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The real-life Thunderbird

By Josh Jackman, April 24, 2015

The hit television show Thunderbirds was based on the adventures of a Jewish Second World War fighter pilot, a new book reveals.

Gerry Anderson was inspired to create the 1960s series by his brother Lionel who flew low-flying missions to distract the German air force’s night defences, leaving RAF bombers free to attack their targets.

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Pond drowning when lifeguard off duty

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

A relative of the man who drowned while swimming in a pond last week has described his death as "tragic," recalling 19-year-old yeshiva student Moshe Yitzchok Greenfeld as "a cheerful young man who liked helping people."

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Community urged to aid Ukrainians

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

The Chief Rabbi has called for the community to do more to help Jewish refugees in Ukraine in an open letter. signed by senior figures from across Jewish religious movements.

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Concern over gathering of Shoah deniers

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

The community Security Trust says it will talk to police about a gathering of neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers at a top London hotel earlier this month.

Around 110 people, including former members of the far-right British National Party and National Front, attended the meeting at the four-star Grosvenor Hotel in Victoria, which had been booked online using the name London Forum.

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Synagogues help to plan cut-price celebrations

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

Rabbis from across the communal spectrum have criticised the "shameful" amount spent on kosher wedding celebrations following our special report last week, which calculated that an average kosher wedding costs £130 a minute.

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Nazi war crime trial with a difference

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

Oskar Groening is no ordinary war crime suspect.

The so-called "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz", who counted and passed on money gathered from Jewish prisoners at the death camp, went on trial this week accused of being an accomplice to 300,000 murders.

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Could scanner revolutionise how you live?

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

What's in your medicine? Is it time to water your plant? And how many calories are in that extra slice of cake?

SCiO, the first ever pocket-sized molecular scanner, can answer all these questions and more.

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Michel Laub and Thomas Harding win JQ-Wingate Prize for books on the Holocaust

By Josh Jackman, April 20, 2015

Michel Laub has won the prestigious JQ-Wingate Literary Prize for fiction for his Holocaust memoir, Diary of the Fall, while the non-fiction award has gone to Thomas Harding's The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz.

In a departure from recent tradition, the award was split into fiction and non-fiction sections.

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Chief Rabbi urges community to aid Ukrainian Jews

By Josh Jackman, April 20, 2015

The Chief Rabbi has called for the community to do more to help Jewish refugees in Ukraine in a cross-communal open letter.

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Growing up at Mitzvah Day

By Josh Jackman, April 20, 2015

Mitzvah Day is looking to become a “grown-up” charity with the recruitment of a chief executive.

Having attracted 37,000 volunteers for its various projects last year, the social action organisation is looking to expand its influence both here and abroad.

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Magen David shows how Lincoln's star is rising

By Josh Jackman, April 20, 2015

The official unveiling of a tribute to Lincoln’s medieval Jewish heritage has raised the profile of the small local community.

A Magen David occupies a prominent position in a new archway welcoming visitors on their way to two of the surviving buildings, Jew’s House and Jews’ Court.

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Israeli app gives hands-free smartphone control for drivers

By Josh Jackman, April 17, 2015

An Israeli company has developed the first ever eyes-free smartphone, allowing drivers to call, text, email and play music without looking away from the road.

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Rabbi who advised Hillary Clinton ‘misled’ over Paris conspiracy book

By Josh Jackman, April 17, 2015

A rabbi who once advised Hillary Clinton claims he was misled into contributing to a new book filled with essays arguing that the Paris terror attacks in January were a conspiracy.

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£130 a minute: how much a wedding costs

By Josh Jackman, April 16, 2015

A typical kosher wedding for 200 guests now costs the hosts £55,000 - or £130 a minute - and significantly more if held at a top London hotel.

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Israeli tech takes driverless car across US

By Josh Jackman, April 16, 2015

A car powered by Israeli technology has undertaken the longest driverless journey ever - a 3,400-mile, coast-to-coast trip across the United States.

Mobileye provided the radar and cameras for British company Delphi to ensure that its custom-equipped Audi Q5 SUV could travel from San Francisco to New York in nine days, arriving unscathed and collision-free.

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