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Vandals banned from cemeteries

By JC Reporter, September 18, 2014

A 13-year-old boy who pleaded guilty to vandalising Blackley Jewish Cemetery in Manchester was given a nine-month restraining order preventing him from visiting any cemetery in the city.

He will be electronically tagged for three months.

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My brush with bus bigot – what happened next

By Rosa Doherty, September 18, 2014

Earlier this week I wrote a story detailing my encounter with a man spouting antisemitic abuse on a packed bus from Golders Green.

I explained how I reported the incident as it was happening and was told by police that they would not attend the scene unless the driver stopped the bus. The driver refused.

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Students get an early taste of university life

By Charlotte Oliver, September 18, 2014

Exam stress, essay deadlines, the horror of cooking your own meals: starting university has its challenges.

But help was at hand last week at JW3 in North London when it opened its doors for UniFest, sponsored by the Pears Foundation with UJS and UJIA, to prepare students for life on campus.

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Ofsted swoops on more Jewish schools

By Simon Rocker, September 18, 2014

Following last week's shock inspection report downgrading JFS from an outstanding school to one requiring improvement, three more state-aided Jewish schools have been the subject of unannounced visits from Ofsted.

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Head says JFS will do better after critical Ofsted report

By Charlotte Oliver, September 18, 2014

JFS head Jonathan Miller has said that the Ofsted report which raised concerns about safety and behaviour "is not an accurate reflection of the school we know".

But he has promised to address the issues raised by the inspection service.

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There goes the bride

By Rosa Doherty, September 18, 2014

Guests celebrated into the night at a wedding reception notable for one absence - the bride.

Israeli Sivan Ben Abu, 29, wasn't there because immigration officers had stopped her entering the UK.

She'd flown from Tel Aviv to Luton Airport for what should have been a civil ceremony with her British fiancé Oliver Stopnitzky.

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Interview: Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

By Simon Rocker, September 18, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has given his whole-hearted backing for Shabbat prayer groups for Orthodox women - once regarded as so controversial that his predecessor Lord Sacks barred them from synagogues for many years.

In his first interview since taking office a year ago, the chief rabbi said that women's prayer groups were "an excellent facility for us to have in our communities".

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Two cultural institutions with very different stories

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2014

The amalgamation of JW3 and the London Jewish Cultural Centre marks the coming together of Anglo-Jewry's cultural newcomer and one of its longest-standing arts and education establishments.

The LJCC was born out of the Institute for the Study of Jewish History and Culture, set up by educators Robin and Nitza Spiro in the early 1980s.

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Others could try united approach

September 18, 2014

LJCC and JW3 are not the only groups who have made a move towards merger. For more than a year the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council have been talking about joining forces - although the preferred word is "unification".

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Rough ride expected by friends of Israel

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2014

The party conference season gets under way in Manchester this weekend with Labour supporters the first to gather.

While there is anticipation in Jewish and pro-Israel political circles that the fringe scene will be dominated by the repercussions of the Gaza conflict, the inevitable fall-out from the Scottish independence referendum will take the spotlight away from overseas affairs.

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