UK news

Beauties battle it out for England

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

Two Jewish women will battle for the Miss England crown next month.

Leah Green, 22, made it to the final by winning the Miss London title. She will be joined by runner-up Samantha Freedman, 19, who got there by winning the Miss ModelZed final in Leicester at the weekend.

Ms Green, a member of Belsize Square Synagogue who has been told she is the wrong size to be a regular model, will use the contest as an opportunity to promote curvier models.

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How a puncture on the A40 caught a rapist on the run

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

A convicted rapist who fled Israel before he could be jailed for a sex attack on an underage boy was caught last week when police stopped to help him change a wheel on a busy road.

Nachman Stal, 37, is understood to have been living in secret among the Charedi community of Stamford Hill, North London, since skipping the country two years ago.

But he was recaptured last Wednesday when his car had a puncture on the Westway stretch of the A40 in Ladbroke Grove, West London.

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Galloway to sue ‘the bill’

June 6, 2008

Respect MP George Galloway is threatening to sue TV series The Bill, claiming that a corrupt politician was based on him. The action relates to programmes in which the character is accused of smuggling antiques and drugs from Iraq. He is also shown at an anti-racism concert — a real-life event held in Mr Galloway’s Bethnal Green constituency.

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Schochet is elected

June 6, 2008

United Synagogue rabbis have chosen one of their most high-profile members to chair their Rabbinic Council. Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet succeeds Rabbi Mordechai Ginsbury. Vice-chairs will be Rabbi Michael Harris and Rabbi Naftali Brawer.

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Kedassia man resigns

June 6, 2008

The chairman of Kedassia, the kashrus arm of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, has stepped down. Mendel Hochhauser has been involved with Kedassia since 1990. It is believed he has given up the post to concentrate on his business activities.

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Genizah gets £1 million grant

June 6, 2008

Cambridge University’s Genizah Unit has received a grant of more than £1 million from the Friedberg Genizah Project to help digitise the nearly 200,000 fragments of ancient Jewish manuscripts in its collection.

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Hebrew U donors protest at charges

By Simon Rocker, June 6, 2008

Donors have voiced concern at a British Friends of the Hebrew University policy of deducting administration charges from endowment funds. The policy is the subject of complaints made by a former trustee and reported by the Jewish Chronicle.

One prospective contributor, Deborah Pulvernis, of London, wrote in a letter to the JC: “My late great-aunt, father, and cousin, left substantial restricted endowments to BFHU, who gave them assurances at the time that 100 per cent of their monies would go to the university with no running costs deducted.

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Butchers’ fees cut by 10pc

By Leon Symons, June 6, 2008

Surprise cuts in fees paid by butchers of around 10 per cent per kilo on lamb and beef have been announced by the London Board for Shechita.

The cuts, which came into effect on Tuesday, have been introduced to help butchers facing spiralling wholesale prices, in order to limit what they then charge consumers. They have been welcomed by Jacky Lipowicz, chairman of the Licensed Kosher Meat Traders’ Association, the butchers’ “union”.



Prices ought to be limited after new fee cuts

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Developer in kosher revival

By Leon Symons, June 6, 2008

A property developer has undertaken a mission to bring kosher food back to South Manchester.

David Jebreel owns a non-kosher restaurant in the area that has closed down. Now he is seeking a tenant who will turn it into a kosher restaurant.

“There is a big Jewish community but there is nowhere for them to eat kosher. If people want to eat in a kosher restaurant, they have to travel up to 20 miles to north Manchester,” he said.

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Academics’ motion seen as a boycott by the back door

By Leon Symons, May 30, 2008

The University and College Union lived up to expectations on Wednesday by carrying a motion at its annual conference in Manchester that has been challenged as an attempt to reintroduce a boycott of Israeli academics by the back door.

Tom Hickey, the philosophy lecturer from the University of Brighton behind the motion, said the UCU was “urging people to reflect on whether it was appropriate for them to maintain their links with Israeli institutions”.

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