Sacha Baron Cohen's cousin faces prosecution over park keep-fit row

By Sandy Rashty, February 20, 2014

A personal trainer who is to be prosecuted for leading exercise sessions in London’s Royal Parks without a licence has appealed to the Jewish community for support.

French-born Alexis Ajavon Baron Cohen — who is related to comedian Sacha Baron Cohen — said he would rather go to jail than pay up.


Ahava protesters’ appeal rejected

By Marcus Dysch, February 6, 2014

The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by two anti-Israel activists who attempted to overturn a conviction for trespass.

Matthew Richardson and Gwendolen Wilkinson had chained themselves to a concrete tube inside the London branch of Israeli cosmetics store Ahava in October 2010.


They call him Rambowitz

By Tom Tugend, January 30, 2014

It is not traditionally considered wise to pick a fight with an Orthodox rabbi over scriptural interpretations. But these days it is just as inadvisable to get into a physical altercation with a bearded black hat.

Cases in point are two American rabbis, both Orthodox, who are currently in the news for their sinews, rather than their sermons.


Teen thief is revealed as synagogue burglar

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

Two Jewish brothers have been jailed for their roles in a bungled attempt to steal a safe from a friend’s home.

Ronen and Yacov Izraelov were part of a gang of masked intruders who took the safe from a property in Finchley, north London.


Police praise volunteers who caught robber

By Marcus Dysch, January 23, 2014

Members of a Jewish security team have been praised by police for helping to detain a robber who attacked a woman.

The Shomrim volunteers held the teenager until officers arrived following the incident last month.


Mother kills both children before suicide

By Dan Friedman, January 23, 2014

It was a suburban tragedy to turn the blood cold.

When Richard Berman, 51, got an email on January 13 from his ex-wife threatening to hurt their 16-year-old son, Alexander, and 15-year-old daughter, Jacqueline, he feared the worst.


Three men charged over use of Y-word at Spurs

By Marcus Dysch, January 21, 2014

Three men have been charged by police with using the term "Yid" at Tottenham's White Hart Lane stadium.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed the trio - who are all Spurs fans - would appear in court next month.


Murder victim was out buying bagels

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 16, 2014

An inquest into how a psychiatric patient released from a secure hospital stabbed a Jewish man to death, opened this week amid emotional scenes.

Michael Kahan, 39, a klezmer violinist from north Manchester, sustained injuries to his heart and stomach when he was stabbed by Jonathan Mills in June 2008 outside a Jewish bakery in Crumpsall. The father-of-three had gone out to buy bagels.


Callous thief tries to steal Freud’s ashes

By Rosa Doherty, January 15, 2014

Police did not have to order a psychologist’s report to know the mindset of the thief who attempted to steal the urn containing the ashes of Sigmund Freud and his wife.

“Callous and despicable” was the assessment of the burglar who broke into the crematorium in Hoop Lane Golders Green, on New Year’s eve, and removed the urn from the chapel where it was on display.


Support for hate victims

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2014

Extra support will be provided to victims of hate crimes, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has announced.

A new Victims’ Code came into force on Monday, with a focus on helping people from minority communities to deal with reporting crime and the stresses of attending subsequent court hearings.