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'Abused' footballer attacks FA inaction

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2009

A Maccabi Premier Division footballer who claims he was called “a Paki” by an opponent in April is outraged that the London FA has yet to hold a hearing into the incident.

Virgil Levy, who is of South American origin, also alleges that he was called “Asian” and told that he “should not belong in the community or in the league” during the game between his team, Montana Boca, and Glenthorne in April.

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Yom Kippur crime on the increase

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2009

A man was arrested for shouting antisemitic abuse and police are investigating a number of other incidents which took place around synagogues over Shabbat and Yom Kippur.

After a peaceful Rosh Hashanah, the Community Security Trust reported a busier Yom Kippur period with reports of verbal abuse and egg-throwing in north-west London, Hertfordshire and Manchester.

On Saturday night, a 38-year-old man was arrested in Golders Green for causing racially aggravated harassment and distress. He has been bailed to return to a north-west London police station on October 27.

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Hardship claims rise as credit crunch bites

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2009

The number of students applying for UJS Hillel’s scholarship fund has increased by 30 per cent in the past year.

Chief executive Daniel Marcus revealed parents and students are applying for the grants at record rates as they struggle to meet the soaring costs of going to university.

The effect of the recession, coupled with the fiasco over delayed student loan cheques, has left some Jewish students fighting to fund their studies, accommodation and living costs.

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Join Toon army on succah Crawl

By Marcus Dysch, October 1, 2009

Newcastle JSoc is hosting its annual Succah Crawl on Wednesday evening.

Providing a Jewish twist to the traditional pub crawl, the event offers students the chance to eat dinner on the move – with each host providing a different course.

Free transport will be offered between the succot and the evening is free for students. For details visit the Newcastle JSoc group on Facebook.

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More on the glowing gefilte

By Marcus Dysch, September 30, 2009

Our story from last week about the remarkable glowing gefilte fish has not only become the most-read story in our website’s history, but has also been picked up by a couple of other media organisations.

As well as a brief appearance in the Sunday Times’ Atticus column, the fish popped up on frum news website Voz Iz Neias.

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Tell us what you really think Mr Ambassador...

By Marcus Dysch, September 29, 2009

Ron Prosor, Israeli ambassador to the UK, has an excellent comment piece in today’s Times, taking a hefty swipe at the UN Human Rights Council and the Goldstone report.

He doesn’t mince his words:

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Holocaust survivor to thank Pope for priest who saved him

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2009

A Holocaust survivor whose life was saved by a Catholic priest during the war will visit the Vatican next month to thank the Pope.

Joseph Szlezinger was hidden in a Belgian convent and his mother Gita lived for 18 months in a basement after the priest, Father Clement, agreed to protect them from the Nazis.

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Glowing report for gefilte fish

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2009

The traditional choice for a kosher fish supper is chopped and boiled or chopped and fried. But we can reveal a new option — chopped and glow-in-the-dark.

Student Jessica Taylor was shocked to see her late-night gefilte fish snack light up the kitchen of her north London family home by glowing bright green and yellow. Her mother had bought the Hoffman’s product the previous day at Moshe’s Deli in Temple Fortune.

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Hillel goes from digs to digital

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2009

Gone are the days of Hillel houses being seen as run-down, out-of-date digs for religious students who want to be close to a morning minyan.

In the past year, Hillels across the country have undergone substantial changes, with houses being transformed into modern student centres furnished with plasma screen TVs, wireless internet and kosher cafés.

Daniel Marcus, UJS Hillel chief executive, said the organisation is making a conscious effort to provide Jewish students with plush surroundings.

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Highland Shabbaton

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2009

Northern region JSocs are holding their annual Highland weekend in October.

All students in Scotland and the north of England can attend the Shabbaton, taking place from October 16 to 18 near Glasgow.

Tickets cost £30. For more information, email northern.region.jc@googlemail.com or phone Hayden Krasner on 07795 155 040.

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Yom Kippur on campus

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2009

Yom Kippur services are being run by a number of JSocs for students returning to their campuses this week.

In Birmingham, a pre-fast dinner is being prepared by Rabbi Yaakov Singer and in Leeds a range of Orthodox, Reform, Masorti and Liberal services will be held.

