Anna Sheinman

European Parliament to officially commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Anna Sheinman, January 14, 2013

The European Parliament is to hold an official ceremony for International Holocaust Remembrance Day for the first time.

In a letter sent to Rabbi Avi Tawil, President of the European Jewish Community Centre (EJCC), the European Parliament President Martin Schulz officially adopted the remembrance day as part of its ceremonies, the EJCC has said.

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Britain and France push new EU peace plan

By Anna Sheinman, January 14, 2013

The European Union is creating a detailed new plan sponsored by Britain and France to re-start Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, which will include a demand to freeze all construction in the settlements, Yedioth Aharanot reported on Sunday.

The EU plan aims to bring about a Palestinian state on 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, according to the Israeli newspaper.

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America debates Al Jazeera expansion

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

The purchase of Al Gore’s US television channel Current TV by Qatari news channel Al Jazeera has prompted mixed reactions from the Jewish community and media.

Jewish leaders and the American right have expressed concern at the content of Al Jazeera’s broadcasts given that it will now have unprecedented access to American viewers.

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Storm over Wiesenthal hate list pick

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

A row has erupted in Germany after the Simon Wiesenthal Centre included a selection of excerpts from Spiegel Online writer Jakob Augstein’s columns on its list of top ten antisemitic and anti-Israel slurs of 2012.

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Judy Ironside

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

“Pride in being Jewish and in having founded UK Jewish Film which brings culture, history and stories to audiences across the UK through the power of film and discussion.
I believe that we must promote dialogue to grow respect and understanding across cultures while fostering Jewish continuity and identity.”

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John Nathan

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

“We are a wordy people, we argue at the dinner table, when we see an argument being played out on stage and dialogue spoken with wit and flair that speaks to us. David Mamet’s Speed the Plough at the Old Vic, was fierce, fast, funny — that’s what makes it feel Jewish.”

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Jason Solomons

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

“Being Jewish, you carry an unshakeable feeling that you are never alone but part of something eternal and cherishable. When you laugh, eat, think, Jewishness asks you do it with all your might. A Jewish man constantly feels the past and the future while fighting to make good the present.”

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Sophie Solomon

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

“I came to my Jewish identity through the violin. Through klezmer and the traditional music of the Eastern European shtetl, my violin can speak in Yiddish; the ornaments, the sounds, the inflections of the Yiddish language and I feel a spread of belonging, a deep connection to the past.”

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Josh Howie

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

“Being Jewish as a comedian means being an ambassador. For audiences that have never met a Jew, I’m reflecting our culture, showing we have a sense of humour, we’re witty and self-deprecating. For Jewish audiences, I’m an ambassador for the outside world, prodding down complacencies that Jews may hold.”

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Francesca Segal

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

“Being Jewish is a huge part of who I am. My mother’s family have been committed Zionists for many generations, and my father came from a family of rabbis. It’s inevitable that there are Jewish elements to my writing, as one should write the world one knows.”

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Leaders welcome reprieve for police station

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

The decision not to close Golders Green police station has been welcomed by the Community Security Trust.

It was revealed last month that a number of public counters in police stations would close, to be replaced by reporting desks in community centres and places of worship.

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Norwood in talks to rescue Drugsline

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

Drugsline, the UK’s only Jewish substance abuse charity, which closed its doors in September, is to be resurrected by leading Jewish charity Norwood.

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Words and music of being Jewish

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

Submissions for our Jewish identity project with JW3, the Jewish Community Centre for London, on what being Jewish means to you have continued to fill up our inbox.

The plan is to bury a time-capsule of people’s 50-word testimonies in the grounds of the new building in Swiss Cottage on March 6.

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Jerusalem under snow

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

An estimated 15-20 cm of snow has fallen across Jerusalem.

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Snowy Jerusalem cut off in worst storm in 20 years

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

An estimated 15-20cm of snow has fallen in Jerusalem, shutting down roads into the city in the biggest winter storm in 20 years.

Schools and nurseries are to be closed on Thursday across northern Israel and the West Bank, courts have been shut, buses are not running and the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv Highway is closed.

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Awards recognition for Spielberg’s Lincoln bodes well for Oscars

By Anna Sheinman, January 9, 2013

Steven Spielberg’s US civil war drama Lincoln has dominated the nominations for this month's Bafta awards.

It was announced today that the film has received the most Bafta nominations, 10, including best film and best actor for Daniel Day Lewis.

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Hamas and Fatah leaders due to meet in Egypt

By Anna Sheinman, January 9, 2013

Palestinian Authority President and leader of Fatah Mahmoud Abbas and Hamas political chief Khaled Mashaal will meet in Egypt for reconciliation talks on Wednesday, according to reports in the Egyptian press.

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Storm causes chaos in Israel

By Anna Sheinman, January 8, 2013

Some pictures of the chaos caused across Israel and the Palestinian territories by the worst storm the country has seen in 10 years.

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Transport chaos as huge storm sweeps through Israel

By Anna Sheinman, January 8, 2013

Israel has ground to a halt in what is being called the worst storm in a decade.

Roads, railways and airports have shut, rivers have reached capacity and now community centres are being opened in preparation for potential evacuations.

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Hagel says he has 'unequivocal' support for Israel

By Anna Sheinman, January 8, 2013

Chuck Hagel, who was nominated as US Defence Secretary on Monday, has hit back at critics saying there is “not one shred of evidence that I'm anti-Israeli”.

In an interview with the Lincoln Journal Star of his home state, Nebraska, he said that his critics have “completely distorted” his record, which in fact, shows “unequivocal, total support for Israel".

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