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Britain's senior Sephardi rabbi Joseph Dweck starts work

By Marcus Dysch, July 4, 2014

Rabbi Joseph Dweck takes up his role as senior rabbi of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation today.

Since being elected to the position last year, Rabbi Dweck has been preparing to begin work in a full time capacity.

He will be joined in London by his wife, Margalit, and four of his five children.

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Shul and mosque in dialogue

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

Brondesbury Park Synagogue members shared details of Jewish life in an exchange programme with Muslims from a neighbouring mosque.

The shul-goers were told how the Imam Khoei Centre in north-west London had been converted into a mosque in the 1980s after being used for synagogue services a decade earlier.

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Clubhouse gets police approval

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

More than £160,000 was raised at the first fundraising dinner of the Boys Clubhouse, which runs a drop-in centre for young Jewish men with addictions such as alcohol, drugs and gambling, or problems like homelessness.

The dinner was held at the Metropolitan Police museum in Colindale, where a range of historic police cars were on show.

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Four arrested over Manchester burglaries that targeted Jewish families

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

Three men and a teenager have been arrested on suspicion of a series of violent burglaries which targeted Jewish families.

The four were detained as part of Greater Manchester Police’s Operation Resemble following burglaries in north Manchester and Salford.

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Meet the USA team's biggest British fan

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

How does a Jewish journalist and filmmaker from Liverpool end up in Rio de Janeiro, helping Americans fall in love with the World Cup?

If it sounds like a schoolboy’s dream come true, it largely is, and Roger Bennett could not be happier.
The 43-year-old is enjoying his new-found fame, despite the United States national side crashing out of the tournament on Tuesday.

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Lib Dems say sorry over anti-Israel post

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

The Liberal Democrat Party has apologised after its Friends of Palestine group again posted antisemitic material on Facebook.

The group linked to a piece by antisemitic Israeli musician Gilad Atzmon which claimed "the time is ripe to cleanse British public life of Zionists and Jerusalemites".

Mr Atzmon's article referred to Ed Miliband's speech to Labour Friends of Israel last month.

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Theresa May hails Israel's war on slavery

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May has visited Israel to see how the country's approach to tackling modern slavery and human trafficking can benefit Britain.

Mrs May said the Israeli government's work on the issue was an "international success story", but warned that legislation alone could not solve the problem.

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Methodists will hold off on boycott

By Marcus Dysch, July 3, 2014

The Methodist Church will defer any move to boycott Israel for at least the next two years.

Church members agreed not to put forward motions on Israel and the Palestinians until after their 2016 conference.

Delegates voted to back the church council's recommendations following a 90-minute debate at their annual conference in Birmingham on Monday.

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Leon Brittan defends role over Westminster sex abuse claims

By Marcus Dysch, July 2, 2014

Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has responded to calls for him to explain what he knew about allegations of paedophilia in Westminster in the 1980s.

Lord Brittan issued a statement after Labour MP Simon Danczuk said there should be a national inquiry into allegations of historic sex abuse.

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Death of Palestinian teenager may be 'revenge killing'

By Marcus Dysch, July 2, 2014

A Palestinian teenager has been found dead on the outskirts of Jerusalem.

The 17-year-old’s body was discovered following what is believed to be a revenge attack after the murder of three Israeli teenagers.

Police believe Mohammed Hussein Abu Khdair was forced into a car near the East Jerusalem area of Beit Hannina in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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'Hamas will pay' for teenagers' death, says Netanyahu

By Marcus Dysch, July 1, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said “Hamas will pay” following the death of three Jewish teenagers in the West Bank.

The bodies of yeshivah students Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel were found near Hebron on Monday. They had been missing since June 12.

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Helena Bonham Carter meets Holocaust survivors in US

By Marcus Dysch, June 27, 2014

Members of David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission have travelled to the United States to investigate new techniques for educating people about the Shoah.

Actress Helena Bonham Carter, television presenter Natasha Kaplinsky and commission chair Mick Davis visited New York and Washington.

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Police action on alleged Janner sex abuse is 'not imminent'

By Marcus Dysch, June 27, 2014

A decision over whether to prosecute Lord Janner over allegations of historic child sex abuse is no closer this week, despite new revelations about the investigation.

Action against the 85-year-old peer is "not imminent", according to police.

A file was sent by officers to the Crown Prosecution Service in April for consideration. A property owned by Lord Janner was searched in December.

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Ukip defends alliance with Swedish extremists

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2014

The UK Independence Party has defended its decision to work with members of a Swedish party which was set up by former Nazis.

Ukip MEPs have joined a European Parliament grouping alongside representatives of the Sweden Democrat party, despite the Scandinavian group’s history of extreme nationalism, white supremacy and links to the Waffen SS.

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Bringing back the sound of music to abandoned shuls

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2014

Tucked away in a remote corner of Hungary, the village of Mád constitutes little more than two streets of houses, a small hotel and a dusty café decorated with flowers. Vehicles rarely travel along Mád's roads. Two storks squawk from their nest overlooking the picture postcard countryside.

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Stuart Kuttner cleared at hacking trial

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2014

A mensch, a money maven, and a man diminished by illness - Stuart Kuttner was described in many ways during the phone hacking trial, but his acquittal this week on charges of conspiring to intercept telephone messages will bring him the most comfort by far.

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Isis recruits: who's next when they return here?

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2014

British Muslims fighting for Islamist terror groups in Iraq and Syria could return to target the Jewish community, security experts fear.

Anti-terror chiefs believe between 300 and 500 men could have gone to assist the Isis terror group and battle Assad's forces.

Many are thought to be university students who have left their courses to fight.

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Israeli architects applaud Riba retreat from call for boycott

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2014

The British architects' union's decision not to pursue an anti-Israel motion has been welcomed by its Israeli counterpart.

Members of Riba voted in March to call on the International Union of Architects (UIA) to suspend Israeli members.

Riba's council had been due to debate the issue last week, but members were asked only to ratify the creation of a new international division.

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FA doing 'good work' in dealing with racism

By Marcus Dysch, June 26, 2014

The Football Association's work to tackle antisemitism has been praised following a meeting with Jewish groups.

The governing body's approach to the fallout from Nicolas Anelka's controversial quenelle gesture was among topics discussed during the session at Wembley Stadium last week.

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Riba says Israel boycott issue is now closed

By Marcus Dysch, June 20, 2014

The president of the Royal Institute of British Architects has said the organisation will not discuss its controversial stance on Israel any further.

Riba's council had been expected to debate an anti-Israel motion at a meeting in London on Thursday.

In March the institute's members voted for a motion calling on the International Union of Architects (UIA) to suspend Israeli members.

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