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  • Genealogy conference offers novel approaches

    LONDON, July 11 (JTA) — Jewish genealogy is no longer about collecting family names like stamps or butterflies, says Saul Issroff, co-chair of the 21st International Conference on Jewish Genealogy. The conference, held this week in London, has been proving him right. There have been the expected lectures on how to trace your ancestors, of…

  • Vandals strike at Scottish synagogue

    LONDON, July 11 (JTA) — Leaders of Scotland’s Jewish community are concerned after far-right graffiti appeared on a synagogue in northeast Scotland. The concerns were voiced after swastikas, skinhead symbols, obscenities about Jews and other far-right graffiti were painted on the only synagogue in Dundee late Saturday night. Paul Spicker, who teaches at the University…

  • Arsonist targets Jewish homes in London

    LONDON, July 9 (JTA) — Police here are seeking a woman they believe is connected with a series of arson attacks on a fervently Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. Stamford Hill — home to what is believed to be the world’s largest Chasidic community outside Israel and New York — has been the scene of six attacks…

  • Strains of Jewish fiddling heard in London

    LONDON, July 3 (JTA) — Last week, London’s School of Oriental and African Studies hosted a Saudi-sponsored conference on the Middle East that excluded Israelis. This week, the school was swinging to the sounds of klezmer. The strains of clarinets, trumpets, violins and accordions filled the hallways between rehearsal rooms, while in a lecture hall,…

  • Actor bases show on King Solomon’s angst

    LONDON, July 3 (JTA) — “The prophet Elijah would not sit down for coffee at Starbucks,” Marcus Freed says confidently. “He would obliterate it.” Solomon “slept with a lot of people and got in trouble for it, Job would be on Prozac if he lived today,” Freed adds, and the judge Deborah “would not be…

  • British Holocaust denier tries to appeal verdict

    A British court is considering Holocaust denier David Irving’s request to appeal his defeat last year in a libel suit he brought against an American scholar.

  • Nazi uniform case settled in Britain

    LONDON, June 25 (JTA) — A Jewish currency trader has settled a racial discrimination case against a London firm that ordered him to wear a Nazi uniform as a punishment for being late for work. Laurent Weinberger settled on Monday with his former employer, Tullett & Tokyo Liberty — one day before the case was…

  • Mein Kampf’ paid the bills for Jewish refugee charity

    LONDON, June 24 (JTA) —A controversy has erupted after reports that a British charity set up to aid German Jewish refugees accepted royalties from the sale of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” — even though the group no longer accepts the royalties. The public announcement that the German Welfare Council no longer accepts the funds followed a…

  • Britain will send team to Maccabiah, after all

    LONDON, June 20 (JTA) — Despite initial reports to the contrary and confusion among its athletes, Britain is planning to send a team to the Maccabiah Games next month. It was widely expected that the “Jewish Olympics” would be canceled or postponed, and it was reported that the British team — one of the largest…

  • Hidden children’ focus of British documentary

    LONDON, June 11 (JTA) — Britain is marking Anne Frank Day this week with a television documentary about Jews who survived the Holocaust as “hidden children” — including one who was hidden just a few doors down from Anne. Sybilla Zendijk Friedler, her parents, two sisters and a great-aunt were hidden for two and a…