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The hopefuls flying the flag at Eurovision

By Spencer Barnett, April 21, 2016

The duo preparing to represent Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest have described their experience of travelling to Israel ahead of the competition.

Pop stars Joe and Jake will perform their song You're Not Alone - written by Haifa-born musician Matt Schwartz - at the contest in Stockholm next month.

The pair took to the stage at Jaffa's Theatre Club last week alongside more than a dozen


More children miss out on primary places

By Charlotte Oliver, April 21, 2016

More families than ever were expected to miss out on their first choice primary schools this week, as local councils released their first round of offers.

In a year when, nationally, 10 per cent of all families were not offered a place at their first preference school, Jewish schools reported unprecedented numbers of applicants.

In its first year of admissions, Yavneh Primary - which will op


Drop in couples signing pre-nups

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2016

There has been a sharp drop in the number of marrying couples signing prenuptial agreements since their introduction by the Office of the Chief Rabbi 20 years ago to prevent the incidence of agunot, women trapped in a dead marriage.

Whereas 45 per cent of couples registering for marriage at the Chief Rabbi's Office signed agreements (PNAs) in 1996, that had declined to 40 per cent in 2010 and s


The cannabis candidate seeking electoral high

By Sandy Rashty, April 21, 2016

Lee Eli Harris is the only Jewish candidate in the running to be the next Mayor of London.

At the age of 79, he is also the oldest among the 12 candidates. And he is certainly the only candidate calling for greater freedom to smoke dope as a major part of his platform.


The kidnapping that stunned Europe

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2016

It was an incident which scandalised enlightened Europeans, helped weaken the power of the Pope and showed the benighted attitude of the Catholic Church towards Jews at the time.

In 1858 in Bologna, Italy, a six-year-old Jewish boy was taken from his parents' home by the police and brought to Rome on the grounds that he had been secretly baptised and was therefore a Christian.


Call for new museum to honour the secret listeners who spied on the Nazis

April 21, 2016

Campaigners are fighting to preseve the site where intelligence about the Holocaust was gathered by German Jewish refugees from high-ranking Nazis.

Trent Park mansion, in north London, was used as a prisoner of war camp during the Second World War, for 59 senior German generals, including Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess.


New app to ease exam revision

By Charlotte Oliver, April 21, 2016

When her son found himself overwhelmed by GCSE revision two years ago, Alyson Larholm searched for an app or online resource to help him manage his time effectively.

But the search proved futile, so the mother-of-three created one herself.


Students facing campus Seder test

By Naomi Firsht, April 21, 2016

Why is this university term different from all other terms? With Pesach falling late this year, the majority of UK students are faced with the challenge of celebrating the festival on campus, something that last happened in 2008.

But student organisations and local communities have rallied to provide students with Passover packs, discounts and support to ensure a joyful Pesach away from home.


Shimon Peres leads birthday tributes to the Queen as she turns 90

By Josh Jackman, April 21, 2016

Shimon Peres has told the Queen that “life begins at the age of 90” as Her Majesty celebrates her birthday today.

The 92-year-old former president and prime minister of Israel recorded a video message in honour of the Queen, who became Britain’s longest-reigning monarch last year.


Jewish group leads calls to reform system of detaining asylum-seekers

By Rosa Doherty, April 20, 2016

Faith leaders and MPs have urged the government to end indefinite detention for asylum seekers.

Jewish human rights charity René Cassin and Tzelem, the Rabbinical Call for Social Justice, joined Christian and Muslim faith leaders to campaign for a reform of the immigration and detention system.