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German maker of Zyklon B to fund UK Shoah seminar

By Marcus Dysch, October 20, 2008

The Imperial War Museum has been criticised for allowing a German company connected to the Nazi death camps to fund a major international conference.

The three-day "Beyond Camps and Forced Labour" seminar, due to be held in London in January, will bring together academics studying the effects of Nazi atrocities on survivors.

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Golden boy backs charity event

October 17, 2008

Britain's Olympic kayaking gold medallist Tim Brabants put himself up for hire at a Tri-for-Life combined charities' challenge, for which World Jewish Relief was a key beneficiary.

The mini-triathlon attracted 300 participants and 600 spectators to Dorney Lake, near Eton - a 2012 Olympic venue - for a test of swimming, cycling and running endurance.

Brabants also presented the winners with their medals, commenting: "It was refreshing to see so many charities working closely together for a common cause. I look forward to next year."

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Admissions-policy report to exonerate schools

By Leon Symons, October 17, 2008

Jewish schools are expected to be given a clean bill of health over admissions policies when a new national report is published next month.

The report, by Sir Philip Hunter, chief schools adjudicator, was compiled after a controversy over admissions to faith schools was sparked in April by schools secretary Ed Balls. Mr Balls claimed that Jewish state-maintained schools in Barnet and Greater Manchester were wrongly seeking contributions from prospective parents and asking questions about marital status that broke admissions codes.

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Reform launches outreach arm as alternative to Aish

By Simon Rocker, October 17, 2008

The Reform movement is about to take the first step to launch an alternative to Aish, the Orthodox outreach organisation for young adults.

A residential weekend next month will be the inaugural event by the Assembly of Reform Rabbis to offer a "non-fundamentalist" alternative.

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Campaign leader dies

By Marcus Dysch, October 17, 2008

Irene Bruegel, founder and long-time secretary of the Jews for Justice for Palestinians group, died last Monday.

She had also served as chair of the British Shalom Salaam Trust.

JfJfP's executive committee said Ms Bruegel's "commitment and creativity" were central to the group's establishment and that a charitable fund would be set up in her memory.

Ms Bruegel had been diagnosed with a degenerative auto-immune liver disease for which the only treatment was a transplant, but she died after a preliminary operation.

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Safety-box pair bailed

By Dana Gloger, October 17, 2008

Two well-known members of the Jewish community who were arrested in June in connection with the Metropolitan Police's first large-scale investigation into the use of safety-deposit boxes have been remanded on bail until January of next year.

Leslie Sieff, 60, and Milton Woolf, 52, both directors at Safe Deposit Centres Ltd, were arrested on suspicion of money-laundering after 300 officers conducted simultaneous raids on the company's three depots in Hampstead, Edgware and Mayfair in June.

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Man held over ‘sex attack on daughter'

By Leon Symons, October 17, 2008

A member of New York's Orthodox community has been charged with serious sexual offences against his daughter, a girl who spent several years at school in Manchester.

Federal prosecutors have also moved to keep the man in custody until his trial because they feared he would attempt to interfere with witnesses and flee the country.

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Royal for kinder dinner

October 17, 2008

Prince Charles will be the guest of honour at a special kindertransport reunion next month.

The event, organised by the Association of Jewish Refugees' kindertransport committee, will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Parliament's decision to admit 10,000, mainly Jewish, children as refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe.

The event, taking place at JFS on November 23, is likely to be the final such reunion.

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Anti-Zionists launch new group

By Marcus Dysch, October 17, 2008

The launch of a Jewish organisation dedicated to isolating Israel in the international community has been criticised by Zionist groups.

The International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network (IJAN) unveiled its aims in London last week.

Its charter states a desire "to help widen [the] cracks [in Zionism], until the wall comes down and Israel is as isolated as was apartheid South Africa".

Working in partnership with groups including Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods,

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Reluctant mohels skew birth figures

By Simon Rocker, October 17, 2008

The Board of Deputies says it is being hampered in the collection of Jewish birth statistics because not all mohelim (circumcisers) are providing figures for brits performed each year.

The number of births is based on the annual circumcisions performed by mohelim registered with the respective Orthodox and Progressive societies.

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