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Battlefield dressing set to speed bris healing

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 13, 2014

Medical technology developed for the United States military is being used by mohelim in Britain to halve the healing time of circumcision to two or three days.

The technique involves a dressing impregnated with kaolin, a blood-clotting agent derived from clay. It is applied immediately after the circumcision and stops all bleeding within 10 minutes, removing the need for bandages.


Restaurant's 'false start'

By Rosa Doherty, June 12, 2014

Hertsmere Borough Council is investigating building work at a new kosher restaurant, after local traders complained it had started without permission.

Kosher chain Mr Baker submitted an application to convert a building on the high street in Borehamwood from a retail site to a restaurant.


Mr Loophole defends rabbi death claim

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 12, 2014

Jewish celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman this week stood by his controversial attempt to shift part of the blame for the death of rabbi struck by a speeding car on to the victim himself.

Rabbi Hyman Steinberg, 82, was struck as he walked to synagogue in Salford at night in December 2012.

Mr Freeman's firm represented driver Simon Martins, from Whitefield, at Manchester Crown Court last week.


Women stand by to stand

By Simon Rocker, June 12, 2014

The first elections for women trustees of the United Synagogue look set to be contested next month.

At least five women have indicated that they are planning to stand for the four positions available on its executive before nominations close on Monday.


Hull City striker Yannick Sagbo suspended for quenelle support

By Marcus Dysch, June 12, 2014

Hull City striker Yannick Sagbo will be suspended for the first two games of the Premier League season following his support for Nicolas Anelka’s infamous quenelle gesture.

Sagbo had claimed Anelka was a "legend" when he performed the antisemitic sign during a match last December.


'Rabbis must speak out against war rape'

By Rosa Doherty, June 12, 2014

Jewish faith leaders have a responsibility to speak out against sexual violence in war zones and tackle the culture of shame and humiliation that comes with it.

That was the message from Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu, who spoke on an interfaith panel at a landmark summit in London, this week.


A haven for troubled teens: The team getting our 'Lost Boys' back in business

By Marcus Dysch, June 12, 2014

The centre's unmarked entrance seems fitting - the project inside is one of the Jewish community's hidden treasures.

Despite being based in the centre of Hendon, north-west London, the Boys Clubhouse is largely unknown within Anglo-Jewry. Yet its essential work gives hundreds of young Jewish men a new start in life.


Armed raiders threaten couple in 4am attack

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 12, 2014

Violent intruders terrorised a Jewish couple during a burglary over the Shavout festival.

The north Manchester couple in their 60s had hammers held over their heads by two men who broke into their Salford home around 4am last Wednesday morning.

The 67-year-old wife was told she would be harmed if she did not hand over jewellery and credit cards.


Judge wants full details of stab woman's death

June 12, 2014

A Romanian who murdered an Israeli woman in her home is facing life behind bars.

Nicolae Patraucean, 20, left Rivka Holden, 55, so badly mutilated it is still unclear exactly how she died, the Old Bailey heard.

Ms Holden suffered horrific wounds in the attack at her home in Colindale, north-west London, and may also have been sexually assaulted by Patraucean.

He showed no emotion in the d


Nike critics seeing stars

By Daniel Easterman, June 12, 2014

Nike, the sports goods multinational, has come under fire for using a symbol in its advertising that some people have said resembles a Star of David.

The promotional video published on Youtube shows animated footballers, including Christiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Wayne Rooney, battling against evil clones who are wearing a symbol derived from the shape of a football.

Viewers took to social med