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Drug charity collapses and leaders refuse to act

By Anna Sheinman, September 6, 2012

Drugsline, the only charity working directly with drug and alcohol addicts in the Jewish community, has been forced to close due to acute financial difficulties.

The organisation’s demise has been met with indifference from the Jewish Leadership Council. A spokesman said it had “nothing to add”.

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Loyalty row MP questions reality of Iran threat

By Jennifer Lipman, September 5, 2012

The Labour MP who questioned the loyalty of the British envoy to Israel has posited that the Iranian nuclear threat is "non-existent".

In Foreign and Commonwealth Office questions on Tuesday, Paul Flynn, the Labour MP for Newport West, referred to the 179 brave British soldiers who were lost in pursuit of non-existent weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

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Fortieth anniversary of Munich Olympics massacre marked

By Jennifer Lipman, September 5, 2012

The Foreign Secretary has paid tribute to the 11 Israeli athletes and the policeman killed in the terrorist attack at the 1972 Munich Olympics, 40 years ago today.

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Reshuffle: Cameron moves Grant Shapps to Conservative Party chairman

By Jennifer Lipman, September 4, 2012

Former Housing Minister and onetime BBYO leader Grant Shapps has been named as the new Conservative Party co-chairman.

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Neil Gaiman to write new Doctor Who episode

By Jennifer Lipman, September 4, 2012

A British Jewish novelist is to write a new episode of Doctor Who to be screened next year.

Neil Gaiman is not new to the sci-fi series, having written the 2011 episode "The Doctor's Wife". Earlier this week the episode was named best dramatic presentation at the Hugo awards, science fiction's most prestigious awards ceremony.

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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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