Yom Kippur

Boris Johnson tries to blow the shofar

By Jennifer Lipman, October 7, 2011

A masterclass in shofar blowing, from the Chief Rabbi for London Mayor Boris Johnson.

H/T Ruth Gledhill

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Yom Kippur the Occupy Wall Street way

By Jennifer Lipman, October 7, 2011

More than 300 people have said they will attend a Kol Nidre service in the middle of what may be the biggest protest to hit New York City in decades.

The Yom Kippur service at the Occupy Wall Street site has been organised on Facebook by Daniel Sieradski, a digital entrepreneur who founded a website enabling people to customise prayer books and Haggadot.

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Jewish life returns to city of Spanish Inquisition

By Jennifer Lipman, October 7, 2011

A town which was at the centre of the Spanish inquisition will be the location of Yom Kippur services this year for the first time since 1492.

That was the year when Jews were expelled from Spain, including from Cordoba, the birthplace of the scholar Moses Maimonides and until then a centre for Jewish life.

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'Accidental' fire ruins Sydney Yom Kippur

By Dan Goldberg, October 6, 2011

More than 1,000 Sydney Jews have been left in limbo for Yom Kippur after a fire severely damaged their synagogue on the first night of Rosh Hashanah.

Seven fire trucks were required to extinguish the blaze at Kehillat Masada on Sydney's north shore at around 11pm last Wednesday.

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Students blow old shofar record away

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2011

Canadian schoolchildren have broken the world record for shofar blowing.

Pupils at the Associated Hebrew Schools of Toronto gathered before Rosh Hashanah to blow 1,406 shofars simultaneously.

The feat is almost double that of a 2006 effort in Boston, when a paltry 796 rams' horns were tooted.

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Whose appeal is it anyway? US warns over UJIA card

By Simon Rocker, September 27, 2011

United Synagogues have been warned by the US not to confuse a Kol Nidre Appeal card sent out by UJIA with its own appeal at Yom Kippur.

The US has decided to run a stand-alone appeal for the first time this year, no longer guaranteeing 40 per cent of the Kol Nidre take to UJIA.

Some US synagogue members were puzzled to receive pledge cards in the post from UJIA titled "The Kol Nidre Appeal".

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The Maccabeats: Book of Good Life

By Jennifer Lipman, September 23, 2011

A Rosh Hashanah tune from the kings of Jewish pop

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Atonement Day

By Jenni Frazer, November 16, 2010

Kippur, or Atonement Day, is a sweet and rather unexpected short feature film made by the students of the Beit Berl College Film Department in Israel which candidly depicts the gap between religious and secular Jews.

Neta, a medical student, lives in a slightly squalid Tel Aviv apartment with a floating population of permanently stoned flatmates, most of whom spend their time either playing tv games or watching violent films.

For the flatmates, Yom Kippur is just like any other day; and for Neta, too, it's a day when she can take her bike out and cycle round the near deserted streets.

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Steve Jobs fights Jewish journalism student

By Jennifer Lipman, September 21, 2010

A Jewish student from New York spent Yom Kippur thinking about Steve Jobs after she received an email from the Apple chief executive telling her to leave him alone.

Chelsea Kate Isaacs described Mr Jobs as rude after he refused to help her with her university coursework. The 22-year-old former model, who studies journalism at Long Island University, had asked him for a comment for an article she was writing about the iPad. The university has launched an initative providing students with iPads.

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Four to fight ‘Yom Kippur’ council seat

By Marcus Dysch, December 16, 2008

Four Jewish candidates are standing for election to a council which held a poll on Yom Kippur.

The four, together with a fifth candidate who is not Jewish, will compete for a seat on London's Haringey Council, following the death of Seven Sisters ward incumbent Fred Knight in November.

The ward is to the north of Stamford Hill and is home to a large number of strictly Orthodox residents.

In October the authority caused outrage among Jewish voters after scheduling a by-election in Alexandra ward on the holiest day of the year.

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