UK news

Viva Palestina 'stopping vessels to Gaza'

By Jessica Elgot, March 10, 2011

Viva Palestina will no longer sponsor flotillas to Gaza because it conflicts with the group's charitable status. But the UK-based group, whose founders include former Respect MP George Galloway, said it would continue to support future flotillas.

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CST unveils hate crime guidebook

March 10, 2011

An opportunity "to use the Jewish community's hard lessons to help build a better Britain" was how Community Security Trust founder Gerald Ronson described the launch of the CST's new Hate Crimes Guide, launched this week in conjunction with the Home Office.

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Chief and final set for Rosh Hashanah

By Simon Rocker, March 10, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks is embarking on his last major literary project in office - a complete set of festival prayer books.

His Rosh Hashanah machzor, with a new English translation and commentary, is scheduled to be out in time for the New Year this September, followed by one for Yom Kippur in 2012.

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Book Week turns a page by celebrating a record year

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2011

Booker Prize-winning author Howard Jacobson brought a record-breaking Jewish Book Week to a close with a lively debate on Jewish life in Britain.

The nine-day festival ended on Sunday with a sell-out crowd hearing Mr Jacobson in conversation with journalist Jonathan Freedland.

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Speaking up for Hebrew at language festival

By Jessica Elgot, March 10, 2011

Hebrew will be a prominent part of the UK's biggest language festival, starting today at Sheffield University.

Biblical Hebrew, Hebrew script and modern Ivrit are on offer for 40-minute sessions as part of 150 languages and dialects from Esperanto to Braille.

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Libyan exile plan for UK's frozen assets

By Simon Rocker, March 10, 2011

Aldo Habib has not seen the country of his birth since 1967, when his family left Libya in the aftermath of the Six-Day War.

But now he thinks that the British government should consider using some of the £1 billion of frozen assets belonging to the Gaddafi family in this country to compensate Libyan Jews for what they lost.

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Faith is good for business

By Simon Rocker, March 10, 2011

Businesses could benefit by taking more account of the religious needs of their workers, according to a new paper by the Institute of Business Ethics.

It says that sensitivity to the religious practices and ethos of the workforce can improve morale and lead to higher retention of staff.

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Guardian stands by 'antisemitic' Caryl Churchill play

By Marcus Dysch, March 10, 2011

The Guardian has said it will not remove a recording of the controversial play Seven Jewish Children from its website, despite renewed criticism that the piece echoes the blood libel.

Caryl Churchill's script, written after the Gaza conflict in January 2009, was denounced by many as antisemitic.

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One in four Jewish women suffer abuse in the home

By Robyn Rosen, March 10, 2011

One in four Jewish women are victims of domestic abuse, according to the largest survey of its kind.

The Jewish Women's Aid study, You know a Jewish woman suffering from domestic abuse: Domestic abuse and the British Jewish community, found that 26 per cent of the 842 people surveyed had personally experienced domestic abuse.

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Hayek to resist JLC's fees claim

By Simon Rocker, March 10, 2011

JNF UK has hit back over claims that it left the Jewish Leadership Council last week owing thousands of pounds in subscription.

JLC chairman Vivian Wineman had accused the charity of owing more than £10,000 in membership fees, plus another £15,000 which it had failed to contribute to the community's anti-boycott campaign.

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