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Celebrity lawyer tells of her pain as ‘poison’ allegation is dropped

By Simon Round, September 12, 2008

Leading media divorce lawyer Vanessa Lloyd Platt has spoken of her shock at being arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and her relief after being told she will not be charged with any offence.

Ms Lloyd Platt - who appears regularly on GMTV and Channel 4 and has acted for celebrities including Les Dennis and Anne Diamond - said she had been arrested by the police "under circumstances that were a complete mystery."

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JNF UK decides to back old enemy charity

By Simon Rocker, September 12, 2008

JNF UK this week announced a new agreement to support Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael in Jerusalem, finally putting their costly legal dispute behind them.

In a deal reached in Jerusalem, JNF UK agreed to fundraise for KKL projects in Israel, while retaining freedom to support additional causes of its own choice in Israel.

JNF UK, which will remain an independent charity, will be able to use both the JNF and KKL logos in the UK under licence from the KKL, while KKL will refrain from operating its own branch here.

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London Olympics to mark Munich killings

By Leon Symons, September 12, 2008

A special event to mark the 40th anniversary of the Munich Olympics massacre of Israeli athletes is to be held during the 2012 Olympics in London.

A new body called the London Olympic Jewish Organising Committee, set up to link the capital's Jewish community with the Games, has held preliminary discussions with the London Organising Committee, the Israeli Olympic Association, and has had an initial meeting with the Mayor of London's office.

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Archbishop to go to Auschwitz

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 12, 2008

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, will visit Auschwitz in November. The Archbishop divulged his plans in a meeting this week with the two chief rabbis of Israel.

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Relief as Simcha on the Square festival is approved

By Leon Symons, September 12, 2008

Fears that a change of mayor could affect the third Simcha On The Square event dissipated quickly in May when the event was agreed with Boris Johnson's office.

Now the celebration of Jewish life, music and culture on Sunday, September 14, looks set to be the biggest yet, with more of everything - food stalls, crafts, books and artists providing live music in London's Trafalgar Square.

Last year, the event attracted 25,000 people, making it the biggest one-day festival of Jewish culture in the UK.

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Outrage over Yomtov date for election

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2008

A council has disenfranchised hundreds of Jewish voters - by scheduling a by-election on Yom Kippur.
Haringey Council picked the holiest day of the year after being told by an adviser that the previous Thursday, October 2, would prove an even less popular choice because it would be the "third day of Rosh Hashanah". (For the avoidance of doubt, Rosh Hashanah is a two-day festival).

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JNF was scene of endless rows, says lawyer Julius

By Leon Symons, September 12, 2008

The former chief executive of JNF UK must wait until October to find out whether or not his court action against one of the country's top law firms has been successful.

Mr Justice Henderson told both parties at the end of a three-day hearing last week that he reserved his judgment and, because of his own commitments and administrative difficulties, would not able to deliver his decision until early next month.

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Dentist sorts out a 28-stone gorilla with tooth trouble

By Candice Krieger, September 12, 2008

What do you give a 28-stone silverback gorilla with toothache? A wide berth - unless, that is, you are London dentist Peter Kertesz.

Dr Kertesz, 64, who specialises in wildlife dentistry, spent 45 minutes operating on the animal, called Pertinax, to successfully remove a three-inch tooth.

Officials at the Paignton Zoo in Devon, where surgery took place, say Pertinax was "understandably groggy" following the operation, for which he was anaesthetised for two and a half hours.

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Charedi community fight over Stamford Hill pub turning into a synagogue

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2008

A long-standing feud within the strictly Orthodox community has resurfaced for the most unlikely of reasons - a plan to turn a North London pub into a synagogue.

Last month the JC reported that The Swan in Stamford Hill had been sold to members of the Charedi Bobov community for £1 million.

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Non-Orthodox launch new platform for unity

By Simon Rocker, September 12, 2008

A decade of frustration over lack of pluralism sparks call for action

 

Leaders of the UK's three non-Orthodox religious movements this week challenged the Chief Rabbi to recognise growing religious diversity, amid frustration over the failure of previous attempts at co-operation.

The Reform, Liberal and Masorti movements - which collectively represent around a third of Britain's synagogue members - are calling for a new model of religious leadership which is committed to pluralism.

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