Father makes abuse claim after 50 years

By Dana Gloger, July 11, 2008

Police have taken a statement from a man who claims to have been abused on a holiday organised by a Jewish charity 50 years ago. 

Brian Ingram, 59, from Hampstead, North-West London, told police that children were beaten with a belt on a trip to Seaford, Sussex, with the Jewish Children’s Holiday Fund, which provides free trips for deprived youngsters. He also said he was made to lick toilet seats.


Convicted Israeli baker loses appeal

By Dana Gloger, July 4, 2008

THE jailed Israeli owner of two London kosher bakeries and a kosher restaurant who secretly gave his pregnant wife abortion pills, lost his appeal against his sentence  this week.

Gil Magira, 36, from Hendon, north west London was sentenced to three years and nine months in March this year after pleading guilty to administering a noxious substance with intent to procure a miscarriage.


Thieves targeting Charedim

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 4, 2008

A mobile police station is operating once again in the heart of Manchester’s Charedi community following a spate of violent attacks and muggings on religious Jews in Broughton Park. The station was open in Northumberland Street at the weekend and the intention is for it to be manned continuously over Shabbat.


Men who ‘conned’ two shuls hunted by police

By Leon Symons, June 27, 2008

Police in London are searching for two alleged Israeli conmen who are said have obtained thousands of pounds in “loans” from gullible synagogue members.

The two, saying they were an uncle and nephew, are said to have asked for and received more than £8,000 in loans from members of one synagogue and smaller amounts from another. Although they returned some of the money, they have since disappeared and are believed to have left behind unpaid bills at the Langham Hilton Hotel in London’s West End, where it is understood they had been staying since the end of March.


Charedi youth beaten unconscious by teen gang

By Leon Symons, June 20, 2008

A teenage boy was attacked and beaten unconscious by a gang of up to eight youths while on his way to his home in North London on Sunday afternoon.

The gang, thought to be aged between 10 and 14, then ran off with his kippah and tefillin, leaving the 15-year-old unconscious on the pavement, with bruises around his eye and nose, and bleeding from a cut lip.

The youth, who lives in Stamford Hill, was taken to Homerton Hospital by the Hatzolah ambulance service and was kept in overnight for observation.


Bank Leumi UK boss held over £5m ‘fraud’

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

The UK head of Israel’s biggest bank has been arrested on suspicion of taking part in a plot to embezzle nearly £5 million.

Menahem Friedman, who worked for Bank Leumi in Tel Aviv before being made chief executive of its UK branch last year, is being held in Israel with 13 other businessmen.

Fraud-squad detectives told the Tel Aviv Peace Court that furniture-company owner Meir Ovadya and his son Rafi had acted as intermediaries for the group who, in 2006 and 2007, allegedly received fictitious loans from the bank without offering collateral.


Man is accused of child rape

By Dana Gloger, June 13, 2008

A man has been charged with raping a boy in a synagogue men’s room.

Moshe Reichman, 23, a father of two from Golders Green, North-West London, is accused of four offences which allegedly took place four years ago.

The boy, who is also Jewish and who was 11 or 12 years old at the time, cannot be named. He had left his family home  on the day of the alleged incident to buy milk for his mother in nearby Stamford Hill.

Prosecutors say the boy was approached in the street by the defendant, who allegedly asked him to show him where a particular synagogue was.


Fraudster gets four years’ jail

By Lynda Roughley, June 13, 2008

A Manchester businessman involved in a huge international “advance fee” fraud has been jailed.

Michael Rashman was sentenced to four years and nine months’ imprisonment by a judge who told him: “You have tarnished the good name of British overseas trading.”

Judge Gerald Clifton told Rashman, 54, that he accepted he had not played the leading role. He put his role “behind that of Carl Montlake but ahead of David Sasson”, the other two Jewish defendants.

He said that it was not pleasant to send a person like him to prison but he had a duty to the public.


Mezuzah crime warning

By Simon Round, June 13, 2008

Your car may be protected by an immobiliser and your house alarmed, but there is another important item you need to protect — your mezuzah. 

Rabbis in southern Israel have warned people to be on the lookout for mezuzah thieves. Dozens of householders in Kiryat Gat, 50 miles south of Tel Aviv, found last week that the parchments from inside their mezuzah cases had been stolen. So if a dodgy geezer offers you a bargain mezuzah, you have been warned.


Father killed on way to buy bagels

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 6, 2008

Klezmer violinist and father-of-three Michael Kahan was stabbed to death on his way to buy bagels in Crumpsall, Manchester, on Sunday morning.

The stabbing took place close to the State Fayre kosher bakery and was captured on the CCTV cameras of Heaton Park synagogue, which overlooks the murder scene.