Birmingham

Building bridges in Brum

By Cathy Forman, August 25, 2011

Birmingham Jewish community representative Alan Blumenthal was among the mourners at a public memorial ceremony for the three young Muslim men killed during the recent riots.

The Birmingham Jewish Representative Council vice-chair had previously addressed a peace rally in the city at which he was asked by Tariq Jahan - father of Haroon Jahan, one of the hit-and-run victims - to attend last Thur

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Terror in Tottenham and bedlam in Birmingham

By Jessica Elgot, August 11, 2011

Jewish business owners and residents in London, Manchester and Birmingham have described the "devastation" of the local areas, following this week's violent riots.

Groups of youths smashed shops and homes and looted high streets in cities across the country, beginning in Tottenham on Saturday night.

Following pictures of Charedi youths watching the looting in Tottenham on their way home from

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Newman jumping for joy

July 28, 2011

Josh Newman is the new British Under 13 trampolining champion.

Newman took gold with a score of 83.0 at Great British National finals at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham - winning by a margin of 0.9 points.

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Capital gain is Birmingham's ministerial loss

By Cathy Forman, June 23, 2011

Birmingham Central Synagogue will be without a permanent minister for the High Holy-Days following the departure in August of Rabbi Shlomo Odze.

He is joining South Hampstead Synagogue as associate rabbi after serving the Pershore Road community for six years.

"He will be greatly missed and a very hard act to follow," said Central president Geoffrey Clements.

Rabbi Odze has agreed to help

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Liverpool first Arab film fest

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 27, 2011

Liverpool's first Arab film festival is to host three anti-Israel films and the French filmmaker Michel Kheifi, whose work was banned in France over concerns it whipped up antisemitism.

The July festival is a new addition to the Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival which is in its ninth year and is sponsored by the National Lottery, the British Council and Liverpool City Council.

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Brady's bunch of soccer stories

By Jenni Frazer, May 26, 2011

In her first weeks as managing director of Birmingham City Football Club, Karren Brady looked for the directors' box, only to be repeatedly told: "Ah, wives of directors go to the ladies' box through there." Finally, she was recognised: "Oh, you're that woman. Stay here and I'll find out what to do with you."

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How our JSocs pave the way for the Big Society

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

Students tend to make their presence known. Bar-crawls in matching T-shirts, traffic jams on the first day of term, and shops filled with groups searching for fancy dress are common sights on campuses.

But for many Jewish students, playing a role in the local community where they study is a top priority.

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One Voice speaks clearly on a peaceful solution

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

A Palestinian and an Israeli from peace group One Voice discussed the finer points of the conflict and a two-state solution with British high school students during a five-day visit.

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Advice from Israeli security experts

By Robyn Rosen, May 19, 2011

From iPhone apps warning homeowners they have an intruder, to key-free locks, Israeli companies have shown they are at the forefront of security technology at the UK's largest security event.

Twelve Israeli companies joined 600 others at the annual IFSEC exhibition in Birmingham this week, to show off groundbreaking technology.

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Schemer Ricky's volunteer plan

By Jennifer Lipman, April 14, 2011

A Nottingham Trent student who developed a volunteering scheme for Jewish students hopes to expand it to other campuses before the end of the university year.

Ricky Kaplan came up with the idea for VScheme last April after working with autistic children at a special needs school for five years.

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