Chief Rabbi and Pope discuss 'profound challenge' of migrant crisis at Vatican meeting

By JC Reporter, September 3, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis discussed the refugee crisis with Pope Francis at a private audience in the Vatican today.

Rabbi Mirvis told the head of the Catholic Church: “"The image that has been seen across the world in the last 24 hours of a young child, washed up on a Turkish beach, demonstrates how urgent and profound our challenges are. We are partners in confronting them."

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WATCH: The last Jews living in London’s East End

September 3, 2015

Watch Together Alone, a lovely half-hour account of the lives of five old Jewish people -Lily, Cyril, Rose, Hannah and Bleema - who had spent their lives in Whitechapel and still lived there.

Read the full story here.

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Board produces Employers Guide to Judaism

By JC Reporter, September 3, 2015

The Board of Deputies has produced a guide to help employers avoid conflicts with their Jewish staff.

The Employers Guide to Judaism was launched by Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith on Thursday, with a message from the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

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Having such a jolly Wood time

September 3, 2015

Limmud in the Woods brought 250 people of all ages and backgrounds to the Oxfordshire countryside for a Bank Holiday weekend programme including yoga, dance sessions, children's activities, silent discos, comedy performances and discussions on subjects from the Labour leadership to organic kosher farming. Presenters came from as far afield as America and Israel.

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Sir Mick Davis says UK has a moral duty to help refugees

By JC Reporter, September 3, 2015

Sir Mick Davis, the chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, has said that Britain has a “moral imperative” to help refugees from the Middle East and Africa.

Sir Mick, who was head of David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission, told the Times that the UK had welcomed Jews fleeing from the Nazis in the 1930s and should not now “shut itself off”.

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A genuine honour

September 3, 2015

The latest honours list has been met with much ridicule. But at least one honour is remarkable. The elevation of Stuart Polak to the peerage is, quite explicitly, for his tenure as director of Conservative Friends of Israel.

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Anti-Israel idiocy

September 3, 2015

Were there to be an award for political idiocy, there would, of course, be many contenders. But the petition signed, so far, by 95,000 people to have Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrested on his arrival here next week would be a leading contender.

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Gold rush starts for ‘Nazi train loot’

By JC Reporter, September 2, 2015

The city of Wałbrzych is experiencing a gold rush after two men claimed that they had found a Nazi train containing gold looted from Jews that went missing in spring, 1945.

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Board and JPR unite to research community

By JC Reporter, September 2, 2015

The Board of Deputies and the Institute for Jewish Policy Research (JPR) have joined forces to ensure that essential research continues to be conducted on behalf of the community.

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Guttman looks to Zahavi for Euro lifeline

September 2, 2015

Eli Guttman hopes star striker Eran Zahavi can carry his club form into the international arena ahead of Israel’s crucial Euro qualifier double-header against Andorra and Wales.

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Mark Regev confirmed as Israel’s ambassador to London

By JC Reporter, September 1, 2015

Mark Regev, the spokesman for Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been confirmed as the new Israeli ambassador to Britain.

The Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday that Mr Regev will be succeeding Daniel Taub this autumn, after rumours of his appointment emerged last month.

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London Lions "starting to gel" ahead of Wingate test

August 31, 2015

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London Lions scored five goals at home for the third time this season after a comprehensive win over newly promoted side Evergreen.

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Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks dies aged 82

By JC Reporter, August 30, 2015

Renowned neurologist and author Oliver Sacks has died in New York after a battle with liver cancer.

The London-born academic's 1973 book ‘Awakenings’, about patients who woke up after years spent in a coma, inspired an Oscar-nominated film starring Robert de Niro and Robin Williams.

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If my wife is in a coma, can I have a relationship with someone else?

August 30, 2015

Question: My wife has been in a vegetative state for the past two years following a serious illness and doctors believe it highly unlikely that she will recover. I visit her regularly, but have my own needs. Would it be adultery if I were to have a relationship with someone else?

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Iran threatens to thwart Daniel Barenboim’s Tehran concert plan

By JC Reporter, August 28, 2015

Iran says it will prevent conductor Daniel Barenboim performing at a concert in Tehran.

According to a report by German newspaper Der Spiegel, the Iranian culture minster will cancel the concert because Mr Barenboim is an Israeli citizen.

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Man goes missing from hospital in east London

By JC Reporter, August 28, 2015

Police and Shomrim community security volunteers have appealed for help after a strictly Orthodox man went missing.

Simcha Rosenbaum was last seen on Thursday at Homerton Hospital, in Hackney, east London.

The 21-year-old had not been seen more than 24 hours later on Friday afternoon.

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Abbas to build $13m palace near Ramallah

By JC Reporter, August 28, 2015

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is building a $13m palace in the West Bank, despite the Palestinian Authority’s current financial crisis.

The 27,000 sq m complex - called the Presidential Guest Palace - will include accommodation quarters, an administrative building and two helipads.

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