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Gilad Atzmon concert in Manchester cancelled after protests

By Josh Jackman, March 3, 2015

A concert by antisemitic jazz musician Gilad Atzmon has been cancelled following protests from the Jewish community.

Mr Atzmon, an Israeli who has challenged Holocaust denial legislation and whose book The Wandering Who about Jewish identity was widely condemned as racist, had been scheduled to play at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music on Thursday.

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Dave Whelan resigns as Wigan chairman

By Josh Jackman, March 3, 2015

Dave Whelan has resigned as chairman of Wigan saying that advancing age and increasing commitments abroad means “it is time to hand over the reins”.

The decision comes three months after he promised to quit his position if found guilty of racism by the Football Association.

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Kick It Out reports rise in football antisemitism

By Josh Jackman, March 3, 2015

Football anti-discrimination group Kick It Out has reported that antisemitic incidents are already higher in the first half of this season than throughout the entire 2013/14 campaign.

The group revealed that there were 59 reported cases of antisemitism from August to December 28 last year, two higher than during the whole of the previous season.

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Football agents banned and fined by FA over player transfer

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

Two Jewish football agents have been banned and fined after admitting to breaking Football Association rules during a transfer last year.

Alex Levack and Matthew Kleinman were banned for seven months and fined £7,500 each after concealing from the FA their involvement and pay they received during Dale Stephens’ move from Charlton Athletic to Brighton and Hove Albion in January 2014.

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Deli worker dies in motorway crash

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

Kosher Deli manager Naftali Rebibo died following a crash on the M1 on Sunday as he returned from dropping off his step-daughter for a flight at Luton airport.

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Sacked rabbi is backed for recall

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

Congregants of Southend rabbi Binyamin Bar - who was dismissed for "gross misconduct" but is continuing to lead services - have voted overwhelmingly for his reinstatement.

More than 300 Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation members attended an EGM on Sunday, which was adjourned before a motion of no confidence in the executive went to a vote.

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Childwall rabbi's post could be saved

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

Congregants of Liverpool's cash-strapped Childwall Hebrew Congregation are clubbing together to save the job of its rabbi.

Earlier this month, Childwall revealed that it had reached agreement on a redundancy deal with Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg, as the shul could not afford to pay his salary.

The plan was to be put before members at the AGM on March 1.

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Cannabis? It could be an official spiritual high

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

A prominent British rabbi has welcomed the prospect of medically prescribed cannabis being given kosher certification in the US.

New York rabbi Moshe Elefant, who runs the Orthodox Union's certification agency, is in talks with several companies who want their medical marijuana to be classified as kosher.

But Rabbi Abraham Pinter, headteacher of Yesodey Hatorah school in Stamford Hill, said

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Orthodox mum: husband 'raped and punched me'

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

An Orthodox woman has told a court how her husband sexually and physically abused her.

Rivky Stein, 25, made the allegations at Kings County Supreme Court in New York during a hearing to determine custody of her five-year-old son and four-year-old daughter.

She is asking for full custody, with supervised visitation rights for their father, 32-year-old Yoel Weiss.

Ms Stein testified that w

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Council backs down over Hitlers Walk sign

By Josh Jackman, February 23, 2015

A proposed boycott by Cornish Jews has led a village to defer indefinitely its plan to erect a sign naming a local park “Hitlers Walk”.

The title was originally created by Mevagissey residents in the 1930s in reference to despotic local councillor Wright Harris, but the park sign was removed in 2005 following objections.

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Football club director charged by FA over ‘Yids’ remark

By Josh Jackman, February 20, 2015

A non-league football club’s director has resigned after being charged by the Football Association for calling Tottenham Hotspur “yids”.

Graham O’Callaghan, commercial manager of eighth-tier side Kendal Town, wrote on Facebook: “yes, Chelsea versus the yids cup final” in response to Spurs reaching the League Cup final.

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Anti-Israel demo closes Kent drone factory

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

Anti-Israel protesters have caused the temporary closure of a factory owned by a subsidiary of Israeli drone manufacturer Elbit Systems.

A group of 14 activists from anti-arms and pro-Palestinian organisations, including Brighton BDS and Swansea Action for Palestine, stopped production at the Kent factory of Instro Precision on Tuesday.

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Shechita appeal

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

More than 43,000 people have signed a petition calling for the continued protection of religious slaughter in Britain.

Manchester's Jewish Representative Council and the city's Muslim Jewish Forum created the petition this week.

The move comes ahead of a parliamentary debate due to take place on Monday at which MPs will discuss the future of non-stun slaughter.

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Leading rabbi mourned

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

Rabbi Elchonon Halpern, one of Britain's leading strictly Orthodox rabbis, has died aged 92.

An estimated 5,000 people attended his funeral in Golders Green, north-west London, on Wednesday, bringing the area to a standstill. A Metropolitan Police helicopter was used to watch over the mourners.

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Tea parties stir lonely back into the social whirl

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

Madelaine Baker's husband Joe died in September. Making the adjustment to life on her own has been difficult and she needs "something to look forward to, outside of your regular schedule".

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