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Plan for Israel-style 'volunteer villages' in UK

By Jenni Frazer, May 26, 2011

Students are to be offered help with housing costs in return for devoting some of their free time to voluntary service.

It is part of an ambitious UJIA project embracing both the Jewish and the wider community, one in which organisers hope will help "work towards a society of engaged citizens".

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Arrests over synagogue robberies

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

Two people have been arrested in connection with a spate of burglaries at synagogues in London.

In April it emerged that there had been a series of robberies at synagogues in Golders Green.

Police said that over a three-month period around £110,000 worth of religious items had been taken.

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Wesker and Rattigan: a secret friendship revealed

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

Two celebrated playwrights who famously did not get along may have had more appreciation for each other' s work than previously known.

Terence Rattigan, whose centenary is currently being marked with several West End revivals, was known to dislike the "angry young men" playwrights who emerged in the 1950s, among them Jewish dramatists Harold Pinter and Arnold Wesker.

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Car on fire near Golders Green school

May 23, 2011

Firefighters were called near to a Jewish school in Golders Green earlier today after a car caught alight on the same road.

The blaze, which happened near Menorah Primary School, caused severe damage to a parked car and singed a nearby fence and garden shed. There were no injuries from the fire.

The fire service is investigating the cause of the incident.

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Tributes to Arieh Handler

May 23, 2011

Arieh Handler, the last survivor of those present at the declaration of the state of Israel, died last week at the age of 96.His friends and colleagues have been sharing their memories of him with the JC.

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People to choose chief rabbi?

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 20, 2011

A prominent Manchester rabbi has said that the Jewish public must have the ultimate vote in choosing a chief rabbi but candidates must also be vetted first by "competent" rabbis.

Rabbi Yossi Chazan, of the Holy Law South Broughton Synagogue, said common sense demanded that if the chief rabbi were to represent the community, "he has to come from the people."

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How to win friends in Ireland

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

Belfast's Jewish community may be shrinking, but the city has become the base for one of Britain's fastest-growing and most successful Israel advocacy groups.

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Community chest now back on the agenda

By Simon Rocker, May 19, 2011

Charity leaders are considering plans to set up a £5 million community chest to finance small organisations at risk in the tough economic climate, as well as to support solidarity events with Israel and respond to political crises.

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Academics may redefine antisemitism

By Simon Rocker, May 19, 2011

The union which represents British academics has been accused of "hurting Jews" by proposing to reject a widely-used definition of antisemitism on the grounds that it stifles debate on Israel.

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Dundee backtracks on Israel boycott

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

Dundee councillors will vote on whether to condemn Israel at a meeting next month. but a more extreme resolution, which called for a full boycott of Israeli goods, has been blocked by council legal officers.

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