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'Appalling' for Jewish music festival to reject Israeli funding

By Jessica Elgot, March 25, 2011

A trustee of the Jewish Music Institute has expressed his anger and frustration that the organisation turned down Israeli funding for a conference under pressure from boycotters.

David Mencer, a former director of the Labour Friends of Israel, attacked the “appalling lack of judgment and moral character in [the JMI's] distancing itself from Israel."

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Police break up 'drink and sex' Purim party

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2011

Three hundred young Purim revellers in Manchester were moved on by police for drinking, dangerous driving and what was described as "explicit behaviour" on the front lawn of a yeshivah.

Jewish teenagers mainly from the Prestwich, Whitefield and south Manchester areas, descended on the Broughton Park area of north Manchester on Saturday night, prompted by a Facebook alert.

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Synagogue doors damaged in break-in

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 25, 2011

A Manchester synagogue is to bolster security after a break-in.

Congregants of the Shaarei Mordechai synagogue in Prestwich, which was built just a year and a half ago, came to morning prayers last Friday to discover its ornate wooden front doors had been prised apart and damaged because security bolts had been ripped off. No damage was reported inside the building.

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Now Bob Geldof does like Mondays

By Jennifer Lipman, March 25, 2011

Bob Geldof is to make his first trip to Israel to accept an honorary degree from Ben Gurion University.

And the Boomtown Rat, who shot to fame with I Don't Like Mondays, will have to change his tune - because the ceremony is planned for Monday May 30.

The award marks his anti-poverty campaigns such as the Live Aid and Live 8 concerts and his work with a range of charities.

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Dame Vivien Duffield's £8.2m British culture boost

By Jennifer Lipman, March 25, 2011

The philanthropist behind the new Jewish Community Centre for London has pledged £8.2 million towards a range of British cultural and education programmes.

Dame Vivien Duffield said she wanted her donation, which comes amid 40 per cent funding cuts to the Arts Council England, to help ensure culture would be “at the heart of our children's learning."

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Boycotters 'victory' as music festival distances itself from Israel

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Israel boycotters have declared a “victory” after organisers of an Israeli music conference assured them that the event would have no Israeli government funding.

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Hague: solidarity with Israelis after Jerusalem bomb

By Jennifer Lipman, March 24, 2011

William Hague has expressed solidarity with Israelis and offered “deepest condolences” to the family of the British women killed in yesterday’s bomb attack in Jerusalem.

The Foreign Secretary, addressing the House of Commons, condemned the attack and drew attention to the 30 victims, eight of whom were seriously injured.

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Holocaust denier Irving to speak in the UK

By Jessica Elgot, March 24, 2011

Holocaust denier David Irving has announced a speaking date in London following a tour of the US, his first since 2009.

His talk will take place at a secret location on May 21. His website reads: "You will be notified by email of the precise venue, a few days ahead of the date of the function."

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Two new members join JC board

March 24, 2011

Two new non-executive directors have joined the board of the Jewish Chronicle.

Daniel Finkelstein, executive editor of The Times and a JC and Times columnist, and Michael Marx, a property developer who is chairman of the London Jewish Cultural Centre, become the newest members.

The new board, chaired by lawyer and writer Anthony Julius, took over in January.

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Lottery boost for Holocaust education

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2011

The Heritage Lottery Fund has given a major boost to Holocaust education with a £475,000 grant to London's Wiener Library, the world's oldest archive on the Nazi era.

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