Contact your JSoc for times and locations.

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Ex-recruit warns: ‘beware missionaries’

By Marcus Dysch, September 24, 2009

A former member of Jews for Jesus has warned that missionary Christians are creating a “spiritual holocaust in our communities” by converting Jews.

Julian Ciss told an audience at Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue how he had been recruited and later converted by the organisation.

He explained how he was approached by an evangelical Christian at a college art fair in his native Canada, and after beginning a relationship with the woman started attending her church.

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Chagall's Jerusalem Windows sells for £82,000

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2009

A set of 12 prints depicting the biblical scene when Jacob blesses his sons on his deathbed have been sold at Christie’s for £82,250.

The Jerusalem Windows (Douze Maquettes de Vitraux pour Jérusalem) were originally designed by Marc Chagall in 1962 for the synagogue attached to the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Centre, Israel’s first hospital.

It was Chagall’s first stained glass work. The designs were later turned into the set of lithographs by Charles Sorlier.

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Sugar relieved after Sun terror tale proves false

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2009

A front page story in the Sun which named Lord Sugar and other prominent British Jews as potential targets for Islamic extremists was fabricated by the article’s main source, it has been revealed.

Headlined “Terror target Sugar: Alan on Gaza ‘revenge’ list”, the piece claimed the Apprentice star and others including Foreign Secretary David Miliband, Lord Levy, Amy Winehouse and record producer Mark Ronson were on a list being drawn up of “Britons supporting Israel”.

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Historians back BBC over Jewish massacre claim

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2009

Israeli historians have backed the BBC after the corporation stood by comments made in a TV documentary claiming that an ancient Jewish tribe massacred Christians who refused to convert.

The Board of Deputies complained to the BBC over perceived inaccuracies and lack of context in The Frankincense Trail, in which presenter Kate Humble followed the trade route which first connected the Arab world with the West.

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Police swoop on Shabbat beach dinner

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2009

A bottle of kiddush wine was confiscated and poured away by police who pounced on a group of messianic Jews enjoying Shabbat dinner on a beach.

Five members of the Messiach Ben Yisrael community had been using the Palwin No 4 to make kiddush on Bournemouth beach.

The Basingstoke-based group had begun a post-kiddush discussion about the hymn Adon Olam when two police officers approached them for breaking “no alcohol” regulations.

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University chaplains ready to help students

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2009

Eating disorders, alcoholism and clinical depression are not issues which Jewish parents traditionally worry about their children encountering at university.

But these are among the wide range of problems tackled by the rabbis and rebbetzins of the University Jewish Chaplaincy service.

This year UJC is extending its reach further than ever, with four new chaplains starting work in Oxford; Scotland and the North East; and Cambridge and East Anglia and the first ever chaplain covering the south coast region.

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Israeli hairdresser convicted of sexual assault

By Marcus Dysch, September 17, 2009

An Israeli hairdresser faces jail after being convicted of kissing and stroking a 13-year-old girl while chatting about how to give her a new look.

Shay Kaldron, 33, told the girl she was beautiful after slipping his hand under her top and caressing her stomach.

He had gone to her home in Finchley, north London, to cut the teenager’s and her mother’s hair.

But when the mother left briefly to pick up her son, Kaldron took his chance to make a move on the girl.

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How much should you reveal in a job interview?

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2009

So Brent North MP Barry Gardiner has dismissed his recently appointed communications officer Joseph Brown for not revealing he was pro-Palestinian.

Mr Gardiner, a former vice chair of Labour Friends of Israel, said while he didn’t expect his employees to share his political views, he was unhappy that former student union anti-racism officer Brown had not revealed what a controversial figure he had been at LSE.

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UJS: Our students will be resolute

By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2009

The Union of Jewish Students chair says the organisation will approach the new academic year with optimism, despite a potential wave of anti-Israel action on campuses.

Adam Pike said UJS would stand up to the threat of boycott motions, antisemitism and attacks and pledged to not “cower in the corner”.

Last year was one of the most challenging UJS has faced. Israel’s Operation Cast Lead in Gaza last December and January sparked furious demonstrations on Britain’s campuses.

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