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Race to succeed Lord Sacks in 2013 hots up

By Simon Rocker, March 22, 2012

The United Synagogue president, Stephen Pack, has said that applications to be chief rabbi were still being accepted despite the March 5 deadline specified in an advertisement for the job.

Mr Pack, who is chairman of the Chief Rabbinate Trust, which is responsible for appointing Lord Sacks's successor, said it had received some "outstanding" applications, but added: "We are still expecting a nu

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Chief Rabbi pushed to rule on same-sex marriage

March 22, 2012

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has been urged to take a stand against government plans to introduce marriage for same-sex couples.

Dayan Yisroel Lichtenstein, head of the Federation Beth Din, said: "It is his obligation as chief rabbi to speak out."

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Labour candidate: Ken Livingstone's rich Jews claim 'offensive and wrong'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

Ken Livingstone's "erroneous, wrong and offensive" claim that Jews won't vote Labour because they are rich has been condemned by a Labour Party candidate for the Greater London Assembly.

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Miliband: Mideast peace needs 'wider Arab settlement with Israel'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2012

The former Foreign Secretary has claimed that the biggest diplomatic failure of the last four decades is the fact that the two state solution has not yet materialised.

David Miliband, addressing guest at OneVoice's gala dinner in London on Tuesday, said

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The letter to Ed Miliband from Jewish Labour supporters

March 21, 2012

Dear Ed,

RE: Meeting between Ken Livingstone and Labour supporting Jewish Londoners

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Nearly half of Britons question loyalty of Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, March 20, 2012

A survey has found that nearly half of Britons think that Jews are more loyal to Israel" than their own country.

The research, conducted for the US hate monitor, the Anti-Defamation League, looked at antisemitic attitudes in ten European countries, and compared the findings to the results of a similar survey in 2009.

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Case settled over asbestos-related death of former waiter at Bloom's

By James Brewster, March 20, 2012

The daughter of a waiter who died from asbestos-related cancer after 30 years working in a Kosher restaurant today settled her damages claim against her late father's employers for £70,000.

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Nazi memorabilia auctioneer donates to Holocaust charity

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 20, 2012

The auction house which made thousands of pounds selling Hitler's 50th birthday present is to change its policy on selling Holocaust items and make a donation to the Holocaust Education Trust.

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Victoria Coren bets on David Mitchell as husband material

By Jennifer Lipman, March 20, 2012

Writer and poker champion Victoria Coren is to marry comedian and writer David Mitchell.

Ms Coren, 38, announced the engagement in The Times's social and personal pages. The daughter of humorist Alan Coren and an a esthetist Anne Kasriel, she is also the sister of Giles Coren, a columnist for The Times.

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