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Interfaith takes on business

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 17, 2011

Organisers of a new business network for Muslims and Jews in Manchester claim that it will change the image of interfaith work.

More than 50 business people from both communities are to attend an event at the Manchester Conference Centre on November 20, which will provide a master-class on networking together with stalls promoting businesses, from an Islamic finance group to a Jewish-owned IT f


Interview: Baroness Sayeeda Warsi

By Jessica Elgot, November 17, 2011

Conservative Party co-chair Baroness Sayeeda Warsi has called on communities to "drain the poison of antisemitism from our country."

Lady Warsi gave the European Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism annual lecture at the House of Commons this week, and the keynote address at the Buncher Interfaith Conference on Social Action at Lambeth Palace.

At both sessions, she stressed t


Chief Rabbi: How the successor will be picked

November 17, 2011

Representative group: up to 250 people, half board chairmen and half women members, of synagogues and representatives of schools under Chief Rabbinate.


Big Tent for Israel gets UK ambassador Taub

By Simon Rocker, November 17, 2011

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub will be the key speaker at the Big Tent for Israel conference on November 27, making his first public speech in Manchester since his arrival in the UK in September.


Holocaust historian defends man who broke into Auschwitz

By Simon Round, November 17, 2011

A Holocaust historian this week came to the defence of a British prisoner of war whose account of his time at Auschwitz has been called into question.

Denis Avey, 93, recorded his experiences in The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz, in which he recounted how he had swapped places with a Jewish prisoner so he could see the death camp for himself.


Farewell at sea for Mr Loophole's officer uncle

By Angela Epstein, November 17, 2011

On a June night in 1944, all was dark and quiet as the 13-man crew of the small D-Day landing craft slowly approached the south coast on its return journey from Normandy.

But just four miles from the safety of Portsmouth harbour, disaster struck. The small craft collided with HMS Rodney, a 34,000-ton battleship, which sliced the boat in half.


Ed Miliband's links to Israel

By Martin Bright, November 17, 2011

Labour leader Ed Miliband used a Labour Friends of Israel lunch this week to emphasise his family connection to the country that gave refuge to his grandmother. In a highly personal speech to mark the publication by LFI of a collection of essays entitled Making the Progressive Case for Israel, he said: "I wouldn't be here today if it weren't for the state of Israel".


Ex-UK Israeli ambassador Avner: the movie(s)

By Netta Geist, November 17, 2011

Israel's first British-born ambassador to the UK, Yehuda Avner, said this week that it was a "dream come true" that the film rights to his best-selling book, The Prime Ministers, have been sold to two Hollywood production companies.

Two films are set to be made from the book, one a documentary produced by the film arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, and the other a drama, scheduled for release


Women to interview Chief Rabbi hopefuls

By Simon Rocker, November 17, 2011

The United Synagogue has ruled out holding an election for the next Chief Rabbi, arguing that it is not the way to get the best candidate for what it says is the world's top rabbinic job.

Stephen Pack, president of the US and chairman of the Chief Rabbinate Trust, announced this week that the choice of successor to Lord Sacks would largely rest with an inner circle of eight people.


Lottery cash funds Jew-hate jamboree

By Simon Rocker, November 17, 2011

The Arts Council has defended its funding of a concert by the author of what the Community Security Trust has branded "quite probably the most antisemitic book published in this country in recent years" by saying that it helps to "present a diverse view of world society".

Israeli-born musician Gilad Atzmon, who calls himself "a proud self-hating Jew" in his new book The Wandering Who?, is due t