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'Chief rabbi should be chosen by ballot'

By Jessica Elgot, July 14, 2011

Popular support is growing among United Synagogue members for the next chief rabbi to be elected, with a straw poll of members at a debate this week showing more than 90 per cent favour of a ballot.

And the role of women in central Orthodoxy will also be a crucial issue for Lord Sacks's successor.

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Horrid Henry's Jewish sidekick

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

When one of the naughtiest children in fiction is brought to the big screen later this month, a north London schoolboy will be making his red carpet debut alongside several showbiz legends.

Eleven-year-old Gabriel Werb, from Elstree, is in the film adaptation of the beloved Horrid Henry series.

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Sacks: know thy enemy to put thy case

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has said that Israel's PR is missing its target and called for a new approach to putting its case to the world.

In a trenchant interview with Ha'aretz, he suggested creating a thinktank to deal with the problem, involving leading Israeli intellectuals such as Amos Oz and David Grossman.

"Hasbarah [information] as government officials and pro-Israel advocates understand

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Beth Din sells on man's divorce debt

By Robyn Rosen, July 14, 2011

The London Beth Din has backtracked after it re-assigned a debt, owed by a man for a religious divorce certificate, to his ex-wife's new boyfriend.

Melanie Stein was granted a get in 2007, but the Beth Din refused to issue the certificate until a £405 administration fee had been paid in full by her ex-husband, Anton Stein.

Mr Stein, a 52-year-old taxi driver from Ilford, had arranged with t

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Freedland gloom as Israel boycott is applauded

By Marcus Dysch, July 14, 2011

A culture of "impunity, racism and genocidal tendencies has overtaken Israeli society", according to Palestinian boycott activist and author Omar Barghouti.

Mr Barghouti was speaking in support of a boycott motion proposed at a London Literature Festival debate at the Southbank Centre on Sunday.

He was joined by Seni Seneviratne, a British-Sri Lankan poet who is a member of British Writers i

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Holocaust survivors told: no room at memorial

By Jessica Elgot, July 14, 2011

A partially-sighted Holocaust survivor has been told she is no longer able to attend a commemoration event at the Austrian Embassy in the UK because it was "full up," although her daughter had flown from New York to join her and she herself had come down from Glasgow.

An invitation to a July 20 reception with Austrian Ambassador Emil Brix, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Association of Jewi

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Universal jurisdiction law set to go through

By Martin Bright, July 14, 2011

Liberal Democrat peers made a final attempt this week to derail new measures to change the law on universal jurisdiction. Under the present system, magistrates can issue arrest warrants to foreign politicians and military figures accused of war crimes.

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Bratt jumps ship and leaves the JNF

By Simon Rocker, July 14, 2011

JNF UK's most successful fundraiser has decided to quit the organisation after 15 years and instead work for the UJIA.

Harvey Bratt, 53, the head of JNF's legacy department, said that he was "looking for a new challenge at this stage in my career.

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Blonde ambition: Gwyneth Paltrow rocks the CST

July 14, 2011

Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow has revealed she is raising her children as Jewish.

Ms Paltrow, whose late father was Jewish film producer Bruce Paltrow, appeared at the Young CST's summer cocktail party in the Jalouse nightclub in central London last week, where she spoke to an audience of 100.

She was interviewed by presenter Vanessa Feltz about rediscovering her Jewish background on the Who

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Strictly Kosher: I give it two sequins

By Simon Round, July 14, 2011

It was called Strictly Kosher but if you were taking all your information from this documentary you would probably conclude that Manchester Jewry was a cross between Glee and Fiddler on the Roof.

We saw the community through the eyes of three main characters - or should that be caricatures?

Joel owns a clothes shop frequented by women who are never knowingly under-sequinned.

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