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CST pledges ‘robust’ security plan for Rosh Hashanah

By Rosa Doherty, September 11, 2015

Security has been tightened in Jewish neighbourhoods ahead of the High Holy Days.

The Community Security Trust said “a robust policing plan” would be in place to protect the community during the festivals, with police and CST volunteers mounting patrols.

CST said it had held briefings with shuls and police across London and Manchester.


MPs reject assisted dying bill

By Josh Jackman, September 11, 2015

MPs have voted against the Assisted Dying Bill going to a third reading in Parliament.

The proposed legislation fell at the second hurdle, heavily defeated by 330 votes to 118.

Ahead of the debate, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis took to social media to attack the bill.

In a message posted on Facebook, Rabbi Mirvis stressed that the bill was misguided and dangerous.


Charedim urge David Cameron to do more for refugees

By Rosa Doherty, September 11, 2015

Leaders of Britain's Charedi community have urged David Cameron to do more to help Syrian refugees.

Orthodox social action charities Interlink and Agudas Yisroel, alongside rabbis from the North London Muslim Jewish forum, welcomed the prime minister’s commitment for the UK to take in 20,000 refugees from camps over the next five years.


Sadiq Khan to be Labour’s candidate for London mayor

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2015

Sadiq Khan has won the race to be Labour’s candidate in next year’s London mayor election.

He will fight to succeed current Conservative mayor Boris Johnson after beating closest rival Tessa Jowell.

The former Communities Minister, who has supported Jeremy Corbyn in the party’s leadership contest, said he was “humbled” to
have been selected.


Charedi teenager who was victim of assault released from hospital

By Sandy Rashty, September 11, 2015

A 17-year-old Charedi boy who was in a coma after being assaulted at a Manchester tram station is now recovering at home.

Moshe Fuerst, who was born in Jerusalem, was released from the Salford Royal hospital last night.


Labour's Israel friends are at risk as leadership contest comes to an end

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2015

After months of campaigning, hustings and controversy, the Labour leadership contest reached its climax this week, with the winner due to be announced tomorrow.

Frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn remained favourite to become leader of the opposition, despite a slight loss of momentum since his high point of support last month.


David Cameron and Benjamin Netanyahu announce package worth millions to boost UK-Israel trade

By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2015

Millions of pounds are to be invested in new bilateral economic, high-tech and scientific projects, it has been revealed.

Prime ministers David Cameron and Benjamin Netanyahu announced at least £3 million of funding for the schemes following talks in London on Thursday.

There will be new co-operation in cyber security, science research and medical work.


Call to recognise the teacher who risked his life to save children

By Josh Jackman, September 10, 2015

He helped to save around 700 children from the Nazis, seeing most of them off at the train station in Prague, watching as they were whisked away from genocide and on to their new homes in Britain.

Despite not being Jewish, he quit his job teaching in Dorset to risk his life forging papers for Jewish refugees with whom he had no meaningful connection.


Parking website is just the ticket

By Rosa Doherty, September 10, 2015

A Jewish teenager who set up a website for motorists to contest parking tickets has seen it attract 32,000 users in its first week.

Joshua Browder, 18, created when he received several parking tickets after passing his driving test.


MPs urged to reject assisted dying bill

By JC Reporter, September 10, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has joined other faith leaders in opposing a move to legalise assisted dying.

Rabbi Mirvis, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, and 23 other prominent figures from the Christian, Muslim and Sikh communities expressed concern that possible new legislation would leave the elderly and terminally ill unprotected.