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Anelka free to play in England after completing FA quenelle punishment

By Josh Jackman, February 2, 2015

Footballer Nicolas Anelka, who was banned for making a quenelle gesture, is free to play in England again.

The Football Association has confirmed that the former Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea striker recently completed his mandatory education course, in addition to serving a five-game ban, and therefore can again join a club in England.

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Survey finds 35 per cent of Britons feel “especially unfavourable” towards Israel

By Josh Jackman, February 2, 2015

Britons dislike Israel more than almost any other country, a YouGov poll has found.

The survey was conducted in August during the Gaza conflict, but was published only last week by Chatham House, the UK’s most prestigious foreign affairs think tank.

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Cornish Jews call for village boycott over park called ‘Hitlers Walk’

By Josh Jackman, February 2, 2015

Jews in Cornwall are calling for a boycott of a fishing village over the erection of a sign naming a local park “Hitlers Walk”.

Harvey Kurzfield, chairperson of the Cornish Jewish community, was reported as calling the decision “outrageous and completely unfeeling”.

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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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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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'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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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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Southend sets date for EGM over sacked rabbi

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

Supporters of the Southend rabbi dismissed for alleged gross misconduct - but who is still leading services - will have an opportunity to challenge the lay leadership over the decision.

Backers of Rabbi Binyamin Bar have welcomed the announcement of an EGM on February 22.

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More express will to leave a charity legacy

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

A cross-communal umbrella organisation is reporting an eight per cent rise among Jews who consider that charitable legacies are important.

Legacy Giving, which conducted the research, encourages people to leave money to one of the 48 charities signed up to its campaign.

Its chair, Melanie Klass, said: "It's all about changing attitudes in the community towards legacies."

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Romain takes charge at Reform beit din

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

Maidenhead minister Rabbi Jonathan Romain has been elected chair of the Reform Beit Din.

Following his appointment by the Assembly of Reform Rabbis UK, Rabbi Romain will, for the next three years, head a rotating team of seven judges, having the final say on issues from conversion to divorce.

The religious court will be convened by North West Surrey Synagogue's Rabbi Jackie Tabick.

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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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