Jewish life

London Citizens has crossed line

By Martin Bright, June 10, 2011

This is the third week that the JC has run a story about the activities of London Citizens, and its parent organisation Citizens UK.


Asylum groups warn Jewish community over London Citizens

By Martin Bright, June 10, 2011

Campaigners working to end the detention of the children of asylum seekers have warned the Jewish community against collaborating with Citizens UK, the controversial "community organisers" currently running a campaign to win over synagogues and Jewish organisations.


Russell Crowe rants that circumcision is 'barbaric and stupid'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 10, 2011

Russell Crowe has described circumcision as "barbaric and stupid" in a venom-filled online debate on the subject.

The Australian Oscar-winning actor, known for courting controversy in media interviews, wrote on his Twitter page that it was immoral to circumcise male infants and said he would "take attentive parenting over barbarism".


Santa Monica anti-circumcision bill dropped

By Jennifer Lipman, June 7, 2011

A leader of the anti-circumcision push in Santa Monica has dropped the campaign in the wake of allegations that another Californian campaigner is using antisemitic tactics.

Moves were underway in Santa Monica to secure a public vote in November for an initiative calling for the circumcision of males under the age of 18 to be made illegal and punishable by jail time.


Foreskin man takes on Monster Mohel in comic book

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

The campaigners seeking a San Francisco-wide ban on the circumcision of males under the age of 18 have employed the services of a new superhero – Foreskin Man.

Matthew Hess, president of the Male Genital Mutilation Bill group, which wants the US government to make circumcision punishable by jail time, has written two issues of the comic book.


Mum's death saddens community

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 3, 2011

Manchester's strictly Orthodox community has been stunned by the unexpected death of a young mother-of-two from Salford.


Shock tactics in youth facilities drive

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 3, 2011

A drunk girl lying unconscious on a toilet floor is the image promoting a hard-hitting Manchester Maccabi campaign for better youth facilities to combat drinking and drug-taking among teenagers as young 14.


Cemetery vandalised

By Cecily Woolf, June 2, 2011

Brighton firefighters had to use 4,000 litres of water to dilute 15 litres of hydrochloric acid poured by teenagers on to the path of Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation's Meadow View cemetery.

The perpetrators stole the hydrochloric acid from the caretaker's shed. The cemetery's gardener heard the commotion and chased them away.


Becks batmitzvah in style with Usher video

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

A batmitzvah video featuring a father-of-five rapping to Usher's OMG has attracted thousands of hits on YouTube.

Laurence Beck, a chartered surveyor from Radlett, wanted to make sure his daughters, September and Tiger Lily, aged 13 and 12, had unforgettable nights when they marked their batmitzvahs last month.


Jury to rule in Salmonella wedding case

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2011

An inquest into the death of a Jewish woman, who allegedly contracted salmonella at a kosher wedding, will also investigate concerns over her hospital treatment.

Last Friday at a pre-inquest hearing, Manchester's coroner confirmed that a jury will be required to decide how and why 82-year-old Rene Kwartz, from Crumpsall, died at North Manchester General Hospital last August.