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Ros Altmann: 'Orthodox Jewish women can take leadership roles'

By Sandy Rashty, April 21, 2015

Ros Altmann will take up a ministerial position “at the heart of government” if the Conservatives are elected to power, the prime minister has announced.

Dr Altmann, who will sit as minister with responsibility for financial consumer protection and financial education, will also be made a Tory peer irrespective of the election outcome on May 7.


Green and Ukip candidates at odds over Israel

By Sandy Rashty, April 21, 2015

A Jewish businessman and the daughter of a Holocaust survivor are going head-to-head in a fight for the parliamentary seat in Westminster North.

But as respective candidates for Ukip and the Green Party, Nigel Sussman and Jennifer Nadel are poles apart on a raft of policies, from Israel to immigration.


Young reformer in race to be Board vice president

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2015

The co-founder of a lobby group to reform the Board of Deputies is bidding to become the organisation’s youngest officer.

Richard Verber, 30, the campaigns and communications manager of World Jewish Relief, who represents Limmud at the Board, today announced that he is to contest the vice-presidency next month.


Amnesty rejects call to campaign against antisemitism

By Rosa Doherty, April 21, 2015

Amnesty International has rejected a motion to tackle the rise in antisemitic attacks in Britain at its annual conference.

The motion was tabled by Amnesty member Andrew Thorpe-Apps in March who said it was defeated at the International AGM on Sunday by 468 votes to 461.

Mr Thorpe Apps said: “It was the only resolution to be defeated during the whole conference.”


Michel Laub and Thomas Harding win JQ-Wingate Prize for books on the Holocaust

By Josh Jackman, April 20, 2015

Michel Laub has won the prestigious JQ-Wingate Literary Prize for fiction for his Holocaust memoir, Diary of the Fall, while the non-fiction award has gone to Thomas Harding's The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz.

In a departure from recent tradition, the award was split into fiction and non-fiction sections.


SNP pledge to back independent Palestinian state

By Sandy Rashty, April 20, 2015

The Scottish National Party manifesto has pledged to “call on the next UK government to support the formal recognition of a Palestinian state”.


Jews should vote for us because we're pro-migrants, says Green Party leader

By Sandy Rashty, April 20, 2015

I have come to meet Green leader Natalie Bennett at her new office in Kentish Town, above a café which plays Marvin Gaye and Jackie Mittoo as customers pick up laid-out copies of the Guardian, Independent, Daily Mirror and Camden New Journal.


Ros Altmann to be minister for consumer rights if Tories win election

By Sandy Rashty, April 20, 2015

Ros Altmann will be a Tory peer if the Conservatives are elected to government.

The Prime Minister said she would sit “at the heart of government” as the minister with responsibility for financial consumer protection and financial education.


Exclusive: United Synagogue says Laura Marks could be a "divisive" figure if elected Board president

By Simon Rocker, April 20, 2015

The president of the United Synagogue Stephen Pack has warned that the election of Reform representative Laura Marks as the next president of the Board of Deputies could be “divisive”.

Ms Marks, who is senior vice-president of the Board, last week reversed her decision not to stand for the presidency and became the fourth candidate to enter the contest.


PR man to join chief rabbi's office

By Simon Rocker, April 17, 2015

A public relations specialist with extensive knowledge of the Jewish charity sector is to be Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis’s new director of communications.

Mark Frazer, from The PR Office, is one of the three new appointments made to strengthen the team at the Office of the Chief Rabbi.