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Shadow Education Secretary pledges support for Jewish schools in Board meeting

By Charlotte Oliver, January 20, 2016

Shadow Education Secretary Lucy Powell has pledged Labour’s support for Jewish schools in a meeting with the Board of Deputies.

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Lord Weidenfeld dies aged 96

By Marcus Dysch, January 20, 2016

Publisher and philanthropist Lord Weidenfeld has died aged 96.

The peer died "peacefully in his sleep" on Wednesday morning following a brief illness, his family said in a statement.

He is expected to be buried in Israel.

In a tribute, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Lord Weidenfeld had traveled "a unique path from refugee to peer".

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Board warning over peer’s Bill to control religious courts

By Simon Rocker, January 19, 2016

The House of Lords has given further support to a private members bill to regulate religious tribunals which the Board of Deputies warns could hit Batei Din.

Cross-bencher Baroness Cox wants to force religious courts which arbitrate disputes to comply with equality law.

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Jewish couple take civil partnership battle to High Court

By Rosa Doherty, January 19, 2016

A Jewish couple who want civil partnerships to be available for heterosexuals have launched a legal challenge in the High Court.

Academics Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan decided to challenge the status quo after an official at a register office told them they were not eligible for a civil partnership because they were not the same sex.

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Pro-Israel rally: organisers say venue pulled out because of ‘intimidation’ from boycotters

By Josh Jackman, January 19, 2016

The organisers of a pro-Israel rally claim they have been forced to postpone the event because the venue pulled out after “gross intimidation” from boycott activists.

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Manchester pro-Israel rally cancelled

By Josh Jackman, January 19, 2016

The national pro-Israel rally supported by all major communal organisations has been cancelled because the venue has pulled out.

The “Say No To Terror: Stand With Israel” event was due to take place in Manchester’s Sheridan Suite function rooms on January 31, with around 2,000 people expected to attend.

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Rabbis protest over gallery plan for medieval Jewish cemetery

By JC Reporter, January 18, 2016

Hundreds of Satmar rabbis have demonstrated outside the Swiss embassy in London in protest at plans to desecrate a medieval Jewish cemetery.

They claimed the expansion of the Kunsthaus fine art museum in Zurich threatened to damage the burial ground.
Jewish communities in New York, Tel Aviv and Switzerland have met Swiss representatives to argue against the work.

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Pikuach schools inspection service is "absolute blessing", says Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

By JC Reporter, January 18, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has praised the religious education service Pikuach, describing it as “an absolute blessing for our schools”.

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Almost half of UK population have no religion, survey finds

By Charlotte Oliver, January 17, 2016

A large proportion of people in the UK say they have no religion, a YouGov survey has revealed.

Research carried out by Lancaster University on behalf of YouGov found that 46 per cent of adults of all backgrounds say they have no religion, while 42 per cent call themselves Christians.

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Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush to meet Vladimir Putin

By Charlotte Oliver, January 17, 2016

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush is to be part of an international delegation that will meet Vladimir Putin in Moscow next week.

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