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Age a factor in Ukrainian Jews' loyalties

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

The Ukrainian Jewish community is split along generational lines, with older people supporting Russia and younger members backing the government in Kiev.

That is the verdict of Rabbi Nachum Ehrentrau, from Zaporozhye in the south-east of the country.

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JLC boosts spending to £1.6m to fund growth

By Simon Rocker, March 20, 2014

New figures reveal a significant rise in spending by the Jewish Leadership Council, outstripping that of the Board of Deputies by nearly £500,000 a year.

Accounts for 2012 show that the JLC’s expenditure leapt from £650,000 to nearly £1.6 million, while the cost of the Board’s activities stayed roughly the same at just over £1.1 million.

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Charities in row over Ukraine trip

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

Two UK charities that were forced to postpone a visit to Jewish orphans in Ukraine are facing a loss of £17,500 in a dispute with Polish airline, Lot.

A group of 30 university students were due to take part in the Genesis trip, an annual visit to the Tikva orphanage in Odessa co-organised by Aish and the Jewish Learning Exchange.

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Leaders back Mick Davis after ‘unprovoked' JNF chief attack

By Simon Rocker, March 20, 2014

A group of communal figures has condemned the attack on Jewish Leadership Council chairman Mick Davis made by JNF UK head Samuel Hayek.

In a JC article last week, Mr Hayek lambasted “this wretched armchair Zionist leadership”, saying that Mr Davis should support the Israeli government rather than publicly criticise it over the peace process.

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z visit Anne Frank's house

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

Beyoncé Knowles and rapper husband Jay-Z have visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

The American couple, who are currently performing on tour around Europe, viewed the former Frank family safe-house that was later discovered by the Nazis, on Wednesday.

Beyoncé, wearing a denim jumpsuit and black hat, was pictured signing the visitors book.

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Shechita campaigners complain over Mail on Sunday article

By Marcus Dysch, March 20, 2014

Campaign group Shechita UK has reported the Mail on Sunday to the Press Complaints Commission over an “aggressive and sensationalised” report on religious slaughter.

The group said the Mail’s article was “deeply unpleasant not only for the pejorative and mischievous editorial line but also for the way in which it deliberately misled its readers”.

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Ex-FA man says Anelka ban debate is a sideshow

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

The debate over the length of Nicolas Anelka’s ban for performing an antisemitic gesture during a Premier League football match is “cartoonish”, “bickering” and a “sideshow”.

That is the view of Simon Johnson, the chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, and a former director of corporate affairs at the Football Association.

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Mirvis’s Shabbat mission

By Simon Rocker, March 20, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is spearheading a campaign to increase the celebration of Shabbat.
Shabbat UK was inspired by a successful programme launched last autumn by his South African counterpart, Chief Rabbi Warren Goldstein.

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Old hate goes high-tech with new boycott app

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

A new smartphone app that identifies Israeli goods and services has been attacked as a modern, high-tech version of traditional Israel-hatred.

The app — which will be released within the next few weeks — has been built by Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) campaigners at the University of Pennsylvania in the United States.

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Man charged with murdering Israeli woman

By Marcus Dysch, March 20, 2014

A man has been charged with murdering an Israeli woman who was stabbed to death at her home in London.

Rivka Holden, who was 55, was found dead at her flat in Colindale, north west London, on Sunday.

Ms Holden had lived in the area for a number of years and was known to members of the nearby Kingsbury Synagogue.

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