UK news

War of words over Charedi rabbi case

By Simon Rocker, December 14, 2012

conflict has deepened within London’s Charedim over a rabbi accused of inappropriate conduct with women.

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The 40-somethings who lead the UJIA

By Simon Rocker, December 14, 2012

Few Anglo-Jewish leaders have risen to the top as rapidly as Bill Benjamin, the Californian-born chairman-designate of the UJIA who will succeed Mick Davis next month. An executive in an international property investment company, he had been on a couple of UJIA missions but by his own admission “wasn’t heavily active” in it when he was approached to run it a year ago.

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Governors at Clore Shalom face ‘noisy’ petition

By Anna Sheinman, December 14, 2012

A dispute over admissions at a Jewish primary school took a fresh turn this week with the launch of a petition calling for a vote of no confidence in the chairman and vice-chairman of governors.

Clore Shalom, a pluralist primary in Shenley, Hertfordshire was forced to change its entry criteria after the Office of Schools Adjudicator ruled its previous policy unlawful.

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Israeli shop ‘set to sue’ protesters in Brighton

By Sandy Rashty, December 13, 2012

An Israeli shop in Brighton is set to issue legal proceedings against pro-Palestine activists who have picketed at the eco-friendly store for the past three months.

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Charity suspends donations until investigation concludes

By Simon Rocker and Noga Tarnopolsky, December 13, 2012

A British charity has suspended donations to a soup kitchen in Jerusalem after allegations that the manager of the kitchen had withdrawn money from its funds to buy a flat.

The UK Friends of Ichlu Re’im said that it “would not send further funds to support Ichlu Re’im until completion of all investigations”.

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Lithuanian Holocaust event is ‘duplicitous’

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2012

A row has broken out over the “duplicitous and unacceptable” involvement of Lithuanian government officials in a conference on Lithuanian Jewry taking place in London next week.

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Cuts could cause police to set up services in synagogues

By Simon Rocker, December 13, 2012

If you are the victim of crime, you might one day have to go to your synagogue to report it.

The Metropolitan Police, forced to make cuts, is proposing to close public counters in many stations and set up reporting desks elsewhere, which could include community centres and places of worship.

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Muslim Tory MP: After Britain, Israel is best

By Martin Bright, December 13, 2012

It is not often that the Prime Minister is upstaged when he is guest of honour at an official function. It is even more unusual when it is one of his own MPs who is responsible. But this is just what happened when Sajid Javid, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury and MP for Bromsgrove, spoke at the Conservative Friends of Israel “business lunch” on Tuesday.

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How to be an Orthodox Jew — and a feminist too

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2012

A respected American programme catering to Orthodox Jewish women is to launch in the UK in the new year.

The Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance will be run by London-based Dina Brawer in an attempt to boost the education and resources on offer to a new generation of Orthodox women.

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Census 2011: The Jewish breakdown

By Simon Rocker, December 13, 2012

The number of identifying Jews in England and Wales has risen slightly over the past decade, indicating a stability which contrasts with the usual perception of relentless diaspora decline.

According to the first results of the 2011 census published this week, 263,346 people answered “Jewish” to the voluntary question on religion, compared with 259,927 in the previous count of 2001.

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