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The British tourist who saved holiday girl from drowning

By Rosa Doherty, April 10, 2014

A north London accountant has described the moment he rescued a 14-year-old girl from violent seas in which two women drowned.

Adam Cramer, 49, dived into the surf at Playa Pariso in Tenerife and dragged the girl to safety as her body was tossed repeatedly against rocks.

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Rabbis crush bid to give women a role in shul

By Simon Rocker, April 10, 2014

An innovative bid to give women greater involvement in United Synagogue services has been scrapped, after objections from the London Beth Din.

The move has prompted protests among congregants, with warnings that it will deepen alienation among women.

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Secret London meeting to plan battle against Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, April 9, 2014

Dozens of leading politicians, campaigners and grass-roots activists gathered in Britain this week for a secret conference on tackling delegitimisation of Israel.

The three-day event, held in closed sessions amid heavy security at central London’s Hilton Metropole hotel, was attended by Israel’s Intelligence and Strategic Affairs Minister, Yuval Steinitz.

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WJC president calls on British Jewry in fight against boycott

By Charlotte Oliver, April 9, 2014

World Jewish Congress (WJC) president Ronald Lauder has urged British Jewry to increase its fight against the worldwide BDS movement, calling such work “an honour” for the community.

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Husband Thomas Cohen mourns 'beloved and adored' Peaches Geldof

By Rosa Doherty, April 8, 2014

Peaches Geldof, who was found dead aged 25 on Monday, was married to a Jewish musician and had only recently discovered her own Jewish roots.

The daughter of musician Bob Geldof and model Paula Yates, was married to Thomas Cohen and had two young sons: Astala, one, and Phaedra.

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DNA test reveals Jewish ancestry of Hitler's wife, Eva Braun

By Daniel Easterman, April 7, 2014

DNA tests have revealed that Adolf Hitler’s wife Eva Braun had Jewish ancestry.

The scientific examination, carried out by analysing a strand of Braun’s hair from her hairbrush, show that she had a genetic sequence strongly associated with Ashkenazi Jews.

The revelation comes as part of the Channel 4 documentary Dead Famous DNA, which will be aired on Wednesday evening.

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Louise lands capital job with London Live

April 6, 2014

After weeks of bobbing up on billboards across London, Louise Scodie finally arrived on screen as one of the presenters of London Live, the Evening Standard’s newly launched TV channel.

Fronting the topical evening Not the One Show, she has “the job I’ve dreamed of. It is safe to say there has been lots of kvelling in the Scodie household.”

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Labour leader Ed Miliband set for Israel trip

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband will travel to Israel next week for a three-day visit.

The Opposition leader is due to arrive in Tel Aviv on Thursday, and will hold meetings in Jerusalem with senior Israeli political figures.

Mr Miliband, whose parents fled Nazi oppression during the Holocaust, is also expected to visit the Yad Vashem Shoah museum.

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Lying fallow during the Shmittah year — the way to avoid financial meltdown

By Daniel Easterman, April 4, 2014

The global economic crash of 2008 might have been avoided if bankers had followed the ancient biblical principle of shmittah.

That is the view of Rabbi Julian Sinclair, an Israel-based economist and environmental activist.

Shmittah is the ancient religious injunction under which farmers allow agricultural land to lie fallow every seventh year.

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Kosher caterer Carole Sobell closes business

By Sandy Rashty, April 4, 2014

A high-end kosher caterer has gone bust again — but a new simcha catering company has already been set-up in the family name.

Jewish businesswoman Carole Sobell said she plans to pursue new avenues after her catering company, Carole Sobell Events Ltd, went into liquidation last month.

This comes after her previous companies ceased trading.

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