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JSoc where non-Jews are in the majority

By Charlotte Oliver, May 1, 2014

Hull University’s Jewish Society has finally secured enough members to gain official recognition from the campus student union — by recruiting a majority of non-Jews to its ranks.

Of the 15 students enlisted to meet the union’s minimum membership requirement, eight are non-Jewish.

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Gateshead man on trial over ‘sex abuse’ of teen

May 1, 2014

A member of the Gateshead Orthodox community went on trial this week accused of a string of historic sex offences against a teenage boy.

Jeremy Bernstein, 37, was accused of touching the boy inappropriately and forcing him to carry out sex acts between December 1998 and December 2003.

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Tribute to Leeds' stabbed teacher Ann Maguire

By Charlotte Oliver, May 1, 2014

Leading figures from Leeds’ Jewish community have sent their condolences to a local Catholic school after a teacher was stabbed to death by one of its pupils earlier this week.

Religious education and Spanish teacher Ann Maguire, 61, died on Monday, shortly after being attacked and repeatedly stabbed by a 15-year-old pupil at Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds.

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David Cameron on the Holocaust forum: be part of it

By David Cameron, May 1, 2014

Monday’s Holocaust forum is about three things.

First, it’s about saying thank you to some inspirational people who have come to this country and given us so much.

I am awestruck by the bravery that Holocaust survivors show when they go into schools and colleges and teach our young people about what happened. Sometimes they give several talks in one day.

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David Cameron calls on all survivors to have their say in Monday’s Holocaust forum

By Marcus Dysch, May 1, 2014

David Cameron has urged every Holocaust survivor in Britain to take part in a special event on Monday aimed at mapping out the future of Shoah education.

And he wants JC readers to help those who cannot attend to make a contribution.

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Jewish artist Gerry Judah and the St Paul’s crucifix

By Charlotte Oliver, April 30, 2014

It is not every day that a Jewish artist is given free rein to make his mark on the walls of St Paul’s Cathedral.

But then, Gerry Judah is not one to follow convention — as can be seen by the six-metre-high cruciform sculptures he has constructed, now hanging either side of the famous church’s Nave Pier walls.

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Police send Lord Janner file to Crown Prosecution Service

By Marcus Dysch, April 30, 2014

A police investigation into allegations of historic child abuse against Jewish peer Lord Janner has moved forward.

Leicestershire Police announced today that it had submitted evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service for consideration.

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Amy Winehouse's family attacks ex-husband over graveside interview

By Rosa Doherty, April 28, 2014

Amy Winehouse’s mother has criticised the late singer's ex husband for disrespecting the Jewish faith after he was filmed giving an interview at her grave.

Janis Winehouse said Blake Fielder-Civil's action, alongside his failure to wear a kippah at the Jewish cemetery, had disgusted her.

She said: “To film beside a grave shows total disrespect. I want nothing to do with this.

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Blue singer Antony Costa on Twitter antisemitism

By Sandy Rashty, April 28, 2014

British singer Anthony Costa has been targeted by antisemitic trolls on Twitter.

The former Blue band member, whose mother is Jewish, told the Daily Star: "I get it all the time, I've had antisemitic comments, 'Jewish c***' and 'I hope your mum dies', everyone's got an opinion now."

The 32-year-old added: "No one prepares you for the other side of fame.

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Rabbi condemns 'disgusting' Jews for Jesus Holocaust video

By Sandy Rashty, April 25, 2014

A UK Jewish leader has condemned a Jews for Jesus promotional video showing Jesus carrying a cross at the gates at Auschwitz.

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, the senior rabbi for Reform Judaism, criticised the three-minute YouTube clip during a Radio 4 interview on Friday morning.

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