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A day of war and peace for VE day at JFS

By Charlotte Oliver, May 14, 2015

Thursday was not just “muck-up day” at JFS.

Before it hit the headlines for flour-filled halls, the school was enjoying something of a time hop, taking its students back to 1945.

To celebrate VE day, 18 Second World War veterans from Ajex (the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women) visited to share their stories.

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Hot air at Hasmonean for WJR's Nepal appeal

By Charlotte Oliver, May 14, 2015

More than 400 Hasmonean pupils raised awareness and money for Nepal on Monday by taking part in a school-wide balloon race for World Jewish Relief.

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'The best thing that happened was that my teacher listened to me'

May 14, 2015

Gershon, 22, from Edgware in north London, had performed well at school and was studying at a yeshiva in New Jersey. He also had an undiagnosed mental illness.

He says: "I'm bipolar. I've had manic episodes and depression, had times where I've been suicidal, and I've done some self-harm.

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Problem on the rise in schools, universities and in the workplace

By Josh Jackman, May 14, 2015

We are a community that cares for its children. The stereotype of the Jewish mother - feeding, clothing and coddling their offspring, sometimes to the extreme - exists for a reason: children are seen as precious.

However, this desire for our sons and daughters to succeed has created higher and higher levels of expectation of young people.

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Israel’s best friend?

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 14, 2015

Officials in Jerusalem have spoken of their joy and relief at the re-election of David Cameron.

“Cameron has been a fantastic supporter of Israel and the ties between the two governments, which were already close under Blair and Brown, have only improved under him,” said one.

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‘Book-keeper of Auschwitz’ in tears as survivor testifies

By Rosa Doherty, May 13, 2015

A Holocaust survivor’s testimony about the horror of Auschwitz at the trial of former camp guard Oskar Groening reduced the defendant to tears on Tuesday.

Mr Groening, 93, known as the “book-keeper of Auschwitz”, stands accused of being complicit in the deaths of 300,000 camp victims.

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WJC to honour Helen Mirren for looted-art movie Woman in Gold

By Rosa Doherty, May 13, 2015

Academy award winning actress Helen Mirren is to receive the World Jewish Congress Recognition award for her role in the acclaimed film Woman in Gold.

Dame Helen played Maria Aultmann, an Austrian American woman who won a legal battle against the Austrian government to reclaim six looted art works by Gustav Klimt that were stolen from her family.

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Laura Marks: 'brave leaders change their mind'

By Simon Rocker, May 13, 2015

Laura Marks has defended herself as a “brave, decisive leader” after earlier being accused of “flip-flopping” by one of her rivals to be president for Board of Deputies.

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My supporters voted Labour to block Tory win, says beaten Lib Dem Lynne Featherstone

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2015

Ousted Liberal Democrat minister Lynne Featherstone has thanked supporters as she bowed out of Parliament.

Ms Featherstone was the most senior Jewish woman in the coalition government but lost her seat in north London’s Hornsey and Wood Green constituency to Labour.

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Newest Jewish MP Ruth Smeeth says victory was 'bittersweet'

By Marcus Dysch, May 12, 2015

Britain’s newest Jewish MP has told of the emotional moment when she entered the House of Commons chamber for the first time after being elected.

But Ruth Smeeth said her victory in Stoke-on-Trent North felt “bittersweet” after Labour lost the election.

She won with 15,429 votes – a majority of 4,836 – five years after losing in the Burton-on-Trent constituency.

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