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Sex abuse case against Lord Janner is dropped

By Naomi Firsht, January 15, 2016

Criminal proceedings against Lord Janner over sex abuse charges will be dropped because of his death, a judge at the Old Bailey has ruled.

Lord Janner was accused of 22 counts of sex offences against boys dating back to the 1960s.
His family strongly denied the allegations.


Jess Glynne nominated for three Brit awards

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2016

Pop star Jess Glynne has received three nominations in this year’s Brit awards, including best female solo artist.

The 26-year-old singer, who released her first solo album “I Cry When I Laugh” last year, is also up for the breakthrough act and best single awards.


Orthodox schools' anger over government inspection plan

By Simon Rocker, January 15, 2016

Government plans to register and inspect part-time schools and educational institutions are “a sledgehammer to crack a nut”, an organisation representing Orthodox Jewish schools has warned.


Tax threat to Jewish schools

By Simon Rocker, January 14, 2016

Talks are going on with the tax authorities to prevent a change in policy which could cost Jewish schools tens of thousands of pounds a year.

For many years, state-aided schools have been able to claim as tax relief on contributions made by parents towards the cost of Jewish studies and security.


Huge turnout expected for national pro-Israel rally in Manchester

By Josh Jackman, January 14, 2016

A national pro-Israel rally supported by all the major communal organisations is expected to attract around 2,000 people when it takes place later this month.

The “Say No To Terror: Stand With Israel” event organised by the North West Friends of Israel (NWFOI) will be held in Manchester on January 31, as a response to recent terror attacks in the Jewish state.


British aliyah up 25% in a rise steeper than in terror-struck France

By Simon Rocker, January 14, 2016

The number of UK Jews who emigrated to Israel in 2015 rose by almost 25 per cent on the previous year, making it the third highest aliyah figure in a decade.

According to the Jewish Agency, 774 Jews left Britain for Israel last year, up from 627 in 2014. The figures are preliminary and could be revised upwards.


WJR plan to help Syrians get UK jobs

By Charlotte Oliver, January 14, 2016

World Jewish Relief (WJR) will help more than 1,000 Syrian refugees acclimatise to life on British soil in a new five-year initiative, it has been revealed.

The charity, which until now has devoted its time to providing relief and aid overseas, said it was turning its attention to helping refugees in the UK following "calls to act from our supporters and the wider Jewish community".


Knives are out as butchers attack meat price study

By Marcus Dysch, January 14, 2016

Kosher meat producers have reacted furiously to a study which claimed their prices had soared in the past decade.

Butchers said the figures had been "manipulated" to ignore market forces and increased production costs.


Travel firm omits Israel

By Naomi Firsht, January 14, 2016

A travel company has left out the word "Israel" from its brochure advertising a holiday in the country.


Campaigners ‘very disappointed’ over lack of women in JLC Downing Street delegation

By Rosa Doherty, January 14, 2016

Members of a campaign promoting gender equality in Jewish leadership have said they are “very disappointed” that only one woman was included in the Jewish Leadership Council’s delegation to Downing Street this week.

Union of Jewish Students president Hannah Brady was part of an otherwise all-male team of 12 leaders who held talks with Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday.