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Do not close doors to refugees in wake of Paris attacks, says Chief Rabbi

By Rosa Doherty, November 16, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has warned that closing borders to refugees in response to the attacks in Paris “would not make sense”.

He said it was vital to avoid a backlash against refugees after Greek officials claimed that one of the terrorists behind the Paris attacks was registered as one.


Cabinet minister Robert Halfon admits to affair amid claims of blackmail plot

By Marcus Dysch, November 16, 2015

Conservative Party deputy chairman Robert Halfon is believed to be the subject of a blackmail plot, which emerged as he admitted to a relationship with a Tory campaigner.

Mr Halfon, the former political director of Conservative Friends of Israel and the descendant of Libyan Jews, was reportedly filmed as he left a club with the woman.


Hundreds of ex-servicemen and women come together for Ajex annual parade

By Naomi Firsht, November 15, 2015

Around one thousand Jewish army veterans and their supporters marched down Whitehall today for the annual parade of the Association of Jewish Ex-servicemen and women.

Ajex vice-president and parade marshall Ron Shelley said there were higher numbers than anticipated, as he had feared people would drop out due to security concerns after the terror attacks in Paris on Friday.


Board president Jonathan Arkush urges EU: 'Focus on fighting extremism, not labelling products from settlements'

By Josh Jackman, November 15, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has called on the European Union to focus on fighting extremism instead of labelling products from Israeli settlements.

In the wake of multiple terror attacks in Paris on Friday which killed 129 people and injured hundreds more, Mr Arkush also warned the community not to think ill of all Muslims.


JFS chair accuses parents of making "wild and inaccurate complaints” about the school

By Charlotte Oliver, November 13, 2015

The chair of governors of JFS has accused some parents of running to the press to make “wild and inaccurate accusations and complaints” about the school.

In an email sent to families with children at the school, Steven Woolf also criticised the “pack mentality” of parents who posted “hysterical” messages about JFS on social media.


Jewish chef knocked out of Masterchef

By JC Reporter, November 13, 2015

A Jewish chef from Manchester has been knocked out of the BBC’s MasterChef: The Professionals contest at the quarter-final stage.

Alex Dome failed to impress with his lemon and thyme marinated poussin with ravioli.


Chief Rabbi Mirvis witnesses trauma of refugees on secret visit to camp in Greece

By Rosa Doherty, November 12, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has led a delegation to Greece to visit one of the country’s largest refugee camps and to see the aid effort being carried out by World Jewish Relief.

He and four other United Synagogue rabbis spent Thursday at the camp on Greece’s northern border, where up to 10,000 refugees a day make the crossing into Macedonia.


Scottish National politician Sandra White apologises for posting ‘repellent’ antisemitic cartoon

By Marcus Dysch, November 12, 2015

A Scottish National Party politician has apologised “unreservedly” after she posted an antisemitic image on Twitter.

Sandra White, who represents the party in the Glasgow Kelvin seat at Holyrood, had highlighted a cartoon of piglets suckling a large pig with the word “Rothschild” written on it and showing a bank with a Star of David.


Joint projects bolster ties between minorities

By Marcus Dysch, November 12, 2015

The visit of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Britain provides the opportunity to assess the links between his country's diaspora and the Jewish community.


Petition calls on Rivlin to back Aleppo rescue

By Sandy Rashty, November 12, 2015

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has thanked the JC for highlighting the story of Syrian refugees who fled their home in Aleppo earlier this year.

Last week, this newspaper revealed how the last Jews of Aleppo escaped an area of the city controlled by Bashar Al-Assad in a high-risk mission orchestrated by Israeli businessman Moti Kahana.