Netanyahu closes on right-wing coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Six weeks after winning the election and only a few days before the final deadline to present his cabinet to the president, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed coalition agreements with two parties, with three other parties close to doing a deal.

For now, Labour will remain in opposition and the new Likud government will be backed by 67 Knesset members.


Shimon Peres in hospital for checks after “feeling unwell”

By Sandy Rashty, April 20, 2015

Shimon Peres pulled out of a business event on Monday after complaining of feeling unwell.

According to Israeli journalist Niv Elis, the 91-year-old former Israeli president was taken to hospital for checks.

Mr Peres was due to speak at an event for start-up company KamaTech which brings Orthodox engineers into the Israeli high-tech sector.


Hollywood to make film about former JFS pupil and mental health

By Sandy Rashty, April 16, 2015

Hollywood producers are in talks to make a film about a former JFS boy who tried to commit suicide, it has been revealed.

Jonny Benjamin launched a nationwide search to find the stranger who stopped him jumping off Waterloo Bridge last year.


BBC documentary maker takes us Inside Harley Street

By Sandy Rashty, April 8, 2015

If you had asked a few years ago what people associated with Harley Street, you would most likely have had very different answers to the same question today.


A medical breakthrough: starve, and you lose weight

By Stephen Pollard, April 8, 2015

You wouldn’t guess from our obsession with talking about our health, but a report a few weeks ago found that British Jews are in better health than almost any other group in the country.

I’m not convinced. Having just turned 50, I could cure your insomnia with a list of my various ailments — and I am far from alone in this.


Bad health affects one in 20

By Simon Rocker, February 26, 2015

Around 2,000 Jewish children have a health condition which limits them in some way, according to a report published this week by the Institute for Jewish Policy Research.

One in 20 of British Jews overall are in bad or very bad health, JPR found in its analysis of the 2011 Census.


Parkinson’s and diabetes in scientists’ sights in new £3m Britain-Israel deal

By Rosa Doherty, February 12, 2015

The British Embassy in Israel has announced millions of pounds of funding for medical research projects to be carried out jointly by British and Israeli scientists.

At least £3.2 million is expected to fund eight projects that will study long-term illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, heart disease and multiple sclerosis.


Jewish Care and Nightingale benefit as Wohl Legacy hands out £20 million grant

By Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2015

One of the Jewish community’s leading charitable foundations marked its 50th anniversary by handing out £20million to leading organisations in the UK and Israel.

The Wohl Legacy said it was splitting £6.5 million between welfare groups Jewish Care and Nightingale Hammerson, and TrainE TraidE, a Jewish employment charity.


Link between circumcision and autism risk rejected

By Naomi Firsht, January 9, 2015

Jewish campaigners have rejected claims that circumcision may be linked to an increased risk in developing autism.

A study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine showed circumcision on boys under the age of five could double the risk of them developing autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and for boys circumcised under the age of 10 the risk was raised by 46 per cent.


Breast cancer risk going undetected in Ashkenazi woman, study shows

By Naomi Firsht, December 1, 2014

Over half of Ashkenazi women carrying the gene that puts them at a high risk of developing breast cancer are not being picked up by current NHS screening, a new study claims.

Ashkenazi women are one of a number of groups more likely to carry the BRCA genetic mutation which can give women an 80 per cent chance of developing breast cancer.