UK news

New venues for UK Jewish Film Festival

By Sandy Rashty, August 27, 2014

Organisers of the UK Jewish Film Festival (UKJFF) have released a list of new venues that will host the event this November.

Films for the 18th festival will now be screened at more than 15 venues, after the Tricycle Theatre’s boycott forced organisers to make alternative arrangements.


Zara says sorry over ‘yellow star’ T-shirt

By Sandy Rashty, August 27, 2014

Leading high-street retailer Zara has apologised after it sold a striped T-shirt with a yellow star which bore a striking resemblance to the uniforms worn by concentration camp inmates during the Holocaust.

Zara has removed the T-shirt – which had a six-point star on the left breast - from its website on Wednesday.

The garment had been available in the UK.


When they put my dad behind barbed wire

By Robin Lustig, August 22, 2014

It's blowing a gale, and thunderous waves are crashing against the sea wall. I've brought my 95-year-old father to the pretty town of Peel, on the west coast of the Isle of Man, and the weather is not being kind.


Police to move protesters away from Kedem store

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 22, 2014

Police have put a stop to a five-week protest outside a Jewish-owned shop which sells Israeli products.

Pro-Palestinian activists and Israel-supporting counter-protesters will be moved away from the Kedem store, in a central Manchester, to a nearby "designated protest area”.


Human rights champion Helen Bamber dies

By Marcus Dysch, August 22, 2014

Veteran human rights champion Helen Bamber has died at the age of 89.

Following the Holocaust, Ms Bamber began her compassionate work by helping victims of torture and atrocities.

She was born into a Polish-Jewish family in north London in 1925 and as a teenager joined efforts to combat Oswald Mosley’s fascists.


Malky Mackay apologises over ‘disrespectful’ texts

By Daniel Easterman, August 22, 2014

Former Cardiff City football manager Malkay Mackay has apologised for sending two text messages which he admitted were “disrespectful of other cultures”.

But Mr Mackay said the messages were part of “friendly text message banter”.

It is alleged that he sent a number of texts which were antisemitic, racist, homophobic and sexist.


Sailor's death to be marked 100 years on

By Rosa Doherty, August 22, 2014

The first Jewish sailor to be killed in the First World War will be commemorated by his family dropping a plaque 200ft into the North Sea, where his ship, HMS Pathfinder, was sunk by a German torpedo.

William Stern was one of 250 Royal Navy sailors who died when the ship went down off St Abbs Head in the Scottish Borders on September 5 1914.


Gift shop sacked him. Now he gets a donation to sue

By Adam Henderson, August 21, 2014

A man who claims he was fired for being Jewish has got cash backing from the community to take his former employers to court.

Jonathan Litewski, 26, had been working part-time over the summer at Old Town Context, an independent souvenir gift shop in Edinburgh.


Against the odds: a lesson in willpower

By Charlotte Oliver, August 21, 2014

Jake Geller never thought he would finish school, let alone go to university, after health issues and learning difficulties sapped his confidence.

But the Prestwich student defied all odds to achieve an A and a B at A-level, and a distinction in BTEC science, securing a place to study geography at Manchester Metropolitan University.


They laughed, they cried

August 21, 2014

The walls of JFS's main hall resounded last week with the relief, delight and next-step plans of 258 students.

Isaac Virchis, 18, revealed his novel approach to tackling pre-results anxiety. He spent the evening before at a comedy club.