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French Burkini ban ‘is like Nazi humiliation’ claims leading rabbi

By Simon Rocker, August 26, 2016

The rabbi of one of Britain’s largest congregations has compared the French clampdown on burkinis to the humiliations inflicted by Nazis on Jews.

Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence, of Finchley Synagogue in north London, condemned the ban on swimwear designed to comply with Islamic standards of modest dress for women.


Investigation launched into strictly-Orthodox Manchester charity

By Lianne Kolirin, August 26, 2016

The Charity Commission has launched an investigation into the finances of a strictly Orthodox charity.

Chessed L’Yisroel Ltd, which operates in Manchester and Salford, aims to promote religious activities in accordance with the Orthodox faith and alleviate poverty.


'We reserved a seat this time,' Jeremy Corbyn tells Jewish family on train to Glasgow

By Josh Jackman, August 25, 2016

When a Jewish father met Jeremy Corbyn in the queue for a train to Glasgow this morning, there was only one question he could ask.

After a week in which the Labour leader had argued with Virgin Trains about whether or not he had a seat on a trip to Newcastle, it was near-unavoidable.


Concerts in memory of tragic Liora

By Lianne Kolirin, August 25, 2016

A young woman who died from a sudden illness is to be remembered in a series of fundraising concerts.

Liora Rosenberg, a former JFS pupil, died in April aged 20 after falling critically ill with a bleed on the brain and pneumonia.

Now her family and friends are paying tribute to her with live gigs to raise money for an ambulance through the Hatzola charity.


GCSE joy for Jewish schools

By Simon Rocker, August 25, 2016

Jewish schools have recorded another strong performance at GCSE, with a dramatic improvement in particular at Kantor King Solomon High School in Redbridge.


Zionist group sparks row

By Simon Rocker, August 25, 2016

The chairman of one of the United Synagogue's largest congregations has defended the decision to cancel a meeting featuring a speaker from the Israeli Zionist group Im Tirtzu next month.

Douglas Altabef had been due to speak at Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue, in north-west London, at a meeting organised by the UK advocacy group Campaign4Truth.

Jeffrey Davidson, HGS chairman, rejected clai


Anger as Orthodox get most of diaspora fund

By Nathan Jeffay, August 25, 2016

Israel has made an unprecedented £17 million cash contribution to Jewish life on university campuses around the world - but it is under fire for investing a large part of the money through Orthodox organisations.

The money has been divided between three organisations, and two of them are Orthodox.


Special report: Charities at breaking point

By Barry Toberman, August 25, 2016

Communal welfare charities are facing unprecedented problems at a time of record demand for their services, a JC investigation has found.


We're up for the cha-cha-challenge say Strictly trio

By Josh Jackman, August 25, 2016

The sparkle, spotlight and sequins of Strictly Come Dancing will feature three Jewish celebrities this year, with Lesley Joseph, Robert Rinder and Daisy Lowe due to take part in the show.

The contestants will be hoping to follow in the dance steps of Natasha Kaplinsky, the TV presenter who won the first series of the BBC programme in 2004.


Work with us, Board tells church

By Simon Rocker, August 25, 2016

The Board of Deputies has asked a leading church movement to join a project to support coexistence in the Middle East - after it decided not to back sanctions against Israel.

The United Reformed Church, which has 50,000 members formed out of the amalgamation of English Presbyterians with other churches, had considered action against Israel at its general assembly last month.

But it avoided e