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Israeli help for eight Haiti victims

By Jessica Elgot, January 18, 2010
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Israeli emergency volunteers from ZAKA rescued eight students from the rubble of a flattened university building in Port au-Prince, Haiti.

The six-team ZAKA worked for 38 hours with a Mexican military team to rescue the students, continuing over Shabbat.
Commander of the ZAKA mission to Haiti Mati Goldstein told Ynet:“With all the hell going on outside, even when things get bad, Judaism says we must take a deep breath and go on to save more people.”

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Parents shovel snow to open school

By Jessica Elgot, January 12, 2010
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Parents at Hertsmere Jewish Primary School have rallied round to make sure the school stays open this week by clearing the snow from the school themselves.

More than 90 parents turned out to clear the snow from the driveway and car park of the Radlett school.

The school was closed for four days last weekend after heavy snow.

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Boris Johnson at Hampstead Synagogue

By Jessica Elgot, January 12, 2010
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Boris Johnson paid a visit to the newly refurbished Hamstead Synagogue in West Hampstead with Conservative candidate Chris Philp.

The Mayor of London was given a tour of the shul by Rabbi Dr Michael Harris.

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Jonathan Hoffman jeered at SOAS meeting

By Jessica Elgot, December 18, 2009
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Jonathan Hoffman, co vice-chair of the Zionist Federation, was told he was "not welcome" after revealing his Jewish name at a pro-Palestinian meeting at SOAS.

Mr Hoffman raised concerns during the meeting about the presence of Bongani Masuku, a South African trade unionist who the South African Human Rights Commission have found guilty of inciting hate towards Jews.

Pro-Palestinian attendees of the meeting booed Mr Hoffman and shouted "Jewish" at him while he read out his question for Mr Masuku.

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JFS: The Supreme Court judgement

By Jessica Elgot, December 16, 2009
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The decision in full by the Supreme Court to rule against the admissions policy of JFS.

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Antisemitism at Palestinian carols

By Jonathan Sacerdoti, December 3, 2009
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On Tuesday night a group of Jews and Christians protested outside Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church at the PSC’s Carol Service, with Caryl Churchill, author of “Seven Jewish Children”.

Jonathan Sacerdoti confronts a man supporting the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign's Christmas Carol concert outside the church. The man, who gives his name as John Sullivan, described Jews as "parasites".

He said: "Everybody in Britain can see what a nasty unpleasant type of people the Jewish people are in England.

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Rabbi cleared of cocaine dealing

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 25, 2009
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Our Manchester correspondent Jonathan Kalmus reports from outside Manchester Crown Court after Rabbi Baruch Chalomish was cleared of cocaine dealing.

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Rabbi Baruch Chalomish drug trial

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 24, 2009
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Manchester correspondent Jonathan Kalmus reports from outside court during the trial of Rabbi Baruch Chalomish.

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Boris Johnson at the opening of Gerald Ronson's The Peak

By Jessica Elgot, November 18, 2009
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The Mayor of London gives a speech at the opening of Heron International's office and retail development in Victoria, The Peak, owned by Jewish businessman Gerald Ronson.

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Rabbi Sufrin receives his MBE from the Queen

By Jessica Elgot, November 12, 2009
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Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin received an MBE from the Queen for his work with Drugsline, at the Chabad in Ilford. Here, he is interviewed(in English) by Israel's Channel 2 about his honour, and his worry that the Queen might shake his hand.

An interview in English follows the Hebrew introduction

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