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Sharon Berger 'doing well' after bone marrow transplant

By Anna Sheinman, May 10, 2013

Critically ill grandmother Sharon Berger has received a bone marrow transplant, in the culmination of a four month campaign to find her a donor.

Following the transplant on Thursday, her son Jonni Berger said “all is going well so far”.

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Drugsline charity relaunches

By Anna Sheinman, May 10, 2013

Drugsline, the UK’s only Jewish charity dedicated to helping substance abusers, has reopened thanks to a new partnership with Norwood.

The charity will be working in seven schools — including King Solomon High School in Ilford and Hasmonean High School — to teach pupils about addiction to drugs, alcohol and gambling.

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Bristol resurgence brings Hillel back to city

By Anna Sheinman, May 9, 2013

A new Hillel House is to open in Bristol, providing kosher accommodation for students in the city for the first time in eight years.

The last Hillel closed in 2005 due to low demand, but a surge in Jewish students applying to universities in Bristol has driven the demand for kosher housing.

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Shoppers win as new kosher butcher opens

By Anna Sheinman, May 9, 2013

A new kosher butcher has arrived in north London, and while shoppers may be smiling, not everyone is happy.

Shefa Mehadrin was until last week a Manchester-based butcher licensed by Manchester Beth Din.

Now it has opened a branch in Golders Green, just yards from established kosher stores, including glatt kosher butchers Menachems and Gross.

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Nicola Mendelsohn named Facebook Europe chief

By Anna Sheinman, May 8, 2013

Facebook has named prominent advertising executive Nicola Mendelsohn as its new head of European operations.

Ms Mendelsohn is the owner of advertising agency Karmarama and formerly the first female president of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (IPA).

Now living in Finchley, she was born in Manchester, where her mother, kosher caterer Celia Klein is still based.

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Seaton Jewellers attacked in armed robbery

By Anna Sheinman, May 7, 2013

A jewellers in North Finchley was attacked in an armed robbery on Tuesday morning.

Police were called to Seaton Jewellers on North Finchley’s High Road at 9.15 on Tuesday morning after the owner and a staff member were attacked by a man in a balaclava holding a knife.

It is believed that the suspect entered the shop through the rear of the premises, the Metropolitan Police said.

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Leaders promote vaccination after 41 cases of measles reported

By Anna Sheinman, May 6, 2013

Strictly Orthodox rabbis met a senior Hackney public health official on Thursday to discuss the rising number of measles cases in the community.

Statistics released by Public Health England (PHE) this week record 41 cases of measles within the capital’s strictly Orthodox population since the beginning of the year.

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UJIA shows some Skirt

By Anna Sheinman, May 6, 2013

Fifty young professionals socialised and swapped business cards over sushi and cocktails at the launch of the Skirt Network, a UJIA networking group for women, at the Arts Club in Mayfair on Sunday. They also heard from Debbie Moore, founder of the Pineapple dance studios.

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Stanmore couple charged with £26,000 fraud of 100-year-old uncle

By Anna Sheinman, May 3, 2013

A couple from Stanmore have been charged with defrauding their 100-year-old uncle, who lived in Brighton, of £26,000.

A statement from Sussex police said: “Janice Olaff, the victim's niece and who had power of attorney, along with her husband, Leslie Olaff, had written cheques and used debit cards over a six year period.”

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Kosher teasers

By Anna Sheinman, May 2, 2013

The London Beth Din has confirmed that the Teasers chocolate bar is now officially KLBD dairy and will carry the KLBD logo. Also gaining certification this week are two limited edition Snickers bars and two Tracker bars.

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Bone marrow match found for Sharon Berger - family delighted

By Anna Sheinman, May 2, 2013

The family of critically ill Sharon Berger reacted with joy this week at the news that a bone marrow donor had been found for her after a community-wide campaign.

“It’s overwhelming, like winning the lottery,” said daughter Caroline Berger. “We never thought we’d find the person to save her life.”

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New Cambridge Union president leans on Masorti experience

By Anna Sheinman, May 2, 2013

The new president of the prestigious Cambridge Union debating society is trying to decide what will be harder: a term as Union president, or being the head of a Noam camp for the first time this summer.

“Probably Union president,” decides Joel Fenster. “I’ve only been at Cambridge two years — at Noam I feel like everyone gets 10 years of training to be a rosh (leader).”

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Bone marrow match found for Sharon Berger

By Anna Sheinman, April 30, 2013

A bone marrow donor has been found for critically ill Harrow grandmother Sharon Berger after a four month campaign by family and friends to find a match in the Jewish community.

Ms Berger suffers from Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), a malfunction of the bone marrow in producing blood cells. “I have had no immune system for six years,” she said.

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World Jewish Congress defends invite for hate-link Orban

By Anna Sheinman, April 26, 2013

The World Jewish Congress (WJC) has defended its invitation to Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to speak at its quadriennial assembly, despite his failure to denounce the hate speech of his close friend and one of his party’s founders, Zsolt Bayer.

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Orthodox Jewish man guilty of sex abuse

By Anna Sheinman, April 26, 2013

An Orthodox Jewish man has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two of his step-daughters, aged nine and 12-years-old.

A court heard how the man, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, would crawl into the girls’ beds on Shabbat and touch them inappropriately. He also assaulted them while they were sitting on his lap, sometimes while their mother was in a nearby room.

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Legal victory for Women of the Wall

By Anna Sheinman, April 25, 2013

Women of the Wall, the campaign group for equal prayer rights at the Western Wall, won a significant legal victory today as a Jerusalem court ruled that the police should not arrest them for their actions.

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What the rich list doesn't tell you

By Anna Sheinman, April 25, 2013

Anita Zabludowicz and her husband Poju may now be number 48 on the rich list, but perhaps more excitingly in December 1973 Anita was one of three girls presented with an Eshet Chayil certificate at the Gosforth and Kenton Synagogue for passing the examinations of the Hebrew Classes of the United Hebrew Congregation of Newcastle, set by the headmaster Rabbi M M Baddiel.

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Rabbi and son stabbed in Paris outside their synagogue

By Anna Sheinman, April 23, 2013

A rabbi and his son have been stabbed outside a synagogue in Paris after leaving morning prayers, sources in France have reported.

Shimon Samuels at the Simon Weisenthal Centre in Paris said: “At 7am this morning, an Iranian screaming ‘Allahu Akbar’ attacked a rabbi and his son with a cutter outside his synagogue in the 9th district of Paris.”

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Burglar who struck on Shabbat gets six years

By Anna Sheinman, April 18, 2013

A burglar who stole precious Judaica from Jewish homes on Shabbat when he knew the owners could not use the phone to alert the police, has been jailed for six years.

James Williams, 53, committed five burglaries in Hackney, east London over two Shabbats in October last year, Snaresbrook Crown Court heard.

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Dispute over Nazi marches

By Anna Sheinman, April 18, 2013

The Minister for Europe has refused to back critics of marches in Latvia and Lithuania that honour Nazi collaborators. Tory MP David Lidington said in a letter that condemnation of the marches, which honour the Waffen SS and the Lithuanian Activist Front, was "a matter for the respective governments".

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