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The first robot Seder

By Jessica Elgot, March 29, 2010
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The first ever Robot Seder, performed by the Intelligent Robotic Systems CS Department, College of Management Academic Studies in Israel.

Chag Sameach!

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David Miliband accuses Israel of forging passports

By Jessica Elgot, March 25, 2010
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The Foreign Secretary David Miliband has declared his disappointment with Israel in a statement to the House of Commons in which he accused Israel of faking British passports and confirmed he had expelled an Israeli diplomat.

Based on the sophistication of the technique used to clone the passports, Mr Miliband said: “The government judges it is highly likely that the forgeries were made by a state intelligence service.”

He said that the fact that the UK considers Israel a close ally “was adding insult to injury”.

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Life as a Progressive rabbinical student

By Jessica Elgot, March 23, 2010
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This final episode follows Leo Baeck student rabbi Sandra Kviat, as she participates in a Practical Rabbinics class and studies in the college Library.

The film is part of Leo Baeck College's YouTube Channel. The JC will be featuring five of the college's former students, and one current student rabbis going about their rabbinical duties.

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Rabbi David Mitchell leads JFS debate

By Jessica Elgot, March 19, 2010
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This episode follows Rabbi David Mitchell of Radlett & Bushey Reform Synagogue, as he leads Sunday Cheder at the synagogue and chairs a debate on faith schools held in light of the recent JFS case.

The film is part of Leo Baeck College's YouTube Channel. The JC will be featuring five of the college's former students, and one current student rabbis going about their rabbinical duties.

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Nigella Lawson opens Jewish Museum

March 16, 2010
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Celebrity cook Nigella Lawson and broadcaster Alan Yentob led the celebrations at the official launch of the Jewish Museum in Camden, which has undergone a £10m restoration.

Housing an impressive display of ancient Judaica, a Holocaust exhibition and scenes of London Jewish life through the ages, one of the highlights includes a medieval mikvah dating from 1270.

The Camden museum also promises to showcase Jewish life in Britain by using technology to bring history to life.

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Egypt's newly restored synagogue

By Jessica Elgot, March 15, 2010
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In Cairo’s ancient Jewish quarter, the ruined Ben Maimon synagogue has undergone a seven month restoration.

The synagogue held a dedication ceremony last week, amid a heavy security presence which cleared a 500 metre area around the shul.

The dedication ceremony included several Egyptian Jewish families, Carmen Weinstein, head of Egypt's Jewish community, Yitzhak Levanon, the newly-appointed Israeli ambassador to Egypt and the US, Canadian and French envoys.

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Rabbi Miriam Berger's Cuddle Shabbat

By Jessica Elgot, March 12, 2010
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This episode follows Rabbi Miriam Berger of Finchley Reform Synagogue, as she leads 'cuddle-up Shabbat' for the synagogue's under five's and lights the Chanukah candles for the senior community.

The film is part of Leo Baeck College's YouTube Channel. The JC will be featuring five of the college's former students, and one current student rabbis going about their rabbinical duties.

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Col Travers on the Goldstone Report at LSE

March 9, 2010
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Colonel Desmond Travers, part of the UN fact-finding mission to Gaza, which found both Israel and Hamas guilty of war crimes, is challenged during a talk at LSE.

Video by Jonathan Sacerdoti.

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Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers' conversion class

By Jessica Elgot, March 5, 2010
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Rabbi Debbie Young-Somers of West London Synagogue meets with the Archbishop's advisor at Lambeth Palace and leads a Sex and the City inspired conversion session.

The film is part of Leo Baeck College's YouTube Channel. The JC will be featuring five of the college's former students, and one current student rabbis going about their rabbinical duties.

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Iranian protesters disrupt Galloway

By Jessica Elgot, March 3, 2010
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Supporters of the Gaza protesters jailed for violence outside the Israeli embassy held a meeting at Parliament last night calling for their release.

During the meeting, as Mr Galloway discussed alleged Metropolitan Police brutality during the Gaza protests, two Iranian students confronted him over his involvement with Iran, in connection with his regular appearance on Iranian TV channel Press TV.

The two men were removed from the building by the police.

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