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Pupils and staff at school involved in Trojan Horse affair ‘used antisemitic language’

By Charlotte Oliver, October 23, 2015

A Birmingham school involved in the Trojan Horse scandal encouraged “antisemitic language” between staff and pupils and welcomed speakers from the Jewish anti-Zionist sect Neturei Karta, according to a former staff member who spoke at a disciplinary hearing for teachers involved.


Thousands of challah makers launch Shabbat UK weekend programme

By Josh Jackman, October 23, 2015

The Great Challah Make kicked off the Shabbat UK weekend in style, with 5,000 women gathering in north London to knead, socialise and sing.

Speaking from a stage overlooking the challah preparation at a marquee opposite Brent Cross, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said organisers and participants had created an “amazing spectacle”, and called on the community to maintain the momentum.


JK Rowling leads cultural figures in opposing Israel boycott

By JC Reporter, October 23, 2015

JK Rowling, Dame Hilary Mantel and Melvyn Bragg are among leading cultural figures who have expressed their opposition to the boycott of Israel.

More than 150 writers, artists, musicians and media personalities signed a letter highlighting the importance of culture in promoting Israeli-Palestinian co-existence.


Former LL Camps director faces four more charges ahead of court case tomorrow

By Sandy Rashty, October 22, 2015

Former LL Camps director Ben Lewis faces further criminal charges ahead of a preliminary hearing at St Albans Crown Court tomorrow.

Mr Lewis, 25, from Borehamwood in Hertfordshire, was charged in August with three counts relating to the alleged possession of indecent images of children.


Jewish Chronicle journalist named Young Journalist of the Year

October 22, 2015

Jewish Chronicle journalist Sandy Rashty has been named Young Journalist of the Year.

Ms Rashty 26, received the Young Journalist of the Year prize in the annual GG2 Leadership Awards, sponsored by the Daily Mail.

Judges at a gala dinner in London last night said she had ascended the ranks of the “respected Jewish Chronicle to work on the business section within six months.”


Family, food — what we love about Shabbat

By Sandy Rashty and Naomi Firsht, October 22, 2015

Elaine and Adam Tarsh, members of Radlett Synagogue

● Mrs Tarsh said: "We're both going to the Challah Make and we're also planning to attend a Friday night meal for 10 families in Radlett."


Stalker victim aims to reform justice system

By Marcus Dysch, October 22, 2015

A mother of two is helping to draft a new law in an attempt to end the "lottery" that dictates how victims of crime are treated by police, courts and prosecutors.

Claire Waxman said she felt forced to act on behalf of those who have been affected by criminal activity after she suffered a decade of harassment at the hands of a stalker.


Turning sunshine into drinking water - inventors' plan to save humanity

By Josh Jackman, October 22, 2015

A team of British-based Israeli inventors believes it can solve one of the biggest problems facing humanity - by turning sunshine into drinkable water.

Ten per cent of the global population has no access to clean water. By 2030 the problem is expected to be four times worse.


Government launches coroner review

October 22, 2015

The government has launched a review of the coroner system, including how it treats the needs of faith groups.

Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage said the wide-ranging review would "find out whether coroner services are responsive to faith group needs, particularly those who require less invasive post-mortem examinations and timely funerals such as Jewish and Muslim communities".


Will the next big name in comedy please stand up?

By Josh Jackman, October 22, 2015

Heard the one about the rabbi who . . . ?

It sounds like the opening to a joke, but for Rabbi Alex Chapper, 42, it is about to become a reality.

Rabbis occasionally hear their congregants sniggering at the, often tedious, jokes in their sermons, but he hopes to take things to the next level by embarking on a comedy course.