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Succah-building goes south

By Leon Symons, September 17, 2010

Succah building preparations get under way in earnest this Sunday - and extend to the farthest reaches of Britain.

The hamlet of Trehaddle, near Truro in Cornwall, could claim the title of the southernmost succah in the country.

Set in a pergola in the garden of Rachel and Iain Brown, it will host members of Kehillat Kernow, affiliated to the Reform Movement.

Mrs Brown said: "This will be the fourth year in our garden and we can take 15 to 20 people.

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North needed for shechitah fight

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 17, 2010

Shechita UK has said it cannot succeed without northern Jewish communities joining the fight against proposed EU labelling regulations which could spell the end to kosher meat in Britain.

Launching its northern public campaign in Manchester on Monday night, Shechita UK's campaign director, Shimon Cohen, urged the entire community to "be on the ball" in lobbying MEPs. Earlier, a meeting of 25 Orthodox Manchester rabbis agreed to mobilise their communities to the cause. Special information packs have also been sent to kosher butchers and synagogues in Leeds, Liverpool and Newcastle.

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Bicom scoops Benjamin Netanyahu for annual dinner

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2010

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to visit Britain in November, the JC has learned.

Mr Netanyahu will be the keynote speaker at the annual dinner of Bicom, the Israel lobbying organisation, in London on November 1.

But senior Israeli sources refused to confirm that Mr Netanyahu would visit Britain and said any possible plans were not finalised.

A full schedule has not been agreed, but it is thought he is likely to meet his counterpart David Cameron.

No plans have yet been made for Mr Netanyahu to hold other communal meetings.

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Jenny Tonge lost us two seats, says Lib Dem peer

By Martin Bright, September 17, 2010

A leading Liberal Democrat believes Baroness Tonge's views on Israel may have helped to lose the party two seats at the general election.

Lord Carlile says that reaction to his fellow Lib Dem peer may have cost vital votes in the north London seats of Hampstead and Kilburn, and Islington South and Finsbury.

"My belief is that remarks taken as antisemitic had a significant effect on the results in those two very marginal north London seats," he said in an interview with the JC this week.

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Fears for security of European Jews

By Ian Sparks and Anshel Pfeffer, September 17, 2010

Community leaders have expressed concern that European Jews are being targeted by terrorists after it was revealed that suicide bombers trained in Gaza had planned to bomb a community event in Paris.

"This would seem to be exactly the sort of threat that shows why CST and the Jewish community need to remain vigilant," said Mark Gardner, spokesman for the Community Security Trust.

He added that the organisation will seek to learn "every possible lesson" from the foiled attack and share these with the community and the police.

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Grant sits out Stoke City Yom Kippur match

By Danny Caro, September 16, 2010

West Ham have confirmed that manager Avram Grant will not be in the dugout for Saturday's Premier League at Stoke City to observe Yom Kippur - just as we told you last week.

Grant, along with Israeli defender Tal Ben Haim, has been excused duty for the clash at the Britannia Stadium.

A statement on the club's website said: "West Ham United fully respect and understand the situation. It is very unusual for the day to clash with the fixture list."

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Jewish ship to Gaza 'ready to sail' - organisers claim

By Jessica Elgot, September 15, 2010

The organisers of a Jewish-run ship which aims to break Israel’s naval blockade claim the boat is now ready to sail on the eve of Yom Kippur – but refused to name the port it will depart from.

Jews for Justice for Palestinians claimed on its website this week “the boat preparations are proceeding in readiness for the passage to the final port, from where the boat will depart to Gaza.

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Welsh exhibit sheds light on Jewish past

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

An exhibition shining light on the history of the Jewish community in Wales has opened in the principality.

Bangor University academics Dr Nathan Abrams and Dr Sally Baker have discovered evidence of Jewish life in the country going back to the 13th century .

Part of an exhibition based on their work shows the role of Jews in building castles in towns such as Caernarfon before the community was expelled in the late 13th century.

Dr Abrams said Jews were forced out of Wales “at the height of the building work.

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Welsh exhibit sheds light on Jewish past

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2010

An exhibition shining light on the history of the Jewish community in Wales has opened in the principality.

Bangor University academics Dr Nathan Abrams and Dr Sally Baker have discovered evidence of Jewish life in the country going back to the 13th century .

Part of an exhibition based on their work shows the role of Jews in building castles in towns such as Caernarfon before the community was expelled in the late 13th century.

Dr Abrams said Jews were forced out of Wales “at the height of the building work.

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TUC vote to extend Israel boycott

By Marcus Dysch, September 14, 2010

The Trades Union Congress has voted to continue its boycott of Israeli goods from West Bank settlements and strengthen its links with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

A motion passed at the TUC congress in Manchester this afternoon stopped short of agreeing to a full boycott of Israel.

The TUC had been expected to extend its boycotts policy and encourage further disinvestment.

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