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‘A Jewish vote for Corbyn is like a Muslim voting Trump’ says ex BBC chief Danny Cohen

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2016

Former BBC head Danny Cohen has said the Jewish community could not vote for Jeremy Corbyn after the Labour leader repeatedly failed to tackle antisemitism within his party's ranks.

Mr Cohen, former director of BBC TV, said he was “deeply troubled” by revelations of Jew-hate within the party.

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Pesach food mark-ups price out thousands

By Josh Jackman, April 14, 2016

Thousands of Jews are relying on charitable support to meet the cost of Pesach, a JC investigation has found. Well over 1,000 families across the country will receive help from synagogues and communal charities this Pesach. Other institutions will support many more and there will be numerous free places at communal Seders.

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Shoppers resigned to expense but look for savings

By Josh Jackman, April 14, 2016

Pesach shopping with his wife in Golders Green this week, Harry Ganz anticipated spending at least £600.

"So much choice - too much choice," he said as the couple browsed the Kosher Kingdom shelves. "The prices are always much higher around Pesach. I would think for a lot of people they are restrictively high. But you've got to make Pesach."

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Heathrow's no-fly zone for Cohanim

By Simon Rocker, April 14, 2016

Cohanim have been advised not to take El Al flights to Israel from Heathrow to avoid the risk of ritual contamination from bodies being transported for burial.

The Vaad Mishmeres Hakohanim, a group which protects the purity of Cohanim, has published advice on potentially problematic flights following queries from the public.

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Shop ban for activist

By Josh Jackman, April 14, 2016

A man has been ordered to stay away from an Israeli shop which was the subject of mass protests during the last Gaza conflict.

A two-year restraining order will prohibit David Addison, 47, from entering the area around Kedem Cosmetics in Manchester city centre until April 2018.

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Child sex probe 'should include strictly Orthodox'

By Sandy Rashty, April 14, 2016

A leading campaigner has called for a major inquiry into child sex abuse in England and Wales to investigate strictly Orthodox community institutions.

Australian Manny Waks, who was abused at a yeshivah in Melbourne, said the independent Goddard Inquiry should "seriously consider" looking at Charedi schools.

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BBC's Harding to chair JC 175 event

April 14, 2016

The BBC's director of news and current affairs, James Harding - a former editor of The Times - will chair an evening being held as part of the JC's 175th anniversary celebrations.

On May 3, two legendary former JC editors, Geoffrey Paul and Ned Temko, will speak about their memories of running the oldest and greatest Jewish newspaper in the world, as well as current issues and controversies.

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War museum defends displaying news truck shelled by IDF in Gaza

By Sandy Rashty, April 14, 2016

The Imperial War Museum has defended its decision to exhibit a vehicle that was hit by IDF shelling during the Israel-Gaza war after a complaint from an angry visitor.

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From Center Parcs to City Hall for Caroline?

By Sandy Rashty, April 14, 2016

The Liberal Democrat candidate to be Mayor of London does not want to talk details - at least those directly affecting the Jewish community.

Over coffee at the party's Westminster office, Caroline Pidgeon is happy to discuss her plans for more affordable housing, childcare and apprenticeships.

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Parkinson's risk for Jews

By Josh Jackman, April 14, 2016

The biggest genetic indicator of Parkinson's disease is 10 times more prevalent in Ashkenazi Jews than in the general population, research has revealed.

A global study will now track how often the mutated LRRK2 gene - which is present in 10 per cent of Ashkenazim - develops into the disease.

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