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Lawyers face £34m fraud investigation

By Marcus Dysch, May 21, 2010

Three prominent Jewish lawyer brothers are embroiled in an alleged multi-million pound fraud case in Gibraltar.

London-based Isaac Marrache and his brothers, Benjamin and Solomon, who own and run the Marrache & Co firm, have all been declared bankrupt and face a range of charges.

Benjamin and Solomon, who run the firm's Gibraltar office, were declared bankrupt in early May by Gibraltar's Supreme Court, which claims that the pair have stashed money in Israel and Panama.

The company is now in administration and specialists are investigating claims against it totalling £34 million.

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Jewish MPs take up top positions in new government

By Robyn Rosen, May 21, 2010

A former B'nai B'rith Youth Organisation leader and a director of a Middle East peace foundation are among the Jewish politicians appointed as part of the new coalition government.

Grant Shapps, a one-time BBYO youth leader, who is now Conservative MP for Welwyn Hatfield, has been appointed Housing Minister and will work under Communities Secretary Eric Pickles.

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Jewish charities criticise coalition elderly plans

By Robyn Rosen, May 21, 2010

Charity chiefs have spoken out against the omission of elderly care reform from the new government's coalition agreement.

The three main parties pledged major changes in the system during the lead up to the election.

Last week, dozens of charities and local authority chief executives signed an open letter asking why the topic was ignored in last week's coalition agreement between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.

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Who is Lord Triesman?

By Marcus Dysch, May 21, 2010

Lord Triesman, the Labour peer, has resigned from his roles as chairman of the Football Association and its World Cup 2018 bid.

His departure followed revelations in a Sunday newspaper that he had accused Spain and Russia of planning to bribe referees at this summer's World Cup in an attempt to aid their own 2018 bids.

The comments were made during a private meeting with Melissa Jacobs, a 37-year-old former aide who secretly recorded their conversation.

She also claims to have had an affair with the 66-year-old, which he denies.

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The kosher wine bars of New York, Paris and Hendon

May 21, 2010

Paris and New York may be lead the culinary world, but in one respect at least, London is setting the trend.

In 2008, Europe's first kosher pub opened in Hendon, when Fernandez (formerly Fernando's) took over the White Bear and offered a BBQ chicken grill and a wide variety of drinks.

Last November, Paris upped the ante by opening a swanky kosher wine bar, Yayin, in the 17th arrondissement, a short walk from the Arc de Triomphe.

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Handcuffed Jewish boy calls for help by text

By Leon Symons, May 21, 2010

A teenage boy whose family were being robbed at gunpoint alerted neighbours by texting them while his hands were handcuffed behind his back.

The 16-year-old managed to slip his mobile phone from his pocket and type the words: "Call police to my house - we are being robbed."

He even managed to dial the neighbour's number so his mother could lie next to him and whisper into the mouthpiece.

Four men had burst in to the house in Hendon, north west London, on a Saturday night in April, armed with two guns and a screwdriver.

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Orthodox synagogue membership stable

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2010

The decline in synagogue membership in the UK has slowed down significantly over the past five years, according to a new survey.

The number of Jewish households which belong to a synagogue fell by just 0.3 per cent since 2005 - compared to an overall drop of 16.8 per cent over the two decades from 1990 to 2010.

But the slowdown is mainly due to the growth of the strictly Orthodox communities, say the authors of the report, jointly published by the Board of Deputies and the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR).

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Brooks Newmark MP gets business role

By Robyn Rosen, May 21, 2010

Jewish MP Brooks Newmark has been made Government Whip to the Business Department.

The Conservative has been MP for Braintree since 2005 and was re-elected earlier this month with a 16,121 majority.

His responsibilities, under Business Secretary Vince Cable, will include attending certain ministerial meetings and assisting in the passage of business legislation.

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Second inquest granted for Jeremiah Duggan

By Robyn Rosen, May 21, 2010

The mother of Jeremiah Duggan, the Jewish student who died under suspicious circumstances in Germany, has won the right to a second inquest after a seven year campaign.

Mr Duggan was found dead aged 22 on a highway near Wiesbaden, Germany in March 2003 while attending a youth event organised by the far-right LaRouche group.

The German police ruled his death a suicide but a British coroner rejected the verdict in November 2003 after the London Metropolitan Police testified that the LaRouche movement is a “political cult with sinister and dangerous connections”.

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MP attacks Brazilian president

By Robyn Rosen, May 18, 2010

Denis MacShane, who led the all-Party enquiry in anntisemitism, has criticised the President of Brazil for posing in photographs with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The Labour Rotherham MP has spoken of his “shock” and “profound sadness” in an open letter to President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

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