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Bevis Marks Rabbi resigns

By Jessica Elgot, October 19, 2009

The rabbi of Bevis Marks has resigned amid continuing tensions at Britain’s oldest synagogue.

Rabbi Nathan Asmoucha was suspended by leaders of the Spanish and Portugese Jews' Congregation nearly three months ago.

The rabbi, who came from Zimbabwe to the City of London synagogue two years ago, was due to face a disciplinary hearing following his participation in an interfaith demonstration against high bank interest rates, organised by the charity London Citizens.

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Reform 'deeply worried' on funds

By Robyn Rosen, October 15, 2009

Reform leaders have warned supporters about the impact of the recession on activities.

Addressing over 200 guests at the Movement for Reform Judaism’s annual dinner in central London, movement head Rabbi Tony Bayfield said he was “deeply worried about the remainder of this year and next year. We get no government grants, no public funding. We are entirely dependent upon private individuals.

“Never more than now do we need you to commit wholeheartedly to the future that you see.”

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Minister praises Jewish schools' high standards

By Robyn Rosen, October 15, 2009

Schools secretary Ed Balls has praised the work of faith schools and emphasised the “high standards” he has seen at Jewish schools.

Mr Balls addressed more than 150 faith school teachers during the Keeping Faith in the System conference this week in central London. Representatives from Hertsmere Jewish Primary School, Beis Yaakov High School, Salford and Clore Tikva School in Ilford were among those who attended.

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Tel Aviv gets bus publicity drive in UK

October 8, 2009

EasyJet’s new flights to Tel Aviv, which start next month, will be promoted by a high-profile campaign in the heart of London next week.

A double-decker bus will tour the capital, bringing the tastes and crafts of a Tel Aviv street market to various locations.

The campaign, jointly mounted by easyJet and the Israeli Embassy, also celebrates the centenary of Tel Aviv.

Ambassador Ron Prosor commented: “Tel Aviv has always been famous for its oranges.

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Givers happily take the bait

By Alex Kasriel, October 8, 2009

Although Jews are supposed to give at least one-tenth of their income to charity, Institute of Jewish Policy Research figures suggest that 20-to-30-somethings are less likely to do so than their parents.

To counteract this, the Charities Advisory Trust, headed by Dame Hilary Blume, ran an event in Mayfair to inspire young professionals to become philanthropists.

Called Happy Givers — because giving promotes a sense of well-being — it featured representatives of four charities who tried to persuade the 40-strong crowd to part with their cash.

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Succah in the City

October 8, 2009

Law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner hosted a “Succah in the City” for more than 150 members of London’s Jewish business community on Tuesday.

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks was the guest of honour and former Lloyds Banking Group chairman Sir Victor Blank was also among those present.

The large succah was set up at BLP’s London Bridge offices on a terrace overlooking the River Thames. It was also made available by BLP to UJIA and the Tel Aviv University Trust for breakfast events.

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Israeli Supernatural Entertainer - Direct from Las Vegas

By israelconnect, October 6, 2009
Time:
Monday 19 October
7:00pm - 9:30pm

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JCC Jewish Journeys - A Walk of Firsts

By JCC, October 1, 2009
Time:
Tuesday 20 October
10:00am

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Mayfair Succah

By DKessler, September 25, 2009
Time:
Monday 5 October
8:00am - 9 October 2009, 4:00pm

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John Hurt: Lessons not learnt from Holocaust

By Robyn Rosen, September 24, 2009

Actor John Hurt fears the world has not learned the lessons of the Holocaust.

Mr Hurt was one of the speakers at a Holocaust Educational Trust dinner in central London, making a link between events leading up to the Shoah and current economic problems.

“We’re in a situation now which is dangerous and parallels can be made to the time before the war, with the banking crises and loss of faith in the government. We love to put blame on the Hitlers and the Stalins but we need to look at ourselves and see that we are all at fault.”

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