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Ofsted criticises Charedi school for failing to teach about same-sex orientation

By Simon Rocker, July 10, 2016

A Chasidic school has been judged to fall short of required standards because it will not teach children about sexual orientation.

Boys at the Talmud Torah Machzikei Hadass in Stamford Hill, north London, were “shielded” from certain topics because of its “unconditional adherence to the Shulchan Aruch”, the Code of Jewish Law, Ofsted said.

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Intermarriage at record high – but rate of increase slows

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2016

New research into intermarriage among British Jews has shown that it is at its highest level for generations. The report, by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, claims that marrying out is having a "corrosive" effect on the Jewish population.

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Tiger who Came to Tea author Judith Kerr wins prestigious lifetime achievement award

By Rosa Doherty, July 7, 2016

Much-loved children’s author Judith Kerr has received a lifetime achievement award from the BookTrust charity.

The author of The Tiger who Came to Tea and Mog was presented with the award at London Zoo, on Wednesday.

Award judge Shami Chakrabarti said the children’s author, who fled Nazi Germany with her family in 1933,

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Concerns over Hizbollah flags being displayed in the UK to be referred to Home Secretary

By Josh Jackman, July 7, 2016

The Home Secretary is to be made aware of concerns surrounding the display of Hizbollah flags at anti-Israel marches in the UK.

Chris Grayling, Leader of the House of Commons, told MPs that Theresa May would be informed.

His comment came after Hizbollah flags were displayed by protesters at last Sunday’s anti-Israel Al-Quds Day march in central London.

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'Survival was sheer luck, not heroism' for Elie Wiesel

By Tom Tugend, July 7, 2016

Elie Wiesel was 15 when he arrived at Auschwitz and, after a year in the Buna and Buchenwald concentration camps, he was liberated by Allied troops aged 16.

"Logically, I shouldn't have survived," Mr Wiesel wrote in his 1995 memoirs. "Sickly, tired, fearful and lacking all resourcefulness, I never did anything to stay alive."

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Israeli MK's bar mitzvah

By Josh Jackman, July 7, 2016

Michal Biran stood behind the bar, pulled a pint of bitter and let the memories flood back.

The MK, who represents Labour in the Knesset, was back in the The White Ferry House in Victoria, central London, the pub where 11 years ago she had worked as one of the bar staff.

"I think they had a pool table before.

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Kindertransport refugees return to town that first welcomed them

By Charlotte Oliver, July 7, 2016

One by one, they disembarked, holding on to each other for support.

Slowly, cautiously, they shuffled down the platform at Harwich Parkeston Quay International station; every step they took a victory for survival against the odds.

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Hizbollah flags fly in London

By Josh Jackman, July 7, 2016

Hizbollah flags were on display in London last Sunday as around 600 protesters gathered for the annual anti-Israel Al-Quds Day march.

Police did not act to prevent the protesters displaying the colours of the organisation - whose military wing is defined as a terrorist group by the UK government - and made no arrests.

Approximately 500 pro-Israel activists mounted a counter-demonstration, wi

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Shami Chakrabarti: 'My heart sank as MP was attacked'

By Rosa Doherty, July 7, 2016

Shami Chakrabarti has described how her heart "absolutely sank" as she watched months of hard work "fall apart" when a Jewish MP was targeted at the publication of her inquiry into antisemitism in the Labour Party.

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Charedi warning over safety after boys' rescue

By Simon Rocker, July 7, 2016

The head of London's Strictly Orthodox rabbinate has warned schools and community groups to take proper precautions for educational trips following the rescue of a group of Charedi youth on the Kent coast last month.

Rabbi Ephraim Padwa wrote to say that health and safety rules must "always be adhered to" and appropriate preparations made for outings.

Rabbi Padwa, head of the rabbinate of th

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