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Antisemitism prompts Scottish Jews to leave the country

By Josh Jackman, May 23, 2015

Scottish Jews experienced almost as many antisemitic incidents in one month last year as in the whole of 2013, prompting some to consider leaving the country.

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) put the spike down to the conflict in Gaza last summer, reporting that it led to “unprecedented expressions of fear, anxiety, insecurity, and alienation.”

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Plans for Charedim

By Josh Jackman, May 22, 2015

The rapid growth of the Stamford Hill Charedi community has prompted Hackney Council to commit to a large-scale plan geared to meeting educational, health-care and housing needs in the area.

Hackney's Jewish population grew by 44.2 per cent between 2001 and 2011 and the Charedi community is currently estimated at up to 20,000.

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Campaign launched to tackle stigma of mental illness

By Josh Jackman, May 21, 2015

A campaign has been launched to tackle the stigma surrounding mental illness within the Jewish community.

Think Ahead will run for a year, using 30 striking images accompanied by text, which Jami hopes will get people talking.

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Getting physical to boost mental health

By Josh Jackman, May 21, 2015

Physical health is mainstream. Our culture is saturated with messages on how to improve your wellbeing, the government regularly runs campaigns targeting obesity, and no one will doubt you if you say you have a broken arm.

In contrast, mental health sufferers can feel as if they are ignored and isolated, with no idea of how to get better, or if a recovery is even possible.

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JCoSS sent pupils home early over muck-up day concern

By Josh Jackman, May 15, 2015

JCoSS placed its students on early study leave last week to avoid potential misbehaviour arising from a pre-GCSE “muck-up” day.

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Members save rabbi's job - now he might leave

By Josh Jackman, May 15, 2015

Liverpool's Childwall Hebrew Congregation has raised more than £30,000 to keep its rabbi. But he is considering leaving the community.

After discovering that it would have to find £25,000 to balance its books by the end of 2016, the cash-strapped synagogue reached a redundancy agreement in February with Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg, who has served it full-time for two years.

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Sacked rabbi reinstated by popular demand

By Josh Jackman, May 15, 2015

Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Binyamin Bar, who was dismissed for alleged gross misconduct but has continued leading services at the behest of members, has been formally reappointed by the shul's new board.

Rabbi Bar accepted the contract handed to him by the lay leaders, who took office unopposed at Sunday's AGM.

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Scots are uneasy after SNP's landslide

By Josh Jackman, May 14, 2015

The Scottish National Party's almost-clean sweep of seats in the country has led to "nervousness" among Scottish Jews, community leaders have said.

The SNP has previously expressed pro-Palestinian views and supported proposals for an arms embargo on Israel. It won 56 of the 59 Scottish constituencies, leaving the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats each with one seat.

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Boris Johnson and Ambassador Taub's handshake mix-up

By Josh Jackman, May 14, 2015

It's happened to all of us. Watch as Mayor of London and newly elected MP Boris Johnson goes for a handshake with Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub - and has to take evasive action in the hope of avoiding embarrassment.

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Problem on the rise in schools, universities and in the workplace

By Josh Jackman, May 14, 2015

We are a community that cares for its children. The stereotype of the Jewish mother - feeding, clothing and coddling their offspring, sometimes to the extreme - exists for a reason: children are seen as precious.

However, this desire for our sons and daughters to succeed has created higher and higher levels of expectation of young people.

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Global Jewish leader guilty of £22m fraud

By Josh Jackman, May 12, 2015

A court has found that Andrey Adamovsky, vice president of the World Jewish Congress, defrauded former business partners to the tune of $34.7 million (£22.3m).

A civil court judge handed down the verdict last October, but Mr Adamovsky, who was found to have illicitly deprived two co-owners of his Oledo Petroleum company of their 45 per cent share of its sale, has not yet paid them back.

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Election 2015: Ed Miliband resigns as Labour leader

By Josh Jackman, May 8, 2015

Ed Miliband has resigned as leader of the Labour party after a crushing election defeat.

Speaking to party supporters on Friday, he said he took “absolute responsibility” for the outcome, which saw his party all but wiped out in Scotland, and by early Friday afternoon 95 seats behind the Conservatives across the country.

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Election 2015: Fabian Hamilton increases majority in Leeds North East

By Josh Jackman, May 8, 2015

Fabian Hamilton has won a fifth term as Labour MP for Leeds North East with 47.9 per cent per cent of the vote, handing Conservative candidate Simon Wilson a heavier defeat than the Tories suffered in 2010.

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Election 2015: Tory rising star Oliver Dowden wins comfortably in Hertsmere

By Josh Jackman, May 8, 2015

Oliver Dowden has retained Hertsmere for the Conservatives, winning 29,696 votes, 18,461 more than Labour candidate Richard Butler.

This represents a small increase of 855 votes in the Conservatives' majority in the safe Tory seat.

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Election 2015: Jim Murphy loses as Labour hammered by SNP in Scotland

By Josh Jackman, May 8, 2015

Scottish National Party candidate Kirsten Oswald has claimed the scalp of the country’s Labour leader Jim Murphy, taking the Glasgow seat of East Renfrewshire with a 48.5 per cent swing.

Ms Oswald won 23,013 votes, five times more than the 4,535 SNP managed in 2010, with Mr Murphy falling from 25,987 votes - a majority of all votes cast - to 19,295 this time round.

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