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River Island founder David Lewis dies at 87

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2011

The founder of one of Israel’s most prominent hotel chains and the clothing company River Island has died in London.

David Lewis, who set up Isrotel 30 years ago, was 87 and was diagnosed with cancer last year.

A successful businessman, he was credited with developing Eilat as a popular tourist resort after he opened the Isrotel King Solomon Hotel there in 1980.

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Shop owner's disgust as rioters tear up Tottenham landmarks

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2011

The managing director of a Jewish-owned DIY shop in Tottenham has expressed his disgust at the riots on his community over the last few days.

Derek Lewis was in Bournemouth for the weekend when he was woken just before 4am on Sunday morning because the alarm in H Glickman Ltd was going off.

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Interfaith unity in Tottenham as riots continue

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2011

A representative from the board of Deputies of British Jews joined a mulltifaith "vigil of hope" on Monday evening in Tottenham.

The event was arranged following the death of resident Mark Duggan and the violent protests and riots that followed.

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Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy offers to help with riot clean up

By Jennifer Lipman, August 8, 2011

The chairman of Tottenham Hotspur Football Club has pledged to support the local community in rebuilding the area following Saturday's mass rioting.

Daniel Levy expressed sadness and concern about the "disruption to local people's lives and the effect on the community as a whole".

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Tottenham Jews: life goes on after riots

By Jessica Elgot, August 8, 2011

Tottenham's Chasidic residents turned out to watch the weekend's riots on their way home from synagogue, but retreated after warnings from rabbis.

A warning was sent out to the Stamford Hill community via strictly Orthodox security service Shomrim, from Rabbi Efraim Padwa.

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Netanyahu forms panel to tackle tent city unrest

By Jennifer Lipman, August 8, 2011

Israel's Prime Minister has created a panel to explore the demands of the protesters who have gathered in Tel Aviv in recent weeks to highlight a number of social problems.

Benjamin Netanyahu said the panel of experts would sit down with the leaders of the so-called "tent city" protests, as they showed no sign of subsiding.

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Dating, just like in Babylon

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 8, 2011

An academic claims to have discovered the world's oldest existing Babylonian calendar, which shows that the Jewish dating system has changed little in 2,000 years.

Dr Helen Jacobus, who was recently awarded PhD by Manchester University, is the first academic to decipher the document which was found with the Dead Sea Scrolls into a calendar capable of calculations.

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Day I told my Orthodox dad that I was gay

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 8, 2011

A gay Jewish man will explain how he revealed his sexuality to his Orthodox family on Channel 4's The Sex Education Show.

Oli Kasin, a Manchester University student from London, talks frankly about struggling as a gay Jew on the programme famous for its controversial full-frontal shots of genitalia.

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Israel an issue on new e-petitions website

By Jennifer Lipman, August 5, 2011

The government's new "e-petitions" website has already attracted attention from a number of pro and anti-Israel campaigners.

Launched this week, the site allows voters to register a petition on any subject. If they manage to attract more than 100,000 signatures, the point could be debated by MPs in the House of Commons.

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Israel gap year could boost university application

By Jennifer Lipman, August 5, 2011

Participants on gap year schemes in Israel could find that their time abroad helps them win a university place.

Students can boost their Ucas tariff points by 70 points – equivalent to an A grade at AS Level – by earning a Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (Cope).

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