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Spike in hate crimes after referendum

By Daniel Sugarman, June 30, 2016

The Board of Deputies has vowed "not to remain silent" after a surge in reported hate crimes in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.

The National Police Chiefs Council said that there had been a 57 per cent increase in hate crime reports in the four days following Brexit (85 reports, compared to 54 in a similar period the previous month).

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Charities' fears over impact on staffing

By Charlotte Oliver, June 30, 2016

Jewish charities fear their funding and recruitment could be hit when Britain leaves the European Union.

The leaders of the community's largest charities expressed concern that Brexit may affect their employment of EU nationals and their ability to raise funds through donations.

Simon Morris, chief executive of Jewish Care, said it was an "uncertain time" for the organisation, where 15 per c

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'As soon as the downturn gets going they'll start looking at the Jews again'

June 30, 2016

The head of the Rabbinical Centre of Europe, Rabbi Menachem Margolin, has argued that Brexit could lead to an increase in antisemitism across Europe.

Rabbi Margolin, whose organisation represents over 800 rabbis across the continent, said: "The EU is today much weaker. The UK in particular was a strong advocate for freedom of religion and in the fight against antisemitism.

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Paris community leaders lament British 'isolation'

By Shirli Sitbon, June 30, 2016

Brexit was not on the agenda at Jewish Agency board of governors meeting in Paris this week, but it was still a hot topic - and the UK came in for some heavy criticism.

"Who cares about them? These Brits have an island mentality. They've been bothering us for years, trying to dictate their own rules. Good riddance!

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Israeli diplomats regret loss of UK influence on EU

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 30, 2016

Israel had no public or official position on last Thursday's referendum.

The consensus within the diplomatic service was that Britain's exit from the European Union would be disadvantageous for Israel, which has often relied on British backing in European forums.

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Ryan's joy as he goes on tour

By Charlotte Oliver, June 30, 2016

A mother who launched a fundraising campaign to allow her son, who has Asperger syndrome, to go on Israel tour has expressed her gratitude, after raising the necessary money via community donations.

Janine Greyman, 42, launched a campaign in May to raise £3,000 for a support worker to accompany her son Ryan Isaacs to Israel with youth movement FZY.

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Glasto apology for slur poster

By Daniel Sugarman, June 30, 2016

The organisers of the Glastonbury Festival have apologised for the display of a poster suggesting that Jews control the media.

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Perfect day for couple hitched at hospice

By Rosa Doherty, June 30, 2016

When Simon Cooper saw the doctor in January he thought he had pulled a muscle in his chest.

He was shocked to discover he had lung cancer, having struggled for his whole life with cystic fibrosis. Mr Cooper started chemotherapy straight away, but after three weeks tests showed the cancer had spread.

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The dog who helps turn pages

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2016

Yavneh College has a new learning assistant to help improve pupils' literacy - Flick, a 12-year-old Jack Russell terrier.

Once a week the dog comes into Borehamwood secondary school with her owner, Susan Marks, to lend a paw in Year-seven classrooms.

Research has shown that children who struggle with reading fiction aloud can overcome their anxiety with moral support from a four-legged frien

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Cost-saving scheme launched for schools

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2016

A new scheme is under way to help Jewish schools cut their running costs and save more of their money for teaching.

The Jewish Schools Network believes that it will be more cost-effective for schools to buy utilities and services collectively rather than alone.

Brian Jones, who joined the Michael Sobell Sinai Primary School in London as finance director in September, has been seconded one d

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