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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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Pentonville prisoners lead exhibition on life of Anne Frank

By Anna Sheinman, December 13, 2012

Prisoners guided fellow inmates and staff of Pentonville prison around an exhibition about the life of Anne Frank last week, as part of a project that aims to challenge prejudice and racial hatred.

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The Eden declaration 70 years on, with the Wiener Library and the Guardian

By Anna Sheinman, December 13, 2012

Seventy years ago this week, on December 17 1942, Sir Anthony Eden stood in Parliament and read a declaration in the name of the "United Nations" (which did not yet exist), denouncing the “bestial policy of cold-blooded extermination” of Jews in German-occupied Europe.

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Jewish editor of The Times resigns

By Sarah Pilchick, December 12, 2012

In a shock move, the editor of The Times has resigned at the request of News Corporation bosses.

James Harding, 43, the first Jewish editor of the Rupert Murdoch-owned paper, stepped down on Wednesday afternoon.

Sources at the paper say that the timing was surprising. Mr Harding was apparently expected to leave his post in the near future, but not so soon.

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UCL students challenge referendum on Gaza

By Sandy Rashty, December 12, 2012

University College London students have been faced with a large-scale pro-Palestine campaign ahead of a union referendum on the "inhumane situation in Gaza”.

The referendum will determine whether the university’s union, UCLU, will adopt the motion as policy and take any action “in light of the on-going conflict.”

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Cameron announces first 'tech envoy to Israel'

By Jennifer Lipman, December 11, 2012

The UK Prime Minister has announced the creation of a "tech envoy to Israel" as part of a move to encourage further co-ordination between the two countries in the start-up and technology fields.

Saul Klein, a partner at investment firm Index Ventures, will act as an unpaid ambassador for tech partnership between Britain and Israel and help build links with innovative Israeli companies.

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UK pledges £1.25m in new aid to Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, December 11, 2012

The British government has pledged substantial new aid provisions for Gaza in the wake of last month's fighting between Israel and Hamas.

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