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United Synagogue 'don't want Chabad'

By Simon Rocker, March 15, 2012

One of the United Synagogue's most high-profile rabbis, Yitzchak Schochet, says he has not applied to be chief rabbi, claiming that the US would not accept a Lubavitch candidate.

The Mill Hill Synagogue minister, in an article in today's JC, doubted whether he would even have got his present job today because of his Lubavitch background.

Rabbi Schochet questioned whether Chief Rabbi Lord Sac


Pick of the pops raises roof

By Jessica Elgot, March 15, 2012

A rock star in London's Camden Town on Sunday night had grown women shrieking with joy, with emotional sing-alongs and fans hanging on to his every word.


Which came first - the Seder or the egg?

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2012

The humble egg is a staple of the Pesach diet, with a place on the Seder plate, dipped in salt water before the main meal and as a general source of nutrition throughout the festival.

But with less than a month to go before Seder night, the National Farmers' Union has warned that Britain could face a nationwide egg shortage because of new EU rules on the welfare of hens.

At the start of the


Boycott, what boycott? UK-Israel trade booming

By Candice Krieger, March 15, 2012

Britain's ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, was in buoyant mood this week as bilateral UK-Israel trade figures reached £3.75 billion, up 34 per cent in a year, putting firmly in its place the campaign for a boycott of Israeli goods.

Mr Gould said: "There is a lot of noise around boycotts but these figures show that it is just noise, and the trade relationship speaks for itself."

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Jewish students cancel 'controversial' lawyer's invite

By Jessica Elgot, March 15, 2012

An invitation to an American lawyer who specialises in fighting Western lawsuits by Islamic extremists has been withdrawn at 48 hours' notice by Leeds University Jewish Society over fears that she is "too controversial".

New York-based Brooke Goldstein, director of the Lawfare Project, has been touring Britain this week with UK Lawyers for Israel, speaking about the ways Arab dictatorships and


British woman arrested over alleged terror threat to Milan synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2012

A British woman has been arrested in connection with an alleged plot against an Italian synagogue.

Scotland Yard said the woman, 40, was being questioned over allegations that she was collecting information that could aid terrorism.


New York show for rare 14th century Haggadah

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 15, 2012

A priceless 700-year-old Passover Haggadah will travel from the UK to New York after painstaking microscopic preservation work carried out by Manchester University.


Kent Ken O'Keefe invitation withdrawn

By Marcus Dysch, March 15, 2012

A Palestine solidarity group has withdrawn its invitation to an anti-Israel activist following controversy over comments he made comparing Jews to Nazis.


Ken Livingstone: I am right - you are all wrong

By Martin Bright, March 15, 2012

Ken Livingstone, Labour's candidate for Mayor of London, held a secret meeting earlier this month with Jewish Labour supporters, the JC can reveal.


Iran's 'cyber attack on the BBC'

By Jessica Elgot, March 14, 2012

The BBC’s director - general will reveal how the BBC is subject to persistent intimidation by the Iranian authorities, and suffered a “sophisticated cyber attack.”