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Foreign Office warns UK tourists: don’t travel by bus in Tel Aviv

By Josh Jackman, January 30, 2015

The government has warned British tourists not to travel on buses in Tel Aviv.

The Foreign Office updated its travel advice concerning Israel on Friday morning, just over a week after a Palestinian terrorist stabbed 13 people on Tel Aviv’s number 40 bus.

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Church of England investigates vicar for posts linking Israel to 9/11 attack

By Josh Jackman, January 30, 2015

A vicar who posted a link to an article suggesting Israel carried out the 9/11 attacks is being investigated by the Church of England.

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Charles: we must honour Shoah victims

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

The Prince of Wales has described the Holocaust as "not just a Jewish tragedy, but a warning to all of us".

Addressing survivors and leading political and religious figures at the UK's national Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at Central Hall, Westminster, on Tuesday, the prince said the Shoah was "an unparalleled tragedy and an act of evil unique in history.

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'We were completely dehumanised'

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

Shaking with emotion, a 91-year-old great-grandmother recalled her time in Auschwitz to an audience of London civic leaders on Monday.

Freda Wineman - whose parents and brother died in the camp - said that "in no time we were completely dehumanised.

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Israel gets a mention after ban

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

There were many references to Israel at the Irish national HMD ceremony in Dublin, despite a pre-event instruction by the Holocaust Educational Trust Ireland that there should be no mention of the Jewish state.

Last year, the trust imposed a ban on its mention, which long-standing host Yanky Fachler reluctantly accepted.

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Pupils' cemetery service

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

Thirty east London pupils from a variety of faiths visited Britain's oldest Ashkenazi cemetery on Tuesday to remember Holocaust victims.

History students at Morpeth School lit candles and listened to readings of survivor testimony during the cere-mony at Alderney Road.

Two Morpeth sixth-formers who travelled to Auschwitz last year with the Holocaust Educational Trust spoke about their visit.

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We'll never let the Shoah be forgotten

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

One theme of Holocaust Memorial Day has been how the Shoah will be remembered as the number of survivors dwindles.

One group of dedicated young people are working hard to ensure new generations will know what happened to Europe's Jews under the Nazis.

They are the Holocaust Educational Trust's 65 regional ambassadors across Britain - most of them not Jewish - who teach their fellow students,

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Good showing for Jewish secondary schools in new league tables

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

The top performing Jewish secondary school in England is north London’s Yavneh College, according to A-level results revealed today.

Department of Education statistics released on Thursday show that the Borehamwood academy came joint 84th in A-level results last year, with an average score per pupil of 255.6 – the equivalent of a B grade.

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Football manager George Borg banned over Hitler jibe

By Josh Jackman, January 28, 2015

A football manager has been banned for five games and fined by the Football Association for telling supporters of a Jewish club: "You may be winning, but Hitler is going to deal with you."

George Borg threatened Wingate and Finchley fans during an Isthmian League Premier Division match in August.

He subsequently left his job at Enfield Town.

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Prince of Wales tells survivors: ‘Holocaust Memorial Day is more relevant than ever’

By Josh Jackman, January 27, 2015

The Prince of Wales has described the Holocaust as “not just a Jewish tragedy, but a warning to all of us”.

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London will stay a ‘safe haven’ for Jews, says Boris Johnson

By Josh Jackman, January 26, 2015

Boris Johnson has pledged that London will remain a “safe haven” for Jews.

Addressing a Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at City Hall, the Mayor said: "In the wake of the horrific attacks in Paris, and as we face an increased threat to our security, it is more important than ever that we stand strong in our beliefs of tolerance and freedom of speech."

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Jonathan Romain made head of Reform Beit Din

By Josh Jackman, January 23, 2015

Rabbi Jonathan Romain has been appointed chairperson of the Movement for Reform Judaism’s Beit Din.

The organisation’s religious court has chosen the Maidenhead minister to head its rotating team of seven judges and make the final decision on issues from conversions to divorces.

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Communal leaders condemn ‘Jews should carry guns’ remarks

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

Community leaders from 11 European countries have united to condemn a prominent rabbi who said that governments should provide Jews with guns.

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Communal leaders condemn ‘Jews should carry guns’ remarks

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

Community leaders from 11 European countries have united to condemn a prominent rabbi who said that governments should provide Jews with guns.

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Thriving youth key to stability, says Summers

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

Western democracies will only survive if middle class parents are able to see a better future for their children, says former Chief Economist of the World bank Lawrence Summers.

The former US Treasury Secretary who has served under Presidents Clinton and Obama, told an audience at the JW3 centre in north-west London on Tuesday that slow growth and rising inequality will be the most important ch

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Footballers forced to train in equality

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

A Sunday League junior football team who had a player shouting antisemitic abuse during a match against a Jewish side has been told all of its officials, players and their parents must attend an equality workshop.

The punishment for under-16s side Curzon Ashton's disorderly conduct aggravated by discrimination is unprecedented for a Manchester County Football Association side.

The player sho

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JLGB makes 120 at Lords

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

The importance of JLGB's work within regional communities was highlighted at its 120th anniversary celebration, held at the House of Lords and attended by government ministers Eric Pickles and Theresa Villiers.

Among more than 100 key volunteers at the Westminster event was Liverpool teacher and third generation JLGB leader Helen Abrams.

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Salford cuts threaten charities' services

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

Manchester communal charities fear the impact on services of the swingeing budget cuts proposed by Salford City Council, saying they are "being hit from all angles".

Salford - which has had its government funding reduced by £118 million since 2011 - has announced plans to slash £56 million from its budget over the next two years, includiing a £32.5 million reduction for 2015.

The major Ma

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Jacob's date with Sam Cam

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

A Leeds teenager who survived a three-year battle with cancer was a guest at a 10 Downing Street reception hosted by Samantha Cameron this week to promote a Cancer Research UK fundraising campaign.

Jacob Ziff was 14 when he was diagnosed with cancer of the white blood cells, known as acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Now in remission, Jacob said the invite to Downing Street was "a once-in-a-lif

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Daniel Taub honours righteous gentiles at Foreign Office ceremony

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

The Foreign Office has hosted a special event with the Israeli embassy ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, in which three righteous gentiles were honoured.

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub and Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood, who led the ceremony, also told more than 100 guests that Holocaust education was more vital now than ever.

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