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Black Jew is Irish dance champ

By Jessica Elgot, March 22, 2012

Drew Lovejoy is an unlikely heir to Michael Flatley - as an American Jewish boy, with a black Baptist father.

The bi-racial Jewish Irish dance champion of the world has admitted he sometimes keeps part of his biography out of conversation - otherwise people become too confused.

The 17-year-old from Greenville, Ohio, has won the Dublin world dancing championships for a third year running.

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Race to succeed Lord Sacks in 2013 hots up

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

The United Synagogue president, Stephen Pack, has said that applications to be chief rabbi were still being accepted despite the March 5 deadline specified in an advertisement for the job.

Mr Pack, who is chairman of the Chief Rabbinate Trust, which is responsible for appointing Lord Sacks's successor, said it had received some "outstanding" applications, but added: "We are still expecting a nu

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New York show for rare 14th century Haggadah

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 15, 2012

A priceless 700-year-old Passover Haggadah will travel from the UK to New York after painstaking microscopic preservation work carried out by Manchester University.

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Cemetery shows off its celebrity resting places

By Jessica Elgot, March 8, 2012

One of the UK's oldest Jewish cemeteries is to offer tours featuring the resting places of well-known musicians, actors, writers, politicians and rabbis.

Cellist Jacqueline du Pre, rabbis Leo Baeck and Hugo Gryn, Barmitzvah Boy playwright Jack Rosenthal, agony aunt Marjorie Proops, actor Sydney Tafler and songwriter Jack Fishman are all buried in Hoop Lane Cemetery, Golders Green, which is admi

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The Maccabeats do Purim: Raise Your Glass

By Jennifer Lipman, March 5, 2012

Remember the Maccabeats' Chanucah version of Candlelight. Well, the band from New York are back with a song for Purim, to the of Pink's hit Raise Your Glass.

Full coverage of Purim here

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Orthodox magazine in porn shock

By Nathalie Rothschild, February 16, 2012

An orthodox Jewish magazine has been pulled from newsstands across Brooklyn because it contained pornographic material.

A recent issue of the glossy magazine Haolam Hacharedi featured images of work by the artist Olek, who covers sculptures and even whole apartments in yarn.

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Woman's memoir lifts lid on New York Chasidic life

By Jennifer Lipman, February 8, 2012

A woman who has renounced her Chasidic background is set to send shockwaves around New York's strictly Orthodox community after writing a tell-all memoir about her upbringing.

Deborah Feldman turned her back on life in Brooklyn's Satmar community two years ago, after being pushed into an arranged marriage at 17 years old and becoming a mother at the age of 20.

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Super Bowl bet winner giving money to charity

By Jennifer Lipman, February 7, 2012

An Orthodox Jewish sports fan who won $50,000 on a bet before the Super Bowl has announced that he will donate the money to charity.

New Yorker Jona Rechnitz is a lifelong fan of the Giants, and decided to place a $1,000 bet on his team before the biggest match in the American football calendar.

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Shul Crawl: Lubavitch World Headquarters, New York

By Danny Kessler and Joshua Felberg, January 19, 2012

The USA may be a bit beyond our remit of "every synagogue in the UK" but we thought we'd go and see what all the fuss was about.

We visited the Lubavitch (Chabad) Headquarters, situated at 770 Eastern Parkway, in a borough of New York City.

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Israeli chief rabbinate puts lid on Häagen-Dazs

By Jennifer Lipman, January 16, 2012

Israeli ice cream lovers may have to find a new flavour, after Israel's chief rabbinate suggested Häagen-Dazs products were not kosher.

The ice cream company uses liquid milk instead of milk powder for flavours such as pralines and cream and crème brulee, which the chief rabbinate's kashrut department said represented "a severe infringement of kashrut procedures."

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