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'Toxic' NUS is no longer safe for Jews, says official

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2016

A senior member of the National Union of Students has said the movement is "toxic" and warned that it is an unsafe space for Jews.

Izzy Lenga, who has served for two years on the organisation's National Executive Council, said that Jewish students were the victims of "double standards" and, as a result, did not want to get involved in the union.


At last - Ofsted praise for a Charedi school

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2016

A girls' primary school run by one of the most conservative Chasidic groups has been praised by inspectors for teaching about tolerance and respect for others.

Beis Ruchel in Manchester, an independent school for 264 girls aged from three to 11 who are mostly from the Satmar community, has been ranked as good by Ofsted.


Concern as Alan Duncan gets FCO post

By Marcus Dysch, July 21, 2016

Theresa May's cabinet has fewer Jewish ministers than any government for a decade, but the appointment of a number of key ministers will draw the interest of the community.

Sir Alan Duncan's new role as a Foreign Office minister was attacked by Labour MP Louise Ellman at a Board of Deputies meeting on Sunday.

Mrs Ellman said Sir Alan had, in October 2014, referred to the United States being


How Sam Allardyce fell for Christmas hamper con

By Daniel Sugarman, July 21, 2016

Sam Allardyce, who was expected to be named England football manager this week, was defrauded of thousands of pounds by an alleged conman.

Stephen Ackerman, 48, of Loughton, Essex, denies multiple charges of fraud, with accusations that he scammed the then-West Ham manager and multiple West Ham players out of more than £50,000 in total.


Reform split on Jewish status

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2016

Several Reform congregations, including its largest, Edgware, have rejected the movement's new policy which enables the children of a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother to be recognised as Jewish.

The "inherited status" policy was approved a year ago by the Assembly of Reform Rabbis with congregations given the option of following it or not.

But Edgware, Hendon, Brighton and Bournemouth Ref


Man to be tried over Berger posts

July 21, 2016

An alleged antisemite faces trial accused of racially harassing a Jewish Labour MP.

Joshua Bonehill-Paine, 23, is said to have posted five abusive articles attacking Luciana Berger on his website.

Titles of the articles included "Racist anti-white Jewish Labour MP Luciana Berger exposed", "Is the Labour party a Jewish party" and "The Legacy of Operation Filthy Jew Bitch".

The charge state


Leading Israeli Jon Medved entrepreneur set for London

By Josh Jackman, July 21, 2016

He is one of Israel's leading venture capitalists. Now entrepreneur Jon Medved plans to bring his business to Britain.

Mr Medved's crowd-funding company OurCrowd has pumped more than £170 million into nearly 100 companies while promoting Israel.


Volunteers and refugees 'have so much in common'

By Rosa Doherty, July 21, 2016

When the refugee crisis made headlines and the Jewish community united in its response to help, Henry Raine was determined to do his bit.

But the 57-year-old never imagined his volunteering effort would result in him welcoming a Muslim Eritrean teenager into his family.


Discord over Board peace plan

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2016

The Board of Deputies is to launch a programme involving synagogues and churches to support "peace-making" between Israelis and Palestinians.

Invest in Peace, which has been in the pipeline for several months, is being developed with so far unnamed "church partners".

The planned project came to light at Sunday's meeting of the Board, where an attempt to lay down conditions for entering into


Biblical welcome in Abraham's tent

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2016

"If you have a jumper, take it off, as we are going into the desert," counselled Rabbi Yaacov Finn, programme manager of the London School of Jewish Studies, "It's going to be hot."

As the Year-three boys and girls from Etz Chaim School in Mill Hill donned Arabic dress, he warned, "You don't want to get sunstroke, so you have to put something on your head."

The youthful party was not about t