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Joshua Rozenberg made an honorary Queen's Counsel

By Marcus Dysch, January 11, 2016

The lawyer and journalist Joshua Rozenberg has been appointed an honorary QC.

A non-practising solicitor, Mr Rozenberg was acknowledged by the Queen as the “pre-eminent legal analyst of modern times”.

He is best known as a leading law journalist and commentator and was the BBC’s first legal correspondent.


Turner painting bequeathed to the nation by a Jewish property tycoon

By JC Reporter, January 11, 2016

A Turner panting worth an estimated £100 million has been bequeathed to the nation by a Jewish property tycoon.

Harry Hyams, the developer behind the Centre Point tower in central London, died last month at the age of 87, leaving the painting Dutch Boats in a Gale to the National Gallery in his will.


David Bowie's unexpected Jewish links

By Jessica Weinstein, January 11, 2016

David Bowie, who has died from cancer at the age of 69, was at one stage of his career an enthusiastic follower of kabbalah, and may have had unexpected Jewish links.

Rumours have circulated on the internet that Bowie’s mother, Peggy Burns, was Jewish.


Golden Globe winner uses speech to plead for BBC

By Rosa Doherty, January 11, 2016

Producer and Bafta winner Colin Callender has won a Golden Globe for the BBC series Wolf Hall, and used his acceptance speech to urge David Cameron to save the broadcaster.


Southampton football fans banned over antisemitic abuse directed at Tottenham supporters

By JC Reporter, January 10, 2016

Two Southampton fans who made hissing sounds and directed Nazi-style salutes at Tottenham supporters have been banned from attending matches for three years.

Thomas Flynn, 22, and Michael Haydon, 23, shouted antisemitic abuse during a Premier League match at Southampton’s St Mary's Stadium on December 19.


Police arrest three men over alleged antisemitic attack at London retail park

By Rosa Doherty, January 10, 2016

Police have arrested three men arrested in connection with an alleged antisemitic incident in a north London retail park.

The men - a 24-year-old, a 22-year-old, and an 18-year-old - have all been bailed to a date in late February pending further investigation.


Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis says Charlie Hebdo 'God' cartoon is insulting to believers

By JC Reporter, January 8, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has condemned the cartoon published by Charlie Hebdo to mark the first anniversary of the attack by Islamic terrorists as insulting to people who believe in God.


Family’s appeal to raise funds for son’s operation

By Rosa Doherty, January 8, 2016

When Asher Carroll was diagnosed with cerebral palsy caused by a stroke suffered before he was born, his parents were forced to face the reality that he might never walk without support.

But they never gave up hope, and have now launched an appeal to raise £70,000 to take four-year-old Asher to the United States to have an operation that could help him walk unaided.


H&M apologises for 'upset' over scarf

By Sandy Rashty, January 8, 2016

Leading retailer H&M has apologised for any offence caused after it released a line of men’s scarves that closely resembled a Jewish prayer shawl.

Images of the men’s scarf – priced at £12.99 – were widely circulated on social media.


Awards for Ajex and Limmud stalwarts

January 7, 2016

A founder of Limmud, an award-winning TV producer and a former chairman of Ajex were all celebrating their inclusion in the honours list.