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FA investigating Dave Whelan’s Jew-hate remarks

By Marcus Dysch, November 21, 2014

The Football Association has opened an investigation into antisemitic comments made by Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan.

The governing body said it was “very concerned” to read the remarks attributed to him in which he claimed Jews “chase money”.

An investigation is now under way and the FA’s governance division has written to the former footballer turned businessman.


Ambassador's fears over declining support for Israel

By Simon Rocker, November 21, 2014

Britain’s Israel Ambassador Matthew Gould has dismissed the idea that better advocacy would improve Israel’s standing in the Western world.

In a lecture in London in which he voiced fears of a growing erosion of sympathy with Israel, he said: “I don’t think this is primarily a failure of hasbarah, a failure of public diplomacy.”


Criticism of Dave Whelan grows as Jewish leaders wait for FA response

By Marcus Dysch, November 21, 2014

The Community Security Trust has accused Wigan Athletic owner Dave Whelan of reflecting “the persistence of dinosaur attitudes in football” after his antisemitic comments relating to Jews and money.

Mr Whelan issued an apology after he claimed the Jews “chase money more than everybody else” and said “Jewish people love money”.


Expo brings a taste of Israel to London

By Rosa Doherty, November 21, 2014

A little bit of the Holy Land is coming to London this weekend.

The Taste of Israel expo will feature workshops, exhibitions, and talks on all aspects of Israeli life, from food to finance.

Would-be immigrants will be able to get practical advice on buying property, benefits, employment and education from a variety of experts.


Football club chief apologises after saying Jews chase money

By JC Reporter, November 21, 2014

The owner of Wigan Athletic football club has been forced to apologise after making antisemitic comments about Jewish attitudes to money.

Dave Whelan said that Jews “chase money more than everybody else”, adding: ”Jewish people love money”.

Mr Whelan also said that there was “nothing bad” about calling a person of Chinese origin a “chink”.


JW3 and LJCC deny merger is in crisis

By JC Reporter, November 20, 2014

JW3 and the London Jewish Cultural Centre have denied that the merger between the two organisations is on the brink of collapse.

The JC reported this week that the plan was foundering because of a failure to agree the financial arrangements underpinning the proposed new body.


Thousands help make Mitzvah Day a record-breaker

By Naomi Firsht, November 20, 2014

A record-breaking Mitzvah Day saw thousands of volunteers donating their time to social action projects.

Over 37,000 volunteers in 20 countries donated 150,000 hours to food collections, conservation tasks and outreach projects over the weekend.

In the UK, more than 500 synagogues, mosques, churches and other faith groups took part in the biggest cross-communal effort yet for Mitzvah Day.


UK family devastated by grandfather's murder

By Josh Jackman, November 20, 2014

Of the five men murdered in Kehilat Bnei Torah shul this week, one was a British Charedi man, Abraham Goldberg.

Mr Goldberg, a 68-year-old great-grandfather originally from Liverpool, was described as a "tolerant, good man" by his cousin, Michelle Hirschfield.


Wall women grateful for mini-Torah from the UK

By Simon Rocker, November 20, 2014

A tiny Sefer Torah loaned from Britain is playing its part in a campaign by women to hold prayer services at the Western Wall.

The Women of the Wall group are officially prohibited from using a Sefer Torah by the site's rabbinical authorities.

But last month they smuggled in the Sefer for a batmitzvah - and they plan to use it again for another on Sunday, which coincides with Rosh Chodesh, t


Arsenal star's Shabbat

By Josh Jackman, November 20, 2014

German World-Cup winning footballer Per Mertesacker has revealed that a visit to Auschwitz as a teenager was one of the most memorable moments of his life. "Me and my schoolmates hugged each other for the first time in our lives.