UK news

Ukrainians can sing in UK after hitting wrong note over visa

By Josh Jackman, June 4, 2015

They say it's never over "until the fat lady sings". For Ukrainian choir Varnitshkes, it looked like their dream of performing in London was over before anyone had a chance to sing.

The choir were all set to travel to London to perform at the fourth European Jewish Choral Festival next week, until British immigration officials told them they couldn't be granted visas.


Hebrew Hammer set to strike another blow

By Josh Jackman, June 4, 2015

He's back. The protector of Judaism, the shield against antisemites, the "kike who won't cop out when gentiles are all about" is returning to face his ultimate foe: Adolf Hitler.

The Hebrew Hammer vs Hitler, will see its eponymous hero - bedecked in a black hat, peot and Chai medallion - use time travel to track down the Nazi leader and stop him wiping the Jews from history.


Father of four dies in tragic accident

By Naomi Firsht, June 4, 2015

A father of four has been killed in a road accident in Australia just months after moving there with his family.

Henri Sueke, who was originally from Hale, Manchester, was cycling to his work at a Sydney hospital when he was hit by a lorry. He was 36.

He leaves his wife, Dani, and four children, the youngest of whom is only a few months old.


Shechita study finally published

By Simon Rocker and Marcus Dysch, June 4, 2015

There is little interest among European shoppers for increased labelling of kosher meat, a long-awaited report on religious slaughter has revealed.

The European Commission study into consumer opinions on shechita and halal meat production was published this week.


A night of good sports

By Charlotte Oliver, June 4, 2015

JFS honoured its finest athletes on Thursday evening at the school's sixth annual sports awards.

Taking the top prize for sports person of the year was Amanda Tropp, the British under-17 trampoline champion, who also went home with the senior dance award.

She narrowly beat karate champion Hannah Freund and gymnast Jessica Helfgott to claim the title.


Tony Blair to tackle European antisemitism in new role

By Marcus Dysch, June 4, 2015

Tony Blair has revealed he will work to tackle antisemitism across Europe in a new role.

After quitting as the Quartet’s Middle East envoy, Mr Blair is to become chairman of the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation (ECTR).


Anti-fascist campaigner Morris Beckman dies

By Sandy Rashty, June 3, 2015

Tributes have been paid to anti-fascist activist Morris Beckman whose funeral took place this week.

Mr Beckman, who died last month aged 94, was one of the founding members of the 43 Group, a group of young Jewish ex-servicemen and women committed to fighting fascism in the UK and abroad.


Pioneering doctor Geoffrey Raisman sets up clinic to help the paralysed walk again

By Rosa Doherty, June 3, 2015

A clinic set up by a British Jewish doctor will help the paralysed to walk as early as next year.

Geoffrey Raisman, the man behind a new treatment for spinal cord injuries which was hailed as a historic breakthrough, has said that he is setting up a centre at St George’s Hospital that could eventually treat most types of spinal injury.

It could accept its first patients next year.


New government will continue to fight antisemitism, minister tells parliamentary group

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2015

The government will continue to fight antisemitism “seriously”, a new minister has told a parliamentary group dedicated to combating Jew-hatred.

Baroness Williams confirmed that the new Conservative administration would back initiatives introduced in the previous parliament and would report regularly on its progress in tackling antisemitism.


Charles Kennedy was ‘great friend of Jews and Israel’

By Marcus Dysch, June 2, 2015

Board of Deputies president Jonathan Arkush has paid tribute to former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy, who has died aged 55.

Mr Kennedy had a warm relationship with the Jewish community during his time leading the party and also as an MP during his long political career.