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The pain goes on for mother of Har Nof hero

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2016

For Bracha Kupinsky, the anguish of losing her son in the Har Nof massacre has not subsided a year on.

Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky, a 43-year-old father-of-five, was one of five worshippers killed during the attack by terrorists on Jerusalem's Kehilat Bnei Torah shul in November 2014. His attempts to fight off the gunmen had enabled some congregants to flee.

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Chasid hero of Hudson plane crash in second daring river rescue

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2016

A woman who jumped off a bridge and broke her leg was saved by strictly-Orthodox volunteers who had been searching the river for the body of their friend.

A group of men from the Orthodox New Square village in New York were looking for David Ahronowitz, who died jumping off the George Washington Bridge in January, when they saw a 25-year-old woman make the same leap.

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How we took on Mosley — and won

By Josh Jackman, February 4, 2016

as a young man, Martin Block was not afraid to speak his mind. Seven decades later, little has changed.

He is the last living executive member of the 43 Group - the Jewish vigilante ex-servicemen who fought fascists in Britain after the Second World War.

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Runaway fraudster Raymond Nevitt finally jailed

By Josh Jackman, February 4, 2016

A runaway multi-million pound fraudster who conned the government and multinational companies to fund a playboy lifestyle has been jailed.

Manchester Crown Court heard on Wednesday that Raymond Nevitt, 51, will now serve the 45-month sentence he was given in his absence in 2008.

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Council makes U-turn on its boycott pledge

By Josh Jackman, February 4, 2016

A council has reversed its offer to end its boycott policy against Israeli companies.

The local authority in Swansea, south Wales, had said it would withdraw its policy following a series of High Court hearings.

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Keep mobile phone out of your pockets, warns Israeli infertility study

By Josh Jackman, February 3, 2016

Men who keep a mobile in their pocket all day are four times more likely to suffer from infertility, an Israeli study has revealed.

The research - conducted at Haifa Technion and Carmel Medical Centre - also found that most men who speak on the phone for more than an hour a day see their sperm levels dropping to infertile levels.

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Kick It Out joins with Maccabi GB and CST in new effort to encourage football fans to report antisemitism

By Josh Jackman, February 3, 2016

Football anti-discrimination group Kick It Out has partnered with Maccabi GB and the Community Security Trust in a new drive to tackle antisemitism in the game.

The organisation has released a brochure encouraging fans to report antisemitic abuse, outlining the different ways in which they can do so.

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Sanders misses out on historic victory by smallest margin

By Josh Jackman, February 2, 2016

Jewish presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has narrowly lost the Iowa caucuses to Democratic Party frontrunner Hillary Clinton.

If Vermont Senator Sanders had won the caucuses, he would have become the first Jew - and the first non-Christian - to win a US presidential primary.

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Israeli journalist accused over ‘Elders of Zion’ comment

By Josh Jackman, February 1, 2016

An Israeli journalist has been condemned for “blatant antisemitism” after referring to “the Elders of Zion” during a university lecture.

Amira Hass, a reporter for Ha’aretz, alluded to a conspiracy which involved Israel planning “from the start” to take Palestinian land as their own, during a lecture she gave to 200 people at Kent University.

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Israel economy continues to grow but problems remain for strictly Orthodox

By Josh Jackman, January 31, 2016

The Israeli economy is showing “remarkable resilience” with a 13th consecutive year of economic growth, a new report reveals.

Annual surveys on 34 countries’ national well-being and economic status were released today by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), a forum for developed nations.

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Activist group Jewdas marches against far-right anti-refugee demonstrators in Dover

By Josh Jackman, January 31, 2016

Left-wing activist group Jewdas was part of a counter-protest at yesterday's far-right rally in Dover against the arrival of Syrian refugees in Britain.

According to reports, banners and placards carried by the right-wing marchers included those from the National Front and neo-Nazi organisation Combat 18. Three arrests were made after violent clashes between the rival groups.

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Raising Progressive voice on Israel is rabbi’s desk job

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2016

Rabbi Charley Baginsky is leaving Kingston Liberal Synagogue after 10 years to establish an Israel desk for the Alliance for Progressive Judaism.

The co-operation agreement between Liberal Judaism and the Movement for Reform Judaism was announced in September 2014. But as Rabbi Baginsky admits, it has had limited impact to date.

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High Court rejects couple’s challenge to civil partnership law

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2016

A Jewish couple have lost their bid to make civil partnerships legal for heterosexual partners.

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan launched a judicial review in December 2013 after refusing to enter what they saw as the sexist institution of marriage.

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Caterer could boycott rally refusal venue

By Josh Jackman, January 28, 2016

A leading kosher caterer has said she would be "reluctant" to work at a venue which pulled out of hosting a major pro-Israel rally.

Potential clients who wanted to hold a simchah at the facility would not be encouraged to do so, Celia Clyne said.

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Church venue for HMD causes upset

By Josh Jackman, January 28, 2016

Some Cardiff Jews boycotted the city’s Holocaust commemoration because it was held in a cathedral.

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