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Man arrested after attack outside Stamford Hill synagogue

By Josh Jackman, July 31, 2015

A strictly Orthodox man was physically and verbally assaulted on Thursday night outside a synagogue.

According to Shomrim, the community volunteer security service, the attacker pushed his victim before shouting antisemitic slurs in a seemingly unprovoked incident outside a shul in Stamford Hill, north-east London.

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First it was a Pesach marathon. Now it's Rosh Hashanah

By Josh Jackman, July 30, 2015

Conspiracy theorists might be tempted to think that the London Marathon organisers have it in for Jews.

Earlier this year the date of the 2016 race was confirmed as the second day of Pesach, denying observant runners the chance to take part - and Jewish charities the money they would raise.

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You want to keep kosher? Then keep one of these in your pocket

By Josh Jackman, July 30, 2015

No pork; no shellfish; no milk with meat. Simple enough. But what about this yoghurt? Or that soy sauce?

And which brands of ice-cream can you serve at Friday-night dinner?

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Banned by the rabbi, bought by Microsoft

By Josh Jackman, July 30, 2015

Microsoft has bought a company founded by an entrepreneur from a strictly Orthodox sect that has banned Facebook and other social media sites.

Shloma Baum, a member of the Satmar Chasidic community in New York, taught himself computer languages before creating FieldOne Systems, which has just been sold for an undisclosed amount.

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Awareness boost for Jami

By Josh Jackman, July 30, 2015

Jami's landmark mental health campaign has attracted a huge rise in referrals to the service.

Think Ahead, the first mental health campaign to target the entire Jewish community, was launched in May in the JC. The next month, there was a 186 per cent increase in new people contacting the charity for assistance.

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Long-serving volunteer honoured

By Josh Jackman, July 30, 2015

An 83-year-old grandmother who has given up 25,000 hours of her time to Jewish Care volunteering has received a prime ministerial award.

Barbara Waterman's Point of Light accolade recognises 45 years' service to the Stepney Community Centre, where she is volunteer co-ordinator.

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Netanyahu to visit UK for bilateral talks

By Josh Jackman, July 30, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will visit London in September to speak with David Cameron.

Mr Netanyahu, who was re-elected in March, will discuss issues with the British Prime Minister including the Iran nuclear deal and the Israel-Palestinian peace process.

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Canadian couple planned to kill Jewish children in synagogue to 'save them from hell'

By Josh Jackman, July 29, 2015

A Muslim extremist couple convicted of planning a terrorist attack were planning to kill Jewish children, court documents have revealed.

Canadians Amanda Korody and John Nuttall were found guilty last month of planning to detonate bombs outside the British Columbia legislature during Canada Day celebrations in 2013, when thousands of people would have been present.

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Liverpool Jews ask police for protection as extremists plan rally

By Josh Jackman, July 29, 2015

More than 2,100 people have signed a petition asking the police to protect Liverpool’s Jewish community from a neo-Nazi rally in the city.

The White Man March, organised by far-right group National Action, is due to take place in the city centre on August 15, a Shabbat.

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Protests at anti-Israel author Max Blumenthal's book launch

By Josh Jackman, July 29, 2015

Activists have protested at a book launch by author Max Blumenthal in which he accused Israel of committing a “massive project of ethnic cleansing” since it was established.

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Israel lacrosse team forced to forfeit match after refusing to play on Shabbat

By Josh Jackman, July 28, 2015

An Israeli lacrosse team playing in the sport’s World Championship in Scotland has been forced to forfeit a match for not playing on Shabbat.

The under-19s side, made up of 15 and 16-year-old amateurs participating in their first tournament, arranged with opponents Finland to play their match on Wednesday instead of Saturday.

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Pro-Israel activists in London protest against Iran deal

By Josh Jackman, July 27, 2015

Activists opposing the nuclear deal between Iran and western powers have delivered a letter outlining their objections to 10 Downing Street.

After a demonstration in Whitehall on Sunday attended by more than 30 supporters, pro-Israel grassroots group Campaign For Truth (C4T) handed over the message, which compared the agreement to appeasement of the Nazis.

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Uefa take point off Croatia for on-pitch swastika

By Josh Jackman, July 23, 2015

The Croatian national football team has been docked a point after a swastika was displayed on the pitch before a European Championship qualifier.

The penalty is understood to be the most serious ever imposed by Uefa, the governing body of European football.

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WATCH: Jewish students break world record...for hopping

By Josh Jackman, July 23, 2015

Michael Sobell Sinai Jewish Primary School has broken a world record - for hopping.

In an end of term activity at the school in Kenton, 691 staff, pupils and teachers hopped on one leg for 10 seconds, officially earning themselves a Guinness World Record.

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Big gains for women and young people at Board elections

By Josh Jackman, July 23, 2015

Women and young people have claimed more seats than ever before in the elections for the Board of Deputies divisional committees.

Out of the 64 deputies elected to four divisions, 23 were female - the highest ever proportion of Board seats to go to women - and nine of all delegates voted in were in their 20s.

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Police officers to learn Hebrew under new pilot scheme

By Josh Jackman, July 23, 2015

Shalom, shalom, shalom… what's going on 'ere? Police officers could soon be speaking Hebrew on the beat in Golders Green and Stamford Hill.

Under a pilot scheme run by the Metropolitan Police, new recruits will have to learn a second language from a list of 14, one of which is Hebrew.

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Delay in care costs cap is 'a blow to elderly'

By Josh Jackman, July 23, 2015

A four-year delay in capping care costs and increasing the level of assets those in residential care can retain has been condemned as "a real blow to many older people and their families".

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Ivy House regulars bemoan closure

By Josh Jackman, July 23, 2015

It is a week until the London Jewish Cultural Centre closes its doors at Ivy House in Golders Green following the merger with JW3, where some of its activities have transferred.

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NHS backs survey on Charedi health needs

By Josh Jackman, July 23, 2015

The NHS is funding a comprehensive study of the health needs of the large strictly Orthodox community in Salford.

Manchester Jewish Care Forum chair Jonny Wineberg and psychologist Dr Sandi Mann are heading the £10,000 project.

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Israeli hackers charged over one of ‘biggest ever’ cyber frauds

By Josh Jackman, July 22, 2015

Two Israeli hackers have been charged with stealing millions of dollars in one of the biggest cyber frauds in history.

Gery Shalon, 31, and Ziv Orenstein, 40, were allegedly part of a three-man hacking gang that purchased blocks of practically worthless shares before illegally manipulating the market to gain at least $2.8m (£1.8m) in profit.

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