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Charedi youth suffer ‘learning delay’

By Candice Krieger, November 13, 2008

A leading consultant speech and language therapist has expressed concern that Charedi children are at risk of developing delayed language skills.

Salford-based Michelle Morris, a professional adviser to the Department of Health, said that due to the large numbers of children in Charedi families, they might not be getting the attention needed for adequate language development.

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Commons queries over Hebrew A-level

By Simon Rocker, November 13, 2008

An MP has raised questions in parliament after an Israeli-born pupil from a Jewish school was denied a university place this year because the university would not recognise her modern Hebrew A-level.

Westminster University said it could not accept her A-level A-grade in Ivrit. The unidentified student was told: "Even if you have lived in the UK since the age of three, Hebrew is the language you will have used most of or a lot of the time at home, as it is your mother's first language."

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Peltours sells its Israel arm

By Jan Shure, November 13, 2008

Peltours, the oldest established Israel travel firm in the UK, is to sell its Israel operation to West End Travel.
West End Travel, established by David Segel in 1972, will take over the Edgware operation of Peltours, which incorporates AMG, and Mozes Travel, which specialises in Israel travel for the Orthodox market.

WET, based in Oxford Street, will move its Israel and Jewish-interest operations to Edgware, creating a merged operation which Mr Segel expects to generate annual sales of around £15 million.

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JNF seeks cash from donor who ‘underwrote its legal fees’

By Simon Rocker, November 13, 2008

The JNF is trying to recover money from a donor who it says agreed to meet the legal costs of its past dispute with Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael.

Newly-published accounts reveal that the charity spent £886,000 on legal expenses in 2007 plus £289,000  in the year before - while receiving donations worth £344,000 towards the lawyers' bill.

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Siren call to Shabbat is silenced

By Leon Symons, November 13, 2008

While Shabbat itself is a haven of peace and quiet, the few minutes leading up to it on a Friday afternoon have caused quite a bit of noise in one Jewish area.

A Shabbat siren has been announcing the imminent arrival of the Sabbath in Stamford Hill in North East London. In fact, it is not a siren, but rather, a selection of music and songs being played over a number of loudspeakers.

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Shipping tycoon honoured

November 13, 2008

Israeli shipping tycoon Samuel Ofer has been awarded an honorary KBE in recognition of his services to UK maritime heritage.

Mr Ofer served in the Navy during World War II. He and his brother, Yuli, went on to create one of the largest private shipping companies in the world, operating a significant part of its fleet from London.

In 2008 he contributed towards projects connected with the UK's maritime heritage in Greenwich, where a major new area at the National Maritime Museum will be named the Sammy Ofer Wing.

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Mixed choir hits sour note with rabbis

By Simon Rocker, November 13, 2008

The days of the last mixed choir at an Orthodox synagogue in Britain look to be numbered.

Leaders of the Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation (Princes Road) believe that their historic choir is impeding the search to find a new rabbi.

Laurence Goldman, the congregation's senior warden, said: "We're in a situation where a mixed choir is not really acceptable to Orthodox rabbis looking for a job. One rabbi said he wouldn't be prepared to come for an interview unless we agreed not to have a mixed choir.

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Race abuser fined £730

November 13, 2008

A 19-year-old man who threatened three strictly Orthodox men in a racially motivated incident has been fined £730.

Liam Curtis Smith pleaded guilty to "racially or religiously aggravated fear or provocation of violence" at Blaydon Magistrates' Court in Gateshead last Friday. He was originally charged with the lesser offence of "racially aggravated harassment", but the court convicted him of the more serious charge upon hearing the case.

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Chef’s injury led to death

November 13, 2008

A retired pastry chef died after doctors at two hospitals failed to diagnose his broken spine, an inquest has heard.

Neville Caplan, of Prestwich, Lancs, could have been saved by surgery if his injuries, suffered in a minor fall, had been spotted earlier, coroner Nigel Meadows said.

The 70-year-old died three weeks after the accident at his son's home on November 11, 2004.

When the fracture was finally spotted on December 1 by doctors at Wythenshawe and North Manchester hospitals, he was too ill for surgery and died three days later.

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Ofcom ruling on bbc show

November 13, 2008

The broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has partly upheld a complaint of unfairness against the programme Weekend Nazis shown on BBC1 in August last year.

It included footage of Nicholas and Michaela Beardshaw's wedding during Kent's annual "War and Peace Show", a World War Two re-enactment event, at which the couple were dressed as German army medics and some of the guests wore SS uniform.

Ofcom said the couple's privacy had not been infringed but they had not been told the nature of the programme by its makers.

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