UK news

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.


Will of Scottish hero found

By Lianne Kolirin, September 15, 2016

The will of the only Scot to have been honoured by Yad Vashem as "righteous among the nations" has been found in a church - more than 70 years after her death in Auschwitz.

Jane Haining was sent to the camp after refusing to abandon a group of Jewish girls in her care at a missionary school in Budapest.

The hand-written will, dated July 1942, was found in a box in the archives of the Church


Mixed response to May's faith school plan

By Lianne Kolirin, September 15, 2016

The government's decision to lift the 50 per cent cap on faith-based admissions to new free schools has prompted differing reactions across the Jewish community.

While many leading figures welcomed the move, others, including parents, expressed concern.

Theresa May made the announcement as part of a major overhaul of secondary education.


Rabbis haven't a prayer against Spurs

By Josh Jackman, September 15, 2016

When Zvi Gefen was 14, he was scouted by Tottenham Hotspur as a goalkeeper. His parents, however, would not let the club pursue its interest as "it wouldn't help me to keep Shabbat".


Customers angry at sandwich cutting

By Josh Jackman, September 15, 2016

It may just be lunch, but a change to Sainsbury's kosher sandwich options has caused uproar among some Jewish customers.

The supermarket chain has reduced the number of kosher sandwiches available in its popular "meal deal" range from four to one.

Shoppers have been left with only the sliced-egg version under the offer, which includes a drink and an additional snack for a total of £3.


'My Lords, Ladies, Kings and Queens!'

By Daniel Sugarman, September 15, 2016

For the first-time, a kosher caterer has been accredited to cater events at some of the UK's most famous royal residences.

Food Story London Ltd has been appointed by the Historic Royal Palaces charity, which manages many of the palaces that are unoccupied by the royal family.

This means that fully kosher functions can now be catered at venues including the Tower of London, Kensington Palace


'Keep calm and don't get shouty on hate'

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2016

Britain's Jewish community and its institutions are well placed to overcome the current surge in anti-Zionist activity and Jew hatred on the political left, a leading expert on antisemitism believes.

Dave Rich says Anglo-Jewry is robust enough to combat the hostility in politics and left-wing activism.

But he does express fears about the increase in street-based activism.


Chakrabarti challenged but peer is still defiant

By Rosa Doherty, September 15, 2016

Calling the 500-strong audience to attention in the school hall, Raphi Bloom offered a word of advice befitting a stern headmaster.

Mr Bloom, co-chair of North West Friends of Israel, urged the crowd at Manchester's King David High School to respect the guest who was about to come on to the stage.