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GCSEs: Summer 2012

By Sandy Rashty, August 31, 2012
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Antwerp students participate in emergency drill

By Sandy Rashty, August 31, 2012

A bomb drill has been held by emergency workers at a Jewish school in Antwerp.

The mock-emergency procedure involved gunshots from two people acting as terrorists, a car bomb explosion, children covered in fake blood, together with stretchers and ambulances lined up outside the city centre building.

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A Levels: Summer 2012

By Sandy Rashty, August 30, 2012
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Limmud Fest: Summer 2012

By Sandy Rashty, August 30, 2012
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'Low' GCSE marks are appealed

By Sandy Rashty, August 30, 2012

King Solomon High School in Redbridge is contemplating appeals over a number of GCSE grades received by its students.

KS head Spencer Lewis said: “It is certainly the case that this year’s results have been affected by the changes in grade boundaries reported nationally, particularly in English.

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Schools celebrate their pass masters

By Sandy Rashty, August 30, 2012

Top GCSE performances have delighted Jewish school pupils and their teachers.

Reflecting on his nine A*s and one A, Yavneh College’s Aron Carr said he had not expected to do so well. “I worked hard and had very good teachers.” He will now take AS-levels in history, maths, economics and modern Hebrew.

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New national group for singles

By Sandy Rashty, August 30, 2012

A chance encounter with the Chief Rabbi inspired a new national committee for young singles.

Young Jewish Singles founder and chair Charles Simmons, 30, said he had asked Lord Sacks: “Is it better for someone to marry out or stay single?”

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Tal Ben Haim tweet man to go to court

By Sandy Rashty, August 30, 2012

A MAN is to appear in court over an abusive message he is alleged to have sent to the Israeli footballer, Tal Ben Haim.

Matthew Smith, 33, of Andover, Hampshire, allegedly sent a Twitter message to the former Portsmouth Football Club defender on August 6.

The statement has since been removed from the social networking site but will be considered in court, a CPS spokesperson confirmed.

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Galilee school centre name honours Lord Janner

By Sandy Rashty, August 30, 2012

A new education centre in the north of Israel is to be named after the former Labour MP and ex-president of the Board of Deputies, Lord Janner.

Israel's ambassador to the UK, Daniel Taub, and members of the UJIA recommended the veteran Labour peer, now 84, for the honour in recognition of his work promoting understanding between people of different faiths.

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German authorities chase Nazi officer

By Sandy Rashty, August 24, 2012

German prosecutors are asking for charges to be made against a guard who allegedly served at Auschwitz.

The 87-year-old, whose name has not yet been released, was accused on Wednesday of being an ex-SS Nazi who was involved in killing more than 344,000 Jews at the death camp.

Kurt Schrimm, head prosecutor, said that the man could face a criminal charge as an accessory to murder.

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JFS pupils discover the wow factor on results day

By Sandy Rashty, August 23, 2012

“Wow, I can’t believe I’m actually going to university,” said Ron Goodisman, reflecting the excitement of JFS pupils who achieved, or exceeded, their A-level goals.

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Israeli arrival enjoys the star treatment

By Sandy Rashty, August 23, 2012

Four years after moving from Israel to London with his family, Re’em Moskovitz was the standout A-level student at Bushey’s Immanuel College, receiving A*s in maths, further maths, biology, chemistry and physics.

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Five A*s but no university place

By Sandy Rashty, August 23, 2012

Hasmonean student Adrian Bayer has found securing a university place surprisingly difficult, given that he achieved five A*s — maths, further maths, biology, chemistry and physics.

“Earlier this year I experienced first-hand how tough the competition is after being rejected by all four of the universities I applied to — and being offered an interview from only one to study medicine.

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First Scientology centre in the Middle East opens in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, August 23, 2012

Public figures gathered for the opening of a new Scientology centre in Tel Aviv last Tuesday.

Israeli academics and politicians attended the opening ceremony for the controversial religious movement, frequently attacked as a cult, at the former Alhambra theatre, a 1937 Art Deco building, in Jaffa.

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Grave robbers dig up new Nazi loot

By Sandy Rashty, August 23, 2012

Jewish groups have attacked grave robbers for feeding the worldwide demand for Nazi memorabilia.

Looters are stripping burial sites of German troops in search of medals, coins, dog-tags, rifles, daggers, helmets and uniforms, often sold at military fairs.

Though most items have no historical value, they fund a market worth millions due to neo-Nazi interest in Third Reich memorabilia.

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Teenager says residents should work in the West Bank

By Sandy Rashty, August 22, 2012

A 15 year old girl, who has acted as the first female mayor of a West Bank town since participating in a summer-long youth empowerment programme, said residents should work locally rather than illegally cross the Green Line.

Bashaer Othman took the role two months ago and is reportedly responsible for all decisions, except financial ones, that govern the 9000 resident Allar town.

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Hitler t-shirts outrage anti-fascist groups

By Sandy Rashty, August 22, 2012

A family-owned company in Birmingham has apologised and stopped selling t-shirts showing Hitler as a rock star on tour after complaints by local councillors.

Elaine Williams, Labour councillor for Harborne, complained both to the shop and Birmingham City Council. She said: “The t-shirts are in very bad taste.

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Austrian far-right politician criticised for antisemitic cartoon

By Sandy Rashty, August 21, 2012

A far-right leader is being investigated by Austria’s legal authorities after he posted, on a social networking site, a cartoon image of a Jewish banker profiting from Europe’s financial crises.

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Nazi descendants attend Holocaust memorial service

By Sandy Rashty, August 21, 2012

DESCENDANTS of Nazi SS officers will oppose antisemitism and commemorate Holocaust victims as they participate in the March of Life event on Thursday, August 23.

Fifty people descended from Nazi SS, Wehrmacht and German police officers working under Hitler’s regime, will attend the organisation’s main ceremony in Warsaw.

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Shul windows are smashed in Brum

By Sandy Rashty, August 20, 2012

Bricks were hurled though windows of Birmingham's Central Synagogue last Shabbat.

The attack occurred at around 10pm, after the conclusion of the Friday night service. The perpetrator was a man said to be in his 20s.

Police were called after the damage was discovered by the 80 community members arriving for the Shabbat morning service.

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