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  • Leading Jewish scholar dead at 79

    LONDON, April 24 (JTA) – Rabbi Julius Carlebach, who escaped Germany as a child and rose to become a leading scholar, died in Brighton, England, on April 17, at the age of 79. Honored by Germany for turning Heidelberg’s University for Jewish Studies into the country’s leading institution of its kind, Carlebach worked in a…

  • British Jews embarrassed by vote fraud case

    LONDON, April 23 (JTA) – Two observant Jews who served as local elected officials here have been sentenced to jail for vote fraud. Isaac Leibowitz, of the Conservative Party, was given a six-month jail sentence; Zev Lieberman, a Liberal Democrat, was sentenced to four months. The two fervently Orthodox defendants were convicted in March of…

  • Jewish columnist dies of cancer

    LONDON, March 5 (JTA) – John Diamond, a much-beloved writer for Britain’s Jewish Chronicle, who had written about his throat cancer in the Times of London since he was diagnosed in April 1997, died last Friday. He was 47. Writer Salman Rushdie hailed him as “a loyal pal and one of the funniest men I…

  • British rabbis join Palestinians at memorial

    LONDON, April 3 (JTA) — A decision by leading rabbis to join Palestinian representatives in commemorating Palestinian suffering during the creation of the State of Israel has split British Jewry down the middle. Rabbi John Rayner, life president of the Union of Liberal and Progressive Synagogues, described his participation in the Deir Yassin Remembered memorial…

  • British Jews ponder response to discrimination report

    LONDON, March 18 (JTA) – The publication of a major new study on religious discrimination in Britain has put the country’s Jews between a rock and a hard place. The community faces the critical question of whether to support calls for a new law banning religious discrimination, or even a permanent commission to fight it,…

  • British media accused of anti-Israel bias

    LONDON, March 18 (JTA) — As clashes between Israel and the Palestinians continue for a sixth month, many Jews in the United Kingdom are concerned that Israel is not getting a fair hearing in the British press. The Guardian newspaper has been the subject of the harshest criticism, but another daily newspaper, The Independent, and…

  • Jewish officials in London convicted in vote fraud

    LONDON, March 13 (JTA) – Two observant Jews who served as elected London officials face up to 10 years in jail after being convicted of vote fraud. Detective Inspector Robert Garratt, the investigating officer, called the case “the largest attempt to subvert the democratic process that I am aware of.” In a trial that lasted…

  • Kosher meat less prone to foot-and-mouth

    LONDON, March 11 (JTA) – As far as foot-and-mouth disease is concerned, it’s good to be Jewish. Since the outbreak of the disease last month, Jews who keep kosher have faced fewer serious meat shortages than the rest of the British community. In order to contain the highly contagious livestock virus, British authorities have imposed…

  • Kosher meat less prone to foot-and-mouth

    As far as foot-and-mouth disease is concerned, it’s good to be Jewish. Since the outbreak of the disease last month, Jews who keep kosher have faced fewer serious meat shortages than the rest of the British community.

  • Kosher meat less hit by foot-and-mouth

    As far as foot-and-mouth disease is concerned, it’s good to be Jewish. Since the outbreak of the disease last month, Jews who keep kosher have faced fewer serious meat shortages than the rest of the British community.