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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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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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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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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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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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