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Jersey boys push right buttons in Israel

By Jenni Frazer, May 26, 2011

A new link between Jersey and Israel was forged this week with a groundbreaking visit by 30 of the island's politicians and business leaders.

Economics Minister, Senator Alan Maclean and Assistant Chief Minister Senator Freddie Cohen, led the delegation, the first of its kind, under the auspices of UK Israel Business, a new group encompassing British and Israeli chambers of commerce.

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Pickles announces funding to preserve Auschwitz

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

Auschwitz-Birkenau's preservation and restoration project will benefit from a £2.15 million British government contribution.

Announcing the funding on Thursday, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said the money would be used to ensure the concentration camp could continue to educate people about the Holocaust.

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London Citizens stand by Islamist hardliner

By Martin Bright, May 26, 2011

A community organising group, feted by politicians across the political spectrum for its grassroots activism, has defended its links to an Islamist hardliner who expressed his support for Hamas terrorist leaders.

London Citizens, currently on a recruitment drive in the Jewish community, models itself on the kind of "community organising" with which Barack Obama made his name in
Chicago.

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Fightback on definition of antisemitism

By Martin Bright, May 26, 2011

The Jewish Leadership Council has written to the equalities watchdog, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, to express its concern at moves within the Universities and Colleges Union to reject the widely-accepted definition of antisemitism.

A motion tabled at the UCU's congress this weekend will propose that the union distances itself from a definition drawn up by the European Union.

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Calls for an elected chief rabbi

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

A prominent United Synagogue rabbi this week put his weight behind calls for publicly electing the next chief rabbi.

Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet, of Mill Hill Synagogue, who chairs the US Rabbinical Council, challenged the prospect of Lord Sacks's successor in two years being chosen "by a small band of merry men sitting behind closed doors".

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Plan for Israel-style 'volunteer villages' in UK

By Jenni Frazer, May 26, 2011

Students are to be offered help with housing costs in return for devoting some of their free time to voluntary service.

It is part of an ambitious UJIA project embracing both the Jewish and the wider community, one in which organisers hope will help "work towards a society of engaged citizens".

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Arrests over synagogue robberies

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

Two people have been arrested in connection with a spate of burglaries at synagogues in London.

In April it emerged that there had been a series of robberies at synagogues in Golders Green.

Police said that over a three-month period around £110,000 worth of religious items had been taken.

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Wesker and Rattigan: a secret friendship revealed

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

Two celebrated playwrights who famously did not get along may have had more appreciation for each other' s work than previously known.

Terence Rattigan, whose centenary is currently being marked with several West End revivals, was known to dislike the "angry young men" playwrights who emerged in the 1950s, among them Jewish dramatists Harold Pinter and Arnold Wesker.

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Car on fire near Golders Green school

May 23, 2011

Firefighters were called near to a Jewish school in Golders Green earlier today after a car caught alight on the same road.

The blaze, which happened near Menorah Primary School, caused severe damage to a parked car and singed a nearby fence and garden shed. There were no injuries from the fire.

The fire service is investigating the cause of the incident.

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Tributes to Arieh Handler

May 23, 2011

Arieh Handler, the last survivor of those present at the declaration of the state of Israel, died last week at the age of 96.His friends and colleagues have been sharing their memories of him with the JC.

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