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Shoah survivors watch given to HET

By Robyn Rosen, October 29, 2009

The poignant history of a watch hidden by Holocaust survivors at Bergen Belsen and later given to a liberating soldier has been revealed during a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament.

Holocaust Educational Trust chief executive Karen Pollock received the watch (pictured) in the presence of Commons Speaker John Bercow and Tory MP Dr Julian Lewis. It had been donated by Elizabeth Barnes, 79, of Hythe, Hampshire, whose late father Ronald Cowles had bought it from the soldier over 60 years ago.

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Israel Connect and Mitzvah Day Club Night

By israelconnect, October 27, 2009
Time:
Saturday 14 November
9:00pm - 15 November 2009, 2:00am

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Nicely judged tribute

October 22, 2009

City of London Magistrates Court was packed with legal representatives to mark the retirement of Diana Black after 38 years as a magistrate.

Mrs Black was first appointed at the age of 32 in Harrogate. She transferred to the City bench when her husband Judge Barrington Black, the Western Marble Arch Synagogue president, took up his appointment in London.

It is believed that she was the country’s longest serving magistrate and her last case involved a £39 million VAT fraud.

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Nathan the Wise by GE Lessing

October 22, 2009
Time:
Thursday 29 October
7:30am

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JCC Gallery - Anish Kapoor at the Royal Academy

By JCC, October 21, 2009
Time:
Sunday 1 November
3:00pm - 5:00pm

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FROM POP TO DOOWOP

October 21, 2009
Time:
Thursday 29 October
8:30pm

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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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