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Apology: Mr McTernan

May 24, 2012

On May 13 2011, we published an article entitled "Pears funded charity which hosted jihadist" which related to the Pears Foundation, a charity called Forward Thinking, and an individual called Tafazal Mohammed.

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Rare Hebrew treasures saved from skip

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 24, 2012

Thousands of Jewish books, some over 200 years old, have been saved after being discovered by workmen in a dilapidated house.

A passer-by alerted Higher Crumpsall Synagogue last Saturday after seeing hundreds of Jewish books being thrown into a skip in Salford by workmen.

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Chelsea welcomes Hapoel to European football event

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

Israeli football club Hapoel Tel Aviv have joined European champions Chelsea and other leading clubs at a London seminar to discuss how sport can help young people.

The three-day conference began on Tuesday with representatives of Europe's biggest clubs, including Manchester United, Everton, and Feyenoord.

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Gay rights challenge to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks

By Jessica Elgot, May 24, 2012

A gay rights campaign, in which a Jewish journalist is prominent, is to force each member of the House of Lords, including the Chief Rabbi, to record their position on gay marriage.

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ITV 'Strictly Kosher' reality show star fined

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 24, 2012

ITV’s Strictly Kosher star Joel Lever has been fined nearly £6,000 for fire safety breaches at his Manchester shop.

Mr Lever became famous for his over-the-top antics selling ball gowns to Jewish mothers on the documentary which was screened last year.

But last Thursday he pleaded guilty to eight charges relating to poor fire-safety provisions at his Mon Ami Boutique in Prestwich.

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Design firm reinstates Israel on wall maps

By Jessica Elgot, May 24, 2012

An interior design company has had to "re-draw" a wall world map which omitted Israel for being "too small."

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Camden slaps ban on Islamist group

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

A group which promotes extreme Islamist organisations has been banned from using a taxpayer-funded neighbourhood centre.

The Ministry of Dawah has held lectures at the Camden Council-backed venue in north London for more than two years. Its glorification of Osama bin Laden, and extreme Islamist clerics such as Anwar al-Awlaki, was revealed in the JC last week.

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Mitzvah Day's Laura Marks sweeps the Board of Deputies poll

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

The head of a campaign to encourage more women into Jewish leadership roles set the perfect example on Sunday when she topped the poll for vice-president of the Board of Deputies. Laura Marks, founder of the cross-communal social action event Mitzvah Day, was elected senior vice-president - just four months after becoming a deputy.

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Writer aims for Seinfeld star's approval

By Jessica Elgot, May 24, 2012

An aspiring filmmaker from Chingford is one step away from having her film professionally critiqued by Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm writer Larry Charles, having reached the finals of a national competition.

Actress and comedy writer Alexis Strum has previously starred in Persona, a drama series only available on mobile phones, and has acted alongside Sir Ian McKellen and Richard E Grant.

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'British Jews have new confidence' leaders tell Knesset

By Nathan Jeffay, May 24, 2012

Israelis should stop sensationalising the problems facing Jews in the UK, a British Jewish leader urged in the Knesset on Tuesday.

Mick Davis, head of the Jewish Leadership Council and chairman of the UJIA, said: “The hyperbole and headlines which dominate the discourse in Israel about the UK often harm our community and bilateral relationship.”

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