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Tory MP Burley: Sorry for Nazi stag party

By Martin Bright, December 15, 2011

The Conservative MP at the centre of a row over his presence at a Nazi-themed stag night in a French ski resort has made an "unreserved, wholehearted and fulsome apology" in a letter to the JC.

Aidan Burley, who has a government job as a senior aide to Transport Secretary Justine Greening, was filmed celebrating at a restaurant in Val Thorens by journalists from the Mail on Sunday.


Chief Rabbi and Pope discuss fears for Europe

By Marcus Dysch, December 13, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and Pope Benedict XVI discussed their mutual fears for Europe's future during an audience at the Vatican.

The meeting came as the Chief Rabbi made a two-day visit to Rome and the Holy See.

The religious leaders discussed the role of faith and morality and their hopes for a regeneration of Europe, both economically and socially.


Boris Johnson: Chanucah lights 'a beacon of hope'

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2011

The mayor of London has recalled the valour of the Maccabees in a seasonal message to the Jewish community.

Boris Johnson wished British Jews a "happy Chanucah" on the eve of "one of the most momentous years in our city's history".


The barmitzvah boy who needs three wise men for Christmas

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2011

One of the last Jewish families in Exeter is in need of a Christmas miracle involving three wise men – to help form a minyan.

The men are needed on December 25, not at a manger but at the home of Dr Norman and Gina Gabriel, whose son Joe is to be barmitzvah.


Students vote to strengthen union

By Marcus Dysch, December 12, 2011

Students converged on Leeds University last weekend to mark the relaunch of the Union of Jewish Students' flagship event.

Once a regular fixture, UJS conference has been absent from the campus calendar since 2005, due to a decline in the number of delegates attending.


Aidan Burley absent from Conservative Friends of Israel lunch

By Jennifer Lipman, December 12, 2011

An MP whose involvement in a recent "Nazi-themed" stag party was revealed in the weekend papers was absent from a Conservative Friends of Israel lunch event today.


MEP sorry for 'put pressure on diaspora' blog

By Jessica Elgot, December 9, 2011

British MEP Sir Robert Atkins has apologised for suggesting pressure should be put on Jews in the diaspora over the treatment of Palestinians.


Sephardim in dispute over plans for new head rabbi

By Simon Rocker, December 9, 2011

Sephardi leaders' plans for a new rabbinic head appeared in disarray this week after the result of an election to approve their recommended candidate was disputed.


US report into stilborn graves fails to focus the blame

By Jessica Elgot and Jonathan Kalmus, December 9, 2011

A report into missing graves of stillborn babies, buried in unmarked plots by the United Synagogue, has found no policy existed for dealing with infant deaths until the late 1980s.


Caterer 'not to blame' for grandmother's death

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 8, 2011

An 82-year-old “active” Jewish grandmother from Manchester died of natural causes, a jury ruled this week, and a kosher caterer at her great niece’s wedding was not to blame.

The inquest opened on Monday with an emotional plea from her son to question “sub-optimal” hospital treatment she allegedly received.