UK news

Charity will lose money after decision to hold London Marathon on Pesach

By Josh Jackman, April 27, 2015

A Jewish charity has warned that it will lose out on thousands of pounds worth of donations after it was revealed that next year’s London Marathon will be run on the second day of Pesach.

Marathon organisers announced yesterday that 2016’s event will take place on April 24, when observant Jewish runners will not be able to take part.


Ex-Masorti Judaism co-chair takes over at New Israel Fund

By Rosa Doherty, April 27, 2015

The New Israel Fund announced it has appointed Clive Sheldon as its new chairman.

Mr Sheldon takes over from Nicholas Saphir, who has stepped down after six years in the role, this week.
Mr Sheldon, a QC, comes to the organisation after years of experience in the Jewish charity and educational sector.


Large British delegation joins 70th anniversary commemoration at Bergen-Belsen

By Naomi Firsht, April 27, 2015

"They weren't really people, they were semi-corpses," said former soldier Bernard Levy describing the scenes that greeted British troops on entering Bergen-Belsen in April 1945.

He was speaking to a group of over 200 students and teachers brought to the site of the concentration camp on Sunday by Holocaust Educational Trust to mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation.


Fury over Tory candidate’s Miliband ‘the Jew’ Facebook post

By Marcus Dysch, April 27, 2015

A Conservative council candidate has been suspended by the party after she referred to Labour leader Ed Miliband as “the Jew”.

Gulzabeen Afsar is due to stand for the Tories in Derby’s local authority election next week.

In a Facebook status praising David Cameron’s leadership she told a friend she would never “drop that low and support the Al Yahud! Lol”.


World Jewish Relief launches Nepal earthquake appeal

By JC Reporter, April 26, 2015

Aid agency World Jewish Relief has launched an emergency appeal for the victims of the Nepal earthquake.

Over 2,000 people are thought to have been killed in the disaster which devastated the Himalayan country, with the death toll expected to rise over the coming days.

WJR is calling for donations to help it provide food, fresh water, shelter and medical supplies.


Music man Len Blavatnik tops Rich List with £13 billion

By JC Reporter, April 26, 2015

Investor Len Blavatnik is the UK's wealthiest person with a fortune of over £13 billion, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

The 57-year-old, who owns Warner Music and has investments ranging from oil to publishing and digital music, tops the annual survey of the country’s 1,000 richest people, up from fourth last year.


Emma Spitzer misses out on MasterChef title

By JC Reporter, April 24, 2015

Emma Spitzer narrowly failed in her bid to become the BBC MasterChef champion, on Friday.

The Finchley mother-of-four lost out to winner Simon Wood, despite being told by judge Greg Wallace that her Middle-Eastern and north African cooking, inspired by her Algerian-born mother-in-law, had “brought a new style to the competition”.


Man accused of breaching restraining order

By Matei Clej, April 24, 2015

Elliot Fogel pursued a "dishonest and devious" libel claim against a woman he met as a student 24 years ago in order to continue a campaign of harassment against her, a court heard on Friday.


John Galliano to star at London Jewish event

By Simon Rocker, April 24, 2015

Fashion designer John Galliano is to speak at the launch of a West End of London Jewish learning programme sponsored by the Chief Rabbinate.

His appearance will mark a further step in his rehabilitation within the Jewish community after he was sacked by Christian Dior four years ago for an antisemitic rant.


Marking Belsen liberation

By Naomi Firsht, April 24, 2015

Over 1,000 people will mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen this weekend with a special international ceremony at the site of the concentration camp in Germany.

A 200-strong delegation organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust will travel from the UK, with more than half of the group made up of young people in their teens and twenties.