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Girl claims father gang-raped her

By Anna Sheinman, June 27, 2013

A 16-year-old Orthodox Jewish girl was drugged, bound and blindfolded and then gang-raped by her father and his friends, a court heard this week.

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Unesco heritage committee rounds on Israel over Jerusalem

By Anna Sheinman, June 26, 2013

The Israeli government has condemned a Unesco resolution which criticises its policies towards the Old City of Jerusalem, saying it is a “dark day for Unesco”.

The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation was “acting outside the boundary of reality”.

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The tech-smart millennial group

By Anna Sheinman, June 17, 2013

The Millennials, or 18-to-30-year-olds, are taking up ever more important roles in the workplace — but for many businesses they remain a mystery.

Demonstrating just how important they are, last week business leaders filled London’s Royal Opera House for a conference on millennials co-hosted by the Financial Times and Spanish telecoms group Telefonica.

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Great Egg-citement as store reopens

By Anna Sheinman, June 17, 2013

Long-established Stamford Hill grocery the Egg Stores will reopen on Sunday morning after a major blaze last August.

“We’re having a l’chaim,” explained co-owner Erica Friedlander. “We’re going to have popcorn and balloons and candy floss for the children. And, of course, shmaltz herring. Everyone will come down, I hope.”

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My (almost) silent movie

By Anna Sheinman, June 14, 2013

We were not allowed to say the word 'death' when I was growing up,” explains film-maker Peter Speyer, whose mother Charlotte took the last boat out of Germany to South Africa in 1938. The word evoked painful memories of the family she left behind.

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Holocaust Centre receives £500,000 Lottery award

By Anna Sheinman, June 14, 2013

The Holocaust Centre, Beth Shalom, in Nottinghamshire has been awarded £500,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The money comes in the form of an endowment grant which the centre must match by raising the equivalent sum over the next four years.

Helen Whitney, CEO of the Holocaust Centre, said she was “thrilled”.

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Israeli start-up gives sight to visually impaired

By Anna Sheinman, June 14, 2013

An Israeli start-up is set to give the gift of sight to the visually impaired with its new device, the OrCam.

The OrCam is a small camera that can be attached to glasses which, when pointed at books, objects and faces, can read or describe them aloud. The $2,500 reading aid went on sale in the US this week and its first shipment has already sold out.

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Simpsons' Harry Shearer to star in UK play with Maureen Lipman

By Anna Sheinman, June 14, 2013

Simpsons star Harry Shearer is to make his theatre debut in UK, appearing in a comic love story alongside Maureen Lipman.

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Wiener Library gets £1 million Lottery grant

By Anna Sheinman, June 13, 2013

One million pounds of National Lottery money has been granted to the Wiener Library, Europe’s premier Holocaust archive.

The money, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), is to form part of an endowment that will allow the library to expand its provision of school workshops, lectures and exhibitions.

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Halt Bedouin evictions, say UK rabbis

By Anna Sheinman, June 13, 2013

Sixty-five British rabbis from across the community have written to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu protesting against a proposed law that could see 40,000 Bedouin evicted from their homes.

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Grand designs with a would-be guru

By Anna Sheinman, June 13, 2013

Daniel Libeskind never intended to be an architect. As a young man, he was an award-winning accordion player and wanted to be a professional musician.

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LJCC serves up a youth centre taster

By Anna Sheinman, June 10, 2013

More than 300 children and adults celebrated Wednesday’s official opening of the youth building at the London Jewish Cultural Centre. The Catherine Lewis Centre is named after a young teacher who died of cancer.

Graffiti, film-making and sushi classes were on offer as a taster for what the LJCC’s youth programme, Fusion, will do with the new Golders Green space.

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Cruel Crossing

By Anna Sheinman, June 9, 2013

Ninette Dreyfus, a young girl from grand Parisian stock, the Louis-Dreyfus family, did not know she was Jewish until the war broke out. When the Germans approached the capital, she and her family left for Marseille in a chauffer-driven Chrysler.

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British Rabbis tell Netanyahu: don’t evict Bedouins

By Anna Sheinman, June 7, 2013

Sixty five British rabbis from across the community have written to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in protest against a Bill that could see 40,000 Bedouins evicted from their homes.

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Israel rattled by peacekeeper withdrawal from Golan

By Anna Sheinman, June 7, 2013

Israel yesterday reacted strongly to exit of Austrian peacekeepers from the Golan Heights.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry released a statement expressing ‘regret’ at the withdrawal of 377 of the 1000 UN international peacekeepers who patrol the Israel-Syria border.

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Not just a gadget: rabbi gives Google Glass higher purpose

By Anna Sheinman, June 7, 2013

Entrepreneurs around the world are rapidly coming up with ways to make money out of Google Glass, the IT company's new computerised spectacles.

One canny rabbi at the University of Stanford in California has also embraced the new gadget, but with a very different objective - to help students bind tefillin.

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Chocoholics spoilt for choice

By Anna Sheinman, June 6, 2013

Now Ambassadors can really spoil us with even more chocolates. This week the London Beth Din announced that a whole host of Ferrero chocolates are now approved kosher dairy.

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Britain's Got Talent finalist shocked by her success

By Anna Sheinman, June 6, 2013

Celebrity impressionist Francine Lewis said this week she was "overjoyed" at winning a coveted place in the final of Britain's Got Talent

“I’m in shock still,” she said, “It is just the most amazing feeling.”

Her impressions of Cheryl Cole and Katie Price earned a standing ovation from the judges on the ITV talent show.

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Community unites in support of Muswell Hill Islamic centre

By Anna Sheinman, June 5, 2013

Synagogues and Jewish groups have offered support and solidarity after a suspected racially-motivated fire at an Islamic community centre in Muswell Hill, north London.

The Al-Rahma Islamic Centre was destroyed by the fire which started in the early hours of Wednesday morning. It is home to the Somali Bravanese Welfare Association.

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Closer to Israel: in pictures

By Anna Sheinman, June 4, 2013

Just a few of the pictures from Closer to Israel in London on Sunday June 2 2013. For more, there will be a full picture spread in this week's JC paper edition.

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