Oxford

Bearing fruit: The ‘super’ berry that changed a couple’s life

By Sandy Rashty, October 17, 2014

Nine years ago, timber merchant Simon Fineman took a trip that was to change his life.

He had planned to go sailing in Norway with his wife Evie and their sons. But when weather forecasts predicted storms, he decided to play safe and go to a friend’s holiday home in Canada instead.

And they liked it so much they decided to buy a small farm in Nova Scotia with room for an orchard.

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Bringing the eco-friendly into Limmud tent

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2014

"It's a fallacy that Jews don't camp and this proves it." So said Limmud in the Woods co-chair Jon Pam after more than 300 supporters spent a wet and windy Bank Holiday weekend in tents pitched in the Oxfordshire countryside engaging in panel discussions, prayer sessions and community-building activities.

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Tributes to celebrate Rev Weisman's 50 years of serving small communities

By Sandy Rashty, January 6, 2014

More than 100 people attended an event in Oxford to mark the 50th anniversary of Reverend Malcolm Weisman, the minister for small communities.

Since his appointment in 1963, Rev Weisman has travelled across the UK, serving small Jewish communities from Jersey to Canterbury, Stoke-on-Trent and Kent.

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For sale: Oxford's Hebrew manor house

By Simon Rocker, November 21, 2013

The Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies is to sell its historic premises at Yarnton Manor for a new home in the city.

Next year’s planned relocation would bring the centre’s academic activities closer to the heart of Oxford University, with which it has close ties, and would mark “a coming of age”, said acting president Professor Martin Goodman,

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Historic lives on display in Oxford

By Alison Ryde , October 28, 2013

A permanent exhibition illustrating the history of the Jews of Medieval Oxford has opened in the city’s museum.

The project is the culmination of several years’ work between the Oxford Jewish Congregation, which established the Oxford Jewish Heritage Committee in 2006, and the Museum of Oxford — housed in the Oxford Town Hall.

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Galloway's boycott a 'bully' act

By Marcus Dysch, February 28, 2013

The British-Israeli student boycotted by Respect MP George Galloway during an Oxford University debate says he was the victim of "an act of bullying".

Mr Galloway walked out of a debate with Eylon Aslan-Levy last Wednesday after discovering the student had joint citizenship.

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Oxford, Cambridge work together to preserve Jewish texts

By Jennifer Lipman, February 11, 2013

Oxford and Cambridge universities are putting aside an historic rivalry in a bid to acquire thousands of rare texts that give insight into Jewish life and culture from the medieval era until the 19th century.

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Oxford Centre welcomes new fellow in Israel studies

By Simon Rocker, October 18, 2012

Supporters of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies welcomed its new fellow in Israel studies at a London reception on Tuesday

Dr Hizky Shoham, 37, who has been teaching at Tel Aviv University, will take up the post in January combined with a research lectureship at Oxford University.

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Google investor donates £75 million to Oxford scholarship fund

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2012

A Jewish philanthropist has pledged a landmark £75 million for a scholarship programme to help underprivileged students to go to Oxford, in what is being described as the biggest such gift in European history.

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Medieval burial site discovered under garden

By Simon Rocker, July 5, 2012

A memorial stone was dedicated this week to mark the place of one of the oldest Jewish cemeteries in Britain.

The nearly 800-year-old burial site has lain beneath the Rose Garden in Oxford, just outside the city's Botanic Gardens, unknown to most people. Although a plaque was erected in 1931, it was on a wall that became covered in ivy, obscuring it from view.

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