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Priced out of Pesach - families turn to charity to meet spiralling food costs

By Sandy Rashty and Jonathan Kalmus, April 3, 2014

Charities are experiencing record demand for help from families, elderly people and the housebound unable to meet the crippling cost of Pesach provisions.

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FA charges Sagbo and Assou-Ekotto over the quenelle

By Marcus Dysch, April 1, 2014

The Football Association has charged two Premier League footballers with improper conduct relating to the quenelle.

Hull City striker Yannick Sagbo and Tottenham Hotspur defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto had both posted messages on Twitter relating to the antisemitic gesture.

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Michael Gove: it's common sense to be a Zionist

By Marcus Dysch, April 1, 2014

Education Secretary Michael Gove spoke to hundreds of JC readers at a special event in London last night.

In a wide-ranging discussion with former JC editor Ned Temko, Mr Gove revealed his thoughts on issues including faith schools, the teaching of evolution and antisemitism on university campuses.

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Wonga boss Errol Damelin to quit lending firm

By Marcus Dysch, March 31, 2014

Wonga chairman Errol Damelin is expected to leave the money-lending firm later this year.

His likely departure comes as a new City regulator - the Financial Conduct Authority - prepares to impose tougher rules on lenders when it takes control of the industry on Tuesday.

South African Mr Damelin co-founded Wonga with fellow Jewish businessman Jonty Hurwitz in 2006.

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Coroner records open verdict on Berezovsky death

By Naomi Firsht , March 28, 2014

Mystery surrounds the death of Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky after the coroner recorded an open verdict at his inquest.

The Jewish-born businessman was thought to have killed himself while suffering from depression after he lost £3billion in damages to Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich,

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Students set for UJS ‘Oscar night’

By Charlotte Oliver, March 28, 2014

Jewish societies have been undeniably busy this year, with efforts ranging from Friday night dinners to campaigns to block boycotters and counter Israel Apartheid Week on campus.

These achievements will be honoured on Sunday, when over 180 students come together at JW3 in London for their version of Oscar night — the annual Union of Jewish Students Awards.

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Jewish lawyers plan a brief visit to Israel

By Marcus Dysch, March 28, 2014

A group of British lawyers plan to organise a visit to Israel and the West Bank as an alternative to similar trips which, they say, give “a distorted impression” of the Israeli legal system.

UK Lawyers for Israel will run the tour with the Zionist Federation to allow them to meet their Israeli counterparts.

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Hostility fears keep Israeli students away from UK

By Marcus Dysch, March 28, 2014

A false perception that Britain is hostile towards Israelis has led to fewer students coming to study, Universities and Science Minister David Willetts has claimed.

Mr Willetts said closer research links and increased academic exchanges with Israelis were needed to reverse the decline.

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Give cancer gene tests to all, ministers urged

By Charlotte Oliver, March 28, 2014

A woman who had a double mastectomy and her ovaries removed after discovering she had a defective cancer gene has urged the government to make testing more widely available, especially for Ashkenazi Jews.

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Same-sex couple among first to wed

By Charlotte Oliver, March 27, 2014

A Jewish woman from Brighton and her non-Jewish partner will be among the first same-sex couples in the country to get married when the new law comes into force on Saturday.

Nicola Pettit will marry Tania Ward on Saturday morning at a ceremony in Brighton Town Hall, followed by a traditional Jewish blessing in the evening, led by Rabbi Janet Darley of South London Liberal Synagogue.

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