Anna Sheinman

Israel boycotters’ Veolia claims ‘just not true’

By Anna Sheinman, September 20, 2012

Boycott campaigners’ claims that their targeting of Veolia, the French company which has a five per cent stake in the Jerusalem light railway, has succeeded in preventing it winning contracts in the UK are wrong, according to a joint report by a Christian and a pro-Israel organisation.

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Romney says Palestinians 'committed to destruction of Israel'

By Anna Sheinman, September 19, 2012

Secret footage of Mitt Romney was released on Tuesday in which he describes the Palestinians as “committed to the destruction and elimination of Israel”.

The film, posted on the website of the left-leaning US magazine Mother Jones, showed Mr Romney speaking at a $50,000-a-plate private fundraiser in Florida in May.

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Hundreds call to help Drugsline

By Anna Sheinman, September 13, 2012

The former executive director of drugs outreach charity Drugsline has been overwhelmed by the response from the community following the news that the charity had closed because of acute financial difficulties.

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Israeli Embassy commemorates terror victim

By Anna Sheinman, September 12, 2012

The Israeli Embassy in London has held a memorial ceremony marking the 40th anniversary of the killing of agricultural attaché Dr Ami Shachori.

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Jewish John Lennon hits the West End

By Anna Sheinman, September 11, 2012

Let It Be is not the first musical tribute show to hit the West End. It’s not even the first to star Birmingham born Reuven Gershon, who before joining the Fab Four at the Prince of Wales Theatre played Buddy Holly in the imaginatively named Buddy. But the actor says there is no danger of audiences getting bored.

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Spanish community attempt to edit the dictionary

By Anna Sheinman, September 10, 2012

The representative body of Spanish Jews has renewed efforts to have a word that is insulting to Jews removed from the official national dictionary.

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Israeli students build Formula race car

By Anna Sheinman, September 7, 2012

An Israeli Formula race car built by students of Bezalel Academy and Ben-Gurion University (BGU) has passed its test drive and is now on its way to Italy.

The single-seat race car is being entered into in the international “Formula SAE” race, a student competition, in Varano de' Melegari in Northern Italy next week.

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Sacha Baron Cohen GQ comedian of the year

By Anna Sheinman, September 6, 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen was named comedian of the year at GQ Magazine’s man of the year awards on Tuesday.

This year saw the release of his third character film, The Dictator, in which he played Admiral General Haffaz Aladeen, leader of fictional country North African Republic of Wadiya.

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Rare Judaica paintings to be sold — for ice cream

By Anna Sheinman, September 6, 2012

For the first time in 30 years, six important paintings of scenes from Jewish life, by the artist Alfred Wolmark, are to go on sale.

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Berlin says no to mohelim

By Anna Sheinman, September 6, 2012

Berlin has authorised doctors, but not mohelim, to perform circumcisions. The announcement comes in the wake of a Cologne state court decision in May that non-medical circumcisions amounted to a criminal offence.

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Drug charity collapses and leaders refuse to act

By Anna Sheinman, September 6, 2012

Drugsline, the only charity working directly with drug and alcohol addicts in the Jewish community, has been forced to close due to acute financial difficulties.

The organisation’s demise has been met with indifference from the Jewish Leadership Council. A spokesman said it had “nothing to add”.

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Netanyahu considers lie detector tests for his cabinet

By Anna Sheinman, September 5, 2012

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering lie detector tests for his security cabinet after leaks of sensitive information from a meeting on Tuesday.

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Film about Chasidic Jews premieres at Venice Film Festival

By Anna Sheinman, September 4, 2012

“Fill the Void”, a film about the Chasidic Jewish community in Tel Aviv, by Israeli director Rama Burshtein, premiered at Venice Film Festival over the weekend.

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Cardiff offers snapshot of a diverse community

By Anna Sheinman, August 30, 2012

Illustrated life stories of 59 Cardiff Jewish community members are on display at a local museum as part of the Hineni exhibition organised by Cardiff Reform Synagogue.

“Hineni” is Hebrew for “Here I am” and organiser Colin Heyman says the potted histories and intimate pictures “celebrate the diversity of Jews”.

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Auschwitz survivor freed from the Nazis to be bombed by British

By Anna Sheinman, August 30, 2012

V It is 67 years since Sam Pivnik was found, weak and shivering, still in the striped pyjamas of Auschwitz, on the banks of the Bay of Lübeck in northern Germany, and driven to safety. Now, at the age of 85, in his book Survivor, he finally shares his experience.

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A life-changing app experience

By Anna Sheinman, August 30, 2012

Joan Rose of Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, may be 92 but she knows what she likes.

And what she likes is the newly-launched JC app.

Mrs Rose and her husband Philip, 89, married 64 years ago, are avid readers of the JC, and now make full use of the new app on their iPads.

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John Cleese goes nuts on Iran in Israeli advert

By Anna Sheinman, August 30, 2012

Fawlty Towers ended 33 years ago, but John Cleese, it seems, has still not learned to avoid mentioning the war.

In a new advert for an Israeli chocolate spread, Cleese, playing a US army general, accidentally sanctions an air strike by Israel.

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French prosecutors to investigate Arafat death

By Anna Sheinman, August 29, 2012

French prosecutors have opened a murder inquiry into the 2004 death of Palestinian Authority leader Yasir Arafat.

Suha Arafat, his widow, lodged a legal complaint for murder last month, and the French public prosecutor has now ruled that an inquiry can take place.

Mr Arafat, who died aged 75 in a military hospital in France, was said by French doctors to have died of a massive stroke.

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Michigan student claims staple attack was antisemitic

By Anna Sheinman, August 29, 2012

A student at Michigan State University woke up to find a staple attached to his gums after what he claimed was an antisemitic attack.

Second-year journalism student Zachary Tennen was assaulted at a party in the early hours of Sunday morning, allegedly after replying in the affirmative when asked if he was Jewish.

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Hitler store in India asked to change name

By Anna Sheinman, August 28, 2012

Members of the Jewish community in Ahmedebad in the west of India have asked the owner of a shop called Hitler to change its name.

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