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First painting from Gurlitt stash of Nazi-looted art auctioned for £1.9m

By Rosa Doherty, June 25, 2015

A painting stolen from a Jewish family has become the first work from Cornelius Gurlitt’s collection of looted art to be sold at auction.

Two Riders on a Beach by German-Jewish artist Max Liebermann fetched £1.9 million at a sale at Sotheby’s in London.

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Parents at crisis point as school places dry up

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

Anxious parents have said they will consider home-schooling, or even emigrating to the United States or Israel, to avoid having to send their child to a non-Jewish secondary school, as the admissions crisis continues.

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Sixteen year-old makes online appeal to stop Neo-Nazi rally in Golders Green

By Jessica Weinstein, June 25, 2015

A Hasmonean pupil has made a heartfelt appeal in an open letter to stop the Neo Nazi rally that is planned in Golders Green on 4 July.

Liora Resnick, aged 16, told her Facebook followers to share her post in order to raise awareness of an issue she says is redolent of Nazi Germany.

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Arkush will not take up JLC position

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2015

Board of deputies president Jonathan Arkush has revealed he will not become chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, adding that any merger between the two organisations is currently unlikely.

Mr Arkush said he would not follow his predecessor, Vivian Wineman, in taking up the post.

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Belz school driving ban plan dropped

By Simon Rocker, June 25, 2015

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has said it received a "satisfactory response" from the two Chasidic schools that had threatened to ban pupils whose mothers drive.

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Wife had 'rape fantasy', claims accused man

June 25, 2015

A strictly Orthodox man has denied raping his ex-wife in a "dungeon", claiming the woman encouraged him to act out a "rape fantasy".

Denying allegations of kidnap, rape and false imprisonment, he told a court on Wednesday that the woman had insisted on taking part in "rough" sex sessions.

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Jeweller strikes gold in Queen's Honours list

By Rosa Doherty, June 25, 2015

The head of a leading Jewish charity has been honoured for applying his philanthropic principles to business.

Mark Adelstone, chairman of the Manchester welfare charity The Fed, was made an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours.

As chairman of jewellery retailers Beaverbrooks, he has seen his compnay donate more than £9 million to charities.

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Taub ends his UK diplomatic mission

By Marcus Dysch, June 25, 2015

The announcement that Israel's UK ambassador Daniel Taub is returning to Jerusalem signals the end of a four-year posting in which he oversaw rapid economic growth between Israel and Britain, but also the fallout from last year's Gaza conflict.

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Rosie charity plan talks

June 25, 2015

Family and friends of Rosie Choueka will meet this week to discuss plans for setting up a charity in her name.

The mother-of-two moved thousands with her blog about battling breast cancer before she succumbed to the illness last week.

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School tells off parent for exposing her knees

By Charlotte Oliver, June 25, 2015

A Charedi primary school has written to the mother of one of its pupils asking her to "respect the school", after she wore a skirt that fell above her knees.

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