Smith widens the battle against net hate crime

By Leon Symons, March 12, 2009

Home Secretary Jacqui Smith is to examine how antisemitic and other racist crimes can be reported on the internet.

Asked in an interview with the JC why it was still not possible to report hate crime on-line, Ms Smith said: “That is a sensible suggestion. I will look into it.”

Currently, there are only two methods of reporting hate crime on the internet. One is through a website called Truevision set up by a number of police forces, mainly for the lesbian, gay, bi- and transsexual community. The site is currently undergoing reconstruction.


Edgware's web extra

March 5, 2009

Edgware Synagogue is aiming to broaden the appeal of its website with the introduction of EU Playback, offering users a range of educational and enterainment material.

The audio programme includes a synopsis of the week's sedra and Desert Island Discs-style interview with a congregant, interspersed with the subject's favourite music.

Russia's national anthem and the theme music from Schindler's List are among the selections of opening "castaway" Rabbi David Lister, who is celebrating the first anniversary of his Edgware appointment.

Three congregants are the brains behind


Records could help ancestry search

By Leon Symons, December 10, 2008

Millions of records from 14 countries have been placed online this week as a result of a major link-up between two genealogical websites.

They could potentially contain information about a host of British personalities who are either Jewish or have Jewish ancestry, including David Beckham, Rachel Stevens, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Elton, Stephen Fry, Esther Rantzen, Matt Lucas and many others.


Is it ethical to ‘hijack’ an Internet connection?

By Rabbi Harvey Belovski, August 15, 2008

We look at piggy-backing - using someone else's wireless web connection without their knowledge

In 2005, a West London man, Gregory Straszkiewicz, was fined £500 and given a 12-month conditional discharge for "hijacking a broadband connection". Using a laptop while sitting in his car, Straszkiewicz had connected to the Internet by piggy-backing on the wireless network of a local resident.


Charedi web centre goes online

By Craig Silver, August 1, 2008

A new strictly Orthodox internet business centre has been opened in Stamford Hill, thought to be the first of its kind.

The new establishment, the Heimishe Business Centre is located on the Triangle Estate, Stamford Hill, and only allows people who are married to attend. It houses nine computers in separate sections for men and women, and costs £1.20 an hour.


How rabbis take on the software pirates

By Rabbi Harvey Belovski, July 11, 2008

Is it permitted to copy software for personal use?


BT shows it’s good to talk as it hosts 19 Israeli high-tech firms

By Shelly Paz, June 13, 2008

British Telecom’s warm hospitality towards 19 Israeli startup companies, on show this week at the BT Tower in Central London, may not signal a sudden end to the anti-Israel sentiment that the ambassador this week bemoaned in Britain.

But it does suggest that the UK telecoms giant has discovered the goldmine of Israeli high-tech.

Six months ago, the Israeli Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labour invited BT to launch a direct business channel between the two communities.


New Glasgow-based Jewish website launched

June 6, 2008

To keep the community better informed, a website is about to be launched. The aim is to include details for every Jewish group in the city and a communal diary. Website originator
Richard Dover urged local organisations to make sure they were listed and invited ideas for additional content. The venture is supported by the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council.


Facebook begets Faithbook

By Dana Gloger, June 6, 2008

Faithbook, a new social-networking facility promoting interfaith dialogue, went live on the Facebook website this week.

The resource which combines images, videos and content from various faiths’ texts, was the initiative of the Reform Movement and marks the launch of its new gender-neutral

Leaders from the nine major faiths involved have launched the site with discussions on religion in modern society, countering extremism through new media and other topics.

Facebook is the sixth most-trafficked website in the world and the second most-trafficked social-media site.


Genizah gets £1 million grant

June 6, 2008

Cambridge University’s Genizah Unit has received a grant of more than £1 million from the Friedberg Genizah Project to help digitise the nearly 200,000 fragments of ancient Jewish manuscripts in its collection.