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Anti-abuse rabbi run out of town

By Marcus Dysch, August 1, 2008

A rabbi who uncovers child abuse in strictly Orthodox communities says he feared for his life as he was chased by a group of 200 Charedi men in North London.

Rabbi Nochum Rosenberg, 58, was forced to flee from a Stamford Hill synagogue where he had been listening to a lecture last Thursday.

He ran into Manor Road, in the heart of the community, and was taken to safety after stopping a passing police car.

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Retrial for web hate publisher

By Leon Symons, August 1, 2008

A man who fled to America after being convicted of publishing racially inflammatory material on the internet will face a second trial in December.

Simon Sheppard, 51, from Selby, North Yorkshire, is being held in Santa Ana jail in California, together with his co-defendant Stephen Whittle, after the pair were detained at Los Angeles airport last month.

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So who are the settlers?

August 1, 2008

"We are not settlers," was the blunt response of the press officer for the Beitar Illit local council, when asked to comment on the town's status.

"This is just the place where the government decided to build new housing for the Charedi community. We would have gone wherever they would have given us land."

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BA worker gets ‘final warning’ over taking Shabbat as day off

By Leon Symons, August 1, 2008

An Orthodox Jewish employee of British Airways has been given a final warning about his conduct because he failed to turn up for work on a Saturday - more than 18 months ago.

An internal disciplinary hearing also found an allegation of neglect of duty proven against 47-year-old Daniel Rosenthal, who is Shabbat-observant, for the same reason. According to a letter he received seen by the JC, "if there is a repeat of such behaviour or any further unacceptable conduct", he could be fired.

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Tube-scam conman gets 18 months

By Dana Gloger, August 1, 2008

The so-called Tube shekel scammer has been jailed for 18 months, in his second such prosecution this year.

Israel Aharonovitz, 58, of Hackney, East London, had already been sentenced to a year's imprisonment in April for three counts of fraud by false representation after he obtained £368 from Tube passengers he identified as Jewish.

After further offences came to light, Aharonovitz was prosecuted again, for another three counts.

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Reubens donate to Tories

August 1, 2008
Billionaire brothers David and Simon Reuben have donated almost £200,000 to the Conservative Party. The pair, of Iraqi-Jewish descent, made their fortune in the aluminium trade. They also have a property business. They have made six payments to the party.

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Police to probe bus ‘outburst’

By Dana Gloger, August 1, 2008

A bus driver is alleged to have shouted abusive comments at mourners at the funeral of Britain's longest-serving minister.

Over 400 people attended the funeral of the Rev Leslie Olsberg, minister at Heaton Park Synagogue, last Sunday at Rainsough Cemetery in Prestwich.

Some of those present said that when the driver of the 93 bus could not get through the crowds, he wound down his window and began shouting insults. One mourner claimed the driver shouted: "You people think you own everything."

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Review for Rabbinate Trust

August 1, 2008
The United Synagogue is seeking to review the structure of the Chief Rabbinate Trust, the charitable body set up seven years ago to oversee the office of the Chief Rabbi. It superseded the Chief Rabbinate Council which was responsible for appointing new chief rabbis.

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Madonna ‘to renew vows’

August 1, 2008

Madonna and her husband Guy Richie are said to be about to renew their marriage vows in a Kabbalah ceremony next month.

The couple, whose apparent marriage difficulties have been widely reported, have asked family and friends to witness the event at their Ashcome estate in Wiltshire. Two rabbis are also said to be flying in from New York.

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Classes on how to be King

August 1, 2008
Dr Vernon Bogdanor of Oxford University, an expert on the British constitution, was reported by the News of the World to be one of the tutors being lined up to prepare Prince William for kingship. But Clarence House described the article as "speculative".

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