UK news

Shabbat UK promoted on London buses

By JC Reporter, October 9, 2015

A mobile advertising campaign promoting Shabbat UK has been launched in London.

Buses leaving Golders Green station have been adorned with adverts for the nationwide celebration of day of rest.

They carry the slogan: “Switch off the week, switch on Shabbat”

Routes on which the adverts can be seen include number 13 buses to Aldwych, and the 240 to Edgware.


Protest planned outside Palestinian mission after terror in Israel

By Josh Jackman, October 9, 2015

Communal organisations in the UK are planning a protest outside the Palestinian mission following the recent violence in Israel.

The Board of Deputies, Zionist Federation, Sussex Friends of Israel, We Believe In Israel and Israel Advocacy Movement are organising a vigil to commemorate the victims, where they will also call on the Palestinian Authority to condemn attacks on Israelis.


Chief Rabbi issues special prayer responding to violence in Israel

By Simon Rocker, October 9, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has written a prayer to be recited during the Shabbat morning service in congregations tomorrow following the outbreak of violence in Israel.

It asks God to “bring tranquility to Your holy land so that all will live securely with no one to bring terror into their lives”.


Five pro-Palestinian activists demonstrate outside Israeli-owned Sabon store in London

By Naomi Firsht, October 9, 2015

A small group of pro-Palestinians activists have mounted a protest outside an Israeli cosmetics shop in central London.

Five protesters from London Palestine Action, holding placards and wearing boiler suits, stood outside Sabon in Covent Garden and chanted at passers-by for around an hour.


Police apologise over Lord Brittan case

By Marcus Dysch, October 9, 2015

Scotland Yard has apologised to the widow of former Home Secretary Leon Brittan after police failed to clear him of a false historic rape claim.

Three years ago a former Labour activist with severe mental health issues accused Lord Brittan of raping her in 1967.

Lord Brittan died aged 75 in January after repeatedly denying any wrongdoing.


Jewish Tory delegate abused by protesters outside party conference

By Rosa Doherty, October 8, 2015

A Conservative Party delegate has told how he was subjected to antisemitic abuse from protestors outside the conference in Manchester.

Stephen Woods, chairman of the Conservative Sale East and Wythenshawe Association, was leaving the centre with a group of Jewish friends, wearing kippot, on Sunday.


Chief Rabbi warns against ‘inappropriate’ speakers at synagogues

By Simon Rocker, October 8, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has warned United Synagogue rabbis to avoid inviting “inappropriate” speakers in a confidential memo sent to them and the chairmen of their synagogues a few days ago.

He wrote that it had been prompted by a number of recent developments in communities which had cause him “great concern”.


Vigil planned in London for Israeli victims of terror attacks

By Josh Jackman, October 8, 2015

Grassroots groups will come together for a candlelight vigil to honour victims of the recent spate of terror attacks in Israel.

The event on Sunday will be held outside the Israeli embassy in London, with attendees encouraged to bring yahrzeit candles and signs reading “#AmYisraelChai” in support of Israel.


Call for UK to take in more refugees

By Rosa Doherty, October 8, 2015

A former Kindertransport refugee has criticised the UK's policy of taking 20,000 Syrian asylum-seekers over the next five years.

Sir Erich Reich said: "To let in just 4,000 a year like David Cameron has said is absurd. We need to let in more."

He was speaking at a public meeting organised by the Board of Deputies this week to discuss the community's response to the refugee crisis.


You never write, you never call... time to change all that, says our favourite booba

By Rosa Doherty, October 8, 2015

Broadcaster Vanessa Feltz has called on young Jews to make greater efforts to spend time with their grandparents.

She urged people to "buck up their ideas and go and see their grandparents immediately".

The Radio 2 presenter was reacting to a World Jewish Relief survey that showed that one-third of adult Jews see their grandparents only four times a year or less.