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BBC's World's Strictest Parents 'do Shabbat & keep kosher'

By Marcus Dysch, May 21, 2009

They look the most unlikely of families: the modestly-dressed Zionist parents and the surly teenagers, complete with piercings and heavy make-up.

But the two youngsters from Hampshire now have a new understanding of all aspects of Jewish life after spending a week living with this Orthodox family in Israel.

Gemma Lyons, 16, and 17-year-old Jack Travers filmed an episode of the BBC reality show World’s Strictest Parents with the Sha-ked family, in the gated, religious community of Nof Ayalon, near Modi’in, last week.

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New chairman for JC

May 21, 2009

Businessman Robin Klein is the new chairman of the Jewish Chronicle, taking over this week after the retirement of Peter Levy, OBE.

South African-born Mr Klein, who is chairman of the Accelerator Group, an investment company focusing on digital media, is a member of South Hampstead Synagogue. He said: “I am honoured to have been appointed to such an important position. The

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London Jewish Cultural centre bans Kabbalah event

By Simon Rocker, May 21, 2009

The London Jewish Cultural Centre has cancelled a booking by the controversial Kabbalah Centre for an event due to have taken place there next month.

Fliers advertised a session on “love and relationships” taught by Eitan Yardeni, spiritual mentor of the centre’s most famous supporter Madonna, and his wife Sarah.

But on Wednesday, LJCC chief executive Trudy Gold said: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, the space is no longer available and the hirer has been notified.”

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HSA enrages Jewish community with unpaid health claims

By James Martin, May 21, 2009

Hundreds of Jewish families claim they have been left out of pocket because a leading health insurer has failed to pay out for their treatment.

They are backed by angry dentists, opticians and chiropodists who say insurer HSA has failed even to respond to applications they made on behalf of the patients.

Many of the patients are from large strictly Orthodox families in Stamford Hill, north London. They are furious at the lack of response.

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A Cannes red carpet for the JC (& Rachel)

By Keren David, May 21, 2009

Rachel weisz may be used to the glamour of Cannes — but it is a new experience for the Jewish Chronicle.

A paperboy’s weekly ordeal in carrying a heavy load of JCs is immortalised in a short film which gets its first showing at the film festival today.

Jewish Chronicle Day, made by Jan Lower of Elbow Productions and Dr James Ohene-Djan, a lecturer in computing at Goldsmiths College, is based on Dr Ohene-Djan’s experiences as a delivery boy in leafy, prosperous and, some might say, Jewish, Maida Vale.

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BNP's Nick Griffin ‘on Queen’s guest list’

May 20, 2009

British National Party leader Nick Griffin may be attending one of the Queen’s three annual garden parties, it has been claimed.

An aide of the BNP’s London Assembly member Richard Barnbrook said on Wednesday evening that he had received an e-mail inviting him to the party on July 21, the last of the three annual parties held at Buckingham Palace .

The Daily Mail’s website claimed that Mr Barnbrook would be taking Mr Griffin as his guest.

But a spokesman at Buckingham Palace said formal invitations had yet to be sent out.

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Michael Howard’s mother dies

May 20, 2009

Hilda Howard, mother of the former Tory leader Michael Howard, has died at the age of 97.

Mr Howard paid tribute to his mother this week, describing her as “a very remarkable lady.”

She ran a ladies fashion shop in Llanelli, South Wales for many years before moving to Stanmore in Middlesex where she became a pillar of the local community attending synagogue every week and working tirelessly for Wizo.

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JC announces new chairman

May 19, 2009

Businessman Robin Klein is the new chairman of the Jewish Chronicle, taking over this week after the retirement of Peter Levy, OBE.

South African-born Mr Klein, who is chairman of the Accelerator Group, an investment company focusing on digital media, is a member of South Hampstead Synagogue.

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Sir Gerald Kaufman joins expenses row

By Leon Symons, May 18, 2009

Sir Gerald Kaufman’s expenses were scrutinised by the Telegraph at the weekend.

The paper revealed that the former environment minister and MP for Manchester Gorton had charged £1,851 for a rug imported from New York.

But he had a claim for a 40-inch Bang & Olufson television costing £8,865 turned down. The maximum MPs were allowed to claim for television sets was £750.

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Wineman is new Deputies' president

By Simon Rocker, May 18, 2009

Vivian Wineman, a commercial lawyer, was elected president of the Board of Deputies on Sunday. He will hold the position for the next three years.

In the most hotly-contested election since the Board’s creation in 1760, with a record four candidates, he succeeds barrister Henry Grunwald, who steps down at the end of the month.

Mr Wineman, 59. a member of Hampstead Garden Suburb United Synagogue and the Board’s current senior vice-president, beat the former president of the United Synagogue, Peter Sheldon , by 131 votes to 64 in the third round of the ballot.

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