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Unique Tour for Leeds Jews

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 19, 2014

What do you do when one of the world's most-watched sporting events takes place outside your synagogue on Shabbat? Start services early and serve a French cycling-themed kiddush, of course.

Leeds' Jewish community is preparing for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of co-ordinating Shabbat around the visit of the Tour de France.

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Rare art 'must be returned'

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 19, 2014

The British Library has been told to return an estimated £200,000 worth of Nazi-stolen art after fresh claims by Jewish heirs.

Culture minister Ed Vaizey has upheld the recommendation of the government's Spoliation Advisory Panel, which, in newly published reports, calls for returning of rare works as the "fair and just resolution".

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'Give Liz Taylor a blue plaque'

By Rosa Doherty, June 19, 2014

Television presenter Matthew Wright has launched a campaign urging English Heritage to erect a blue plaque outside the original home of actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Mr Wright said he hoped to convince the organisation to grant the Hollywood actress the memorial at the house in Hampstead Garden Suburb, north London, and fulfil her dying wish.

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Generations tied together by eventful 120-year history of family Torah scroll

By Charlotte Oliver, June 19, 2014

When Sam Vecht reads his barmitzvah portion next Shabbat, he will use a very special Sefer Torah scroll - one that has passed down five generations of his family, and in the process has been hidden from the Nazis, been shot at and even had its own seat on an El Al flight.

The scroll was commissioned by Sam's great-great-grandfather, Aaron Vecht, when he moved his family to Australia in 1890.

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Rabbis attack poverty

By Charlotte Oliver, June 19, 2014

More than 40 rabbis across four different denominations have said they are "deeply disturbed" by the country's failure to tackle child poverty.

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Couple battle council a second time over disabled daughter

By Rosa Doherty, June 19, 2014

A Family who fought a year-long battle to get their disabled daughter into a special Jewish school are facing a similar challenge eight years on.

Sabrina Leigh, who suffers from a type of cerebral palsy called Worster-Drought Syndrome, was initially denied the funding she needed for place at Kisharon as a 10-year-old, until Barnet Council were persuaded to reconsider.

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Royal recognition for community heroes

June 19, 2014

Community workers and philanthropists got their share of royal recognition in the birthday honours.

Businessman Maurice Ostro was appointed an OBE for services to business, charity and interfaith relations."To be recognised for what I love doing is truly humbling," he said.

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Honours from Day Lewis to Martin Lewis

By Daniel Easterman and Rosa Doherty, June 19, 2014

Jewish figures from the worlds of entertainment, diplomacy, and finance have been recognised in the Queen's birthday honours list.

Three-times Oscar-winning actor Daniel Day Lewis was honoured with a knighthood for services to drama.

The star of films such as Lincoln and My Left Foot said: "I am entirely amazed and utterly delighted in equal measure."

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Miliband warms the hearts of the Labour Friends

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2014

Opposition leader Ed Miliband received a standing ovation at the Labour Friends of Israel annual lunch on Tuesday after his most personal declaration of pride in his Jewishness since his election to the role four years ago.

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Stamford Hill unites in mourning

By Daniel Easterman, June 19, 2014

Hundreds of mourners poured on to north London streets on Tuesday to witness the funeral processsion of Rabbi Nachman Sudak, the leader of Chabad Lubavitch UK for more than 50 years.

Almost 600 followers of the rabbi, who died at the weekend aged 78, gathered outside his home in Stamford Hill with his oldest son Rabbi Leivi Sudak leading the prayers through a loudspeaker.

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