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How the baroness got her silver back

By Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2009

It was smuggled out of the Nazis’ grasp and hidden in a secret drawer in a small Krakow flat for more than 60 years, but a set of silver cutlery finally took pride of place in the home of a British baroness this week.

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Teen theatre fan finds herself in limelight

August 13, 2009

She was always a huge fan of the books of the former Children’s Laureate Michael Morpurgo, so for Nathalie Wojakovski, 11 and a half, it was a thrill to find out that she and her family were going to see the award-winning show, War Horse, based on Morpurgo’s best-selling book.

But last week there was even more excitement for Nathalie, who has just left Menorah Foundation Primary School and is starting at Hasmonean High School in September.

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Rabbi faces second discipline hearing

By Simon Rocker, August 13, 2009

Sephardi leaders have been accused of victimising the rabbi of Britain’s oldest synagogue, Bevis Marks, after demanding he face a second disciplinary hearing in a fortnight.

Rabbi Natan Asmoucha, who was suspended three weeks ago, was issued with a final warning by the mahamad (executive) of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation over his involvement last month in a march against high bank interest rates.

But members of Bevis Marks are in uproar after learning that the mahamad had extended his suspension on Friday and made new allegations of gross misconduct against him.

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Mountain rescue for yeshivah boys, again

By Nigel Burnham and Marcus Dysch, August 13, 2009

Rescue teams in the Lake District have criticised a group of 23 yeshivah students who got stuck on a mountain for the second successive year.

An all-night rescue operation was launched on Sunday after the group from Gateshead Talmudical College became stuck while descending the 2,057ft Looking Stead, in one of Cumbria’s most remote valleys.

The male students, aged 14 to 23, were stranded on steep ground in mist and rain after wandering off a fell pass. Many were ill-prepared and were wearing T-shirts and trainers.

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Terror as jet takes a mid-flight plunge

By Leon Symons, August 13, 2009

Terrified passengers screamed in fear as a Jet2 aircraft carrying 250 people from Tel Aviv to Manchester last week plunged thousands of feet after the cabin suddenly lost pressure.

The aircraft, a Boeing 757-200, was forced to make an emergency landing in the Hungarian capital, Budapest.

One passenger, Marc Baer, 24, from Prestwich, Lancs, suffered a panic attack and was helped by a doctor and cabin crew until the plane landed.

He said: “It was extremely frightening and it went through my mind that we were about to crash.

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Newspaper blasted over MP article

By Simon Rocker, August 13, 2009

The Press Complaints Commission has upheld a complaint against the News of the World from Julian Lewis, the Conservative MP for New Forest East.

Dr Lewis, the Shadow Defence Minister with responsibility for the Navy, protested about a report in the paper in March which claimed that he was “hardly” at his constituency home in Hampshire.

Instead, the article suggested, he received a second-home allowance for a London property which was effectively his main home. The report was published at the height of the MPs’ expenses row.

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Hain refuses plea to testify against Israel

By Leon Symons, August 13, 2009

Cabinet member Peter Hain has refused to appear as an expert witness for five members of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign involved in a court case over an anti-Israeli protest during an Edinburgh Festival concert.

The name of the Secretary of State for Wales appeared on a list of people whom the SPSC group claimed in an email that it had approached to give expert evidence on behalf of the defendants.

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Health website specialises in Jewish genetic diseases

By Leon Symons, August 13, 2009

People afflicted by rare illnesses which predominantly affect Jews will be able to find out how to cope with them through a new health website.

Tay-Sachs disease, Niemann-Pick syndrome, Canavan disease, Crohn’s disease, cystic fibrosis and even the extremely rare maple syrup disease are among the illnesses which will be highlighted on the website www.healthtalkonline.org.uk

Oxford sociologist Dr Sara Ryan, who is running the part of the website that deals with Jewish health, has been seeking volunteers all over the country to give interviews about these illnesses.

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Huge protests set for BNP festival

By Leon Symons, August 13, 2009

Thousands of anti-fascists from all over the country will be hoping to disrupt the BNP’s annual festival in a Derbyshire village this weekend.

Unite Against Fascism has 43 coaches ready to carry supporters to Codnor, where they will confront the BNP on Saturday during its Red, White and Blue festival.

Anindya Bhattacharyya, UAF press officer, said: “We want to get as many people as possible to protest. We want to put pressure on the BNP to make it clear to anyone going to the festival that the vast majority of people in this country find their views repulsive.”

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A word in your ear, Prime Minister

August 13, 2009


Vivian Wineman, president of the Board of Deputies:
“We are delighted you are coming. It is symptomatic of the very firm ties that exist between Israel and this country and we wish you every success at this momentous time.”

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