UK news

Ukip candidate sends abusive tweets to Jewish politicians

By Marcus Dysch, May 1, 2015

A Ukip election candidate has been suspended by the party for sending abusive tweets to Jewish MPs.

Posts from the account of Jack Sen, who is standing for the party in the seat of West Lancashire, targeted Labour’s Luciana Berger and Conservative chairman Grant Shapps.

The messages appeared to accuse the Jewish politicians of dual loyalty.


Sephardim could sell silver to meet deficit

By Simon Rocker, May 1, 2015

The Spanish and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation could sell some of its historic silver to help make ends meet.

Its annual deficit has reached “£350,000 and is increasing”, according to the latest accounts for the community, for the year ending October 2014.


A day of remembering in the killing field of Belsen

By Naomi Firsht, May 1, 2015

V The drive from the airport was beautiful. Tree-lined country roads took us through quaint villages and gentle countryside — an idyllic scene in the spring sunshine.

There was nothing to hint that nestled away in the picturesque northern German landscape was the site of Bergen-Belsen, one of the most infamous concentration camps. A place where thousands of people died.


Parents’ despair over shortage of school places

By Simon Rocker, May 1, 2015

A mother whose daughter has failed to get into a Jewish secondary school has called on the educational authorities to provide extra places.

Debbie Diamond said her daughter had applied to go to JFS, Yavneh and JCoSS in autumn but remains on a waiting list of all three.


How I survived a poverty diet living below the line

By Rosa Doherty, May 1, 2015

For the past five days, I have given up chocolate, biscuits and crisps — but not in a bid to lose weight.

I have been taking part in Live Below the Line, a national challenge in which 17,000 people across the country attempt to survive on £1 a day to raise awareness about global poverty.


Footballer expelled from club after allegedly headbutting spectator

By Josh Jackman, May 1, 2015

The amateur footballer who allegedly fractured a spectator’s cheekbone during a Jewish Sunday league match has been expelled by his club.

The player concerned is believed to be solicitor Mike Filson, who plays for the South Manchester Sports team.


It's a three-way fight in Board president election as nominations close

By Simon Rocker, May 1, 2015

The election for president of the Board of Deputies will be a three horse-race after nominations closed today.

Its three vice-presidents, Jonathan Arkush (Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue), Alex Brummer (United Synagogue) and Laura Marks (Movement for Reform Judaism), will fight it out to succeed outgoing leader Vivian Wineman on May 17.


Why we should mourn the death of Labour in Scotland

By Robert Philpot, May 1, 2015

One Labour campaigner in Scotland labels his party’s strategy “defend the keep”. The Scottish Nationalists have stormed Labour’s once impregnable citadel, forcing Ed Miliband’s party to fall back and defend only ever-diminishing territory inside the castle walls.


Israel’s Arab diplomat tells StandWithUs guests why he backs the Jewish state

By Rosa Doherty, May 1, 2015

Pro-Israel grassroots group StandWithUs UK held its first annual reception on Thursday, with Arab-Israeli diplomat George Deek telling the 270 guests that Arab and Jews in Israel shared common goals and fears.

Mr Deek, who was guest of honour at the event at St Johns Wood Synagogue, was making his first official visit to the UK.

He explained why he champions the Jewish state.


London Marathon: Cheers and tears for runners

By JCReporter, April 30, 2015

Welfare charity Emunah is looking for a £35,000 running total, having raised more than £12,000 in sponsorship for its marathon team from its Pesach appeal to add to the amounts raised individually by a team of eight, plus a mini-marathon entrant.“We took a chance with this new approach in asking for support for our runners instead of our usual appeal, and it has worked well,” said Emunah dir