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Methodist Church delays Israel boycott decision

By Simon Rocker, May 23, 2014

Methodist leaders have recommended the church put off any decision on whether to boycott Israel for at least two years.

A resolution to be debated at its policy-making conference in Birmingham next month says that members need more time to reflect and should not submit any motions on “Israel/Palestine” until after their conference of 2016.

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Facebook and Israeli embassy launch start-up competition

By Sandy Rashty, May 23, 2014

A business competition co-organised by Facebook and the Israeli embassy in London was launched this week, in a bid to attract top UK-based technology start-ups.

The Bizcamp competition is aimed at entrepreneurs, who are at the early-stage of starting up their business.

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New head at King Solomon

By Simon Rocker, May 22, 2014

The governors of King Solomon High School have appointed an acting head teacher to plug the gap following the banning of Jo Shuter last week.

Ms Shuter, who joined the Orthodox school in Redbridge last September, was struck off by the Department for Education for abusing expenses while head of her previous school.

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The town on the front line of the battle for survival

By Naomi Firsht, May 22, 2014

Jack Album gives Reading Jewish community a decade before it disappears off the map, and he should know.

The 74-year-old has lived in the Berkshire town all his life. His family were founding members of the Orthodox Reading Hebrew Congregation in 1887, four generations back. He remembers when the synagogue had 400 members and the town supported a kosher butcher and a greengrocer.

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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis fears for custody battle twins

By Charlotte Oliver, May 22, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has voiced his support for British mother Beth Alexander, who lost a custody battle for her five-year old twin sons Samuel and Benjamin, who live in Vienna with her ex-husband Michael Schlesinger.

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Architect institute officials seek to end Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, May 22, 2014

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British architects will attempt to overturn an anti-Israel motion within the next month.

Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) president Stephen Hodder, and Peter Oborn, vice-president of its international division, are expected to support a new proposal at a meeting in mid-June.

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Jewish schools to lead mobile phone research

By Daniel Easterman, May 22, 2014

Jewish schools in London are to play a leading role in the largest ever investigation into the effects of mobile phone use on the cognitive abilities of children.

Immanuel College in Bushey is one of only two schools — the other is non-Jewish Kingsmead School in Enfield — that will take an active role in the research being conducted by Imperial College London.

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Palestinian academic blames 'Zionist lobby' for cancelled King's lecture

By Charlotte Oliver, May 22, 2014

An event that was scheduled to take place at King's College London featuring the Palestinian academic Azzam Tamimi was moved to another University of London location on Monday, following protest from KCL’s Jewish students.

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Jewish philanthropists lead Sunday Times rich list

By Sandy Rashty, May 22, 2014

The wealthiest Jews are also among the most philanthropic, according to the Sunday Times Rich List, which was released last weekend.

Jews made up more than 11 per cent of the 1,000-strong rich list – with a combined fortune of more than £88bn out of the total £520bn.

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