Marcus Dysch

Eric Pickles pledges to ensure Shoah legacy

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has visited Auschwitz to check on the progress of restoration work, partly funded by the British government.

He took part in a two-day trip and met the directors of the former concentration camp's museum and foundation to discuss how worldwide contributions were being used.

In May, the government announced it would contribute £2.1 million to the Auschwitz-

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Chief tells Pope: we must revive soul of Europe

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and Pope Benedict XVI discussed their mutual fears for Europe's future during an audience at the Vatican.

The meeting came as the Chief Rabbi made a two-day visit to Rome and the Holy See.

The religious leaders discussed the role of faith and morality and their hopes for a regeneration of Europe, both economically and socially.

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Chief Rabbi and Pope discuss fears for Europe

By Marcus Dysch, December 13, 2011

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks and Pope Benedict XVI discussed their mutual fears for Europe's future during an audience at the Vatican.

The meeting came as the Chief Rabbi made a two-day visit to Rome and the Holy See.

The religious leaders discussed the role of faith and morality and their hopes for a regeneration of Europe, both economically and socially.

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Students vote to strengthen union

By Marcus Dysch, December 12, 2011

Students converged on Leeds University last weekend to mark the relaunch of the Union of Jewish Students' flagship event.

Once a regular fixture, UJS conference has been absent from the campus calendar since 2005, due to a decline in the number of delegates attending.

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Nottingham in need of funds after years of success

By Marcus Dysch, December 8, 2011

One of the country's largest university Jewish societies is to launch a fundraising campaign to help finance an improved centre for their social and religious events.

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Transsexual assaulter is jailed

By Marcus Dysch, December 8, 2011

A man has been jailed for six months for punching a Jewish woman in the face.

Ben Matthew Firth harassed and then assaulted transsexual Samantha Marks in a library in Hull.

Frith had initially targeted Ms Marks at the city's central library in July, shouting "hiya boy" and making other abusive remarks. When she left the library Frith chased her.

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York students reject Hebrew University twinning

By Marcus Dysch, December 5, 2011

Students at York University have rejected the chance to link their union with Jerusalem's Hebrew University.

A referendum was initiated by politics student Jacob Campbell, who said he wanted to stand up for Israel and curb anti-Israel and antisemitic activity on British campuses.

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Israel envoy Taub goes back to university

By Marcus Dysch, December 5, 2011

Daniel Taub, Israeli Ambassador to Britain, has made his first campus visit since being appointed.

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'UJS has failed - now it's time for change'

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2011

The Union of Jewish Students elects its new president on Sunday, with law student Alex Green the only candidate standing to lead the union.

The solitary application appears to represent Jewish students' significant loss of interest in the role.

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Campus notebook: Manchesters UV light party

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2011

● Students from around the country took part in a Shabbat meal with a difference in Manchester, dining with only UV lights guiding their way.

The Manchester JSoc "blackout" was thought to be the first Friday night event of its type in the world.

Organisers spent several days constructing a new temporary ceiling at the venue to ensure the room would be dark enough, before installing UV floo

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Chief Whip hauls in MP after Matthew Gould comments

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2011

The Labour MP who suggested Matthew Gould was an inappropriate British ambassador to Israel, because he was Jewish, has reportedly been called in by Labour Chief Whip Rosie Winterton to explain his remarks.

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After the "Jew goal", the "Jew punch"?

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2011

Remember the “Jew goal”? Well now it seems another sport may have adopted a similarly tasteless phrase.

Welcome to the world of the “Jew punch”.

Subscription boxing channel BoxNation this week apologised and launched an investigation after a retired boxer made a rather dubious remark on one of its shows.

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Board urges FCO to police Palestinian site

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2011

The Board of Deputies has clashed with the Foreign Office over the content of articles on the website of the Palestinian Mission in Britain.

President Vivian Wineman said the Board was "pretty angry" that the Foreign Office had refused to take action over the mission's promotion of work by Israeli-born antisemite Gilad Atzmon.

The website publishes news and information about the Palestinian

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Israel's Irish envoy proclaims triumph

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2011

Anti-Israel protesters repeatedly disrupted Ireland's biggest ever showcase of Israeli films during a major four-day festival last weekend to promote cultural links.

The Israeli Film Days festival was beset by protests inside and outside the hosting venue in Dublin. The cultural event included Israeli films, Holocaust documentaries, Israeli rock-music, and photo and culinary exhibitions.

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Euston student centre to close

By Marcus Dysch, December 1, 2011

The country's leading Jewish student centre is to close just three years after it opened with the promise it would "transform Jewish student life in the capital".

The Union of Jewish Students and Hillel said the Euston centre would shut on December 16 because students wanted new, "flexible" services that the central base could not provide.

The 4,000 sq ft centre opened in 2008 at a cost of a

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Downton finds Wizo audience

By Marcus Dysch, November 24, 2011

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes told a packed Wizo literary lunch on Wednesday that the success of the series had exceeded his wildest imagination.

Baron Fellowes was in conversation with best-selling author Joanna Trollope, who described him as "the saviour of ITV".

He told the 270 diners at St John's Wood Synagogue how he had battled to bring the series to the small screen in the fac

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Turkey in £6m shul initiative

By Marcus Dysch, November 24, 2011

The reconstruction of seven historic synagogues in a Turkish city will act as a tool to teach Muslims about Jewish history, according to directors of the project.

The synagogues of Izmir date back to the 17th century, but lie largely in ruins after years of neglect.

The city, in western Turkey, is now home to only 1,200 Jews, but was once one of the world's most vibrant Jewish communities.

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Nobel winners join Israelis in £10m campaign on disease

By Marcus Dysch, November 24, 2011

Dozens of Britain's top scientists flew to Israel this week to launch a major research project into regenerative medicine.

They joined around 200 Israelis at Ben Gurion University to share methods of tackling heart disease and Parkinson's disease using cell and gene therapies and tissue and biomedical engineering techniques.

The visit marked the launch of the British Israel Research and Acad

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Stalker's victim seeks damages from the CPS

By Marcus Dysch, November 24, 2011

The victim of a serial stalker is seeking damages from the Crown Prosecution Service, claiming the State failed to protect her.

Claire Waxman wants £5,000 compensation after the CPS dropped a charge against Elliot Fogel, who has repeatedly been convicted of harassing her and her family.

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Filmfest expands as UK plans Israel shoots

By Marcus Dysch and Nathan Jeffay, November 24, 2011

The biggest ever UK Jewish Film Festival ended this week with organisers promising an expanded event next year.

Documentaries, short films and TV shows from more than a dozen countries made up the 76 screenings at 14 venues over three weeks.

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