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Simon Rocker
Registered: 3 April 2008
Location: Hendon
Simon Rocker is Judaism Editor of the JC

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JLC leader Sir Mick Davis praises New Israel Fund for “trying to rehabilitate the Zionist dream”

By Simon Rocker, June 27, 2016

Sir Mick Davis, the chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, saluted the work of the New Israel Fund at a reception for its international board on Sunday night.

The JLC leader described NIF’s support for minority rights and healing civil society as “very important”.

He said that the organisation should be “hugely applauded” for “trying to rehabilitate the Zionist dream”.

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I was made to feel like a mass murderer over female ordination, says women’s seminary founder

By Simon Rocker, June 27, 2016

The American Orthodox rabbi who paved the way for the ordination of women invited members of a British audience to study at his institutions and “join in the dream”.

Rabbi Avi Weiss, the founder of the women’s seminary Yeshivat Maharat in New York, said there was “no barrier to whatsoever to women being ordained, women becoming rabbis as men”.

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Canvey MP welcomes Charedi arrivals

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

Plans to set up a Charedi community on Canvey Island in the Thames Estuary have been welcomed by the local MP.

After a recent meeting with representatives from the strictly Orthodox community, Rebecca Harris, the MP for Castle Point, said that it was "encouraging to hear how enthusiastic they are about playing a part and contributing to the local community".

She added that it was "nice to he

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T​he DIY spirit that is defying the impact of religious recession

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

The first night of Pesach conveniently fell on a Friday night this year, making it easier for many people to organise a Seder.

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Board urged to stop work with boycotters

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

The Board of Deputies is to be asked to approve a new policy banning partnerships with organisations which support boycotts of Israel or refuse to recognise it as a Jewish state.

A group of deputies plan to table a resolution proposing the ban at the next meeting in July.

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Rabbi's home cost sparks £1m legal case

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

The S and P Sephardi Community is embroiled in a GPB1 million dispute over the home of its senior rabbi.

The London Sephardi Trust, which has acted on behalf of the community, negotiated a price of nearly £1.75m for the freehold of the house of Senior Rabbi Joseph Dweck, but the freeholders argue they should be paid £2.88m.

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Earlier start is 'better'

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

Wolfson Hillel Primary School is to start the day half an hour earlier from September in the hope that it will improve children's learning.

From the next academic year, the school day will begin at 8.20 am and end at 2.30 pm rather than start at 8.50 am and end between 3.20 and 3.40 pm (depending on the children's age).

Kirsten Jowett, headteacher of the school in Southgate, north London,

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Charity income hits billion

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

Anglo-Jewish charities collectively enjoy an income of around £1 billion a year, according to the think-tank New Philanthropy Capital.

In a report published last Friday, the organisation found that Jewish charities have a higher median income than other faith groups.

Jewish charities had a median income of £64,871, followed by Sikhs with £57,255 and Quakers with £52,813.

Overall, fa

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GCSE religious studies axed by Jewish school

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

Yavneh College in Hertfordshire is to drop GCSE religious studies from September and run an alternative course which will include teaching about other faiths.

It follows concern among Orthodox Jewish educators about the new GCSE course, which for the first time requires pupils to study a second religion.

Yavneh students will now take a tailor-made programme offering the equivalent of half

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It is 'more important' to learn about Muslims than about Islam

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

Next autumn a number of Jewish schools will begin teaching Islam as part of their GCSE religious studies.

It is "on the whole, a positive step" which sends a "good signal" to Britain's Muslim community, according to Dr Ayman Agbaria, an academic who specialises in research on teaching Islam.

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Jewish charities have income of £1 billion, says report

By Simon Rocker, June 17, 2016

Anglo-Jewish charities collectively enjoy an income of around £1 billion a year, according to the think-tank New Philanthropy Capital.

In a report published today, the organisation found that Jewish charities have a higher median income than other faith groups.

Jewish charities had a median income of £64,871, followed by Sikhs with £57,255 and Quakers with £52,813.

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Rabbi Leo is happy to see green

By Simon Rocker, June 17, 2016

Radlett Synagogue's former rabbi Leo Dee has quickly made his mark in Israel since moving there two years ago. He was at the Knesset last week with his colleagues from Greeneye, which received a Green Globe Award for services to the environment.

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Trophy fit for $1 million prize

By Simon Rocker, June 17, 2016

The next recipient of the $1 million Genesis Prize, the Jewish Nobel, will be able to collect a handsome new trophy designed by London-based Israeli Yoni Alter. His design was selected from 13 finalists by a panel of judges which included Sir Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate. Its pillars of increasing height create an image of the Magen David when seen from above.

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Rock and poll at Glastonbury

By Simon Rocker, June 17, 2016

Michael Desmond’s pro-Remain campaign took him all the way to the High Court in London this week. The Hackney Labour councillor was one of a group who are taking legal action to try to force the government to set up a referendum polling booth at the Glastonbury Festival in order to make sure that youthful rockers can have their say.

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Natasha to star in mission to Mars

By Simon Rocker, June 17, 2016

After winning a competition to create the best way to get to Mars in 80 days, 17-year-old Natasha Cowan may not be off to the red planet just yet.

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