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Hundreds of ex-servicemen and woman march at Ajex parade

By Josh Jackman, November 16, 2014

Hailing from London to the Tyne, Cardiff to France, dozens of branches and hundreds of Jewish ex-servicemen and women marched past the Cenotaph on Sunday at the 80th annual Ajex remembrance parade.

After 10 wreaths were laid alongside two poppy posies, the participants and the watching crowd joined together in rousing renditions of Adon Olam and God Save The Queen.


Board of Deputies approves Yachad membership

By Simon Rocker, November 16, 2014

The Board of Deputies has approved the membership of Yachad, the campaign group which lobbies for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Such was the controversy surrounding the application that a decision had twice been previously postponed.


‘I was mentally raped’, claims MP caught by newspaper sting

By Syam Kumar, November 14, 2014

Jewish MP Brooks Newmark has claimed he felt “mentally raped” after he was caught sending naked pictures of himself to a reporter posing as a young female activist in a newspaper sting.


How do you kosher a Gherkin?

By Josh Jackman, November 13, 2014

Pickles have been a Jewish culinary favourite for centuries, and now one of our number owns the most famous gherkin of them all.

Jewish-Brazilian billionaire Joseph Safra has bought the 180m-high Gherkin skyscraper in London - officially called 30 St Mary's Axe - for a reported £726 million.

Mr Safra, whose £9.4 billion fortune makes him the 46th richest person in the world, was born in Le


US chief mulled move to block Yachad at Board

By Simon Rocker, November 13, 2014

United Synagogue president Stephen Pack considered warning members of the Board of Deputies to vote against the admission of the campaign group Yachad, over its "unacceptable activities", it has been revealed.

In an email seen by the JC, Mr Pack said he had been pressed to write to representatives of US congregations on the Board to oppose Yachad's application.

But he told the JC on Wednesda


Super DJ puts Pulitzer writer in mix

By Naomi Firsht, November 13, 2014

One is possibly the coolest Jew on the planet - the other is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

In one of modern music's most unexpected collaborations, it emerged this week that super-producer Mark Ronson asked Jewish novelist Michael Chabon to write the lyrics for his new funk album, Uptown Special.

Mr Ronson, best known for producing Amy Winehouse's hit album Back to Black, has long admired


Controversial historian up for Wingate prize

November 13, 2014

One of Israel's most virulent anti-Zionists has been nominated for this year's prestigious JQ-Wingate literary prize.

The inclusion on the longlist of The Idea of Israel by Ilan Pappé, who also wrote The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine and has called Israel a "racist apartheid state", was condemned by the Zionist Federation.


Mother's fresh setback in battle to win her sons

By Naomi Firsht, November 13, 2014

A British mother fighting for custody of her five-year-old twin sons in Austria has been hit with a gagging order forcing her to remove all photos of the boys from her website and social media pages.

University lecturer Beth Alexander has spent the last four years fighting a battle with the Austrian courts to win custody of sons Sammy and Benji from her ex-husband.

An injunction issued last


Child sex predator who left a trail of heartache

By Naomi Firsht, November 13, 2014

When divorcee Suzanne Robert met company director Simeon Osen on J-Date she thought she had a second chance of happiness.

He moved into her home in Stanmore and they had a traditional Jewish wedding in East London.

But two years later, her life felt apart when Osen, 53, was arrested for sexually abusing a young girl.

He went to live with his parents and Suzanne filed for divorce.


Russian philanthropists bound for London

By Simon Rocker, November 13, 2014

A delegation of leading Russian Jewish philanthropists is to visit London this weekend to discuss business and charity-giving with representatives of British Jewry.

Mikhail Mirilashvili, God Nisanov, German Khan and Mikhal Fridman were due to arrive on Thursday night with their families to spend Shabbat here.