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The Bletchley codebreakers who never cracked

By Josh Jackman, December 24, 2014

Most daughters keep secrets from their mothers, but not usually because they are a matter of national security.

During the Second World War, Ruth Bourne, from Birmingham, worked at the codebreaking base at Bletchley Park as one of the team helping Alan Turing crack the Germans’ Enigma code.

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Israeli companies’ goal is a slice of the UK sport technology market

By Sandy Rashty, December 24, 2014

Israeli companies specialising in sports technology will vie for the chance to meet UK leaders in the field, at the launch of the Future Sport competition.

Fifteen competition winners, selected by a judging panel, will have the chance to present their ideas to top sporting figures and corporate groups, on a three-day trip to London and Manchester next year.

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Israeli start-ups fight for UK business ties

By Sandy Rashty, December 24, 2014

Israeli companies will compete for a chance to meet UK corporate counterparts at a series of networking events, after the UK Israel Tech Hub at the British embassy in Tel Aviv launched its annual TeXchange competition this week.

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Academic settles long-running legal battle with trade union

By Marcus Dysch, December 24, 2014

A union which won an employment tribunal brought by a Jewish academic who claimed he had been harassed has agreed an out-of-court settlement in its own claim for costs.

The University College Union said it had agreed a deal with Ronnie Fraser’s lawyers Mishcon de Reya after long-running legal argument.

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Irish Jews welcome HMD agreement over Israel

By Josh Jackman, December 24, 2014

Leaders of the Irish Jewish community have welcomed news that the Israeli ambassador will, for the first time, speak about links between the Shoah and Israel at Ireland’s national Holocaust Memorial Day next month.

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How JC will join in the fun

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2014

The JC will play a full role in this year’s conference, hosting four sessions including a live review of next week’s edition of the newspaper with editor Stephen Pollard.

Alongside our reporters he will critique the stories and news values of the paper with Limmud participants in a version of the regular JC editorial conferences.

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Tel Aviv inspired to launch its own event

By Simon Rocker, December 23, 2014

One guest from abroad will be taking a particular interest in events at Warwick this year.

Israeli Tal Grunspan is chairman of the inaugural Limmud Tel Aviv, which is scheduled to take place over two days at a college in Jaffa next May.

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School ‘could do better’

By Simon Rocker, December 23, 2014

An independent Sephardi school in London has received a critical inspection report despite pupils recording “significantly above average results” in English and maths.

Ofsted said that the Nancy Reuben Primary School in Hendon requires improvement because children made inconsistent progress and the quality of teaching needed to be better monitored.

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Educating the elders at grandparents' day

By Rosa Doherty, December 23, 2014

When North West London Jewish Day School held its annual grandparents’ day last Friday, some even crossed the sea to be there.

In recent years, the Willesden primary school has welcomed a large number of children from French families who have settled in the UK.

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They keep Planet Limmud turning

By Josh Jackman, December 23, 2014

Limmud volunteers have spoken of the challenges they face in building a conference which meets the needs of 2,500 attendees.

Behind the scenes, Jews from all over the country give their time to take on the responsibility of creating what Ruth Finkel, a volunteer who helps those with learning disabilities, describes as “planet Limmud”.

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