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Free schools row over Sacks' backing

By Robyn Rosen, June 2, 2011

The Chief Rabbi has been accused of a U-turn after endorsing plans for an Orthodox school which could offer up to 50 per cent of places to non-Jewish children.

Parents in Golders Green have applied to the government to open a free primary school there. The school has the backing of Lord Sacks and will be presided over by Golders Green United Synagogue's Rabbi Harvey Belovski.

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Becks batmitzvah in style with Usher video

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

A batmitzvah video featuring a father-of-five rapping to Usher's OMG has attracted thousands of hits on YouTube.

Laurence Beck, a chartered surveyor from Radlett, wanted to make sure his daughters, September and Tiger Lily, aged 13 and 12, had unforgettable nights when they marked their batmitzvahs last month.

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Jury to rule in Salmonella wedding case

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2011

An inquest into the death of a Jewish woman, who allegedly contracted salmonella at a kosher wedding, will also investigate concerns over her hospital treatment.

Last Friday at a pre-inquest hearing, Manchester's coroner confirmed that a jury will be required to decide how and why 82-year-old Rene Kwartz, from Crumpsall, died at North Manchester General Hospital last August.

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University and College Union is 'institutionally racist'

By Martin Bright, June 2, 2011

The leaders of the Jewish community have recorded their outrage at the University and College Union, which has voted to distance itself from the European Union's working definition of antisemitism, at its annual congress in Harrogate.

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Guess how many Irish people would ban Israelis from their homes

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2011

The depth of anti-Israel and antisemitic feeling in Ireland has been revealed in a new study into pluralism in the country.

The report found that not only would one in five Irish people bar Israelis from becoming naturalised Irish citizens - but 11 per cent would stop all Jews taking up Irish citizenship.

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Rabbi 'in pain' over London Citizens link

By Martin Bright, June 2, 2011

Jewish leaders working with "community organisers" London Citizens this week sought to justify their association with an organisation whose deputy chair has described Hamas terrorists as "heroes".

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Cameron's JNF split: it was Israel

By Robyn Rosen, June 2, 2011

Downing Street has changed its explanation for David Cameron's resignation as honorary patron of JNF.

Mr Cameron is now the first British prime minister not to be patron of the charity in the 110 years of its existence.

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Death of Stoke Jewish leader

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

The president of the Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Synagogue has died.

Sydney Morris, who was in his mid 80s, spent nearly 30 years at the helm of the small community but saw it diminish from a congregation of 175 families to just two dozen members.

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Car hooligans sentenced

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2011

Two men who sped their car around north Manchester Jewish neighbourhoods, screaming hard-core antisemitic abuse, have escaped jail terms and received community orders.

Aaron Hanson, 20, pleaded guilty on May 9 to racially-aggravated intentional harassment, while Liam Martin, 21, admitted to intentional harassment. They risked prison terms after two witnesses testified against them.

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Manchester Jews will march in city parade

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2011

Manchester's Jewish community will be represented at the city centre Manchester Day Parade with a giant chanuciah after missing out on the inaugural parade last year.

Jewish Representative Council president Lucille Cohen complained that Manchester Jews would be forgotten if they did not take part in the carnival

event which attracted 50,000 people last June.

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