It’s been a hectic 12 months here at Jewish News Online. But which stories, among the thousands we covered, were our most read? Here, web editor Jack Mendel reveals all, with his Top 20 countdown of our most popular pages of 2014…

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Tricycle donors pull funding after film festival boycott

“…Leading supporters of the Tricycle Theatre have told the Jewish News they will stop funding the institution over its decision to bar the Jewish Film Festival”.. 

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The protests got a huge amount of attention

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Ofsted denies ‘bullying and traumatising’ Jewish kids

“…An association of Orthodox schools has said Ofsted inspectors left young girls “traumatised” after asking them if they had a boyfriend, how babies are made and whether they knew that two men could marry..”

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Yesodei HaTorah 

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MP for Finchley and Golders Green quits Government role over Palestine vote

“…The MP for Finchley and Golders Green has resigned as a parliamentary private secretary over Monday’s Palestine vote, telling Jewish News: “I had to vote and it was therefore easy to quit.” 

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Member of Parliament, Mike Freer

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UKIP MEP apologises over retweet to ‘vile’ anti-Semitic blog

“…A UKIP MEP apologised last night for retweeting a link to a virulently anti-Semitic blog after her party had initially mounted an extraordinary defence of the politician.”

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Jane Collins apologised, eventually.


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Video: Is this the worst football tackle ever?

“…Watch the video of a horrific two-footed tackle from an Israeli football match, which has been described as being “one of the worst challenges ever”.”

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Tricycle Theatre overturns Jewish Film Festival boycott

“….London’s Tricycle Theatre has withdrawn its controversial boycott of the Jewish Film Festival and invited the event to unconditionally return in 2015.”

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The protests make a second appearance on the list; proving how strongly people felt about the situation.

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The Apprentice is back – meet Lord Sugar’s TWO kosher hopefuls!

“..Two Jewish contestants feature in this year’s series of The Apprentice, which starts next Tuesday.”

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Daniel Lassman did pretty well in the end, nearly making the final!

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Ofsted downgrades JFS to ‘requiring improvement’

“….Ofsted inspectors have downgraded JFS from an ‘outstanding’ school to one that ‘requires improvement’.

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JFS's enormous campus

JFS’s enormous campus

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Interview with new Neighbours star Ariel Kaplan 

“…New Ramsay Street resident Ariel Kaplan tells Francine Wolfisz how her showbiz family inspired her to land a starring role in Neighbours.”

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Ariel Kaplan

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SYNAGOGUE SLAUGHTER: British-born rabbi and grandfather among Jerusalem shul dead

“…A British-born rabbi and grandfather from Liverpool and former resident of Golders Green was among four people killed today in a terrorist attack on a Jerusalem synagogue, writes Suzanne Baum.”

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Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg from Liverpool.

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Tesco launches investigation into ‘racist’ incident in Romford 

“..Tesco has apologised to a Jewish shopper who was short-changed after a member of staff at the Romford Express store allegedly told her: “It’s only 40p… You Jews have enough money.”

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Tesco..

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Ben Winston – the man behind One Direction’s Jewish factor! 

“…Producer Ben Winston, son of renowned scientist Lord Robert Winston, tells Francine Wolfisz about working with One Direction, the release of their new film This Is Us – and why Harry Styles insists on tweeting in Yiddish…”

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Ben Winston, with 1D.

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OPINION (By Maajid Nawaz): Palestine must be free… from Hamas

“…My very first trip to Palestine was in 2002, shortly after 9/11 and before my five-year incarceration in Egypt for Islamist activity. I went through the West Bank from Jordan, as a then avowed enemy of Israel, and even refused to enter into any non-West Bank territory out of principle.”

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The scene of destruction in Gaza

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Hate in Southgate: Norwood shop targeted and shul window smashed

“…North London witnessed more sick anti-Semitism last week after a brick was thrown through the window of Cockfosters & N Southgate Synagogue.”

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Norwood’s shop front

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A real pitta! Solly’s set to serve its last shawarma 

“…Legendary north London restaurant Solly’s is set to close its doors for the final time, Jewish News has learnt..”

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Shawarma..GEDDON!

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Community leaders accused of failing to stand up for British Jews over Gaza 

“..Community leaders have faced accusations of being too reactive and failing to show leadership during the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, writes Marc Shoffman..”

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A meeting of concerned parties at JFS, to discuss the response to the Gaza crisis

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Jewish man arrested in Bushey over Gaza fight

“…A Jewish man has been arrested in Bushey Heath after a fight involving socialists who produced Palestinian flags as they marched past a kosher deli.”

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The scene of the incident

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SportsDirect security guard told Yavneh pupils, ‘No Jews’ 

“…A major high street chain has promptly apologised after a security guard at its Borehamwood branch refused entry to a group of Yavneh school pupils, who claim he told them, “No Jews, No Jews”.

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Sport’s Direct dealt with the incident very quickly to their credit..

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Exclusive: Prince Charles will convert to Judaism “within three years” 

“..The future king of England intends to convert to Judaism within the next three years.

A Clarence House source confirmed today the Prince of Wales has secretly been meeting with a senior United Synagogue rabbi three times a week and has developed “a deep and lasting connection” with Judaism..”

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April fools guys..

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The Apprentice: Father of fired contestant Ella Jade dies suddenly 

“..The father of The Apprentice contestant Ella Jade Bitton-who was fired in the latest episode-died suddenly this week..”

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The concern showed by the Jewish community is testament to the strong sense of community

 See you in 2015!