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Grandma goes to jail every month

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 21, 2011

Getting in and out of one of the UK's highest security prisons is not easy, even for the innocent. But regular fingerprinting, photographing and a body, shoe and belongings search do not faze 76-year-old Trudy Barres, the last remaining League of Jewish Women volunteer working at HMP Manchester.

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Claims Conference turns down Deputies

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

The Claims Conference, the international body which distributes compensation to Nazi victims, has rejected a request from the Board of Deputies to reopen claims for former Jewish properties in East Germany.

The conference, which uses assets from previously unclaimed properties to fund welfare programmes for Holocaust survivors, closed its compensation scheme for heirs in March 2004.

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Fingers on buzzers, starter for 10

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2011

A Jewish student is hoping that his knowledge of Agamemnon and Lucy the skeleton in a nailbiting first round of University Challenge will be enough to secure his team a place in the next stage of the contest.

Jonathan Metzer, 19, was part of the Worcester College, Oxford team, but despite achieving a score of 180 points they were beaten - by just ten points - by their Cambridge opponents.

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Nick's trick baffles magical pair Penn and Teller

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2011

A Borehamwood magician is to perform in Las Vegas after fooling renowned illusionists Penn and Teller with a food-related trick.

Nicholas Einhorn, a gold star member of the Inner Magic Circle and the resident magician at Tottenham Hotspur football club, was one of two acts to win on the ITV1 show on Saturday.

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Labour gets £1m gift

July 21, 2011

Former Jewish Care trustee Andrew Rosenfeld has declined to comment on reports of a £1 million gift to the Labour Party.

The Sunday Times reported that the pledge would be by far the most significant private donation to Labour since Ed Miliband became leader and the biggest to the party for three years.

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Sinai asked to take non-Jewish pupil

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

Concern is growing that there may now be too many Jewish primary school places in London, leading schools to take non-Jewish pupils in future.

Britain's largest Jewish primary school, Sinai in Kenton, which is usually oversubscribed, has been asked by its local authority to take one non-Jewish child in autumn - although it is not known if the child will accept the place.

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Ivor Dembina's show no joke for protester

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

A Jewish comedian has called for an investigation and threatened legal action after a protester disrupted his set at the London Jewish Cultural Centre, urging him to reveal his anti-Israel views.

Ivor Dembina, founder of the Hampstead Comedy Club, was performing in Ivy House in Golders Green on Monday, as part of an Edinburgh Festival preview, when protester Harvey Garfield interrupted his set.

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Man who revived European Jewry

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

Tributes have flowed in for one of British Jewry's best-known Orthodox activists, Aba Dunner, executive director of the Conference of European Rabbis, who died on Sunday aged 73.

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Don't target Hatton Garden, jewellers say

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

Pro-Palestine demonstrators have organised a protest in London's Hatton Garden as part of a campaign to boycott Israeli diamonds, which they claim "fund war crimes".

Diamond traders have raised concerns about the plans by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, which call on demonstrators to gather in August to picket the famous London street lined with jewellery shops.

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Football comment about 'Jew hill' is rapped

By Robyn Rosen, July 21, 2011

A sports channel has apologised after a football commentator referred to "Jews Hill - where you sit if you're too tight to pay".

Former Northern Ireland footballer Alan McDonald made the comments during the Crusaders vs Fulham game in Belfast, broadcast last week on Setanta Ireland, which had taken the feed and commentary from broadcaster Premier Sports.

John Mann, chairman of the All-Party

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