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Who are we? Jewish identity in the 21st century

January 2, 2013

What does being Jewish mean to you?

Today the Jewish Chronicle and JW3, the Jewish Community Centre for London, launch a project with an ambitious aim: to present a snapshot of British Jewry, which will be studied by future generations in a century’s time.

To make that happen, we are asking every Jew in the country to participate.


London synagogue quits strictly Orthodox union over Halpern

By Simon Rocker, January 2, 2013

A north-west London synagogue has quit the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations in protest at its handling of allegations against a senior rabbi of inappropriate conduct with women.


Celebrating: New Year honorees 2013

By Sandy Rashty and Jennifer Lipman , December 29, 2012

A headteacher, a rabbi, an Oxford professor and charity fundraisers have been recognised in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List.


Shomrim help thwart Golders Green credit card scammer

By Marcus Dysch, December 28, 2012

The community has been warned to be on guard against gangs that target Jewish pensioners and families in a major credit-card scam.

Volunteers from the Shomrim community security group thwarted an attempted fraud in Golders Green last week. They were called as scammers worked to trick a couple into handing over credit cards and PIN details.


Britain's anger with Israel over 1982 Lebanon War

By Jenni Frazer, December 28, 2012

Despite expressions of concern about the "brutal attack " on Israel's ambassador to the UK, Shlomo Argov, Margaret Thatcher's government in 1982 had very little time for Israel and its invasion of southern Lebanon.


Veolia pulls out of waste bid contract

By Marcus Dysch, December 27, 2012

A company with links to Israel has pulled out of a bid for a major waste contract in Britain.

North London Waste Authority (NLWA) confirmed Veolia Environmental Services had withdrawn its attempt to secure contracts to manage water and fuel services in the capital.


Alistair Burt attacks Israeli settlement plans

By Sandy Rashty, December 27, 2012

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Alistair Burt attacked Israel’s plans to build new settlements beyond the Green Line in a statement released today.


Pendle twins with West Bank town of Beit Lid

By Marcus Dysch, December 27, 2012

It is best known for its association with the infamous witch trials of the 17th century, but the Lancashire area of Pendle has now set its sights on a new scapegoat – Israel.


MPs focus on attacking Israel in Parliament

By Jennifer Lipman, December 27, 2012

More than £6,000 of taxpayers’ money has been used by MPs to submit a “disproportionate number” of early day motions about Israel since the start of the parliamentary session.


London synagogue considers pulling out of Orthodox body

By Simon Rocker, December 27, 2012

A north-west London synagogue is considering leaving the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations amid the controversy over a Golders Green rabbi accused of inappropriate behaviour with women.

Leaders of the North Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue in Hendon want to amend its constitution so that it can quit the Union if members wish.