Anna Sheinman

Brooklyn rabbi arrested for ‘attempted rape’ in police sting

By Anna Sheinman, February 18, 2013

A 59-year-old Brooklyn rabbi has been arrested in a police sting operation in which he allegedly attempted to meet a 14-year-old girl who he had been exchanging sexually explicit messages with.

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Desperately seeking Netta Rose

By Anna Sheinman, February 18, 2013

Rifleman Alec Jay went to war on May 22 1940. Five days later at the siege of Calais, any clues to his Jewish identity were hastily buried in the French sand as he was taken prisoner by the Germans, spending five years in captivity.

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Big screen exposure aids Sharon Berger donor search

By Anna Sheinman, February 18, 2013

The Spit4Mum campaign, geared to finding a bone-marrow donor for critically ill Harrow resident Sharon Berger, is reporting huge cross-communal support ahead of a major screening on Sunday.

Mrs Berger, 61, is in hospital undergoing chemotherapy for myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a malfunction of the bone marrow. She urgently requires a bone marrow donation.

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The Harlem Shake: Yeshiva University Style

By Anna Sheinman, February 18, 2013

The Harlem Shake is the internet meme sensation that has swept the globe this February. What began in Australia with a group of surfers crazy dancing to 30 seconds of Harlem Shake by dance music producer Baauer, has now been replicated by just about every group imaginable.

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Netanyahu's ice cream budget gets frosty reception

By Anna Sheinman, February 15, 2013

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spent NIS 10,000 (£1,750) buying ice cream in 2012 - a revelation that has caused anger and a backlash from political opponents in Israel.

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Beth Alexander judge investigated

By Anna Sheinman, February 14, 2013

The Austrian custody case over the three-year-old twins of Manchester-born Beth Alexander has been suspended while the judge in charge is investigated, Ms Alexander’s lawyer has confirmed.

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Prisoners teach peers about Shoah

By Anna Sheinman, February 14, 2013

Over 130 inmates of HMP Thameside in south east London will this month learn about the life of Anne Frank, with a surprising twist: their teachers are fellow prisoners.

Eight prisoners were this week trained by the Anne Frank Trust’s Steve Gadd to lead their peers around an exhibition about the life of Anne Frank in a project that aims to tackle prejudice.

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Struggling to find a student minyan? Start your own

By Anna Sheinman, February 7, 2013

Studying in the capital can pose a challenge for Jewish students — particularly those who are observant, live in north west London and cannot attend Jewish Society synagogue services in the city centre.

UCL business management student Benjy Trent found himself in such a situation. He spent his gap year in Israel and grew accustomed to praying every day with people his own age at yeshivah.

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Ahmadinejad visits Egypt - next stop Gaza?

By Anna Sheinman, February 5, 2013

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Cairo in the first Iranian state visit to Egypt since its revolution in 1979 and says he also wants to visit Gaza.

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A game-changing cancer vaccine?

By Anna Sheinman, February 1, 2013

Results of the first clinical trial for a new cancer vaccine developed by an Israeli company suggest it could “change the paradigm” of cancer treatment, the head researcher has said.

Dr Lior Carmon, CEO of Vaxil, based near Tel Aviv, said that the results of the phase I trial of the vaccine on 15 cancer patients with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, were very promising.

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Schools lead the way in bone marrow donor search

By Anna Sheinman, January 31, 2013

Jewish schools are leading the way in the urgent search for a bone marrow donor for a Harrow woman in a campaign which has seen a massive upsurge in Jews registering with the Anthony Nolan Trust.

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Owen Shayan

By Anna Sheinman, January 31, 2013

My Dad was always very proud he was Jewish. Growing up in Leicestershire, we didn’t say we were Iranian, but it was OK to be Jewish. Being Jewish will mean recognition, acceptance. It is knowledge, understanding. It is important, when I have a family, that I have that knowledge.

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Miryam Ben Chaim

By Anna Sheinman, January 31, 2013

I lived in LA; it was superficial. I felt I wasn’t in the right place. Judaism gave me a direction as to how to approach life. I keep kosher, I keep Shabbat, I keep everything I’ve learned. There is a connection with every person who believes in Judaism, it binds us.

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Yoletta Nyange

By Anna Sheinman, January 31, 2013

Co-hosting the Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony with Simon Schama and debuting my Magen David a day after I returned from a trip to Ethiopia made me very proud. As a child, my Judaism was a lethal secret but now it is what I hold on to. I reconnected. It feels natural.

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Shiraaz Sidat

By Anna Sheinman, January 31, 2013

I felt something was missing. Judaism has helped me to develop my relationship with God. There is a feeling of peace, of being happy and content after a service. Going to the Beth Din was very emotional, I was so nervous, but it was a new beginning.

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Chava Fleming

By Anna Sheinman, January 31, 2013

I was inspired by some wonderful Jewish neighbours. My stepson Benjamin’s barmitzvah and my marriage to his father were on the same weekend; the entire community was invited to both. The sense of family, and commitment to it, is uppermost.

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Aaron Radford-Wattley

By Anna Sheinman, January 31, 2013

The Book of Ruth says “your people will be my people.” That rang true for me. Other people in my conversion class had Jewish partners, I was doing it just for me. Now I have a Jewish boyfriend, I’m looking forward to a Jewish wedding and having a Jewish home.

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UCL and King’s drive forward

By Anna Sheinman, January 31, 2013

With the UJS centre in Euston closing last year and many students living at home, London universities do not have a reputation for a buzzing Jewish social life.

However, two London JSocs, UCL and King’s, believe that is not true.

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Israeli civic participants address social issues

By Anna Sheinman, January 31, 2013

British Friends of the influential Israeli educational charity Merchavim, which promotes understanding and co-operation between diverse groups in Israel, held a series of talks this week on civic engagement after the election.

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First fascist studies centre in UK launched at HMD event

By Anna Sheinman, January 29, 2013

The first research centre in the UK for fascist, anti-fascist and post-fascist studies is to open at Teesside University and was due to be formally launched at a Holocaust Memorial Day event.

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