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Happy new year from David Cameron

By Jennifer Lipman, September 7, 2010

The prime minister has wished British Jewry a Shana Tova and expressed his gratitude for the community’s role in making Britain “a healthy society”.

David Cameron said: “At the heart of the Jewish way of life is an approach to building community and a moral compulsion to play your part in changing the world for the better, from which we can all learn.”

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Howard Jacobson on Man Booker shortlist

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2010

Howard Jacobson has made the shortlist for Man Booker Prize for Fiction for the first time.

His novel The Finkler Question was announced as one of six from the original longlist of 13 vying for the 2010 prize.

The book, Mr Jacobson’s 15th, follows three friends as they reminisce about their life experiences.

It has received rave reviews, with The Independent praising it for balancing "bleak moralising with life-affirming humour".

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Mayoral candidate's 'extremist' links

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2010

A man who allegedly has connections with an Islamic fundamentalist group is in the running to become the first directly-elected mayor of Tower Hamlets.

Councillor Lutfur Rahman, who represents the borough’s Spitalfields and Banglatown ward, has been nominated as Labour’s candidate for the executive mayor position.

Mr Rahman has faced scrutiny in the past following claims that he is linked with the fundamentalist Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE), which operates from the East London mosque.

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Harriet Harman's Rosh Hashanah greetings

By Jennifer Lipman, September 3, 2010

Harriet Harman has wished Britain’s Jewish community a very happy and peaceful new year.

The acting leader of the Labour Party and MP for Camberwell and Peckham, said: As we draw close to Rosh Hashanah I would like to wish the Jewish community in the UK and around the world a very happy and peaceful New Year.

“I know many Jews will use this opportunity to pray for peace and to reflect on what we can all do to help our communities thrive and flourish in the days and year ahead.

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Thieves rob Jewish teens at knifepoint

By Robyn Rosen, September 3, 2010

A group of Jewish teenagers have been robbed at knifepoint in Hendon.

The three 16-year-old boys were followed by a blue car at 2.30am on Thursday as they walked home through Manor Hall Avenue.

After noticing the car, they ran and hid behind bushes in a garden. Two men followed them into the garden and threatened them with knives, demanding their valuables.

One of the boys handed the robbers his £200 blackberry and the thieves made off in a car.

No one was hurt.

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Search for sister 'abducted' in 1950s

September 3, 2010

Two brothers have re-launched a 60-year search for their lost sister, whom they believe to have been abducted from Israel in the 1950s.

Israeli-born Abraham Saadia, 52, and Moshe Sadia, 59, who now live in Prestwich, Manchester, advertised in the JC for their older sister, Shoshana.

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One dead and 13 sick in wedding food poisoning tragedy

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 3, 2010

An inquest has been opened to investigate an outbreak of suspected food poisoning at a Jewish wedding which led to the death of a woman and affected 13 others, including the bridegroom and best man.

Nine cases of salmonella have been confirmed by health officials while five other people have reported being taken ill with other complaints.

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Schoolgirl at JFS after five-year fight

By Leon Symons, September 3, 2010

A family's five-year fight to get their daughter admitted to JFS ended when she joined the school's sixth form yesterday (Thursday).

Maya Lightman took her place at the school in Kenton, north west London, as a direct result of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court rulings last year that JFS had discriminated directly against a boy, known only as M.

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British mum wins custody battle after eight years

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2010

The mother of a girl involved in an eight-year custody battle has spoken of her joy after she and her daughter were allowed to return to Britain from Israel.

She said the emotional and financial strain put on her family by the case, whose legal bills total more than £250,000, had been "absolutely horrendous".

The woman, who is in her late 30s and cannot be identified for legal reasons, left Israel with her one-year-old daughter in 2001 after the breakdown of her marriage to a man she met while living on kibbutz.

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GMC seeks Jewish views

September 2, 2010

The views of Jewish patients are being sought by the General Medical Council as it launches a consultation on equality.

The council aims to use the advice to avoid discriminating against patients from minority groups.

It is hoped this will assist foreign doctors in the UK to learn more about British medical standards and ethics and respect patients' beliefs.

Jewish groups have previously highlighted the need for doctors to be aware of halachic requirements such as prompt burials.

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