UK news

Mother's anger as son set to miss Israel tour

By Sandy Rashty, May 26, 2016

A single mother has launched a campaign to raise money for a support worker to accompany her autistic son on Israel tour this summer.

Janine Greyman said that without specialist help, her 15-year-old son Ryan Isaacs, who has Asperger's Syndrome, will not be able to go on the trip with the FZY youth movement in July.


Kosher prawns ready to come out of their shell

By Lianne Kolirin, May 26, 2016

Seafood has been strictly off the kosher menu for thousands of years, but thanks to innovative food scientists, "prawns" could soon become part of Shabbat dinner.

Under halachic law, Jews are forbidden from eating anything from the sea unless it has both fins and scales.


Lesson about Palestinians should not be 'taboo'

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2016

Talking about the Palestinians to pupils at Jewish schools "cannot be taboo", according to a specialist on teaching children about Israel.

Dr Sivan Zakai, of the American Jewish University in Los Angeles, has found that young Jewish schoolchildren in the city are unaware of the Palestinians, instead believing Israel to be in conflict with some "unclear other team".


Why we love to argue (no, we don’t)

By JC Reporter, May 26, 2016

Put two Jews in a room and you will get three points of view — or so the joke says. And new research appears to back this up.


Sadiq Khan signs Mayors United Against Antisemitism pledge

By Josh Jackman, May 26, 2016

Jonathan Arkush, the Board of Deputies president, has welcomed Sadiq Khan’s decision to join the Mayors United Against Antisemitism initiative.

The pledge, which Mr Khan’s predecessor Boris Johnson also signed, has attracted support from 150 mayors in 30 countries across Europe, as well as representatives in all 50 US states.


British Yeshiva students injured in car crash in Hungary being treated in London hospital

By Sandy Rashty, May 25, 2016

A British yeshiva student, who was seriously injured in a car crash in Hungary this month, underwent intensive surgery on Tuesday.

A source close to the family said Yehuda Roittenbarg underwent surgery at the Royal London Hospital after he was injured in the car crash with friend Binyamin Cohen a fortnight ago.


Momentum criticised for holding antisemitism debate on a Friday night

By Sandy Rashty, May 25, 2016

Momentum, a hard-left group loyal to Jeremy Corbyn, has been labelled “insensitive” for hosting an antisemitism debate on a Friday night.

Jeremy Newmark, head of the Jewish Labour Movement, has criticised the group’s Haringey branch for hosting the event this Friday – arguing that observant Jews will be unable to attend because of Shabbat.


LL Camps co founder Ben Lewis pleads guilty over indecent images of children charge

By JC Reporter, May 25, 2016

Naked pictures of three-and four-year-old girls were found on the mobile phone of one of the owners of a children’s summer camp, a jury heard this week.

The indecent images on Ben Lewis’s iPhone were discovered by a member of staff at LL Camps in Bushey, Hertfordshire, who said the sight of them had “polluted” her brain.


Suspended Labour MP Naz Shah to answer questions from Leeds Jewish Community

By Josh Jackman, May 25, 2016

Naz Shah, the Labour MP who was suspended after a series of inflammatory posts on social media about Jews and Israel, is set to meet the Jewish community.


Ex-Labour Enterprise Tsar Lord Sugar to do the same job for the Tory government

By JC Reporter, May 25, 2016

Lord Alan Sugar has been appointed the government’s Enterprise Tsar – for the second time.

The Apprentice presenter and Amstrad founder, who held the post in Gordon Brown’s Labour government in 2009, will now fulfil the same role for the Conservative administration.