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Controlled explosion outside Israeli Embassy in London

By Josh Jackman, June 8, 2016

Police have carried out a controlled explosion opposite the Israeli Embassy in London.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed that a car was tested to see if it contained explosives this afternoon.

“A car was treated as suspicious. There was a controlled explosion to test it, to see if it was explosive, and it was found not be to be suspicious.

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Billy Crystal and Rabbi Lerner to speak at Muhammad Ali’s funeral

By Josh Jackman, June 8, 2016

Actor Billy Crystal and Rabbi Michael Lerner are set to speak at Muhammad Ali’s funeral on Friday.

The boxing legend, who was a political, sporting and religious inspiration to millions, died on June 3 after living with Parkinson’s disease for more than 30 years.

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Mind the gap — shul seeks missing £1m

By Josh Jackman, June 8, 2016

Brondesbury Park Synagogue leaders are facing a dilemma over the shul’s £5 million plan for a three-storey rebuild.

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Loughborough University students vote to split from NUS

By Josh Jackman, June 8, 2016

Loughborough University’s student union has disaffiliated from the National Union of Students, becoming the fourth to leave the organisation since the election of NUS president Malia Bouattia.

The SU’s Board of Trustees - its governing body - made the final decision yesterday evening after a referendum on May 27 did not attract the required number of votes for a valid result.

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A second prayer for the Queen on her second 90th birthday

By Josh Jackman, June 6, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has released a one-off version of the Prayer for the Royal Family, in honour of the Queen’s official 90th birthday.

The monarch will celebrate her second 90th birthday of the year on Saturday, when the new prayer will be said for the first and last time at United Synagogue shuls around Britain.

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Hill start towards eastern synagogue

By Josh Jackman, June 6, 2016

An inaugural meeting for people interested in establishing a United Synagogue congregation in Mill Hill East attracted a turnout of 50, including officers of nearby synagogues.

Activities for children and explanatory services were among the issues raised, co-host Avi Gillis reported.

But most importantly, "people were just so happy at the thought they could have some kind of communal provis

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Movements warn on march racism

By Josh Jackman, June 6, 2016

Four youth movements have issued an open letter condemning the racism connected to the annual Yom Yerushalayim march, celebrating the 1967 liberation of Jerusalem.

Noam, RSY-Netzer, LJY-Netzer and Habonim Dror have called on the Israeli authorities to guard against "the expression of racist attitudes" during this year's march.

Being staged on Sunday, on the eve of Ramadan, it will again pass

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Constructive gains will boost Maidenhead

By Josh Jackman, June 6, 2016

Maidenhead Synagogue is opening new facilities this summer to keep up with the demands of a rapidly expanding community.

Ongoing construction is the third project in three decades for the Berkshire Reform congregation, whose membership of 821 families has raised more than £500,000 to fund more outdoor spaces and a dedicated youth area.

There will also be extra space for the 184 children who

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Northern youth losing out through leadership gaps

By Josh Jackman, June 6, 2016

Manchester youth are suffering the effects of a long-term lack of leadership provision, the local Jewish representative council chair has warned.

Jonny Wineberg said that since the closure of the Jewish Youth Project in 2009 after an unsuccessful bid for Lottery funding, "you can see the gaps".

In the late 1990s there were five community youth workers.

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Tom Watson pulls out of community discussion on antisemitism at last minute citing 'childcare commitments'

By Josh Jackman, June 6, 2016

Tom Watson, Labour deputy leader, pulled out of a communal event addressing antisemitism in his party at the last minute.

The main attraction of yesterday's panel discussion, Mr Watson cited "childcare commitments" for cancelling his appearance at 'Antisemitism of the Left: a Labour Party problem?' five and a half hours before the doors opened.

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Oxford students vote to remain in NUS in wake of Malia Bouattia’s election as president

By Josh Jackman, June 3, 2016

Oxford University’s student union has voted to stay in the National Union of Students by a substantial margin.

It joined counterparts at Cambridge, Warwick, Exeter and Worcester in deciding not to disaffiliate from the national body following the election of Malia Bouattia as NUS president.

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Daniel gives his England tickets to inspiring teen

By Josh Jackman, June 2, 2016

The winner of a JC competition for England football tickets has given his prize to a teenager who overcame a serious condition to become a qualified football referee and scuba diver.

Daniel Wittenberg, 18, a member of New North London Synagogue in Finchley, said he had passed on his England v Portugal tickets to "inspirational" Garrett Eeles, 15.

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Israelis create the upwardly mobile phone

By Josh Jackman, June 2, 2016

A mobile phone described by its Israeli creators as "the most secure product ever made" has been launched in London.

The Solarin phone costs £14,500 and is made by Sirin Labs co-founders Moshe Hogeg and Tal Cohen. They say it offers secure emails, texting, phone calls with a total block on hacks and viruses.

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Motion to disaffiliate from NUS is narrowly defeated in Cambridge

By Josh Jackman, May 27, 2016

Cambridge University has narrowly voted against disaffiliation from the National Union of Students.

The student union would have become the fourth institution to leave the national body following the election of Malia Bouattia, following Lincoln, Newcastle and Hull.

Instead, Cambridge joined Warwick and Exeter universities in staying affiliated to the NUS.

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Lords Sacks warns of West’s moral decline as he accepts £1.1 million Templeton Prize

By Josh Jackman, May 27, 2016

Lord Rabbi Sacks has been presented with the £1.1m Templeton Prize for being an “entrepreneur of the spirit”.

Former winners of the award, which honours prominent figures’ contribution to spiritual life, include Mother Teresa, Desmond Tutu, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Lord Jakobovits and Sir Sigmund Sternberg.

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Building plans of Bushey's choice

By Josh Jackman, May 27, 2016

Rabbi Elchonon Feldman has said that the chance to become Bushey Synagogue's minister was "something I couldn't pass up".

On Sunday, members of the 2,000-strong Hertfordshire community voted overwhelmingly for the current Belmont Synagogue minister to succeed the long-serving Rabbi Meir Salasnik. Rabbi Feldman and his wife Jacqueline will join the shul after the High-Holy Days.

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The Hollywood star who still teaches at cheder

By Josh Jackman, May 26, 2016

When she isn't filming with acting royalty in Barcelona and Budapest for the new TV series Emerald City, Roxy Sternberg is teaching cheder classes.

The 27-year-old has been chosen to star in an American TV prequel to The Wizard of Oz, also featuring Joely Richardson and Jurassic World actor Vincent D'Onofrio.

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Sadiq Khan signs Mayors United Against Antisemitism pledge

By Josh Jackman, May 26, 2016

Jonathan Arkush, the Board of Deputies president, has welcomed Sadiq Khan’s decision to join the Mayors United Against Antisemitism initiative.

The pledge, which Mr Khan’s predecessor Boris Johnson also signed, has attracted support from 150 mayors in 30 countries across Europe, as well as representatives in all 50 US states.

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Suspended Labour MP Naz Shah to answer questions from Leeds Jewish Community

By Josh Jackman, May 25, 2016

Naz Shah, the Labour MP who was suspended after a series of inflammatory posts on social media about Jews and Israel, is set to meet the Jewish community.

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Jeremy Corbyn ‘sponsored conference that denounced Zionism as racist’

By Josh Jackman, May 25, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn sponsored a conference which called on the Labour Party to disaffiliate from its Jewish arm and denounced “the Zionist state as racist”, it has been claimed.

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