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Police to probe bus ‘outburst’

By Dana Gloger, July 31, 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

July 31, 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 It superseded the Chief Rabbinate Council which was responsible for appointing new chief rabbis.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’

July 31, 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

July 31, 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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Facebook fraudster ordered to pay his victim £22,000

By James Brewster, July 31, 2008

A businessman whose personal details were "laid bare" in fake entries on the Facebook social networking website has been awarded £22,000 in damages against the former friend who created the profile.

Mathew Firsht, managing director of Applause Store Productions, sued his old schoolfriend, freelance cameraman Grant Raphael, for libel and misuse of private information.

A judge at the High Court in London ruled that Mr Raphael's defence - that the entry was created on his computer by party gate-crashers at his flat - was "built on lies".

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Welcome to Chief Constable

July 31, 2008
The appointment of the new Manchester Chief Constable, Peter Fahy, has been welcomed by the Jewish community. He has regularly condemned antisemitism, has visited Auschwitz and attends Holocaust Memorial Days. He succeeds the late Michael Todd.

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Viewers enraged by comic’s Shoah sketch

By Dana Gloger, July 31, 2008

Media watchdog Ofcom is investigating Channel 4's The Kevin Bishop Show after receiving dozens of complaints about a Holocaust-themed sketch.

The two-minute skit, aired last Friday evening, was a spoof musical version of the scene in the film Sophie's Choice in which the heroine is forced to choose which of her two children to keep with her at Auschwitz.

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£100k in boot man is bailed

July 24, 2008

A chasidic man charged with money-laundering after police found £100,000 in the boot of his car has been granted bail.The money was discovered when Chaim Hershkovitz, 28 - son of Yesodey Hatorah teacher Rabbi Moshe Hershkovitz - was stopped for speeding.

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Oberman did not write play, says co-author

By Candice Krieger, July 24, 2008

A simmering dispute between actress Tracy-Ann Oberman and playwright Diane Samuels broke dramatically into the open this week, when Ms Samuels spoke out against the former EastEnders star for appearing to claim sole authorship of a play to which they have joint credits. Ms Oberman in turn consulted her lawyers when the JC put Ms Samuels’s concerns to her.

The women are named as co-writers of a version of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, re-named 3 Sisters on Hope Street, staged earlier this year at London’s Hampstead Theatre.

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Priest sorry for Shoah reference

July 24, 2008
A Catholic priest has apologised to the Jewish community over the interpretation of an article he wrote about the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.

Writing in a parish magazine in Norfolk, Chet News, Father Mark Hackeson said that since abortion had been legalised in the UK, more than six million lives had been destroyed - "on a par with the Jewish Holocaust".

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