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Hope’s hit

June 20, 2008

A video to promote Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks’s CD, Home of Hope, marking Israel’s 60th anniversary, has received more than 134,000 hits on YouTube since its launch last month. Sir Jonathan sings on one track, Oseh Shalom.

 

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In faith

June 20, 2008

Israeli interfaith activist Ron Kronish spoke at London’s Central Mosque this week. Dr Kronish, a Reform rabbi, will receive the Gold Medallion of the International Council of Christians and Jews in Jerusalem next week.

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Ambition: to be an MP

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

Political writer Neil Glass is to stand against the former Shadow Home Secretary David Davis in the Haltemprice and Howden by-election and has promised to donate half his MP’s salary to charity should he get elected. The by-election, likely to take place on July 10, has been triggered by Mr Davis’s profound opposition to the government’s insistence that terror suspects should be detained for a minimum of 42 days.

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Jews for Jesus in new push

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

Rabbis express deep concern after JC investigation reveals scale of missionary group’s membership drive

The missionary group Jews for Jesus has launched a new push to gain the allegiance of British Jews, the JC can reveal.

More than 30 volunteers from the London branch of the international organisation, whose central tenet is that Jesus is the Messiah and that Jews need to recognise him as such, are approaching and handing out leaflets to Jews across London.

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Charedi youth beaten unconscious by teen gang

By Leon Symons, June 20, 2008

A teenage boy was attacked and beaten unconscious by a gang of up to eight youths while on his way to his home in North London on Sunday afternoon.

The gang, thought to be aged between 10 and 14, then ran off with his kippah and tefillin, leaving the 15-year-old unconscious on the pavement, with bruises around his eye and nose, and bleeding from a cut lip.

The youth, who lives in Stamford Hill, was taken to Homerton Hospital by the Hatzolah ambulance service and was kept in overnight for observation.

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Fire leaves Sainsbury’s without kosher bread

By Dana Gloger, June 20, 2008

A major fire has left a kosher bakery unable to maintain supplies to supermarkets.

Less than an hour before the start of Shavuot last weekend, fire tore through the Sharon’s Bakery warehouse in Tottenham, North London, gutting the entire building.

Although the bakery’s individual stores, based in Edgware, Hendon, Stamford Hill and Barkingside, were unaffected, its wholesale operation, which was run from the warehouse, had to be halted.

This has left Sainsbury’s in Finchley Road, London, without supplies of kosher bread.

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Bank Leumi UK boss held over £5m ‘fraud’

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

The UK head of Israel’s biggest bank has been arrested on suspicion of taking part in a plot to embezzle nearly £5 million.

Menahem Friedman, who worked for Bank Leumi in Tel Aviv before being made chief executive of its UK branch last year, is being held in Israel with 13 other businessmen.

Fraud-squad detectives told the Tel Aviv Peace Court that furniture-company owner Meir Ovadya and his son Rafi had acted as intermediaries for the group who, in 2006 and 2007, allegedly received fictitious loans from the bank without offering collateral.

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Ex-president tells UK event of 'shame' at Israel sleaze

By Leon Symons, June 20, 2008

A former Israeli president has said he is ashamed of the corruption scandal engulfing his country’s politics.

Yitzhak Navon, who held office from 1978 to 1983, said: “I feel ashamed at what is happening, but my consolation is that there is no cover-up. Whatever rank or position someone holds, they are interrogated if under suspicion. If they are guilty, they will be punished and this shows democracy works.”

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UCU stalls on boycott decision

By Simon Rocker, June 20, 2008

Leaders of Britain’s main lecturers’ union have been accused of failing to throw out a controversial policy denounced by critics as a backdoor move to boycott Israel.

At its annual conference last month, the University and College Union voted to ask academics to “consider the moral and political implications of educational links with Israeli institutions”.

But the UCU executive last Friday put off any decision to implement the resolution, instead referring it for further discussion by a sub-committee.

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Book Week boss accuses Edinburgh event of bias

By Shelly Paz, June 20, 2008

Jewish Book Week director Geraldine D’Amico has expressed disappointment that the Edinburgh International Book Festival plans to mark Israel’s 60th anniversary by focusing on the Nakba, or “catastrophe”, the Palestinian term for the creation of Israel.

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