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Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis condemns ban on Christmas in Brunei

By Rosa Doherty, December 24, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has joined faith leaders in condemning a crackdown on Christmas by some Muslim countries.

Brunei has threatened to imprison anyone for up to five years who celebrates the Christian festival in public.

Authorities on the island, in south-east Asia, warned that the ban will be strictly enforced.

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Charity Commission investigates trust over Facebook post

By Rosa Doherty, December 23, 2015

The Charity Commission has launched an investigation into a charity over antisemitic comments on its Facebook page.

According to Campaign Against Antisemitism who alerted the regulator to the post, a trustee of the Ghulam Mustafa Trust claimed “f***ing Jews” are tracking smartphones in an online post.

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Stella Creasy receives antisemitic Christmas card

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2015

A Labour politician has posted images on Twitter of an antisemitic, Holocaust-denying Christmas card she was sent in the post.

Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow, said she had received the card on Tuesday.

It appears to show a drawing of two people, with one asking the other: “Do you still believe in Father Christmas?”

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Obituary: Lord Janner of Braunstone

By Gloria Tessler, December 23, 2015

BORN CARDIFF JULY 11, 1928. DIED LONDON DECEMBER 19, 2015, AGED 87

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Beth Din targets ‘abhorrent’ get refuser

By Simon Rocker, December 23, 2015

The London Beth Din has resorted for a second time in two months to naming and shaming a man accused of denying his wife a get.

Posters were sent earlier this month to a number of synagogues in Golders Green and Hendon, north-west London, denouncing the "abhorrent conduct" of Shmiel Kahan.

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Survey reveals we’re very well thought of

By Charlotte Oliver, December 23, 2015

Jews are considered less likely than average to take drugs, get drunk frequently or be promiscuous, according to a survey.

The poll, by YouGov on prejudice in the UK, revealed that British Jews are well-regarded by their compatriots compared to people from other backgrounds.

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Muted tributes after death of Labour peer

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2015

v The death of Lord Janner on Saturday at the age of 87 came after a long battle with dementia.

His family said in a statement that the peer would be "deeply missed".

A former Board of Deputies president and long-serving MP, Lord Janner had been a leading figure in Anglo-Jewry for more than 40 years.

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Volunteers are out in force for the holidays

By Rosa Doherty, December 23, 2015

Thousands of Jews throughout the country will devote a significant amount of their Christmas break to helping out at care homes, homeless shelters and other welfare projects. In many instances, their support will enable non-Jewish staff to take time off.

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Fun, fiesty and fearless - the story of a real diamond geezer

By Josh Jackman, December 22, 2015

Willie Nagel is not shy. Brusque, dismissive, friendly and charming - sometimes all at the same time - and certainly never short of chutzpah.

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The friends heading the team at Limmud

By Simon Rocker, December 22, 2015

Jo Ish-Horowicz

The 29-year-old doctor has attended an incredible 25 conferences.

How did you get involved in Limmud?
I had no choice in the matter - my parents brought me when I was six months old. But I was soon hooked and couldn't wait to be a part of the team as soon as I was tall enough to see over the helpdesk.

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