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Covent Garden family pharmacy to close

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2014

One of the last independent shops in the Covent Garden area of central London is to close this week, with its Jewish founders blaming high rents and rates for making the business unsustainable.

The Garden Pharmacy was opened by grandparents Harry and Connie Ganz in 1984.

Surrounded by London’s top theatres, its customers include actors Rupert Everett, Simon Callow and Amanda Barrie.

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CPS reviews Peak District tomb row decision

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 21, 2014

The Crown Prosecution Service is reviewing its decision not to prosecute a man who bulldozed a historic Jewish burial ground.

Landowner Anthony Bevis flattened 100-year-old tombs in woodland in the Peak District, near Sheffield.

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Survey reveals UK Jews' fears of antisemitism

By Simon Rocker, March 21, 2014

Nicolas Anelka’s now notorious quenelle gesture and the debate over Tottenham Yid chants may have made the headlines in recent months.

But UK Jews come across antisemitic comments far more in academic or educational circles than they do at sporting events.

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Anti-Israel author is ‘victim of secret plot’

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2014

The Israeli embassy lobbied Amnesty International to stop an anti-Israel activist holding an event at its headquarters, it has been revealed.

The new edition of Ben White’s book Israeli Apartheid: A Beginner’s Guide will be launched at Amnesty’s offices in Shoreditch, London, on Friday.

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Government wants law changed after Hatzola case

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 21, 2014

The government is seeking a change in the law following a High Court verdict which prevents the Hatzola Jewish emergency service from using blue lights on its vehicles.

The court ruled “with regret” last week that two Hatzola medics from Manchester must be convicted of illegally using the lights because their vehicles did not meet ambulance criteria set down nearly 40 years ago.

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Leading QC to advise on Board of Deputies-JLC merger

By Simon Rocker, March 20, 2014

One of the country’s top legal brains has been asked to advise on the proposed merger of the Board of Deputies and the Jewish Leadership Council.

Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC, who was knighted three years ago, is an expert on democracy and constitutional matters.

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Reform rabbi attacks Michael Gove for ‘devaluing’ RE

By Charlotte Oliver, March 20, 2014

A leading Reform rabbi has attacked Education Secretary Michael Gove for not recognising the value of religious education.

Rabbi Jonathan Romain said the study of RE had been consistently undermined by Mr Gove, who had failed to promote it as a core subject.

“It’s not just that RE has been ignored and left on the shelf, but it has actually been devalued,” Rabbi Romain said.

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Age a factor in Ukrainian Jews' loyalties

By Daniel Easterman, March 20, 2014

The Ukrainian Jewish community is split along generational lines, with older people supporting Russia and younger members backing the government in Kiev.

That is the verdict of Rabbi Nachum Ehrentrau, from Zaporozhye in the south-east of the country.

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JLC boosts spending to £1.6m to fund growth

By Simon Rocker, March 20, 2014

New figures reveal a significant rise in spending by the Jewish Leadership Council, outstripping that of the Board of Deputies by nearly £500,000 a year.

Accounts for 2012 show that the JLC’s expenditure leapt from £650,000 to nearly £1.6 million, while the cost of the Board’s activities stayed roughly the same at just over £1.1 million.

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Charities in row over Ukraine trip

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

Two UK charities that were forced to postpone a visit to Jewish orphans in Ukraine are facing a loss of £17,500 in a dispute with Polish airline, Lot.

A group of 30 university students were due to take part in the Genesis trip, an annual visit to the Tikva orphanage in Odessa co-organised by Aish and the Jewish Learning Exchange.

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