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The salmon that tastes like bacon

By Rosa Doherty, October 22, 2014

It may sound a fishy idea but a food manufacture has come up with smoked salmon that tastes like bacon.

American company MacKnight developed the product as a healthy alternative to the fatty non-kosher food.

The company plans to launch “smoked salmon bacon” in UK supermarkets and restaurants following its success in the US, Canada, Hong Kong and — the home of bacon — Denmark.

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Security Minister hears Jewish community concerns

By Marcus Dysch, October 22, 2014

A delegation of Jewish leaders has met Security Minister James Brokenshire to discuss threats to the community.

The Board of Deputies, Jewish Leadership Council and Community Security Trust met Mr Brokenshire in Parliament on Wednesday.

They talked about the threat posed by extremism and concerns over the return of British jihadis from Iraq and Syria.

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Oxford University will return Nazi-looted salt cellar

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 22, 2014

Oxford University is to return a Nazi-looted antique which had been part of a £10 million collection.

Jewish heirs have successfully claimed the 16th-Century silver-gilt salt cellar which was taken as part of a forced sale by the Nazis in Berlin in 1937.

It originally belonged to Hamburg Jewish collector Emma Budge, whose large collection was ordered to be sold.

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Lord Alliance gives £15 million to Manchester Business School

By JCReporter, October 22, 2014

Liberal Democrat peer Lord Alliance has donated £15 million to the Manchester Business School, one of the largest donations ever to a UK institution of its type.

The school will be named the Alliance Manchester Business School from September 2015 after the Iranian-born textile tycoon, who came to the UK aged 17 with only £14.

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Masorti makes history as rabbis approve same-sex marriage

By Simon Rocker, October 22, 2014

The British Masorti movement has followed the Liberals and Reform by taking a historic decision to allow its rabbis to conduct same-sex marriages.

Gay and lesbian couples will now be able to marry in Masorti synagogues in a move approved without opposition by the movement’s trustees last night.

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Jewish UKIP members defend link with extremist

By Marcus Dysch, October 21, 2014

Leading Jewish Ukip members have defended the party’s defence of its alliance with an MEP whose party leader makes racial slurs and questions the Holocaust.

Nigel Farage’s Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy group in the European Parliament recruited Polish MEP Robert Iwaszkiewicz.

Mr Iwaszkiewicz is a member of the Congress of the New Right led by Janusz Korwin-Mikke.

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Education specialist Alison Wolf nominated as new peer

By JCReporter, October 21, 2014

Education expert Professor Alison Wolf has been named as one of several public figures to have been nominated for a peerage.

Prof Wolf, who specialises in vocational education and training, and is professor of public sector management at King’s College London, will sit as a crossbench peer.

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British Jewish doctor helps paralysed man walk again

By Sandy Rashty, October 21, 2014

A British Jewish doctor is behind a new treatment for spinal cord injuries, which has been hailed as a historic breakthrough.

Geoffrey Raisman, who grew up in Leeds, pioneered a new method of treating injuries previously thought to be incurable.

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BA to increase flights to Israel

By Rosa Doherty, October 21, 2014

British Airways is to increase its weekly flights between London and Tel Aviv.

Six flights will be added in the summer of 2015, raising seat capacity on the route by about 50 per cent.

The airline said the move was due to the growing demand, particularly with passengers flying to London to connect with flights to the United States.

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Community launches appeal to aid Ebola victims

By Josh Jackman, October 21, 2014

British Jewry has launched its response to the Ebola epidemic, with 14 communal bodies and synagogue movements from all denominations pitching in to help stop the spread of the disease.

World Jewish Relief, the organisation leading the Ebola Crisis Appeal, will use donations to provide medical supplies for health workers and awareness programmes in the countries affected.

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