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Teenage shul burglars get four months

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2012

Two teenagers who burgled a synagogue and stole the keys to a congregant’s car have been ordered to spend four months in a young offenders’ institute.

David Gutweith, 18, and Uriel Broder, 19, entered the Beth Shmuel Synagogue in Golders Green, north west London, and rifled through lockers.

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Batsheva tour hosts insist: no boycott here

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2012

Activists planning a nationwide campaign against an Israeli dance company as it tours Britain will not succeed in stopping the shows, the organisers have vowed.

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Former BBC Chairman attacks Jewish Mum of the Year show

By Sandy Rashty, October 11, 2012

Michael Grade, the former chairman of the BBC, has attacked Channel 4’s new Jewish Mum of the Year series.

Lord Grade, a previous chief executive of Channel 4, said: “I don’t know what it was supposed to be. They seemed to cram in every cliché in the book.”

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Conservative and Labour MPs take part in new Israel missions

By Marcus Dysch, October 11, 2012

The government has “no truck with those who seek to delegitimise Israel”, Foreign Secretary William Hague told activists at the Conservative Party conference this week.

Mr Hague said the government would never waver in its support for peace and security for Israel, and suggested the peace process could be resurrected.

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Board of Deputies welcomes Methodist interfaith group

By Anna Sheinman, October 11, 2012

The president of the Board of Deputies, Vivian Wineman, has welcomed the creation of a new Jewish-Christian interfaith organisation. He said that the Methodist Friends of Judaism (MFJ) “represents a vital step in the process of bridge-building. It is asking brave questions, at a time when many have decided to remain silent.”

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The little European problem that the Conservatives would prefer to forget

By Martin Bright, October 11, 2012

The Conservative Party has a problem with the European Union and probably always will. Though the issue of our membership of the EU remains low on the priority list of most of the electorate (ask any pollster), it concerns Tory activists and backbenchers to the point of obsession. Europe is the destroyer of Conservative governments and could yet be the downfall of the Coalition.

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Jewish Holocaust refugees who went below stairs

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2012

The daily life of a Jewish Holocaust refugee who escaped the Nazis by working as a servant in a British home will be discussed in a BBC documentary tomorrow.

Edith Argy's story will be told in the third part of the BBC2 series Servants: the True Story of Life Below Stairs.

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JNF loses half its revenue

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2012

One of the community's leading Israel charities, JNF UK, has suffered a massive drop in contributions, with voluntary income plummeting by more than half from 2010 to 2011.

According to its newly-published accounts, income from donations, legacies and investments fell from around £5.1 million in 2010 to just over £2.4 million last year.

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Could Kimche be chief rabbi to replace Lord Sacks?

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2012

A third British rabbi is now in the running to be the next chief rabbi - Rabbi Alan Kimche of the Ner Israel Synagogue in north-west London.

Rabbi Kimche, who is 60, said this week: "I can confirm that I am a candidate. But to discuss anything more would be premature."

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Glasgow row over future of Calderwood Lodge school

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2012

A war of words has broken out between the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council (JRC) and the Calderwood Lodge Parent Council over the religious future of Glasgow’s only Jewish school.

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