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Sara steps in to help the Globe

By Robyn Rosen, May 5, 2011

An American Jewish publisher has donated £1 million towards the creation of an indoor Jacobean theatre at Shakespeare's Globe.

Sara Miller McCune, founder and executive chairwoman of academic publishers, Sage, visited the site of the £7 million project in London this week and met the Globe's honorary president, actress Zoe Wanamaker.

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Jewish charity sector collects £750m a year

By Simon Rocker, May 5, 2011

The Jewish charity sector in the UK has an annual income of up to three quarters of a billion pounds a year, according to a new national online database.

There are 1,753 Jewish charities and foundations with a combined income of £739 million, according to a search of the Charity Trends site which has been launched by the Charities Aid Foundation.

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Jewish museum to open Saturdays

By Simon Rocker, May 5, 2011

The Jewish Museum in London's decision to open on Saturdays from the end of this month could set a precedent for other Jewish cultural institutions.

The museum, which reopened last year in expanded premises in Camden, hopes to attract more non-Jewish visitors on Saturday as part of its brief to further interfaith understanding.

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Rabbis join call for a living wage

By Simon Rocker, May 5, 2011

Two senior rabbis joined a special interfaith event in central London on Monday to mark the 10th anniversary of a pioneering anti-poverty campaign.

Rabbi Danny Rich, chief executive of Liberal Judaism, and Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, senior rabbi of the Assembly of Masorti Synagogues, gave their support to the Citizens UK campaign for a living wage.

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University bans anti-Zionist Atzmon speech

By Marcus Dysch, May 5, 2011

The University of Westminster has cancelled an event it was due to host featuring Israeli anti-Zionist Gilad Atzmon.

A panel discussion examining "Israel criminality in the wake of the Goldstone Retract" was due to be held in a rented room at the university on Tuesday, but was called off last week.

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UK joins March of the Living

By Jessica Elgot, May 5, 2011

The first full British delegation to the March of the Living joined Jews from all over the world this week in Poland to remember the victims of the Holocaust.

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UK envoy launches survivors' appeal

By Jessica Elgot, May 5, 2011

The British ambassador to Israel has embarked on a "deeply personal" campaign to raise £2 million from British Jews to help Holocaust survivors. Ambassador Matthew Gould launched the appeal to mark Yom HaShoah, alongside the outgoing Israeli ambassador to the UK Ron Prosor.

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How does one dress a royal wedding?

May 5, 2011

The chairman of a Jewish family-run tailoring business has revealed the intricate secrets behind the outfit worn by Prince William on his wedding day.

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Peter Moss: a life on the move

By Robyn Rosen, May 5, 2011

Family and friends of Peter Moss, killed by the Marrakesh bomb last week, have paid tribute to the "inspirational" and "passionate" travel writer.

Mr Moss, a former Hasmonean School pupil and a long-time writer for the JC, was among 16 victims killed by a remotely-activated bomb at the Argana café in Djema el Fnaa Square in the city's old quarter last Thursday.

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How the Groucho Club networkers hope to save the Holocaust Centre

By Jennifer Lipman, May 5, 2011

Two worlds which, on the face of it, have nothing in common are coming together in a unique effort this year.

Stephen Fry and Elaine Paige are among the host of stars more often associated with showbiz hotspots such as the Groucho Club, who have joined forces with a museum volunteer from Worksop and her family to create a glamorous London affair in aid of Holocaust education.

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