Jewish life

Teaching assistant Liora Rosenberg dies aged 20

By JC Reporter, May 1, 2016

Liora Rosenberg, the 20-year-old whose plight had been followed by thousands of well-wishers around the world, has died.

The former JFS pupil had suffered a bleed to the brain and pneumonia and had been critically ill in hospital for more than a week.

Her death was announced late on Saturday night on the Facebook group set up for people to do a mitzvah in her name.


Man arrested 'after kiddush herring row ended in stabbing'

By Henry Benjamin, April 19, 2016

One man has been charged by police and another is recovering in hospital following an alleged stabbing attack - after a disagreement over herring at a synagogue kiddush.

The incident took place last Shabbat at a shul in Melbourne, Australia.

The JC understands there was an argument between two men over either cake or herring.


Trump missed grandson’s brit

By Sandy Rashty, April 5, 2016

Donald Trump missed the brit milah of his youngest grandson Theodore in New York last weekend.

The Republican candidate’s daughter Ivanka – who wore a white and pink dress to the brit of her baby - converted to Judaism in 2009 and took the Hebrew name Yael to marry property developer Jared Kushner.


Salute to the Jewish general who liberated 60 million Muslims

By Kapil Komireddi , January 18, 2016

One of the tragic ironies of history is that Pakistan, a country created explicitly to safeguard Muslims from predatory non-Muslims, perpetrated in 1971 the single-largest massacre of Muslims since the birth of Islam.


Jack Jacob, hero of the Indian Jewish community, dies aged 92

By Naomi Firsht, January 14, 2016

Jack Jacob, the highest ranking military officer in the history of the Indian Jewish community, has died at the age 92.

Lieutenant General Jacob, who was also a statesman and prominent member of the country’s community, died of pneumonia in New Delhi on Wednesday.


Sephardi rabbi offers quick take on key topics

By Sandy Rashty, January 7, 2016

Traditional methods of Jewish learning are not as popular nowadays. People lead hectic lives and lack the time, or perhaps the inclination, to spend their free hours at shiurim or seminars.

That's why Joseph Dweck, senior rabbi of the S&P Sephardi Community in the UK, is placing his faith in a series of online videos offering quickfire explanations of key concepts in Judaism.


Growing shul is full of Eastern promise

By Sandy Rashty, December 23, 2015

It's a midweek morning and Ghassan Cohen has a business meeting to attend. But first, he has to supervise some home improvements at the Ohel David Eastern Synagogue in Golders Green.


Muslim, Jewish, Christian power players talk Syria over smoked salmon

By Sandy Rashty, December 21, 2015

It was an unlikely meeting of minds.

There, in the back of a kosher restaurant in the heart of the Syrian Jewish area of Brooklyn, New York, sat four very different men – all set on discussing the conflict in Syria.


Circumcision expert's ‘sports-car ambulance’ found after theft

By Marcus Dysch, December 3, 2015

A sports car used as an ambulance by a private-hire Jewish man who carries out circumcisions has been found after it was apparently stolen.

The Audi TT was taken on Wednesday afternoon in Barking, east London, as Ephraim Josovic left an appointment.

Volunteer security group Shomrim and the Metropolitan Police appealed for its return.


Bangor's jewel in its crown

November 4, 2015

Thirty people enjoyed a walking tour of Bangor’s Jewish history to mark the European Day of Jewish Culture 2015.