UK news

I was made to feel like a mass murderer over female ordination, says women’s seminary founder

By Simon Rocker, June 27, 2016

The American Orthodox rabbi who paved the way for the ordination of women invited members of a British audience to study at his institutions and “join in the dream”.

Rabbi Avi Weiss, the founder of the women’s seminary Yeshivat Maharat in New York, said there was “no barrier to whatsoever to women being ordained, women becoming rabbis as men”.


Sadiq Khan: warnings about security and racism after Brexit vote

By Sandy Rashty, June 27, 2016

Sadiq Khan has voiced his concerns about security and racism in the wake of the Brexit vote.

He has also called on the UK government to give him “a seat around the table” during Brexit negotiations.

The London Mayor made the comments after the UK voted to leave the European Union on Friday morning.


Swastika found carved in Stamford Hill pavement

By Rosa Doherty, June 24, 2016

Police have been alerted after a swastika was found carved into a pavement in Stamford Hill.

Shomrim, the Jewish neighbourhood watch group, contacted officers after the Nazi symbol was discovered close to a synagogue.
Witnesses have been urged to call the police with information.


Israeli ambassador Mark Regev presents credentials to the Queen

By JC Reporter, June 24, 2016

Mark Regev, the new Israeli ambassador to the UK, formally presented his letters of credence to the Queen today.

The letters confirmed his diplomatic credentials, and affirmed the strong ties between the UK and Israel.

The Queen officially accredited him as Ambassador of Israel to the Court of St. James’s.


David Cameron announces his decision to step down after EU referendum

By Sandy Rashty, June 24, 2016

Communal bodies have paid tribute to David Cameron after he announced his decision to step down as Prime Minister of the UK.

Mr Cameron announced the decision outside Downing Street at around 8:15am this morning.

The announcement came after Britain voted to leave the European Union, by 51.9 per cent to 48.1 per cent.


Swastika posters 'terrify our children'

By Rosa Doherty, June 23, 2016

Sarah's youngest son is too frightened to go outside with his brothers and sisters after swastika posters were plastered in a playground on the estate where they live.

The Nazi symbols were put up across five days this week in Amhurst Park, Stamford Hill, in what security group Shomrim described as "the first co-ordinated and repetitive act of antisemitism the area has ever seen".


Board urged to stop work with boycotters

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

The Board of Deputies is to be asked to approve a new policy banning partnerships with organisations which support boycotts of Israel or refuse to recognise it as a Jewish state.

A group of deputies plan to table a resolution proposing the ban at the next meeting in July.


Friends group calls for action as report nears

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2016

The inquiry into antisemitism allegations in the Labour Party must make clear where criticism of Israel turns into Jew-hate, its Friends of Israel group has said.

In its submission to the Chakrabarti Inquiry, Labour Friends of Israel said that "almost without exception" those suspended from the party had made comments focussing on Israel.


Shabbat bomb hoaxer 'put me through hell'

By Josh Jackman, June 23, 2016

A mother of two has revealed that she suffered a campaign of "hell" after a dispute about a children's birthday party escalated into death threats and three years of harassment.


Dialogue interrupted

By Charlotte Oliver, June 23, 2016

A university scholarship programme that has spent more than a decade fostering dialogue between Palestinian and Israeli undergraduates in the UK will close this summer due to escalating "financial constraints".

Since it launched in 2004 at City University, London, the Olive Tree Programme has sponsored Palestinian and Israeli students to come to the UK to pursue their studies.

In 12 years,