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Victoria Coren bets on David Mitchell as husband material

By Jennifer Lipman, March 20, 2012

Writer and poker champion Victoria Coren is to marry comedian and writer David Mitchell.

Ms Coren, 38, announced the engagement in The Times's social and personal pages. The daughter of humorist Alan Coren and an a esthetist Anne Kasriel, she is also the sister of Giles Coren, a columnist for The Times.

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The Day of the Leighton

March 18, 2012

North West London Jets played a double-header in the Excel under-12 League against Shenley and Hampstead Harriers. The Jets secured three out of a possible four points with two strong performances.

The first match was against ShenlEy in which NWLJ ran out 4-0 victors with goals coming from Raphael de Beck Spitzer, David Amor, Akiva Restan and Jonathan Korn.

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Archbishop of Canterbury to step down before Lord Sacks

By Jennifer Lipman, March 16, 2012

The chief rabbi has honoured the career of his "true friend" the Archbishop of Canterbury, following the news that he is to step down before the end of the year.

Dr Rowan Williams will leave office in December to become Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, meaning that he will retire eight months before Lord Sacks steps down.

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British contribution to Ashkelon to be celebrated

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2012

The British Jewish community’s contribution to the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon is to be recognised at an event next month.

On April 10 40 years of collaboration, including some £50 million of British investment in Ashkelon facilities and community centres, as well as the work of 10,000 volunteers, will be marked.

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Welsh government secures funding future of Holocaust education

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2012

The Welsh government has pledged more than £320,000 to boost Holocaust education in the country's schools.

Leighton Andrews, minister for Education and Skills, announced the funding for the Holocaust Educational Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz project at an event in Cardiff today.

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Jewish-Arab musical comes to UK

By Jessica Elgot, March 15, 2012

Haifa students, both Jews and Arabs, have embarked on an ambitious joint project - and they are bringing it to the UK. Around 40 young Arab and Jewish Israelis have written their own musical, based on the Broadway show A Chorus Line.

Their version, Step by Step, is performed in Hebrew, English and Arabic, and set on a bare stage as members audition for a new show.

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UK Culture Minister urges hi-tech dialogue

By Martin Bright, March 15, 2012

Britain should pursue partnerships with Israel in hi-tech and creative industries in open defiance of the boycott movement according to Culture Minister Ed Vaizey.

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Israeli invention will help woman in the marathon

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2012

A semi-professional British horse-rider who was told she would never walk again following an accident nearly five years ago is to compete in the London marathon with the help of an Israeli inventor.

Claire Lomas, who punctured her lung and suffered severe spinal injuries that left her paralysed from the chest down when her horse collided with a tree in May 2007, saw the ReWalk on display at the

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O'Keefe and Atzmon 'persona non grata'

By Marcus Dysch, March 15, 2012

University Palestine Societies have condemned former US marine Ken O'Keefe following the controversy over his comments comparing Jews to Nazis.

Six groups – at campuses in Glasgow, Leeds, Dundee, Edinburgh and Liverpool – declared that Mr O'Keefe was "not welcome to speak" at their universities.

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United Synagogue 'don't want Chabad'

By Simon Rocker, March 15, 2012

One of the United Synagogue's most high-profile rabbis, Yitzchak Schochet, says he has not applied to be chief rabbi, claiming that the US would not accept a Lubavitch candidate.

The Mill Hill Synagogue minister, in an article in today's JC, doubted whether he would even have got his present job today because of his Lubavitch background.

Rabbi Schochet questioned whether Chief Rabbi Lord Sac

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