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Revealed: how candid statesmen discussed peace process hopes

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2016

The personalities behind one of the most promising periods of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process have been uncovered in newly-released conversations between Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bill Clinton.

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Strictly Orthodox school in Stamford Hill ordered to close in government crackdown

By Simon Rocker, January 15, 2016

An unregistered strictly Orthodox primary school has been ordered to close by the Department for Education in a further sign of a crackdown by the authorities on religious institutions operating outside the law.

Talmud Torah Tashbar in Stamford Hill, Hackney, has been told to shut down in a month.

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Take note - this is the way to propose

By Naomi Firsht, January 15, 2016

It took Daniel Price a year to propose to his girlfriend Hannah Beth Leslie.

Not that he required that long to summon up the nerve. He needed the time to set up an elaborate proposal based on the Jewish couple's favourite romantic movie, The Notebook.

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Lord Winston to address first-ever conference on teaching Judaism at GCSE

By Naomi Firsht, January 15, 2016

Lord Winston is to be the keynote speaker at the first ever conference for teachers of GCSE religious studies Judaism.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis will also address the one-day conference in central London next month. Workshops and presentations by chief examiners from the main exam boards will address areas of the new syllabus which will first be examined in 2018.

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Lord Sacks wins top America book prize

By Simon Rocker, January 15, 2016

Emeritus Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has won a top American Jewish book prize for the third year running.

His exploration of the origins of religious violence Not In God’s Name, which was published last year, won a National Jewish Book Award in the category of modern Jewish prize.

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Sex abuse case against Lord Janner is dropped

By Naomi Firsht, January 15, 2016

Criminal proceedings against Lord Janner over sex abuse charges will be dropped because of his death, a judge at the Old Bailey has ruled.

Lord Janner was accused of 22 counts of sex offences against boys dating back to the 1960s.
His family strongly denied the allegations.

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Jess Glynne nominated for three Brit awards

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2016

Pop star Jess Glynne has received three nominations in this year’s Brit awards, including best female solo artist.

The 26-year-old singer, who released her first solo album “I Cry When I Laugh” last year, is also up for the breakthrough act and best single awards.

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Orthodox schools' anger over government inspection plan

By Simon Rocker, January 15, 2016

Government plans to register and inspect part-time schools and educational institutions are “a sledgehammer to crack a nut”, an organisation representing Orthodox Jewish schools has warned.

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Tax threat to Jewish schools

By Simon Rocker, January 14, 2016

Talks are going on with the tax authorities to prevent a change in policy which could cost Jewish schools tens of thousands of pounds a year.

For many years, state-aided schools have been able to claim as tax relief on contributions made by parents towards the cost of Jewish studies and security.

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Huge turnout expected for national pro-Israel rally in Manchester

By Josh Jackman, January 14, 2016

A national pro-Israel rally supported by all the major communal organisations is expected to attract around 2,000 people when it takes place later this month.

The “Say No To Terror: Stand With Israel” event organised by the North West Friends of Israel (NWFOI) will be held in Manchester on January 31, as a response to recent terror attacks in the Jewish state.

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