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Liberation: campaign is close to collapsing

By Marcus Dysch, November 10, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students has been forced to cancel plans for a week of Israel advocacy events on campuses.

"Liberation Week" was due to begin on Monday.

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Oxford Conservative students sang 'Nazi songs'

By Jennifer Lipman, November 7, 2011

Four Oxford University students have said they are to resign from the university's Conservative association after accusing other members of antisemitic behaviour.

According to those who are leaving, members sang a Nazi-themed song about "dashing through the Reich" and "killing lots of kike".

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Clegg: FOSIS has 'failed to challenge extremist ideologies'

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 4, 2011

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg made an unexpectedly strong attack on the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (Fosis) during his speech to the Community Security Trust in Manchester last night.

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Call for UJS campaigns director to go

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2011

An online petition has been launched calling on the Union of Jewish Students to sack its campaigns director.

It follows a clash between Dan Sheldon and Zionist Federation co-vice-chairman Jonathan Hoffman during a debate hosted by Leeds JSoc on Monday.

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Board of Deputies woos under 35s

By Marcus Dysch, November 4, 2011

More must be done to encourage younger members of the community to join the Board of Deputies, according to the 250-year-old organisation's own executive officers.

President Vivian Wineman, senior vice-president Jonathan Arkush, and chief executive Jon Benjamin have acknowledged that greater efforts must be made to recognise the talents and contribution of younger Jews.

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New moves could regulate circumcision

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 4, 2011

There are fears that Jewish circumcision in the UK could be regulated by NHS bodies for the first time, following a move to curb malpractice in other ethnic groups.

Last week the Greater Manchester Safeguarding Children Partnership, a joint arm of NHS and Social Services, released a leaflet to GP surgeries and hospitals offering guidance for parents on circumcision.

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Britain's first transgender rabbi?

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2011

A peace worker who wants to become Britain's first transgender rabbi is to feature in a new prime-time documentary.

Maxwell Zachs, who did not want to give his birth name, was born female but began the physical transition to become a man in 2009.

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University minister: 'ignore anti-Israel hotheads'

By Marcus Dysch, November 3, 2011

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts has urged Britain and Israel to look beyond delegitimisation and boycott campaigns and instead celebrate the level of co-operation between the two countries.

He acknowledged that anti-Israel activity on British campuses remained a problem, but said business, academic and research links were "mutually beneficial and making real progress".

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Manchester Big Tent flap may be over

By Simon Rocker, November 3, 2011

Two senior Northern Reform figures have been named in a committee set up to defuse controversy over the Big Tent for Israel conference in Manchester at the end of the month.

The event, set for November 27, had been hit by an escalating row after organiser Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag said he would not consider inviting non-Orthodox rabbis to speak.

But last week Rabbi Guttentag reached a comprom

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Royal weddings can still be quite kosher

By Jennifer Lipman, November 3, 2011

It would be the ultimate quandary for a "Jewish princess". What would happen if a handsome prince came along and swept her off her feet?

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