UK news

Authorities deny Gaza flotilla case

By Marcus Dysch, January 8, 2015

British authorities have rubbished claims that anti-Israel activists in this country could seek the arrest of IDF commandos who were involved in the Gaza flotilla incident five years ago.


GCSE move will 'confuse' pupils over their beliefs

By Simon Rocker, January 8, 2015

Jewish pupils could become confused about their beliefs if they are forced to study faiths other than their own at GCSE, according to the National Association of Orthodox Jewish Schools (Najos).

Many Jewish schools have suggested they would drop GSCE religious studies if the government introduces the compulsory teaching of at least two faiths, Najos told the Department for Education.



How was it for you? Limmudniks reflect

January 8, 2015

Anna Behrmann
Young Adult Development volunteer

● It was my second time as a volunteer, but I was just as befuddled, rushed-off my feet, and excited as the year before.


Oldham Athletic owner says Ched Evans deserves second chance

By Marcus Dysch, January 7, 2015


Oldham Athletic owner Simon Corney has confirmed the club expects to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans in the coming days.

Speaking to the JC exclusively from New York, Mr Corney said the League One club believed the Welsh international striker had “served his time”.


Stephen Fry to marry partner

By Anna Behrmann, January 7, 2015

Stephen Fry has said that he is “very very happy” about his upcoming nuptials to his partner, the stand-up comedian, Elliott Spencer.

The 57-year-old actor and presenter has given formal notice to his 27-year-old partner, Spencer, at a register office in Norfolk, near where he grew up.


Councillor apologises for Auschwitz image tweet

By JC Reporter, January 7, 2015

A councillor who posted an offensive tweet which appeared to liken the Tories' economic policy to that of the Nazis has been suspended from the Labour Party.

Rosemary Healy published a doctored image of a Conservative election poster showing the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp on her social media account on Tuesday.


Islamist website hackers target Yorkshire school and church

By Josh Jackman, January 6, 2015

A computer virus created by Islamist hackers has attacked the websites of a school and a church with anti-Israel messages.

Sowerby Primary School and The Danish Seamen's Church, both in Yorkshire, had their sites replaced with an image of defaced Israel and American flags, accompanied by text from a group calling itself X-saad.


JFS praised by inspectors for Jewish studies

By Simon Rocker, January 6, 2015

JFS, the country’s largest Jewish school, has been praised for the quality of its Jewish education by Pikuach, the Board of Deputies-run inspection service.

A report published today said that the school’s Jewish studies was good overall, with a number of outstanding features.


Board fears 2016 London Marathon could clash with Pesach

By Josh Jackman, January 5, 2015

The London Marathon may clash with the second day of Pesach next year, hampering the efforts of Jewish charities and runners.

April 24 is one of three dates being considered for the 2016 London Marathon, according to the Board of Deputies, who released a statement saying such a move would be “damaging” for organisations such as World Jewish Relief and Kisharon.


Limmud 2014: Dancers step up for Strictly contest

By Naomi Firsht, January 2, 2015

Limmud catering co-ordinator Josh Marting hora-ed his way to victory in the event's version of Strictly Come Dancing.

Josh Martin won the Nikki Millan Trophy after performing an energetic Israeli dance with partner Sophie Sumner, in the Strictly Limmud Dancing contest.

He earned the second highest score from the judges and the highest number of audience votes.