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Women call for greater role in Orthodox life

By Sandy Rashty, June 26, 2014

A leading feminist has claimed that institutional "control" prevents women from having an active role in Orthodox Jewish life.

Blu Greenberg, the American founder of the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (Jofa), addressed more than 150 men and women at their second UK conference on Sunday.

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Bryn Terfel to become the next Tevye

By Daniel Easterman, June 26, 2014

Opera superstar Bryn Terfel is set to take the lead role in a production of Fiddler on the Roof planned for next summer at the Grange Park country estate in Hampshire.

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Stuart Kuttner cleared at hacking trial

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2014

A mensch, a money maven, and a man diminished by illness - Stuart Kuttner was described in many ways during the phone hacking trial, but his acquittal this week on charges of conspiring to intercept telephone messages will bring him the most comfort by far.

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Isis recruits: who's next when they return here?

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2014

British Muslims fighting for Islamist terror groups in Iraq and Syria could return to target the Jewish community, security experts fear.

Anti-terror chiefs believe between 300 and 500 men could have gone to assist the Isis terror group and battle Assad's forces.

Many are thought to be university students who have left their courses to fight.

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Gary Oldman apology 'insufficient'

By Simon Rocker, June 26, 2014

The Anti-Defamation League has said that an apology by actor Gary Oldman for remarks about Jewish control of Hollywood was "insufficient".

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From a tent in Galilee to a diplomatic career: the opposite ends of a nomadic spectrum

By Daniel Easterman, June 26, 2014

Ishmail Khaldi is a diplomat who likes to keep a low profile.

Throughout the 27 months he has been working at the Israeli embassy in London, his name has rarely appeared in the British media, and, by his own admission, he has had only limited contact with the Jewish community.

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Israeli architects applaud Riba retreat from call for boycott

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2014

The British architects' union's decision not to pursue an anti-Israel motion has been welcomed by its Israeli counterpart.

Members of Riba voted in March to call on the International Union of Architects (UIA) to suspend Israeli members.

Riba's council had been due to debate the issue last week, but members were asked only to ratify the creation of a new international division.

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Desecration of graves in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 26, 2014

A double attack on a Jewish cemetery in Manchester has been condemned by police as "sickening" and "the work of cruel racists".

North Manchester's Blackley cemetery was targeted twice in two weeks, causing an estimated £100,000 worth of damage to dozens of graves, including seven belonging to one family.

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The new envoys - an Ethiopian and a Bedouin flying the flag for Israel

By Simon Rocker, June 26, 2014

Eginsu Meyer, her husband Joel and their one-year-old daughter Eliya have been living for a year in Golders Green. About the only thing it has in common with her birthplace - an Ethiopian village called Gayne - is that it begins with "G".

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UK defies Euro rush to make aliyah

By Daniel Easterman, June 26, 2014

The UK is continuing to defy the wider trends affecting aliyah across Europe and has maintained a constant level compared with last year.

One hundred and seventy one people made aliyah from January to May, compared with 179 in the same period last year.

By contrast, in France the number rose from 580 to 2,254, an increase of 289 per cent.

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