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Israeli Arabs lent quiet cars for Yom Kippur

By Nathan Jeffay, October 7, 2014

There were fears in Israel that the coincidence of Yom Kippur and the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha both falling last Saturday could spark clashes between fasting Jews and feasting Arabs.

In the event, the day passed off peacefully.


Lynsey de Paul, the star who never wanted the spotlight

By Paul Lester, October 7, 2014

Lynsey De Paul, who died last week of a brain haemorrhage, aged 64, was a household name in the 1970s. But the petite performer with the blond hair and beauty spot was a reluctant star who was happier composing behind the scenes.

She was born Lynsey Monckton Rubin in 1950 and grew up in Cricklewood, north London, before the family moved to Canon's Park.


Oligarchs at war

By Simon Rocker, October 7, 2014

A business dispute involving three Ukrainian Jewish billionaires is heading for a showdown at the High Court in London.

Igor Kolomoisky, who has emerged as a significant political figure in Ukraine in recent months, and British-based Gennadiy Bogolyubov have been sued by the third man, Victor Pinchuk.


Secret Nazi-hunter who tracks suspects from the shadows

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

V Tucked away from the crowds in the back corner of a coffee shop, Stephen Ankier cuts an unassuming figure.But the man with the thick white hair is one of the country’s leading experts in the hunt for Second World War criminals now living in Britain. Not that he readily admits it.
“I normally shun publicity. I’m just an ordinary member of the community.


Chief to attend 'scrolls' event

By Sandy Rashty, October 7, 2014

Chief rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is to be the guest speaker at the opening of an exhibition about Torah scrolls which survived the Nazis, in a move which marks another departure from his predecessor Lord Sacks.

The display will mark 50 years since 1,564 scrolls were brought from Czechoslovakia to Westminster Synagogue by philanthropist Ralph Yablon.


How I put my own twist on Challah

By Sandy Rashty, October 7, 2014

I've a newfound respect for Jewish women who bake their own bread.

Seriously. There's something to be said for women like Rebbetzin Joanne Dove, an educator and mother-of-eight who bakes challah at midnight for her Friday night dinner table.

Or Ruth Mimran, who runs the Manna Deli in Hendon. While catering for other people, she managed to bake six challot hours before we met last week.


Anglican vicar attacked over Iran conference

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

A controversial Anglican vicar has been criticised for speaking alongside panellists with convictions for antisemitism at an anti-Zionist conference in Iran.

Jewish communal leaders condemned the participation of Reverend Stephen Sizer as incompatible with his position as a minister and called on the Church of England to mount an investigation.

Rev Sizer took part in the New Horizon event wh


No direct complaints, but store still pulls pyjamas

October 7, 2014

A leading fashion retailer has withdrawn a women's pyjama set from sale over concern that it resembles a concentration camp uniform.

COS pulled the nightwear on Monday after the JC alerted it to a complaint from a reader.

In a statement, a spokesperson said: "'COS appreciate the concerns raised and would like to assure you that it was never our intention to cause upset.


Mum's got her protest down to a T

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 7, 2014

A fashion designer threatened with prosecution for taking her children out of school to visit Israel has hit back - with a range of T-shirts calling on the government to change its policy on banning term-time family holidays.


Lib Dems on both sides of the divide

By Marcus Dysch, October 7, 2014

The Liberal Democrats wrapped up the party political conference season with events reflecting both sides of the Middle East conflict.

Lib Dem ministers had pushed for an arms embargo to be imposed on Israel during the Gaza conflict, but the issue was not discussed in any depth in the conference hall, with delegates in Glasgow concentrating on prospects for next year's general election.