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Jewish refugee initiative reunites children with their families in Britain

By Josh Jackman, September 20, 2016

Donors from across the Jewish community have raised over £200,000 in four weeks to bring to Britain more than 100 refugee children who have a legal right to live here.


Methodist Church adds pro-Israel statement to exhibition after claims of bias

By Charlotte Oliver, September 19, 2016

A Methodist church has agreed to include statements detailing Israel’s security concerns in an exhibition it is mounting after complaints of pro-Palestinian bias.


JW3 received abuse 'from within Jewish community' for hosting Corbyn

By Daniel Sugarman, September 19, 2016

The chief executive of the JW3 community centre received abusive messages believed to have come from within the Jewish community for hosting a Labour leadership debate between Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith.


Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith clash over handling of Labour antisemitism crisis

By Daniel Sugarman, September 18, 2016

Owen Smith has labelled Jeremy Corbyn "mealy-mouthed and weak" over his response to the antisemitism crisis engulfing Labour.

Mr Smith said the fact the party had seen "a precipitous drop-off of support" from the Jewish community over the past year "should be gnawing at our insides."


Flag feud at Board meeting as members discuss combating BDS

By Daniel Sugarman, September 18, 2016

The Board of Deputies meeting on Sunday was the setting for a civil but spirited debate on the nature of the “Bridges not Boycotts” campus campaign to combat BDS.


Ruth Smeeth astounded at claim by Labour activist who verbally abused her that he was ‘smeared’

By Daniel Sugarman, September 16, 2016

Ruth Smeeth, the Jewish Labour MP, has said she is astonished at reported comments by the Labour activist who left her in tears at a high-profile party event earlier this year.

Mrs Smeeth was so upset when Marc Wadsworth verbally abused her at the launch of the Chakrabarti report on Labour antisemitism in June that she was forced to flee the room.


Concern over Methodist church's Israel exhibition

By JC Reporter, September 16, 2016

The Board of Deputies has criticised an exhibition to be held at a Methodist church as being biased against Israel.


Who wins the name game?

By Josh Jackman, September 16, 2016

Parents would much rather give a Jewish name to their son than their daughter, according to newly-published figures.

Data released by the Office of National Statistics this week showed that 12 of the top 50 boys' names in England and Wales were Jewish last year, compared to just two of the top 50 girls' names.


Alienated by Corbyn? Come home to the Lib Dems, says leader

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2016

The Liberal Democrats will be a "warm home" for Jews who have been alienated by Labour's antisemitism crisis, according to Tim Farron.

Describing his "very sincere" desire to offer the community a centre-left alternative, the Lib Dem leader is promoting his party as the only option for Jewish Labour activists who feel they cannot support Jeremy Corbyn.


Jewish MP calls for immediate action after leaked document reveals activists targeted her

By Daniel Sugarman, September 15, 2016

Louise Ellman, Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside, has said she is “deeply concerned” after a document investigating the alleged behaviour of Liverpool Momentum activists was leaked.

The report highlighted the targeting of the Jewish MP and appeared to suggest the hard-left activists were intent on having the veteran politician deselected ahead of the next election.