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Analysis: Does Ed Miliband have any foreign policy?

By Martin Bright, September 28, 2010

So we have Britain's first Jewish leader of the Labour Party, and yet Ed Miliband's position on a key series of issues for the Jewish community remains something of a mystery. On Israel, the wider Middle East, radical Islam, the security of the Jewish community in Britain, his views are at best opaque, if not quite a closed book.

I spoke to two former Labour foreign ministers at party conference this week and they both said they had no idea what Ed Miliband thought about foreign affairs, and had never heard him talk about Israel or the peace process.

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Cilla Black honours 'fifth Beatle'

By Barry Toberman, September 28, 2010

The cultural contribution of Brian Epstein has been saluted in central London with the unveiling of a heritage plaque by Cilla Black outside the former management office of “the fifth Beatle”.

In 1963, Epstein moved his NEMS administrative operation from Liverpool to 13 Monmouth Street, in the Seven Dials area between Covent Garden and Leicester Square and worked from there until the following year.

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Pink Floyd star in 'antisemitism' row

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2010

An American Jewish organisation has become embroiled in a row with the lead singer of British rock band Pink Floyd.

The Anti Defamation League (ADL) has criticised Roger Waters for “crossing a line into antisemitism” after it emerged that he will use a planned concert to juxtapose a Jewish symbol with the dollar sign.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Mr Waters revealed that during his forthcoming tour he will be performing in front of a projection showing Israel dropping bombs in the shape of stars of David, followed by the dollar symbol.

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Lord Sugar's kosher Apprentice hopefuls

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2010

A former kosher food manager for Tesco and a woman who once lived in Israel are two of the contestants vying to become this year’s Apprentice.

The sixth series of Lord Alan Sugar’s reality TV series begins on October 6, with the lineup including Londoner Melissa Cohen.

Ms Cohen, a onetime hairdresser who prides herself on having “single-handedly increased Tesco’s share of the kosher food market to 75 per cent”, cites Richard Branson as one of her idols.

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Galloway backs Rahman's Tower Hamlets bid

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2010

A councillor with alleged links to an Islamic extremist group, who was deselected by Labour, is to stand as an independent in the Tower Hamlets mayoral race.

Lutfur Rahman has been given the backing of George Galloway’s Respect party in the vote for the borough’s first directly elected mayor.

Mr Rahman, who represents the borough’s Spitalfields and Banglatown ward, is a controversial figure in the area due to allegations of his connection with the fundamentalist Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE), which operates out of the East London Mosque.

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Tributes to Manchester crash victim

By Robyn Rosen, September 27, 2010

A Manchester hospital manager has died in a crash in India while “living his dream” during a round-the-world trip.

Jeremy Paul, 30, was at the end of his six-month sabbatical from Wythenshawe Hospital, when he was killed in a collision in Rajasthan last week.

Cousin Robert Morris said: “He was a genuinely nice person who never got into trouble.

“He was liked by everyone that ever met him and the world will be a poorer place without him.

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Web worship at Glasgow synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, September 26, 2010

A Scottish synagogue has pioneered a new kind of festival service – virtual prayer.

Rosh Hashanah services at Glasgow Reform Synagogue were streamed live over the internet to listeners around the globe.

Steven Anson, membership secretary, said the synagogue began broadcasting services online in 2009 to support those in the community who could not physically be there.

He said that on Yom Kippur, several hundred people from around the world logged on to the site.

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Chief Rabbi's mother dies at 91

By Jennifer Lipman, September 26, 2010

The mother of the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks, has died at the age of 91.

Libby (Louise) Sacks died on the first night of Succot at the Royal Free Hospital in London.

Born in 1919, Mrs Sacks' parents, Rachel and Elias ran the East End branch of the wine merchants, L Frumkin and Company.

In 1946 she married Louis and the couple, who had four sons, moved to Finchley.

She will be buried in Israel alongside her late husband, who died in December 1996.

The shiva is to be held after Simchat Torah in London.

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Ed Miliband is Labour's first Jewish leader

By Jennifer Lipman, September 26, 2010

Ed Miliband has become the first Jewish leader of the Labour party.

The 40-year-old former Energy Secretary, who is MP for Doncaster North, triumphed with just a 1.3 per cent lead over his elder brother David in the fourth round of the vote. 

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Oona 'united as Team Labour' with Ken

By Marcus Dysch, September 26, 2010

Former MP Oona King has backed Ken Livingstone to regain the London mayoralty after he beat her for the Labour candidacy to take on Boris Johnson.

Mr Livingstone, whose two previous terms as mayor saw him open a rift with the Jewish community, will take on the current Tory incumbent in 2012.

Ms King polled 31 per cent of the vote on her return to the political spotlight. She lost her Bethnal Green and Bow parliamentary seat to George Galloway following an acrimonious campaign in 2005.

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