UK news

Web giants unite to fight online hate

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

Internet giants Twitter, Facebook, Google and Microsoft have pledged to work harder to tackle online hatred after agreeing a deal with a leading antisemitism watchdog.

The companies endorsed a series of pledges on Monday following talks in California with the Inter-parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism.


Workforce from five continents shares an ethos of care

By Rosa Doherty, September 23, 2014

Francisco Herrera has a passion for Jewish food. At home he cooks latkes, salt beef and cholent for his family.


Welcome for Scots' no vote

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

A leader of Scotland's Jewish community has broadly welcomed the vote against independence.

Paul Morron, president of Glasgow Jewish Representative Council, said Jews would "generally be relieved. We said before the vote that the majority of the community was going to vote for the status quo.


New Sephardi leader is 'good news'

By Simon Rocker, September 23, 2014

A string quartet greeted guests as they entered the historic candlelit sanctuary of Bevis Marks.


A mix of friendships and fallings-out

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

Judeo-Christian relations are going through a peculiar period.

Leading church denominations have found themselves at loggerheads with the Jewish community and supporters of Israel. Yet regular church-goers are among the strongest advocates for the Jewish state.


Christians tuned in to a love of Israel

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

A garden shed in Surbiton is not where you might expect to find a hotbed of fervent Zionism.

But it is here, behind a smart townhouse, that you find the British base of Revelation TV - an award-winning Christian channel watched by tens of thousands of supporters of Israel.


MPs learn lessons of a summer of hatred

By Marcus Dysch, September 23, 2014

Britain can learn substantial lessons from the way French and German authorities tackled antisemitism which stemmed from this summer's Gaza conflict.

That was the view of a delegation of MPs who travelled to Paris and Berlin to gather evidence on how officials attempted to combat Jew hatred following the sharp rise in attacks.


A very fashionable way to battle cancer

By Daniel Easterman, September 23, 2014

Three Jewish breast cancer sufferers are to appear at a major London fashion show to raise awareness of the disease.

Susannah Kraft, and Marilyn Cohen, both from north London, and Wendy Rosen, from Hertfordshire, will take to the catwalk next month with 21 other men and women who are all cancer sufferers.

They were selected by the charity Breast Cancer Care.

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Samuel and Rose are favourite baby names

By Sandy Rashty, September 23, 2014

Trendy baby names come and go but biblical ones are here to stay - particularly for boys.

That is message from a study of the birth announcements published in the JC in the Jewish year 5774.


Israel's future leaders hitch a ride to Harrow

By Charlotte Oliver, September 23, 2014

On the surface, Israeli teenagers lead markedly different lives to your average British 17-year-old. The desert heat, the imminent army stint, and the threat of rockets mean their daily experiences differ from A-level revision and nights out in Golders Green.

But an Israeli-based education programme, The Young Ambassador School, aims to challenge misconceptions.