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British Rabbi honoured by the White House for environmental work.

By Simon Rocker, July 23, 2015

A British-born rabbi has been honoured by the White House for his environmental work.

Rabbi Marc Soloway, who heads a Conservative congregation in Boulder, Colorado, was one of 12 faith leaders recognised on Monday as a "Champion of Change".

He chairs the rabbinic advisory board of Hazon, a Jewish environmental organisation which was founded by another British expat, Nigel Savage.

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US may release Pollard 'to sweeten Israel'

By Nathan Jeffay, July 20, 2015

The Jewish press is awash with speculation that Jonathan Pollard, the American who is serving a life sentence for spying for Israel, will be released from prison in November.

Israel has been increasing pressure on the US to free Pollard in recent years, and his detention has become a popular cause among the Israeli public.

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Executed ‘Soviet spy’ Ethel Rosenberg may have been innocent, court documents reveal

By Rosa Doherty, July 17, 2015

A Jewish-American woman executed for being a spy in 1953 may have been innocent, according to declassified documents.

Ethel Rosenberg was executed by electric chair at a New York prison after her brother testified that she had passed atomic secrets to the Soviets during the Cold War.

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Honey sweetens Women's Week pot

May 18, 2015

The face of this year's Wizo UK Jewish Women's Week collection campaign is Yossi, who struggled at school because of severe learning difficulties, but was given the opportunity through Wizo to train as a chef in Israel. He now manages a trendy Jerusalem restaurant.

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Leeds chefs making a meal of their training

By John Fisher, May 14, 2015

The visit of Israeli chef Yossi Elud from award-winning Soho restaurant, The Palomar, to Leeds' MAZ community centre inspired eight amateur chefs to cook up a storm.

Under the tutelage of Mr Elud, Chloe Mitchell, Sara Graham, Rebecca Manning, Michele Jackson, Mike Sheaf, Andrew Lewis, Ayala Graham and Sarah Gould put their culinary skills to the test.

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Paris mayor: Jewish life is vibrant here

By Nathan Jeffay, May 14, 2015

With her city's Jews still reeling after the Hyper Cacher supermarket murders in January, the Mayor of Paris gave an impassioned speech in Jerusalem this week on her determination to fight antisemitism.

Anne Hidalgo did not limit herself to general statements, but also addressed the thorny topic of whether opposition to Israel is sometimes used to obscure Jew-hatred.

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Royal snub signals US disarray on Iran

May 14, 2015

Last Saturday, White House officials were boasting about the significance of Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud's presence at a summit of Gulf leaders at Camp David, Maryland.

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Israel cultivates integration of Arab teachers

By Shira Rubin, May 7, 2015

Respect for "the other" is part and parcel of respecting oneself, said Sarah Silberstrom, a representative from the Ministry of Education at a recent conference aimed at addressing the dilemmas facing Arab teachers working in Israeli schools.

"But what about Yom HaNakba," interrupted an audience member, Lubna Hadija, referring to the day on which Palestinians commemorate the Nakba - "catastroph

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Israel hit by race riots

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 7, 2015

Two angry protests against police violence have brought the challenges facing Israel's Ethiopians to the fore.

Sixty-eight people were injured and 43 arrests were made at the second demonstration, which took place in Tel Aviv on Sunday evening. Thousands of Israeli-Ethiopians and members of other communities took part.

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Now they're putting a Torah on the moon

By Nathan Jeffay, May 7, 2015

The moon could have its own holy ark and Sefer Torah within three years, thanks to a crowd-funded initiative to land a sacred scroll on the lunar surface.

The Torah on the Moon project is asking people worldwide, Jewish and non-Jewish, to "buy" a letter in the specially-designed, 5in Torah, which will be launched in an unmanned spacecraft and left on the moon in a special capsule-like ark.

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