Zoe Winograd

Hague says UK ready to 'assist in any way' in quest for Middle East peace

By Zoe Winograd, May 24, 2013

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the UK “stands ready to assist in any way” in advancing the peace process.

The two leaders met as part of Mr Hague’s visit to Israel this week alongside US Secretary of State John Kerry.

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Culture Minister bid to keep tapestries in the UK

By Zoe Winograd, May 23, 2013

Culture minister ed Vaizey has extended an export ban on rare silk tapestries depicting Jerusalem’s first and second temples. The move comes after a British buyer expressed a serious interest in purchasing the hangings which are on sale for £120,000. The ban will run until August 20.

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Call for security review after Woolwich attack

By Zoe Winograd, May 23, 2013

The Community Security Trust has issued a warning to Jewish organisations over security arrangements in the wake of the terror attack in Woolwich.

In a bulletin sent to over 1,000 groups, the CST urged that procedures at all communal buildings and events should be reviewed and fully implemented following the brutal murder of a soldier in a London street by Islamist terrorists.

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Miliband smells a winner as he joins Gefiltefest crowd

By Zoe Winograd, May 23, 2013

It must have been the sweet smells emanating from the London Jewish Cultural Centre in Golders Green that persuaded David Miliband to change his plans for his family’s Sunday.

The LJCC was hosting the annual Gefiltefest and, unable to resist the aromas from the various stalls, the Milibands opted to join the other 650 food lovers.

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Angela Merkel honoured for opposing antisemitism

By Zoe Winograd, May 23, 2013

German chancellor Angela Merkel has been awarded the Lord Jakobovits Prize for European Jewry by the Conference of European Rabbis.

At a ceremony in Brussels on Wednesday Ms Merkel was honoured for her support of the German Jewish community and her outspoken denunciation of anti s emitism throughout Europe.

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Los Angeles elects first Jewish mayor

By Zoe Winograd, May 22, 2013

Los Angeles has elected its first Jewish mayor.

Eric Garcetti, 42, defeated his opponent Wendy Greuel by six percentage points.

The Liberal Democrat tweeted after hearing the result : “Thank you Los Angeles – the hard work begins but I am honored to lead this city for the next four years. Let’s make this a great city again.”

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Israel plans to restrict gun ownership

By Zoe Winograd, May 22, 2013

The Israeli Public Security Ministry has announced new regulations to limit the number of guns in the country.

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Israeli military chief warns Syria of 'consequences' over attacks

By Zoe Winograd, May 22, 2013

Israeli military’s chief of staff Lieutenant General Benny Gantz has warned Syria’s President Bashar Al-Assad that he will “bear the consequences” if Syria continues to attack Israel.

Lt Gen Gantz told an audience at Haifa University on Tuesday: “We will not allow the area of the Golan Heights to become a comfortable place for Mr Assad.”

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Chabad aids victims of Oklahoma tornado

By Zoe Winograd, May 21, 2013

A Chabad centre in Oklahoma has opened its doors for families affected by yesterday’s devastating tornado.

The tornado, which hit Oklahoma City on Monday afternoon, has left at least 91 people dead , including 20 children , and hundreds injured.

The Chabad community centre of southern Oklahoma is provid ing shelter and supplies for those left homeless.

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All is lovely in the building of Eden primary

By Zoe Winograd, May 20, 2013

A belated building dedication at Eden Primary in Haringey was organised to show how the school had made its “house into a home” since opening in 2011.

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Gefiltefest 2013 - 'biggest yet'

By Zoe Winograd, May 19, 2013

Gefiltefest, the annual celebration of Jewish food, takes place today, with around 600 people expected to attend.

The event includes cooking demonstrations, learning sessions, hands-on activities and a children’s programme.

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The man putting the cycling into recycling

By Zoe Winograd, May 17, 2013

Every year, over 27,000 bicycles are abandoned in London. Most are turned into scrap metal but, thanks to a former Habonim Dror member, some are now being salvaged as part of a scheme to help refugees.

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Praise for ‘brilliant, sensible’ Angelina

By Zoe Winograd, May 17, 2013

A Jewish breast cancer campaigner has praised Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie for revealing that she has had a double mastectomy, saying it will put awareness of the disease “through the roof”.

Ms Jolie disclosed in an interview this week that she had had preventive surgery because she carried a gene that put her in the high-risk category for the disease.

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Creating a safe space for minority students

By Zoe Winograd, May 17, 2013

“Feminism is seen as a dirty word within the Jewish community and I want this to change.” That is the view of Melissa Leigh, co-chair of the new Union of Jewish Students Women’s Network.

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Lord Ahmed quits Labour Party before "Jewish conspiracy" hearing

By Zoe Winograd, May 14, 2013

Lord Ahmed has resigned from the Labour Party ahead of a disciplinary hearing into claims he made comments about a Jewish conspiracy.

He was due to face party executives tomorrow after being suspended by the party in March.

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Facebook looking to buy Israeli app for $1 billion

By Zoe Winograd, May 13, 2013

Facebook is in negotiations to buy an Israeli web navigation company for $1 billion.

Facebook approached Waze six months ago but recently upped its bid from $200 million to $1 billion. Waze has refused offers in the past including Apple’s bid for $500 million.

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Fergie moved by plight of Odessa home children

By Zoe Winograd, May 13, 2013

The Duchess of York, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Tracy-Ann Oberman and Caprice were celebrity supporters of the inaugural dinner of the UK support group of Tikva Jewish children’s home in Odessa. Mitch and Jane Winehouse were also among almost 300 people at the Mayfair dinner, which raised £.1.1 million.

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Entwine linking to UK for overseas aid

By Zoe Winograd, May 13, 2013

A scheme to encourage more young UK Jews to engage in overseas aid has been launched in London.

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Bibi held secret talks with Palestinians

By Zoe Winograd, May 13, 2013

The head of the PLO Executive Committee, Yasser Abed Rabbo, has revealed that secret discussions about peace talks took place between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the PLO two years ago.

According to the Times of Israel, Mr Netanyahu and Mr Abed Rabbo met several times in 2010 and 2011 at the house of Israel chief negotiator Yitzhak Molcho.

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Orthodox teens throw rocks at Women of Wall

By Zoe Winograd, May 10, 2013

Thousands of strictly Orthodox teenagers have attempted to stop the Women of the Wall from holding a service at the Western Wall.

Early on Friday morning, a police barricade stopped protesters from attacking the women who were given the legal right to pray at the wall in April. According to sources, the men were throwing rocks, water bottles and other items.

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