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Howard Jacobson makes it to Man Booker shortlist

By Rosa Doherty, September 9, 2014

Howard Jacobson is one of six shortlisted authors for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, it was announced today.

The author has been nominated for his book J, along with Joshua Ferris, Richard Flanagan, Karen Joy Fowler, Neel Mukherjee and Ali Smith.

Mr Jacobson, who once described himself as "a Jewish Jane Austen", won the prize in 2010 with his novel, The Finkler Question.


Man forced to flee after Jewish neighbours attack his home

By Daniel Easterman, September 9, 2014

A strictly observant man who took part in a pro-Palestinian rally in central Manchester has fled his home after allegedly being attacked by local Jewish residents.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the man’s home in the Salford area of Manchester was vandalised, with his windows smashed and graffiti daubed on the front door and window sills.


Copied copper scroll is one to treasure

By Simon Rocker, September 5, 2014

A couple who have made high-quality facsimiles of illustrated medieval manuscipts and even of the Dead Sea Scrolls have embarked on their most difficult challenge yet - to make a replica of the mysterious Copper Scroll.


Violent robber who fled to Israel is jailed

By Marcus Dysch, September 5, 2014

A man who fled to Israel after committing a violent robbery has been jailed after he was extradited back to Britain.

Adam Rubinstein skipped bail in 2010 after attacking a couple in their car. He travelled to Israel via Latvia and was eventually tracked down by Interpol.

The 29-year-old, formerly of Bushey, Hertfordshire, was sent back to Britain by a judge in Jerusalem.


Old maps show Daniel the route to millions

By Anthea Gerrie, September 5, 2014

One of the earliest maps of London is being put on show in the capital this week by a Jewish expert.

The map, made in 1574, is one of the rarities collected by Daniel Crouch, who also owns the first map of the Americas, the world's first atlas printed in colour and the first map ever printed, dating back to 1475.


Jobs or boycott - TUC faces conference choice

By Robert Philpot, September 5, 2014

Expect plenty of incendiary rhetoric and anti-Israel firebreathing when Britain's trade unions gather in Liverpool next week.


Fear of anti-Israel move

By Marcus Dysch, September 5, 2014

The Trades Union Congress may adopt emergency powers to condemn Israel at its annual conference.

TUC delegates will meet in Liverpool from Saturday. The conference final agenda does not contain any motions relating to Israel and the Palestinians as the height of the Gaza conflict came after the TUC's deadline for motions.


Blue-sky thinking aids Leeds revival

By Marcus Dysch, September 5, 2014

Leeds is buzzing. But not just in the regenerated centre, with its high-rise apartment blocks, swanky shopping malls and glass-fronted offices.

In the suburbs of LS17 - home to Alwoodley and Moortown - Britain's third largest Jewish community is enjoying a period of almost unprecedented rejuvenation.


How to cope with the back-to-school blues

By Nikki Teper, September 5, 2014

After the school holidays, with changes to routine and later bedtimes, the return to school may be causing some anxiety.

Parents worry as their child moves from the familiarity of home or nursery to primary school. Some feel that they are losing their “baby” as they enter full-time education, while others fear their child is finding it hard to cope with the full school day.


GCSE at nine for Max, the computer whiz

By Charlotte Oliver, September 5, 2014

Like most nine-year-olds, Max Hoffman likes nothing more than to come home from school and play on his computer.

But unlike most boys his age, Max has a GCSE to back up his interest.

The Rosh Pinah Primary pupil found out in August that he had attained a C grade in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) — after sitting exams designed for students almost double his age in May.