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Gems snatched from jeweller’s car

September 3, 2008

A Hatton Garden jeweller believes he has fallen prey to an audacious thief after he discovered nearly 300 pieces of valuable jewellery had gone missing from his car.


Fire damages London kosher supermarket

By Candice Krieger, August 29, 2008

One of London's most popular kosher supermarkets was ravaged by a fire last Thursday.

More than 50 fire-fighters in ten fire engines tackled the blaze at Kosher Kingdom's warehouse at Russell Parade on Golders Green Road, which started at around 4pm. It took almost five hours to put out. One person suffering from smoke inhalation was led to safety. The fire brigade said there were no casualties.


Rabbis in New Faith School Challenge

By Dana Gloger, August 29, 2008

LEADING Jewish education figures have reacted with outrage on learning that two Progressive rabbis are to lobby the government to prevent state-funded faith schools using a child's or parent's religion in determining admission.


A*-grade for girl of 12 taught by her father

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2008

Among the Jewish students excelling at mainstream schools was 12-year-old Alexandra Evans.

Her A*-grade in maths saw her become one of the youngest pupils in the country to pass a GCSE. Tutored by her father, maths teacher Richard Evans, she started work on the course two years ago and followed in the footsteps of her brother, Jamie, who achieved the same grade at the same age in 2006.


GCSE grades again break records

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2008

Students at Jewish schools across the country have again achieved record-breaking GCSE results.
The majority achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, bettering the national average of 98 per cent.

Pupils at Hasmonean High School in North-West London achieved the school's best-ever results, 94 per cent gaining five or more A*- to C-grades.


Should they refrain? The stars who turned to verse

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2008

A number of Jewish celebrities have revealed their literary skills by writing poems for a charity campaign.

Sir Alan Sugar, Esther Rantzen and Maureen Lipman are among those to have written verses based on the imaginary lives of fruit, vegetables, and in one case bacon, with varying degrees of success.

The creations are part of a campaign due to be launched next month by Rays of Sunshine, an organisation that grants the wishes of children living with serious illnesses.


Rabbi faces the axe in costs row

By Candice Krieger, August 28, 2008

A rabbi's future is under threat after members of his congregation asked for a special general meeting to discuss his position.

More than 30 members of the Portsmouth and Southsea Hebrew Congregation are due to meet on Sunday after signing a resolution calling for Rabbi David Katanka to leave.


UK hosts Israeli mental-health workers

By Candice Krieger, August 28, 2008

Representatives from the Israeli mental-health organisation Enosh were in London this week to announce plans for a joint Israeli and Palestinian centre to help build psychological resilience during on-going trauma within conflict zones.

One of the Israeli delegates was from the southern town of Sderot, whose own home was destroyed by rocket fire.

Hilla Hadas, executive director of Enosh, presented the project at the International Mental Health conference, held at King's College, London.


Anti-Zionist lecturer posts KKK link

By Simon Rocker, August 28, 2008

The popular political blog Harry's Place was removed from the internet this week after a controversy involving an anti-Zionist lecturer.

Jenna Delich, a business-studies tutor at The Sheffield College, was this week suspended by the University and College Union from participating in an email forum for union members after posting a link to an anti-Israel article on the website of David Duke, the American white supremacist.


Academic says leaders must confront hatred

By Bernard Josephs, August 28, 2008

A leading Jewish academic has attacked the community's "anaemic" strategy in the battle against antisemitism and warned there are grounds to doubt that Britain provides a tolerant environment for Jews.

Philosophy professor Shalom Lappin, of King's College, London, calls for a more aggressive reaction to antisemitism in a paper written for the Initiative for the Interdisciplinary Study of Antisemitism at Yale University.