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Festival preview

September 18, 2009

The UK Jewish Film Festival will be celebrating its barmitzvah year with a series of themed events. The festival, which will run from November 7-19, will mark its 13th year with a special preview of a new Coen brothers’ film, A Serious Man, and the first screening of a Holocaust film, Adam Resurrected, starring Jeff Goldblum, Sir Derek Jacobi and Willem Dafoe.

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Hammer horror

September 18, 2009

A gang used sledgehammers to smash their way into a Jewish-owned jewellery store, D&M Cohen, in north west London this week before making off with rings and diamonds. Witnesses reported seeing four men smash the window and grab jewels before driving off in two grey BMW cars.Members of staff used mobile phone cameras to take pictures of the robbers.

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Nobel for Winton?

September 18, 2009

Sir Nicholas Winton, the man behind the Czech Kindertransport, should be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, according to the International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation. Founder Baruch Tenembaum says that Sir Nicholas, now 100, performed “remarkable feats” when he organised the evacuation of 669 Czechoslovakian Jewish children on the eve of the war.

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Sugar relieved after Sun terror tale proves false

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2009

A front page story in the Sun which named Lord Sugar and other prominent British Jews as potential targets for Islamic extremists was fabricated by the article’s main source, it has been revealed.

Headlined “Terror target Sugar: Alan on Gaza ‘revenge’ list”, the piece claimed the Apprentice star and others including Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Lord Levy, Amy Winehouse and record producer Mark Ronson were on a list being drawn up of “Britons supporting Israel”.

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Historians back BBC over Jewish massacre claim

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2009

Israeli historians have backed the BBC after the corporation stood by comments made in a TV documentary claiming that an ancient Jewish tribe massacred Christians who refused to convert.

The Board of Deputies complained to the BBC over perceived inaccuracies and lack of context in The Frankincense Trail, in which presenter Kate Humble followed the trade route which first connected the Arab world with the West.

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Scottish messianic community hit by flood of abuse

By Robyn Rosen, September 18, 2009

A Messianic community in East Kilbride, near Glasgow, has reported an “alarming” rise in antisemitism.

The Beit Rehovot Messianic Jewish Congregation meet weekly at a community hall and has experienced a flood of verbal abuse and threatening behaviour from youths.

The group formerly met at the Mossneuk Community Hall, which last weekend was daubed in graffiti, including the words “Jews’ night tonight lads, get your Jew cap on.”

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Police swoop on Shabbat beach dinner

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2009

A bottle of kiddush wine was confiscated and poured away by police who pounced on a group of messianic Jews enjoying Shabbat dinner on a beach.

Five members of the Messiach Ben Yisrael community had been using the Palwin No 4 to make kiddush on Bournemouth beach.

The Basingstoke-based group had begun a post-kiddush discussion about the hymn Adon Olam when two police officers approached them for breaking “no alcohol” regulations.

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Deputies call on UK shuls to go green

By Robyn Rosen, September 18, 2009

The Board of Deputies has backed a resolution to urge all UK synagogues and Jewish community organisations to take practical steps to reduce their carbon footprint.

At its plenary meeting last week, deputies voted for the resolution, which called on members to recognise the responsibility of the Jewish community to play its part in tackling global climate concerns. The policy, devised by the Board’s Community Issues Division, advised all UK synagogues and Jewish organisations to take action as soon as possible to make their premises environmentally friendly and energy-efficient.

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'Secret sect giving PSC mask of respectability'

By Martin Bright, Political Editor, September 18, 2009

One of Britain’s most longstanding Jewish anti-Zionists has accused an ultra-left political faction, with links to Ken Livingstone, of infiltrating the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Tony Greenstein, a pro-Palestinian activist, says Socialist Action is acting like “political freemasons” in their takeover of the PSC and suggested that the organisation’s leadership has allowed itself to be treated as “useful idiots”.

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Ben Uri move fails

By Leon Symons, September 18, 2009

The Ben Uri, Anglo-Jewry’s leading gallery and art museum, has lost out in a bid to move to a new home in London’s theatreland.

Chairman David Glasser said that while there was “enormous disappointment” that its bid to move to the former premises of the Theatre Museum in Russell Street, Covent Garden had failed, an alternative plan would be put into action straight away that would achieve the same aim.

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