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How safe is it in your area?

By Dana Gloger, September 4, 2008

the area around Hendon Synagogue in North-West London has been classified by the Metropolitan police as having a high crime rate after a spate of 11 recorded property crimes in July.

In Stamford Hill, home to Europe's largest Charedi community, there were seven crimes around the Satmar Beth Hamedrash Yetev Lev synagogue in Cazenove Road - above the average crime rate for the capital.

The information emerged as the Metropolitan Police made available crime maps showing the number of burglaries, robberies and vehicle crimes in London neighbourhoods.

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Pensioner battered at home by burglars

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 4, 2008

An elderly couple were left shocked and battered after two men burst into their Manchester home, kicking the 76-year-old wife before making off with cash.

The attack happened last Friday at the home of Evelyn and Harold Davidson in Prestwich. Mrs Davidson answered the door to a man posing as a window-cleaner. He kicked her repeatedly before a second man entered, ransacking the house. Her 89-year-old husband fought back with his two walking-sticks and was unharmed.

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‘Nazi-joke’ officer suspended

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2008

A community policeman has been suspended after allegedly impersonating Hitler and goose-stepping around a police station.

Police Community Support Officer Paul Ryan is being investigated by the Metropolitan Police after colleagues claimed they saw him making Nazi salutes at his team's base in Swiss Cottage, North-West London.

The incident took place on July 24 and Ryan was suspended on August 5 after being reported to senior officers.

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Holocaust education ‘may affect boys less than girls’

By Dana Gloger, September 4, 2008

Boys and girls appear to respond very differently to Holocaust education, according to academics who monitored children's attitudes to racism over a four-year period.

Lecturers from Strathclyde University and the University of the West of Scotland spoke to 155 secondary-school pupils in Scotland, comprising one group which had been taught about the Holocaust at primary school and another which had not previously learnt about it.

All had studied it in their Year Nine history lessons at secondary school.

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Accord: we want to broaden education

By Simon Rocker, September 4, 2008

Rabbi Jonathan Romain was this week at pains to point out that the new Accord campaign, which he chairs, is not against the existence of faith schools.
Its aim was to bring religious schools under greater state control, he explained at the new group's London launch on Monday.

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Reform blasts own rabbi on faith schools

By Simon Rocker, September 4, 2008

The chairman of Britain's Reform movement has distanced it from the involvement of the head of its rabbinic assembly, Rabbi Jonathan Romain, in a new campaign to curb faith schools.

The Chief Rabbi, meanwhile, offered the JC a comment article extolling the "essential" role of Jewish faith schools.

Last week, the JC reported that Rabbi Romain, the Reform rabbi of Maidenhead synagogue, was among religious leaders planning to lobby the government to prevent state-funded faith schools using a child's or parent's religion in determining admission.

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Graff Diamonds being sued by its broker firm

By Candice Krieger, September 4, 2008

International diamond broker Willie Nagel is suing jeweller Laurence Graff and his company Graff Diamonds for more than £15,000 over an alleged breach of contract.

Mr Nagel, chairman of W Nagel Limited, had been broker to Mr Graff, 69, for 30 years. In 1998, as part of his services, he secured coveted "sightholder" status for Mr Graff. Sightholders are privileged traders, granted access to viewings of diamonds for inspection.

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Israeli children still not found

By Marcus Dysch, September 4, 2008

British officials are still refusing to disclose the whereabouts of two Israeli children who entered Britain unaccompanied, more than two months after their first contact with immigration officials.

The JC reported in July that a 12-year-old girl and her nine-year-old brother had been sent to Britain alone by their Tel Aviv-based mother. The girl had been kept under British welfare supervision for more than a month before contact was made with Tel Aviv authorities, prompting an astonished response from Israeli officials.

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Kosher store blaze is ‘worst nightmare’

By Candice Krieger, September 4, 2008

One of London's largest kosher supermarkets is facing financial uncertainty after its warehouse was ravaged by a fire, causing tens of thousands of pounds' worth of damage.

More than 50 firefighters in 10 fire engines tackled the blaze at the Kosher Kingdom warehouse on Golders Green Road last Thursday. The fire, which started at around 4pm, took almost five hours to put out. All shop-owners and residents in the vicinity were told to leave the area. There were no casualties.

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Why I had to say no when Albert Speer asked me to dinner

By Leon Symons, September 4, 2008

It took a few minutes to decipher the writing, but Roman Halter knew what it was as soon as he saw it.
It had lain buried among papers for nearly 30 years and had been forgotten. But the two-page, handwritten letter that Mr Halter found last month evoked memories of a time when he survived the Holocaust while dozens of family and friends were murdered.

The letter - and a second one - that Mr Halter had found were written by Albert Speer, the Nazis' chief architect and, from 1943, the man responsible for armaments in Hitler's Germany.

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