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Drugs advice charity in sudden closure

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2012

The leading advice service offering assistance to British Jews with drug problems has suddenly closed after more than 20 years of service.

In an email to supporters on Monday, Drugsline founder Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin said the charity’s work had ceased because “finance could no longer be secured to maintain this very high level of service”.

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Crematorium planned near Nazi concentration camp

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2012

Campaigners have called on the Polish authorities to halt construction work on a crematorium just minutes from the site of a Nazi concentration camp.

Majdanek, located on the outskirts of Lublin, was one of six key Nazi camps and around 80,000 people were murdered there during the Holocaust.

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Lord Dyson named as new Master of the Rolls

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2012

Supreme Court Justice Lord Dyson is to take over as Master of the Rolls from October.

The 69-year-old, who was called to the bar in 1968, replaces Lord Neuberger, who was named as the next Supreme Court president in July.

Knighted in 1993, Lord Dyson was presiding judge of the Technology and Construction Court from 1998 to 2001 and became a Supreme Court justice in April 2010.

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Israeli Paralympians gear up for glorious Shabbat

By Jennifer Lipman, August 31, 2012

Israel's Paralympians will mark the first Shabbat of the Games with a Friday night service inside the Olympic Village.

The 25 athletes already have something to celebrate after swimmer Inbal Pezaro took home bronze in the 50-metre freestyle final on Thursday.

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Boris Berezovsky loses case against Roman Abramovich

By Gemma Goodman, August 31, 2012

The owner of Chelsea Football Club, Roman Abramovich, won his $6.5bn legal battle against former business partner Boris Berezovsky today, in the biggest private court case in British legal history.

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Protesters in Edinburgh for Israeli Batsheva show

By Jennifer Lipman, August 30, 2012

Protesters interrupted a performance by an Israeli dance troupe on three occasions at a show on Thursday evening in Edinburgh.

The Batsheva Dance Company performed "Hora" as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Two more performances are scheduled for this week.

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Israeli dancers in Edinburgh to defy boycotters

By Jennifer Lipman, August 30, 2012

Almost a year to the day after anti-Israel protesters disrupted an Israeli orchestra at the Proms, hopes are that activists will not blight an Edinburgh display by an Israeli dance troupe.

The world-famous Batsheva Dance Company will be in the Scottish city to perform Hora, choreographed by artistic director Ohad Naharin, for three shows from Thursday evening onward.

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'Palestinian Embassy' balloon flying over Liverpool is a load of hot air

By Jennifer Lipman, August 30, 2012

A hot-air balloon labelled “Palestinian Embassy”, and carrying political commentators, will fly over Liverpool next month as part of a prestigious art festival.

The exhibit is part of the Liverpool Biennal 2012, an event that receives funding from the Arts Council England and Liverpool City Council.

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Israeli story wins at Edinburgh Festival

By Jennifer Lipman, August 30, 2012

An Israeli performer triumphed in an international storytelling contest in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival — despite having no experience in the genre.

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BBC spent £330,000 supressing Balen report

By Simon Rocker, August 30, 2012

The BBC spent £330,000 in legal fees in preventing publication of an eight-year-old report on its Middle East coverage, according to the Commentator website.

A seven-year campaign launched by solicitor Steven Sugar finally ended earlier this year when the Supreme Court upheld the corporation’s right to keep the Balen Report under wraps.

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