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Shambles: the Raed Salah case

By Marcus Dysch, July 21, 2011

The release on bail of Islamic political activist Raed Salah threatens the Home Office's revised counter-extremism strategy and puts the government at risk of ridicule, according to the Community Security Trust.

Sheikh Salah, the leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was detained in London last month after allegedly flouting a ban - imposed by Home Secretary Theresa M

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Best friends for ever on Nickelodeon

By Candice Krieger, July 21, 2011

What's the best way to test true friendship? Spend a week in the Australian bush where you are subjected to a series of gruelling challenges that must be completed as a twosome. Oh, and with no contact with the outside world.

This is exactly what JCoSS pupils Rosie Felt and Rebecca Ware will be doing when they take part in a new reality television series for Nickelodeon.

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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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