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Registered: 17 September 2013
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Celebrities rally round to help Jewish family in search of bone marrow

By Rosa Doherty, July 28, 2016

Dozens of celebrities have backed a campaign to help a Jewish family find a bone marrow donor to save their mother's life after her leukaemia returned.

Three years ago, British Jews came together to save the life of Kenton grandmother Sharon Berger.

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Camp Bestival

By Rosa Doherty, July 28, 2016

Miel de Botton has never been to a festival before, let alone performed at one.

This weekend, that all changes, when she performs at Camp Bestival in Dorset. "It is very exciting. I don't know what to expect," she says. "It is all a new experience for me."

But camping, as such, is not for the 47-year-old mother of Zachary, 16 and Talia, 12. "Absolutely not," she insists.

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Charity boss up for top award

By Rosa Doherty, July 28, 2016

A charity chief executive has been shortlisted for a prestigious award for raising awareness of women's cancer.

Robert Music, of Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust, has been selected for the Third Sector Awards, which recognise organisations and leaders from across the charity sector.

He said he was "delighted" to be nominated and had no idea he had been put forward by his colleagues.

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School gives hope to the disadvantaged

By Rosa Doherty, July 28, 2016

It is 9.30am and a constant flow of pupils have already been through the door of the glass office of Rachel Cohen on the sprawling Boys Town Jerusalem campus. And many of the requests she deals with are not standard school secretary fare.

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Writer helped Michelle Obama find her voice

By Rosa Doherty and Josh Jackman, July 28, 2016

The Jewish speechwriter behind Michelle Obama's address to the Democratic National Convention has revealed how she penned the emotional address.

Sarah Hurwitz has worked with Mrs Obama for nearly seven years.

The speech the First Lady delivered on Monday night was hailed as a high point of this week's convention and sent her popularity soaring.

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Murderer to sue prison service after kosher meals argument

By Rosa Doherty, July 26, 2016

A prisoner on death row in Kentucky has launched a legal case claiming he has been denied access to kosher meals while in jail.

William Harry Meece, a convicted murderer, was removed from the prison's kosher programme after he ate an unlabelled rotisserie chicken.

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Volunteers and refugees 'have so much in common'

By Rosa Doherty, July 21, 2016

When the refugee crisis made headlines and the Jewish community united in its response to help, Henry Raine was determined to do his bit.

But the 57-year-old never imagined his volunteering effort would result in him welcoming a Muslim Eritrean teenager into his family.

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Gay couples reorient the conflict

By Rosa Doherty, July 21, 2016

Identifying as a Palestinian while having a Jewish boyfriend "is not as complicated as it sounds", according to Khader Abu-Seif, the main protagonist of a documentary that chronicles the lives of three gay Palestinians living in Tel Aviv.

Born and raised in Jaffa, the 29-year-old and his Jewish ex-boyfriend Daniel, were filmed during the 2014 war in Gaza and the events surrounding the murder of

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£20 fine for teen in firework assault not sufficient punishment, say Jewish groups

By Rosa Doherty, July 19, 2016

Security groups have criticised the Crown Prosecution Service for “sending the wrong message” on antisemitism, after a £20 fine was handed to a teenager who put lit fireworks into the pockets of Jewish pedestrians as they passed him in the street.

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MDA commits to funding £10 million medical facility

By Rosa Doherty, July 15, 2016

In its biggest fundraising drive, Magen David Adom UK has committed to raise £10 million over five years for a new logistics centre in Israel. Professor Eilat Shinar, blood services director of MDA, visited London thisweek to promote the project.

She explained that the existing Tel Aviv centre dated back to the 1980s. "When it was built no one thought war was going to reach Tel Aviv.

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'I'm bored now,' says grandfather, 82, as he finishes his doctorate

By Rosa Doherty, July 14, 2016

Grandfather Ivan Lester was the "oldest codger" in the room as he picked up his PhD at a leading university.

The 82-year-old, from Harrogate, Yorkshire, has completed a doctorate nearly 60 years after initially applying to extend his studies.

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Husband dies after hospice wedding

By Rosa Doherty, July 14, 2016

A terminally ill man has died just 22 days after marrying the "love of his life".

Simon Cooper died on Sunday surrounded by his new wife, Claire, and family and friends. The couple had married at the North London Hospice in Finchley, north London, on June 21.

The ceremony was organised in less than 24 hours after doctors warned Mr Cooper that his time was running out.

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Shape the future, urges Shoah group

By Rosa Doherty, July 14, 2016

The Holocaust Educational Trust has launched a social media campaign in memory of Sir Nicholas Winton at its annual conference for youth ambassadors.

Sir Nicholas, the British hero who saved hundreds of children from Nazi persecution during the Second World War, was the inspiration behind the initiative encouraging people to stand up to hatred and intolerance.

Ambassadors at Monday's confere

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When it is time to say goodbye

By Rosa Doherty, July 13, 2016

"Hold his hand and tell him you are there. Tell him there is nothing to worry about. Tell him he can leave now.”

So came the palliative care nurse’s advice, as we sat together beside a hospital bed in my dad’s living room.

This is where he chose to spend his last four weeks; in the room where we once sat, socialised and welcomed family and friends.

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Prime Minister-in-waiting Theresa May commits to remembering the Holocaust

By Rosa Doherty, July 12, 2016

Moments after it was announced Theresa May will replace David Cameron as Prime Minister, Mrs May signed a pledge committing to remembering the Holocaust.

In what is thought to be her first act as Prime Minister-in-waiting, Mrs May signed a pledge launched by the Holocaust Educational Trust in memory of Sir Nicholas Winton, at its annual ambassador’s conference.

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