Tributes paid to trainer Nicki Waterman following her death at 52

By Daniel Sugarman, August 18, 2016

Tributes have been paid to Nicki Waterman, fitness trainer to the stars, following her death from a rare form of cancer.

Mrs Waterman, a member of Belsize Square Synagogue, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour last year.

She was originally told that she would only live until February, but a revolutionary private treatment helped to temporarily fight off the tumour.


92 per cent of Jewish Labour Movement back Owen Smith for party leadership

By Daniel Sugarman, August 15, 2016

The Jewish Labour Movement has nominated Owen Smith for the Labour leadership by a landslide.

Some 92 per cent of the members voted for the Welsh MP who is challenging Jeremy Corbyn.

The organisation balloted its members last week, with just under 59 per cent of eligible members taking part.


Leading UK kosher store issues warning after Israeli salmonella fear

By Daniel Sugarman, August 12, 2016

One of London’s biggest kosher supermarkets has announced that customers should return certain hummus and tehina products to the store, amid concerns that they may contain salmonella.

Kosher Kingdom in Golders Green, north-west London, emailed customers on Thursday night, warning them that there was “a very slight chance of salmonella” in Shamir Salads products which contain tehina.


Luciana Berger unsuccessful in bid to be Labour's Liverpool mayor candidate

By Daniel Sugarman, August 10, 2016

Luciana Berger, the Jewish MP for Liverpool Wavertree, has failed in her attempt to be selected as Labour’s candidate for the upcoming mayoral contest in Liverpool.

Ms Berger came third out of the three candidates, winning 24.7 per cent of the vote.


Internet troll on trial for Luciana Berger death threats

By Daniel Sugarman, July 27, 2016

A man admitted sending antisemitic messages and death threats to Luciana Berger in court today.

John Nimmo, 28, of South Shields, pleaded guilty to sending two e-mails to the Jewish MP for Liverpool Wavertree.

The first, which was sent earlier this month, read: “Revenge for Joshua Bonehill-Paine will be sweet. Watch your back Jewish scum. Your friends, The Nazis.”


UN selects anti-Israel Canadian law professor to report on Palestinian territories

By Josh Jackman, March 23, 2016

Michael Lynk - who has compared Israeli settlements to “the transfer by the Nazis of German-speaking peoples into newly conquered lands during the Second World War” - will be appointed the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the Palestinian territories, the JC can reveal.

The Canadian, who teaches law at Western University in Ontario, has also said he hopes to “isolate Israel”.


Acting for the good

March 17, 2016

Yavneh College deserves the highest praise for acting on the school places shortage while others simply talk. It is all very well holding seminars and meetings to discuss the problem and work out what might happen in two or three years time, but in the here and now someone needed to act.


Star-studded opening to UK Jewish Film Festival

By Barry Toberman, November 8, 2015

The 19th UK Jewish Film Festival got off to a glitzy start on Saturday evening as stars of the gala premiere, Closer To The Moon, joined 300 movie fans for a reception and screening at BFI on the Southbank.

Set in Romania in 1958 where antisemitism was rife, the film is based on the true story of a disenchanted group of Jewish friends who plot an audacious bank raid.


Britain to reopen embassy in Iran after four-year closure

By Naomi Firsht, August 20, 2015

The UK is set to reopen its embassy in Tehran after a four-year closure.

Foreign secretary Philip Hammond will reopen the embassy in the Iranian capital this weekend. At the same time, the Iranian embassy in London will also re-open.


Honey sweetens Women's Week pot

May 18, 2015

The face of this year's Wizo UK Jewish Women's Week collection campaign is Yossi, who struggled at school because of severe learning difficulties, but was given the opportunity through Wizo to train as a chef in Israel. He now manages a trendy Jerusalem restaurant.