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Board urged to stop work with boycotters

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

The Board of Deputies is to be asked to approve a new policy banning partnerships with organisations which support boycotts of Israel or refuse to recognise it as a Jewish state.

A group of deputies plan to table a resolution proposing the ban at the next meeting in July.

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Friends group calls for action as report nears

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2016

The inquiry into antisemitism allegations in the Labour Party must make clear where criticism of Israel turns into Jew-hate, its Friends of Israel group has said.

In its submission to the Chakrabarti Inquiry, Labour Friends of Israel said that "almost without exception" those suspended from the party had made comments focussing on Israel.

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Shabbat bomb hoaxer 'put me through hell'

By Josh Jackman, June 23, 2016

A mother of two has revealed that she suffered a campaign of "hell" after a dispute about a children's birthday party escalated into death threats and three years of harassment.

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Dialogue interrupted

By Charlotte Oliver, June 23, 2016

A university scholarship programme that has spent more than a decade fostering dialogue between Palestinian and Israeli undergraduates in the UK will close this summer due to escalating "financial constraints".

Since it launched in 2004 at City University, London, the Olive Tree Programme has sponsored Palestinian and Israeli students to come to the UK to pursue their studies.

In 12 years,

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Rabbi's home cost sparks £1m legal case

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

The S and P Sephardi Community is embroiled in a GPB1 million dispute over the home of its senior rabbi.

The London Sephardi Trust, which has acted on behalf of the community, negotiated a price of nearly £1.75m for the freehold of the house of Senior Rabbi Joseph Dweck, but the freeholders argue they should be paid £2.88m.

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Earlier start is 'better'

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

Wolfson Hillel Primary School is to start the day half an hour earlier from September in the hope that it will improve children's learning.

From the next academic year, the school day will begin at 8.20 am and end at 2.30 pm rather than start at 8.50 am and end between 3.20 and 3.40 pm (depending on the children's age).

Kirsten Jowett, headteacher of the school in Southgate, north London,

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Charity income hits billion

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

Anglo-Jewish charities collectively enjoy an income of around £1 billion a year, according to the think-tank New Philanthropy Capital.

In a report published last Friday, the organisation found that Jewish charities have a higher median income than other faith groups.

Jewish charities had a median income of £64,871, followed by Sikhs with £57,255 and Quakers with £52,813.

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It is 'more important' to learn about Muslims than about Islam

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

Next autumn a number of Jewish schools will begin teaching Islam as part of their GCSE religious studies.

It is "on the whole, a positive step" which sends a "good signal" to Britain's Muslim community, according to Dr Ayman Agbaria, an academic who specialises in research on teaching Islam.

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She 'listened' on antisemitism issue

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2016

"I just burst into tears, it was surreal," said Stefan Simmonds reflecting on the moment he heard Jo Cox had died.

Mr Simmonds owns several West Yorkshire business centres, including one in which the MP ran her constituency office in the town of Cleckheaton following her election last year.

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Mother's pride at award

By Charlotte Oliver, June 23, 2016

A mother whose daughter died following an asthma attack has expressed her pride that she is "still making an impact today", thanks to a series of student awards launched in her honour.

Daniella Sciama was 18, and had just started her first year at Edinburgh University, when she suffered a fatal asthma attack in December 2013.

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