group of friends to embark on a hike through the Annapurna Conservation Area, in the north of the country.

The trek was planned to last until August 16. Mr Abboudi then intended to board a flight to Thailand on August 21.

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Women to lead prayers at partnership minyan

By Simon Rocker, September 2, 2013

A new Orthodox minyan where women can lead some of the prayers is to launch in Borehamwood in the autumn. It will be the first such minyan to be held on a regular basis in the UK and follows a one-off “partnership minyan” in Golders Green in June.

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My barmitzvah? I had six million viewers

By Zoe Winograd, August 22, 2013

Texan 13-year-old Sam Horowitz did not appear content with the 500,000 hits his glitzy barmitzvah show garnered on YouTube.

Last week, Sam took the show to Times Square and performed the routine with backing dancers on Good Morning America — which has average viewing figures of 5.5 million.

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If mealtimes are messy — make them muck in

By Justine Kanter, August 21, 2013

What Jewish mother is not concerned with what her offspring eats? Coming from a culture so concerned with its stomachs, most of us know how important it is to pass on to our children the enjoyment of preparing and consuming good food.

Countless articles tell us that the best way to achieve this is by setting a lifelong example to our kids about the value of communal eating.

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Jewish Quarterly guest editor named

By Josh Jackman, August 19, 2013

The Jewish Quarterly has named a Southampton University lecturer as guest editor for its 60th anniversary issue in November.

Devorah Baum, who lectures in English and Jewish studies at the university, will take charge of the special edition of the well-respected cultural journal.

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Oh brother: We are here to help with sick kids

By Sandy Rashty, August 19, 2013

At first, acting as a Camp Simcha Big Brother to a boy with a serious illness posed a dilemma for LSE law student James Joseph. “You think: ‘How can I look after a child who has disabilities?’ But, in the end, you just have to treat them as any other child.”

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Family mourn dead cyclist

By Zoe Winograd, August 12, 2013

The cyclist who was killed riding his bike on a busy north London main road was a prominent member of New North London Synagogue.

Retired GP Clive Richard s suffered a heart attack after he was hit by a lorry on Archway Road in Highgate last week.

The 67-year-old, from Whetsone, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.

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