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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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Nottingham University students to vote on splitting from NUS

By Josh Jackman, May 24, 2016

A university with one of the highest numbers of Jewish students in Britain will hold a referendum on disaffiliating from the National Union of Students following the election of Malia Bouattia as its president.

Nottingham University could become the fourth institution to leave the national body in less than two months after the vote from June 1-9, following Lincoln, Newcastle and Hull.

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Board of Deputies election result reversed after miscount

By Josh Jackman, May 20, 2016

A Board of Deputies election result has been changed after it emerged that the methodology for selecting the winner “had been incorrectly applied”.

Gillian Merron, Board chief executive, emailed deputies today to inform them that Bernard Silver - and not Anthony Tricot, as had previously been announced - had won the by-election for a place on the International Division.

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John Kerry confirms he will attend Paris peace talks

By Josh Jackman, May 20, 2016

John Kerry, the US Secretary of State, has confirmed that he will attend a new round of peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

The meeting in Paris on June 3 will aim to create a framework for future talks.

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Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon quits claiming he can't trust Benjamin Netanyahu

By Josh Jackman, May 20, 2016

Moshe Yaalon has resigned as Israeli defence minister, saying that "Israel, as well as the Likud party, has been taken over by dangerous and extreme elements."

The former Chief of General Staff in the military, who was a member of the prime minister’s Likud party, will also leave the Knesset.

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US sorry for Mill Hill dates clash

By Josh Jackman, May 20, 2016

The United Synagogue has apologised for a clash between Monday's Mill Hill Synagogue AGM and an open meeting to discuss a potential US congregation in Mill Hill East.

A US spokesman accepted that the clash was "unfortunate and we apologise for any concerns this may raise.

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Rabbi's amicable pay cut

By Josh Jackman, May 20, 2016

A north London rabbi's salary has been reduced through "a mutual decision".

The announcement on the pay of Rabbi Moshe Mayerfeld of Shomrei Hadath Synagogue in Hampstead was made at the congregation's AGM on Sunday.

Rabbi Mayerfeld, who has served the modern Orthodox community for two years, attributed the salary cut to his increasing workload with outreach organisation Aish.

"It was just

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Hundreds honour Kindertransport hero Sir Nicholas Winton

By Josh Jackman, May 19, 2016

Dame Esther Rantzen has hailed Sir Nicholas Winton as “a hero” who “proved that one person can make such a difference” during a moving memorial service for the Holocaust hero.

Around 400 people attended the service this afternoon, including 28 of the 669 mostly Jewish children who Sir Nicholas helped escape from Czechoslovakia to Britain.

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Manx Jews cling on to island life

By Josh Jackman, May 19, 2016

From a Jewish perspective, the Isle of Man is known as the place German Jews were interned alongside Nazis as enemy aliens during the Second World War.

These days, around 200 Jews live on the tiny island, mostly in the capital Douglas. This small community is without a synagogue, a rabbi, or a place to buy kosher food, but it does have a representative in the island's 1,037-year parliament.

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Ambassador spoils shul audience with US debate

By Josh Jackman, May 19, 2016

The American ambassador to Britain has attempted to soothe the Jewish community's fears about his country's relationship with Israel and the upcoming presidential election.

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New York Shomrim accused of ‘shutting down’ witnesses over gay beating

By Josh Jackman, May 19, 2016

Three strictly Orthodox men accused of attacking a gay black man - leaving him blind in one eye - will avoid prison time, according to reports.

Taj Patterson, 25, was allegedly assaulted by three members of the New York Satmar community while walking down a street in Brooklyn, in December 2013.

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William Kristol labelled 'renegade Jew' over backing for anti-Trump bid

By Josh Jackman, May 16, 2016

Prominent US conservative William Kristol has been called a “Renegade Jew” for supporting an independent bid for the presidency to stop presumptive Republican candidate Donald Trump from winning the election in November.

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The future of warfare? Israel to launch a robot that can shoot

By Josh Jackman, May 16, 2016

An Israeli father-and-son team has created a robot that they claim is better at shooting than humans after a family member was injured in combat.

Produced with the help of the Israeli Ministry of Defence and counter-terrorism unit, “Dogo” can tackle any type of terrain - including stairs - and provides 360-degree vision to soldiers before they enter combat situations.

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Labour suspend activist over “Jewish genocide of the British people” tweet

By Josh Jackman, May 12, 2016

Labour has suspended a party member who posted a link online claiming that “Jews control Britain and are committing genocide on us”.

Musabbir Ali, a member of the Tower Hamlets Labour Party in east London who used to serve as a campaign officer, “has been suspended pending an investigation”, a party spokeswoman confirmed.

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Mirvis pins hopes on new 'heroes'

By Josh Jackman, May 12, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has called for community members to be "a new generation of heroes", prepared to take up the educational baton from Holocaust survivors.

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Why clueless Oscar panel got it wrong over Alicia

By Josh Jackman, May 12, 2016

It has taken 21 years but Alicia Silverstone has finally won a best-actress Oscar for her role in the 1995 film, Clueless. Well, almost.

The Jewish star was due to be honoured at the Vintage Film Award this week, a new set of prizes aimed at retrospectively correcting Oscar judges' decisions.

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