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'Access - but no influence' says Board

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman has admitted the Jewish community has "no influence" over government policy and faces a testing time working to establish relationships with coalition ministers.

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Beautiful? James Blunt's Poland joke angers fans

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011

James Blunt has been criticised by thousands of fans for making what has been interpreted as a joke about Auschwitz.

The British singer and former soldier was in Poland for a concert when he was photographed in front of a building near the infamous Nazi death camp.

Mr Blunt, 37, posted the image on his public Facebook page with the caption "Uh, this is my hotel in Poland".

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Daniel Taub to be Israel's next UK ambassador

By Jessica Elgot, June 20, 2011

Daniel Taub, the Israeli Foreign Ministry's deputy legal counsel will be the next Israeli ambassador to the UK.

British-born Mr Taub will replace Ron Prosor, who is now Israel’s ambassador the UN.

The appointment was decided by a senior committee at the Foreign Ministry, chaired by director-general Raphael Barak.

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Website sorry for Southern Cross gas chamber joke

By Jennifer Lipman, June 17, 2011

The editor of a satirical news website has apologised for "a regrettable lapse in judgment" after the publication of an article joking about plans to introduce gas chambers into British care homes.

The piece, titled Gas chambers in care homes '"nothing to worry about" says Southern Cross, has also been removed from the Square Mile site.

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University 'failed to probe anti-Israel talk

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 17, 2011

A group which monitors extremists has complained about the way Liverpool University investigated a medical course which it suspended for promoting anti-Israel propaganda.

Student Rights, which campaigns against extremism on campuses, said it had serious concerns after being refused Freedom of Information requests by the university.

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Pushing UK science abroad

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2011

Martyn Poliakoff, the Nottingham chemist, YouTube hit and elder brother of playwright Stephen, has been appointed Britain's science ambassador.

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Raid victim 'bound and left to die'

By Robyn Rosen, June 16, 2011

A pensioner died alone in her bedroom after burglars ransacked her home and left her bound, gagged and unable to call for help.

Eveline Kelmenson, 83, lay undiscovered for five weeks before relatives found her body on New Year's Day 2009.

The men broke in through the basement of her five-bedroom home in Leweston Place, Stamford Hill, north London, an Old Bailey jury heard this week.

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Sharia bill may pose a threat to Jewish courts

By Simon Rocker, June 16, 2011

A new move to limit the powers of Islamic sharia courts in the UK has aroused concern over its possible impact on batei din.

A private member's bill introduced by crossbench peer Baroness Cox would make it a criminal offence for religious courts to exceed their legal authority.

According to Simon Calvert, of the Christian Institute, which supports the bill, it would have no adverse impact on

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Delamere on the brink of closure

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 16, 2011

The UK's only Jewish residential school for special needs children is to close by the end of term unless it can find £500,000 within two weeks.

The loss of Manchester's Delamere Forest School, which has been running for 90 years, will see no dedicated Jewish secondary school provision for children with special needs outside London, and no residential schooling of its kind anywhere.

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I lost 14 stone: here are my trousers

By Simon Rocker, June 16, 2011

A Jewish studies teacher who has shed nearly 14 stone in under two years has been named as one of Slimming World's slimmers of the year.

Michael Drucker of Edgware, who got a kosher bakery to introduce low calorie challah rolls, won the award in the consultant category – for those who run local Slimming World groups.

Once 28 stone with a 60-inch waist, Mr Drucker is close to reaching his h

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