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Nancy Reuben Primary School’s election email

By Rosa Doherty, May 30, 2014

A Jewish primary school sent parents an email urging them to vote in the local elections, and naming three Conservative councillors as people who had “helped” the school.

Nancy Reuben Primary School, in north London, sent the message to over 100 parents on the day of the local elections last week.

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Forget soup kitchens — rabbis want real change

By Simon Rocker, May 30, 2014

Rabbis have launched a cross-communal group to campaign for social justice in Britain. Around 30 ministers attended a meeting this month of the new organisation, called Tzelem, the Rabbinic Call for Social and Economic Justice in the UK.

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Led Zeppelin or the Jewish rock legend?

By Simon Rocker, May 30, 2014

It is one of the anthems of 20th century rock, writes Simon Rocker. But could the opening bars of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven have been lifted from an earlier tune penned by American Jewish guitarist Randy California?

A Pennsylvania law firm is preparing legal action to insist that California — who died in a swimming accident in 1997 — gets the credit for the Zeppelin track.

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The happy chicken or the non-kosher egg?

By Rosa Doherty and Simon Rocker , May 30, 2014

All those eggs you bought thinking they were kosher may not quite be as they seem, writes Rosa Docherty. According to the Jewish Vegetarian Society, it only needs a hen to be later killed the wrong way for its eggs to lose kashrut status.

The organisation says that for an egg to be kosher it needs to be from a chicken that has suffered needless harm neither in life nor death.

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Glazer death prompts flurry of hate on Twitter

By Sandy Rashty, May 29, 2014

Dozens of antisemitic comments have been posted on Twitter following the death of Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer on Wednesday.

The American billionaire, who was descended from Lithuanian Jews, died aged 85 after suffering ill health following two strokes in 2006.

One Twitter user, under the name Calma_Uefalona, wrote: “Stupid jew finally died….. Yes thank u Lord” (sic).

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Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer dies

By Sandy Rashty, May 29, 2014

Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer died on Wednesday aged 85.

The American Jewish billionaire, born in Rochester, New York, suffered ill health following two strokes in 2006.

He was said to have been experiencing impaired speech and limited mobility.

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New hope for Duggan mother as she heads to court

By Daniel Easterman, May 29, 2014

The mother of a north London student who died under suspicious circumstances in Germany has taken her quest for justice to the British courts.

Erica Duggan has waged an 11-year battle with the German authorities over the fate of her son Jeremiah.

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Israeli professor drops NHS bias case

By Marcus Dysch, May 29, 2014

An Israeli conflict resolution expert has dropped his legal case against a health trust which he claimed had discriminated against him.

Moty Cristal had been seeking damages totalling £26,500 and an apology from Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust after it cancelled a workshop he was due to run for its staff in 2012.

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Ukip European triumph is ‘good news for shechita’

By Marcus Dysch and Jonathan Kalmus, May 29, 2014

Ukip’s victory in the European elections could aid the campaign to protect shechita and Jewish religious practices, experts have claimed.

The party surged to see 24 MEPs elected and 27.5 per cent of the vote secured as Labour and the Conservatives were overtaken. The Liberal Democrats were left with just one MEP after a catastrophic set of results.

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Ukip Charedi claims he lost because of the Jews

By Marcus Dysch, May 29, 2014

Britain’s most high-profile Jewish election candidate has revealed the depth of opposition he faced from his own community during the campaign.

Shneur Odze, the strictly Orthodox Lubavitch candidate who stood for Ukip at both local and European level, said he had undergone a period of soul-searching after weeks of sustained attack.

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