Wales

Aberystwyth candle ban blow to strictly Orthodox holidaymakers

By Marcus Dysch, May 16, 2014

A university's ban on the use of candles in its student village is to continue - angering Jewish holidaymakers who had regularly stayed on the campus.

Bosses at Aberystwyth University in Wales had rented student accommodation to strictly Orthodox families every August for 20 years.

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Candles (and Jews) blown out in Wales

By Isabelle Fraser , October 25, 2013

A group of Aberystwyth residents are up in arms over the exclusion of Orthodox Jews from their holiday homes.

Aberystwyth University has historically rented 150 student houses to members of Manchester’s Charedi community every August, for the past 20 years. This saw an influx of around a thousand Orthodox Jews to the area.

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Dismay over organ donor rule change

By Simon Rocker, July 4, 2013

The Welsh Assembly’s approval this week of a new system of organ donation has been criticised by the Board of Deputies.

Rather than the current UK practice of donors agreeing to their organs being used, doctors in Wales will be able to take organs unless the person has previously indicated objections.

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Burning the bush at both ends

By Simon Round, June 10, 2013

There have been many health hazards associated with being an observant Jew over the centuries. Of these, my perception is that lighting Shabbat candles comes relatively low down. Aberystwyth University thinks differently. It has ruled that it is too risky to have Orthodox Jews stay in accommodation on campus unless they agree not to light candles there.

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Candle ban snuffs out strictly Orthodox Aberystwyth holiday plan

By John Jeffay, May 30, 2013

More than 1,000 Orthodox Jews have been barred from their annual summer holiday in Wales because of health and safety fears over their Sabbath candles.

Aberystwyth University bosses have rented out their student village to Jewish families for a fortnight every August for the last 20 years. But they have pulled the plug this year, insisting they cannot relax their ban on naked flames.

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Dov Berish Englander drowning ‘accidental’, says inquest

By Anna Sheinman, November 9, 2012

The death of Dov Berish Englander who died in August while using the sea as a mikveh was “accidental”, a coroner has found.

Mr Englander, from Stamford Hill, had waded out to sea at an Aberystwyth beach to perform the ritual when he was dragged under by a large wave, the inquest heard.

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Anger as anti-Israel video spoof claims Welsh Assembly backing

By Jennifer Lipman, August 16, 2012

Anti-Israel campaigners have been using the stamp of the Welsh Assembly to give legitimacy to an offensive video attack on Israel.

The video on the Swansea Telly online channel is narrated by “Paul”, who describes himself as an “allegedly unbiased reporter for the BBC Zionist network, reporting from Zionist Games at the Gaza Strip”.

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Welsh aid boosts HET

March 22, 2012

The Welsh Government has pledged £321,000 to continue sending sixth-formers on the Holocaust Educational Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz project over the next three years.

The funding represents a significant increase from the previous £80,000 annual contribution.

Announcing the commitment, Education and Skills Minister Leighton Andrews said the HET's work enabled teenagers "to explore how

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Welsh aid boosts HET

March 22, 2012

The Welsh Government has pledged £321,000 to continue sending sixth-formers on the Holocaust Educational Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz project over the next three years.

The funding represents a significant increase from the previous £80,000 annual contribution.

Announcing the commitment, Education and Skills Minister Leighton Andrews said the HET's work enabled teenagers "to explore how

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Welsh government secures funding future of Holocaust education

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2012

The Welsh government has pledged more than £320,000 to boost Holocaust education in the country's schools.

Leighton Andrews, minister for Education and Skills, announced the funding for the Holocaust Educational Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz project at an event in Cardiff today.

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