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Geoffrey Vos is appointed as a High Court judge

October 14, 2009

Geoffrey Vos, the former chairman of the Bar Council, has been appointed as a High Court judge.

Mr Vos, 54, who also chairs the Social Mobility Foundation, said: “I am very much looking forward to taking up my appointment to the Chancery Bench.”

The head of chambers at 3 Stone Buildings for 11 years until spring this year, he was also appointed an Appeal Court judge for the Cayman Islands at the end of last year.

He is a member of both the Liberal Jewish Synagogue, St John’s Wood and also the Herefordshire Jewish community.

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Orthodox man jailed for sex offences

By Leon Symons, October 13, 2009

An Orthodox academic has been jailed for four months after police found dozens of images of children in his computer.

Eight years ago Dr Benjamin Yudkin, 41, of Wolvercote, Oxford, escaped a custodial sentence after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting a nine-year-old child in Reading.

Last week Yudkin appeared for sentence at Oxford Crown Court having previously admitted three counts of possession of indecent images.

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Former Board of Deputies president dies

By Leon Symons, October 12, 2009

One of Anglo-Jewry's best known communal figures, Judge Israel Finestein, died today. He was 88.

Hull-born Judge Finestein, who retired from the bench as a deputy high court judge and a former crown court judge, was president of the Board of Deputies from 1991-1994 and served on a diverse range of communal bodies, including the Jewish Historical Society.

He had also been a vice president of the World Jewish Congress, and had been active outside the community, chairing the Mental Health Review Tribunal.

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Independent columnist slammed by LFI

By Jessica Elgot, October 12, 2009

The director of the Labour Friends of Israel has hit back at an Independent newspaper columnist, who claimed that the group was “overinfluential” and “lavish”.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, a columnist for the Independent, wrote an analysis of the three political party conferences she attended, and noted: “All three parties were lavishly entertained by the over-influential Friends of Israel”

But she was swiftly rebutted by Luciana Berger, director of the Labour Friends of Israel, who insisted that Ms Alibhai- Brown had not attended the LFI event.

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Kaminski admits wearing 'fascist' symbol

By Martin Bright and Jessica Elgot, October 10, 2009

Michal Kaminski, the Polish MEP at the centre of the controversy over David Cameron’s European alliances has admitted he wore the symbol of a totalitarian group, claims he had previously denied.

In an interview with the JC, Mr Kaminski was asked if he had ever said he was proud to wear the Chrobry Sword, the symbol of the National Radical Camp (ONR).

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Guardian omits Rabin, Peres, Begin from Nobel list

By Jessica Elgot, October 9, 2009

Complaints to The Guardian newspaper over an incomplete list of Nobel peace prize winners have led to a hasty amendment on the paper's website.

The incomplete list was up for four hours, despite comments below the list which pointed out the omissions of Yitzak Rabin, Menachem Begin and Shimon Peres.

Immediately following the announcement of President Barack Obama's win of the 2009 Nobel peace prize, Guardian news editor Simon Rogers posted what he claimed was "every peace prize winner ever", stating that the information came from the website Nobelprize.org

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Leaders split over David Cameron's Euro allies

By Martin Bright and Simon Rocker, October 9, 2009

The controversial Polish MEP at the heart of the row over David Cameron’s new alliance in Europe has launched a fierce rebuttal of claims that he is an antisemite with a neo-Nazi past.

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EXCLUSIVE Michal Kaminski: 'I'm no antisemite'

By Martin Bright, October 9, 2009

When I finally interview Michal Kaminski he is looking extremely flustered, not to say hounded, by the attention he has received during his flying visit to Conservative Party conference. The controversial leader of David Cameron’s new allies in the European Parliament has been chased into a fringe meeting by a woman from Channel 4 and to the doors of a lunch hosted by Conservative Friends of Israel. Allegations about his far-right past have quite literally pursued him to a suite at Manchester’s Midland Hotel.

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Stamford Hill sex predator fails in bid to clear his name

By James Brewster, October 8, 2009

A man who had sex with a 15-year-old Orthodox Jewish boy has failed to clear his name in the Court of Appeal.

Najibullah Ahmadzai, 25, of Walthamstow, was found guilty at Snaresbrook Crown Court in June last year of sexual activity with a child.

Deemed a danger to the public, he was sentenced to indefinite imprisonment for public protection and ordered to serve at least three-and-a-half years behind bars before he could apply for parole.

He had sex with his victim, a member of the Orthodox Jewish community, after they met at a Stamford Hill internet cafe, where Ahmadzai worked.

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Plymouth synagogue sells off its family silver

By Robyn Rosen, October 8, 2009

The director of the charity Jewish Heritage UK has spoken out against a congregation which is selling its historic collection of silver Judaica.

Rare silver religious ornaments from the Plymouth Synagogue will be sold at auction by Bonhams on November 25. Among the items are a yad (pointer) and a pair of rimmonim (decorative finials for a sefer Torah), thought to have been made in London in 1783 and considered among the most original sets known to exist; and a Torah breastplate, made in Warsaw in about 1820.

The total collection is estimated to sell for between £50,000 and £60,000.

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