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Galloway's 'personal' campaign for Bradford criticised by Labour

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2012

Labour has accused the Respect Party of resorting to "the desperate approach of making personal attacks" on its Muslim candidate in today's Bradford West by-election.

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The Syrian Assad who likes Jews and Israel

By Simon Round, March 29, 2012

The first cousin of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad has welcomed the possibility of a future democratic Syria making peace with Israel.

Ribal al-Assad, 36, whose father is the exiled former vice-president Rifaat al-Assad, said in an interview with the JC that most Syrians were interested primarily in peace and prosperity.

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Shake-up in women's role

By Jessica Elgot, March 29, 2012

Change is needed to shake up Jewish organisations which court their potential board members on the golf course, to allow women better access to lay leadership.

That was the audience consensus at open meetings organised by the Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership.

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Universities say no to hate speakers

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2012

Anti-extremism campaigners were celebrating a string of victories at UK universities this week.

Muslim speaker Sheikh Assim Al Hakim, known for his radical views on homosexuality, was barred from three campuses in a matter of days.

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Don't write us off, we have something to say

By Simon Rocker, March 29, 2012

British Jewry needs a more imaginative approach to its growing ranks of senior citizens which goes beyond care for the most vulnerable, according to a new report.

Instead, it should do more to encourage older people to take part in community activities and find opportunities for personal growth.

"The Jewish community has twice the number of people aged over 60 compared to the general populat

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How Ken went from total denial to unheard-of regret

By Martin Bright, March 29, 2012

It was all supposed to be so convivial. On March 1 a peacemaking dinner was convened at the London Jewish Cultural Centre to bring Ken Livingstone together with concerned Labour supporters within the Jewish community.

At the former mayor's side was Simon Fletcher, Mr Livingstone's longstanding lieutenant, known to have been concerned at the deterioration of relations with London's Jews.

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We're still looking for love - and we are always optimistic

By Jessica Elgot, March 29, 2012

After the confetti settles, the ink on the ketubah has dried and the 19-piece klezmer band has packed up its fiddles, pressures of modern life are driving even the happiest Jewish couples apart, rabbis and lawyers have warned.

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He survived the Titanic shipwreck, and became a Manchester legend

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 29, 2012

Pistols were firing, children were being dragged from their mothers, and men stampeded in panic. But this was not a German concentration camp. It was the sinking of the Titanic, as witnessed by a British Jewish survivor.

One hundred years ago, survivor Joseph Hyman told the New York Herald: "We sat there silent, we were terror-stricken.

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Contrite Ken Livingstone says 'I got it wrong'

By Martin Bright, March 29, 2012

Labour's candidate for London mayor, Ken Livingstone, has admitted that he can now see why comments made to Labour activists earlier this month were interpreted as saying Jews would not vote for him because they are rich.

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Rembrandt's painting of old rabbi given stamp of approval

By Jennifer Lipman, March 28, 2012

A painting of a rabbi that was last on public display more than 60 years ago has been verified as the work of 17th century Dutch master Rembrandt.

The canvas, featuring an austere looking Jewish scholar, has been in the private collection at Woburn Abbey since the 1950s.

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