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Fraudster faces jail for taking in-laws' £120,000

By Josh Jackman, October 29, 2015

A fraudster faces a jail sentence after pleading guilty to taking more than £120,000 from his in-laws' bank accounts over a five-year period.

Dan Jacobs, a former member of Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue in Hertfordshire, admitted five counts of fraud on Monday.


New hope for refugees as fund breaks record

By Rosa Doherty, October 29, 2015

Their plight moved British Jews to donate hundreds of thousands of pounds - and now Syrian refugee children have explained their joy at receiving the resulting aid.

More than £626,700 has been raised through World Jewish Relief's crisis effort, the second highest total for an appeal in the charity's history.


Project cycles to success

By Rosa Doherty, October 29, 2015

The founder of a project that provides refugees with bicycles has been shortlisted for a prominent award.

Jem Stein was inspired to create The Bike Project after he mentored a refugee while at university.

The 27-year-old's initiative provides second-hand bikes to refugees in London and across the country.


Najos urges Government to curb anti-faith school group campaigns

By Simon Rocker, October 29, 2015

The government is considering limiting the ability of secular groups to challenge the entry policies of faith schools, according to a participant at a recent Department for Education meeting.


Labour veteran Sir Gerald Kaufman claims 'Jewish money' has influenced Conservatives

By Josh Jackman and Sandy Rashty, October 28, 2015

Veteran Labour MP Sir Gerald Kaufman has accused Israel of fabricating the recent knife attacks in the country and claimed the Conservative Party has been influenced by “Jewish money”.

Speaking at a Palestine Return Centre event in Parliament on Tuesday, Sir Gerald said that the British government had become more pro-Israel in recent years.


Police investigate after antisemitic graffiti daubed in Stamford Hill

By Rosa Doherty, October 28, 2015

Police are investigating after antisemitic graffiti was daubed on a building in Stamford Hill, north London.

Volunteer neighbourhood security group Shomrim said residents were “shocked” to find the “death to da Jew” scrawled on a window frame.

Hackney Police said they had removed the graffiti, in Heathland Road, on Tuesday.


Israeli teen stabbed 'in face' in Gush Etzion

By Sandy Rashty, October 27, 2015

An Israeli 19-year-old was stabbed near Jerusalem on Tuesday evening.

The two Palestinian attackers were shot dead by on-site security forces in Gush Etzion, in the West Bank, after they attacked the teenager.

According to Magen David Adom, Israel's leading emergency service, the victim was stabbed in the face and is now being treated at the Shaare Zedek Medical Centre in Jerusalem.


Israel campaigners prepare for action day

By Josh Jackman, October 27, 2015

Pro-Israel grassroots groups plan to combat the boycott and help the homeless with the second installment of a popular campaign.

IsrAction Day on December 13 will encourage members of the community to buy Israeli products and donate them to homeless charities.


Furious response to 'divisive' Israel boycott initiative

By Rosa Doherty, October 27, 2015

A full page advert in today’s Guardian calling for an academic boycott of Israel has drawn a furious response from Jewish organisations and diplomats.

The advert was backed by by 343 university teachers and lecturers, from 72 institutions including Oxford University and Cambridge University.


Schoolgirl’s silence raises £1,150 for World Jewish Relief Syria appeal

By Rosa Doherty, October 27, 2015

A British schoolgirl has raised more than £1,150 to support Syrian refugees through World Jewish Relief’s special appeal.

Kayla Sussman, a Year 5 pupil at Akiva School in north London, raised the money through a sponsored silence.

After staying silent for more than 24 hours, Kayla said: “I did my sponsored silence from bedtime on Friday until I woke up on Sunday morning.