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Jewish student in nailbiting University Challenge contest

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2011

A Jewish student is hoping that his knowledge of Agamemnon and Lucy the skeleton, in a nailbiting first - round University Challenge match, will be enough to secure his team a place in the next stage of the contest.

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MPs vote to drop iEngage from Islamophobia group

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2011

MPs on the all-party group on Islamophobia have voted against using iEngage, the controversial Islamist group, as its secretariat.

The vote on Monday evening, by 60 to 2, followed the resignation in February of its Conservative chair Kris Hopkins and Labour vice-chair Lord Janner over an earlier decision to use iEngage.

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MPs block iEngage

July 18, 2011

MPs on the all-party group on Islamophobia voted this evening not to use iEngage, the controversial Islamist group, as its secretariat.

The vote, by 60 to 2, follows the resignation in February of its Conservative chair and Labour vice-chair over an earlier decision to use iEngage.

CST has described iEngage as having "a troubling attitude to antisemitism".

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Wolff offers boost for new writing at Hampstead Theatre

By Jennifer Lipman, July 18, 2011

A one-time box office ticket-checker has donated £300,000 to secure the future of new writing at the Hampstead Theatre.

Businessman and passionate theatre-lover Peter Wolff has offered five years of crucial financial support for the Hampstead Downstairs programme, a scheme dedicated to exposing the work of emerging playwrights. The money will support six plays every year.

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Lord Grabiner to chair News International standards committee

By Jennifer Lipman, July 18, 2011

Lord Grabiner has been appointed to chair News International's Management and Standards Committee.

The Jewish QC, 66, will oversee the investigations into behaviour at News International companies. The creation of the committee follows the scandal over alleged phone hacking at UK newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch.

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Penn and Teller fooled with a dinner trick

By Jennifer Lipman, July 18, 2011

A Borehamwood magician is to perform in Las Vegas after fooling renowned illusionists Penn and Teller with a food-related trick.

Nicholas Einhorn, a gold star member of the Inner Magic Circle and the resident magician at Tottenham Hotspur football club, was one of two acts to win on the ITV1 show on Saturday.

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'Pillar of European Jewry' Aba Dunner mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, July 18, 2011

The executive director of the Conference of European Rabbis has died at the age of 74.

Rabbi Aba Dunner, who had been ill for several months, was a prominent figure in the international Orthodox Jewish community.

Born in what was then the German city Konigsberg, his father was also a rabbi and served as the head of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations.

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Salah bailed, pending deportation hearing

By Marcus Dysch, July 15, 2011

Islamic political activist Raed Salah, detained last month after allegedly flouting a ban to enter Britain, has been granted bail while he awaits a deportation hearing.

Sheikh Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was arrested in London the day before he was due to share a platform with MPs in the House of Commons.

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Another academic quits UCU over antisemitism

By Jessica Elgot, July 15, 2011

Another Jewish academic has quit the University and College Union because of fears about "institutionalised antisemitism."

James Mendelsohn, senior lecturer in law at Huddersfield University said he had sent three emails in 2008 to UCU general secretary Sally Hunt detailing his concerns about antisemitism, but had never received a reply.

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Steinbergs go to court

By Marcus Dysch, July 15, 2011

The children of late bookmaking tycoon Lord Steinberg are taking legal action against the remains of his gambling empire following an alleged multi-million pound dispute.
Lord Steinberg's son Jonathan and daughter Lynne argue that their father had not pledged a £20 million guarantee to the Stanleybet company to fund a joint venture.

It is thought the money is needed by Stanleybet to support a

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