Armed men threaten staff in crowded deli

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 15, 2008

Armed robbers threatened staff at a Manchester kosher deli before escaping with a till last Thursday evening.

Three men, carrying a knife and a hammer, entered Shefa Mehadrin deli in Prestwich at around 8pm.

A 23-year-old employee, who had been behind the stolen till, said: "I was worried I would get stabbed. One of them tried to open the till with his knife."


Knife raiders terrify boutique staff

By Marcus Dysch, August 12, 2008

Staff at an exclusive Jewish-owned boutique were threatened with a knife during a robbery on Monday morning.

Three men stole handbags worth a total of around £10,000 during the raid at Larizia in Temple Fortune, North West London.

Manager Marian Zandi said it was the 11th time the store had been targeted in the past three years.

Police are investigating the incident and are believed to be viewing CCTV footage from the boutique's security cameras.

See this Friday's JC for the full story


Tory caught in the act

By James White, August 8, 2008

A Conservative councillor on Harrow Council has been fined for taking part in a sexual act in a public toilet.

On Wednesday Robert Benson admitted the offence, which took place in a Harrow Council public convenience, and was fined £205 and ordered to pay costs.

Mr Benson, 41, who is due to marry in Stanmore Synagogue next month, was arrested after police community support officers discovered two men in a cubicle.


Armed robbery at kosher deli

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 8, 2008

Three masked robbers armed with knives and a hammer threatened staff at Shefa Mehadrin Kosher Deli in Manchester, before ripping out its till.

The robbery, which lasted just two minutes, began when the three men entered the shop at 8pm last Thursday shouting.

“One held a hammer high in the air and shouted, ‘open up the tills’, said Gavriel Jacobson, who was shopping inside at the time. “Everyone froze, then they pulled out the whole till and ran away.”

Around 20 people were inside the shop at the time.


Tube-scam conman gets 18 months

By Dana Gloger, August 1, 2008

The so-called Tube shekel scammer has been jailed for 18 months, in his second such prosecution this year.

Israel Aharonovitz, 58, of Hackney, East London, had already been sentenced to a year's imprisonment in April for three counts of fraud by false representation after he obtained £368 from Tube passengers he identified as Jewish.

After further offences came to light, Aharonovitz was prosecuted again, for another three counts.


£100k in boot man is bailed

July 25, 2008

A chasidic man charged with money-laundering after police found £100,000 in the boot of his car has been granted bail.The money was discovered when Chaim Hershkovitz, 28 - son of Yesodey Hatorah teacher Rabbi Moshe Hershkovitz - was stopped for speeding.


Brothels family faces jail

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2008

Three members of a Jewish family face jail after being convicted of running a chain of brothels.

Spencer Rolfe and his sister Adele Lubin operated the £1 million-a-year vice ring in North London with Lubin’s son, David Howard.

All three were found guilty of conspiracy to control prostitution at Southwark Crown Court.

Officers began an undercover investigation in December 2006. When the trio were arrested the following April, police found 17 prostitutes working at four brothels.


Greek graves face destruction

By Solette Eliezer, July 18, 2008

Greek Jews have protested that a new subway under construction in Thessaloniki risks desecrating a historic Jewish graveyard.

The cemetery of Thessaloniki, the largest in Europe, was destroyed in 1943 by the Nazis, and the land confiscated by the Greek government  in 1944. The tombstones were either looted or sold, and some were used in repairs on the Cathedral of St Demetrius. Aristotle University, which acquired the land from the Greek state after the war, built its premises upon the cemetery.


American murdered in Ukraine

July 18, 2008

A Jewish American businessman was murdered in his hotel room in Odessa, Ukraine. Asaf Yehudeev, 62, was killed during the night of July 9, in what initial investigations suggested was a robbery attempt.


Two convicted on race hate charges

By Gemma Duncafe, July 14, 2008

Two racists have been found guilty of publishing material with the titles 'Make Niggers History'; 'Dumb Niggers, Gloating Jews' and 'Diversity = Death'.

Bigots Simon Sheppard, from Selby, North Yorks., and his co-accused Stephen Whittle, from Preston, Lancs., were charged with inciting racial hatred.

Leeds Crown Court heard during the trial that 40-year-old Sheppard controlled a website called and that Whittle, 41, would write articles for it.