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Yachad backed in Board bid

By Simon Rocker, October 30, 2014

More than 70 former leaders of Jewish youth groups, students and Limmud have signed a letter backing Yachad's application to join the Board of Deputies.

The Board has twice postponed a decision on the bid from the liberal Zionist organisation which campaigns for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but is expected to vote on it next month.

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Czechs honour the hero who saved 669 children

By Naomi Firsht, October 30, 2014

A man of 105 known as the "British Schindler" was awarded the highest Czech state honour for saving hundreds of children from the Nazis.

Sir Nicholas Winton organised trains out of Czechoslovakia for 669 children, most of whom were Jewish, and found them foster homes in London.

He received the Order of the White Lion from the Czech president in a ceremony at Prague Castle.

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Marmite may get kosher stamp after all

By Naomi Firsht, October 30, 2014

Unilever is looking for ways to make Marmite kosher again after a backlash against the ban on kosher South African imports.

The company received complaints and comments were posted on social media when supplies were cut off.

But a Unilever spokesman has confirmed that London Beth Din will visit the Marmite manufacturing site next week.

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Paper defends Gaza news

October 30, 2014

The Guardian's reader's editor has explained the reasons behind the volume of its coverage on Israel and the Palestinians following a series of complaints.

Chris Elliott said he had received 17 complaints this year relating to allegations of antisemitism and a disproportionate amount of coverage on Gaza.

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Ella Jade goes in Boardroom purge

By Sandy Rashty, October 30, 2014

One of the two Jewish candidates in this year's Apprentice has been fired.

Ella Jade Bitton, 23, was one of three candidates fired by Lord Sugar in the show's fourth episode on Wednesday, after failing to win the YouTube channel task as project manager for Team Tenacity.

On the show, Lord Sugar said: "I'm afraid to say, you do not have the acumen for this."

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How letters of love kept soldier alive

By Josh Jackman, October 30, 2014

A First World War officer's heartbreaking letters to his wife written while in prisoner of war camps are being released 100 years after he signed up.

Lieutenant Otto Feldman, a Czech officer, left behind two daughters and a pregnant wife to join the Austro-Hungarian army in November 1914. He wouldn't meet his son for six years.

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Mazeltov! It's in the dictionary

By Josh Jackman, October 30, 2014

Yiddish words such as tchotchke and schemozzle have been included in the Collins English Dictionary for the first time.

The CED, a primary authority on the English language, already features 440 words related to Judaism, including schlep and shtum, but the twelfth edition, released last Thursday, features 11 more, such as boychik.

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The story of Titanics, the unsinkable kosher deli

October 30, 2014

Stanley Hyman's grandfather, Joseph, established Titanics kosher deli in Manchester in 1913. It went on to become a community institution. Here we publish extracts from Mr Hyman's new book on the story of the shop.

In the beginning

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Students slug it out over twinning plan

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 30, 2014

Manchester University Union has been accused of running an unfair vote over a motion to twin with a Palestinian university union allegedly linked to Hamas.

Jewish and non-Jewish students running a campaign against the motion said the university had unfairly cancelled the week-long student ballot over a complaint that their campaign had received external funding.

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Israeli chain's London launch met with happy anticipation - and foreboding

By Sandy Rashty, October 30, 2014

A new Israeli cosmetics store in central London could attract negative attention from boycott activists, communal figures have warned.

Sabon, a luxury brand specialising in skincare and fragrances which contain minerals from the Dead Sea, was due to open its first UK store on Neal Street in Covent Garden on Thursday.

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