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UJS cooks up feast of Israeli culture

By Anna Sheinman, August 15, 2013

The Union of Jewish Students has taken steps to strengthen its cultural ties with Israel.

New initiatives include a YouTube channel with an Israeli cooking programme filmed in the demonstration kitchen at the UJS new base at JW3 in London.

It is also planning a series of concerts on campus by famous Israeli band Hadag Nachash.

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Exam consolation for acid attack victims Kirstie and Katie

By Anna Sheinman, August 15, 2013

Acid attack victim Kirstie Trup has received three A*s at A-level.

The results, which were published today, make her one of JFS’s top achievers: she is one of only six pupils at the school to achieve such high grades .

While many of her peers will be celebrating, Ms Trup is due back in hospital today for a skin graft. She did not attend the school to pick up her results.

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Volunteering abroad: safe, but we had a security guard

By Anna Sheinman, August 15, 2013

Volunteering in Africa is an “incredible experience”, and Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee should be “commended” for what they were doing.

That is the view of Eleanor Segall who volunteered for the charity Tzedek three years ago.

“I was in Tamale, northern Ghana, when I was 22. I worked as a volunteer English, maths and ICT teacher to disadvantaged but amazingly bright young women.

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Keep volunteering after acid attack, says charity boss

By Anna Sheinman, August 15, 2013

A major Jewish volunteering charity has urged young Jews to continue to work on projects abroad following the acid attacks on two young aid workers in Zanzibar.

Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee, both 18 and from north-west London, will undergo surgery after sulphuric acid was thrown at them by two men on a moped in Zanzibar, East Africa.

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Acid attack victim released from hospital

By Anna Sheinman, August 12, 2013

One of two 18-year-olds JFS students burned in an acid attack in Zanzibar has been discharged from hospital.

Kirstie Trup left the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on Sunday night.

Katie Gee, who was volunteering in Zanzibar with Ms Trup, is still being treated. She is set to undergo surgery after suffering burns to 80 per cent of her right arm and 50 per cent of her torso.

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Limmud goes camping in the Woods

By Anna Sheinman, August 11, 2013

Get your tent pegs ready. Limmud is back — and this summer it’s going camping.

Since 2004, Limmud Fest has been the summer version of December’s Jewish learning extravaganza, Limmud Conference.

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Twenty-five MPs pledge to join Parliamentary group

By Anna Sheinman, August 9, 2013

More than 25 MPs and Lords have pledged to sign up to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Jews.

President of the Board of Deputies Vivian Wineman said: “We are very gratified by the speed and enthusiasm of the uptake. This is clearly an idea whose time has come.”

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Acid attack girls' injuries are 'absolutely horrendous'

By Anna Sheinman, August 9, 2013

The injuries sustained by Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee after being attacked with acid are “absolutely horrendous” and “beyond imagination”, said Katie’s father Jeremy Gee.

Mr Gee told the Daily Mail: “The photographs I have seen are absolutely horrendous.” He said: “The level of the burns are beyond imagination.”

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Guernsey Holocaust memorial vandalised

By Anna Sheinman, August 9, 2013

A plaque that commemorates three women victims of the Holocaust in Guernsey has been vandalised.

The Jewish Women’s Memorial, which commemorates the deaths of the women who were deported from the island in 1942 and eventually gassed in Auschwitz, was knocked from the wall it was attached to on Wednesday night.

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Parents deny acid attack girls were disrespectful during Muslim festival

By Anna Sheinman, August 9, 2013

The parents of acid attack victims Kirstie Trup and Katie Gee have denied the girls were targeted because they were inappropriately dressed during a Muslim festival.
The two 18-year-olds, both from north-west London, were attacked in Zanzibar, east Africa, as the local population was observing Ramadan.

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UK gets the chance to see another side of Bob Dylan

By Anna Sheinman, August 8, 2013

The times they are a ’changin’ for superstar Bob Dylan, whose next big event in London is not a tour date but the opening of the first UK exhibition of his art work.

The National Portrait Gallery is to display 12 specially commissioned portraits by Dylan from August 24 in a move that will introduce another side of the star to his thousands of British fans.

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Elisabeth Maxwell dies at 92

By Anna Sheinman, August 8, 2013

Elisabeth Maxwell, the widow of media tycoon Robert Maxwell, has died at the age of 92.

Dr Maxwell, who was not Jewish, devoted her life to Holocaust education and Jewish-Christian relations.

Born in France in 1921, she was educated in law at the Sorbonne and then studied Modern Languages at Oxford, where she went on to do a Doctorate in Philosophy.

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The fish dish only Jews leave cold

By Anna Sheinman, August 8, 2013

“The fish must be market fresh and the batter crisp and light. I have cod battered, but haddock in matzah meal, cod is just too thick for that. I like my chips dry and slightly crisp with lots of hot fluffy potato in the centre and only fried once. Malt vinegar, followed by salt, because if you put salt on first the vinegar washes it away.

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Naftali Bennett: end Israel-EU co-operation

By Anna Sheinman, August 6, 2013

Israel’s Economy Minster and leader of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett wants to end co-operation with the European Union, Haaretz has reported.

The suggestion comes as a response to new EU guidelines that advise against co-operation with Israeli bodies that are located beyond the Green Line or that have ties with settlements.

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Naftali Bennett: end Israel-EU co-operation

By Anna Sheinman, August 6, 2013

Israel’s Economy Minister and leader of the Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett wants to end co-operation with the European Union, Haaretz has reported.

The suggestion comes as a response to new EU guidelines that advise against co-operation with Israeli bodies that are located beyond the Green Line or that have ties with settlements.

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Art by Bob Dylan to be shown in London for the first time

By Anna Sheinman, August 5, 2013

Artworks by Bob Dylan are to be shown by a gallery in Britain for the first time, it was announced this week.

Twelve new pastel portraits drawn by the rock legend will be displayed in the National Portrait Gallery in London in an exhibition called Bob Dylan: Face First.

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Mother loses custody battle but will fight on

By Anna Sheinman, August 1, 2013

Beth Alexander, a British mother of four-year-old twins, is to appeal against the Viennese court decision which has given final custody to their father.

She said the decision had left her feeling as if she had been “convicted of a crime, although I know I am innocent”. She vowed to fight on in her long-running battle to gain care of the boys, Samuel and Benji.

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Dramatic turning of tables on the Gestapo

By Anna Sheinman, July 30, 2013

Knock, knock. Who’s there? A former Gestapo officer asking the Jewish man he used to give orders to for a job reference. There is no need to guess the punchline because this is not a joke.

It reflects a meeting that took place in the summer of 1945 in the German city of Mainz and is the subject of The Gestapo Minutes, a Radio 4 play by Adam Ganz, which is being broadcast next week.

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Jewish and interfaith groups ‘saddened’ by Islamophobia

By Anna Sheinman, July 26, 2013

The Board of Deputies, senior rabbis and the Joseph Interfaith Foundation have together released a statement on behalf of the Jewish community expressing their “sadness and concern” at a recent rise in Islamophobic attacks following the murder of soldier Lee Rigby.

The statement said that recent bombings of mosques such as those in Walsall and Wolverhampton were “truly shocking”.

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Hate attack on Chasidic schoolboys

By Anna Sheinman, July 26, 2013

Stones were thrown at Chasidic schoolboys and a window smashed in an antisemitic attack on their coach while on a trip to the seaside.

Kent Online reported that on Tuesday that the boys, aged between 10 and 14 from London, were attacked by seven teenage boys and girls who threw stones at their coach and shouted “go back to where you came from”.

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