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UK-Israel trade hit record high in 2014

By Sandy Rashty, March 26, 2015

Trade between the UK and Israel is at a record high according to the latest figures released by Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics.

Total bilateral trade amounted to £3.9 billion in 2014, an increase of more than 7 per cent from the previous year.

The figures revealed a 4.8 per cent increase in imports to the UK from Israel and a 12.9 per cent increase in exports from the UK to Israel.

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Writer wins award after rejections

By Charlotte Oliver, March 26, 2015

A mother who set up her own publishing company after failing to find a publisher for her children's books has won a top literary award.

Jenny Album, 43, from Golders Green, said she was "shocked" to discover her title Tell Me About Heaven, Grandpa Rabbit! had won the gold medal in the Children's Book section of the prize at the Prima Baby Awards.

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Talks over meat row continue

By Simon Rocker, March 26, 2015

Negotiations between the London Board for Shechita and the Federation of Synagogues are continuing in an effort to avert a deepening rift over the supply of kosher meat to London.

The Federation has rejected claims that the launch of its new meat range two weeks ago is in conflict with its membership of the LBS.

After a three-hour meeting last Friday, the two organisations issued a joint sta

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Burial site will offer cheap plots

By Simon Rocker, March 26, 2015

An independent burial service which will be cheaper to join than most synagogue schemes is set to go ahead after plans for a new cemetery were approved this week.

Hertsmere Council had originally rejected the proposal to open it on the site of the A1 Shooting Ground, on the outskirts of north-west London, which lies in green-belt land.

But the Planning Inspectorate has overturned the decisio

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Party fracas was true cause of synagogue attack, rabbi reveals

By Rosa Doherty, March 26, 2015

An attack at a synagogue in the early hours of Sunday morning was sparked by a Jewish teenager's dispute with a party-goer, it has been revealed.

The incident led to a group of teenagers smashing doors and windows at the Ahavas Torah building in Stamford Hill, north London.

The shul is also used as a drop-in centre for Jewish youths and a number of people were in the building when the incide

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Not on our pavements - Charedi group opposes bike plan

By Simon Rocker, March 26, 2015

A group which tries to protect the morals of strictly Orthodox Jews has identified a new spiritual threat - bicycle lanes.

The Va'ad Lema'an Toihar Hamachaneh - "committee for the purity of the camp" - has not spelt out why a cycle route running through Hackney, the north London borough with the capital's largest Charedi population, would be "a danger to the spirituality and character of our ne

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1,500 in show of unity and pride

By Sandy Rashty, March 26, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu's win in the Israeli election and the upcoming general election in the UK were at the forefront of people's minds at the We Believe in Israel conference.

Around 1,500 people flocked to Sunday's event in London to hear politicians from across the political spectrum and representatives from 58 communal organisations discuss solidarity with Israel.

In a display of cross-party

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CAA accuses BBC over hatred hotline claims

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

A grassroots organisation working to combat antisemitism has accused the BBC of inaccurate reporting after the corporation said a new hotline had been established to deal with Jew-hatred.

BBC online published a story on Sunday morning about the Campaign Against Antisemitism (CAA) initiative.

It suggested a CAA telephone service would be set up for people to report incidents and attacks on Je

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Beth Din safe with us, says government

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2015

Government plans to investigate Muslim sharia courts will not include a review of the Jewish religious court system, the Board of Deputies has said.

Outlining Conservative Party plans to tackle extremism this week, Home Secretary Theresa May said there was a "problem" with the application of sharia law in some parts of Britain.

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Pro-Israel regional groups lead boycott battle

By Sandy Rashty, March 26, 2015

Communal organisations and grassroots groups must work together to tackle the threat posed by the boycotts, divestment and sanctions movement, delegates were told at the We Believe in Israel conference.

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