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Stephen Pack's Board comment was wrong, says former United Synagogue president

By Simon Rocker, April 28, 2015

United Synagogue president Stephen Pack’s warning that Reform candidate Laura Marks would be a “divisive” choice as president of the Board of Deputies has been sharply criticised by his predecessor.

Simon Hochhauser, who chaired the US from 2005 to 2011, said Mr Pack’s intervention was “wrong in principle and as a tactic”.


Family’s relief as London teacher emerges unscathed from Nepal earthquake

By Sandy Rashty, April 28, 2015

The family of a British Jewish teacher spent several days terrified that he had been hurt or killed in the Nepalese earthquake – until he got in touch with them over the internet.

English teacher Simon Warner, a former JFS and Hasmonean High School student, said he was staying in a northern Nepal village when the earthquake hit.


Labour candidate accuses BBC of racism over 'wealthy Jews' article

By Rosa Doherty, April 27, 2015

The BBC has been accused of racism after an article on the Blackley and Broughton constituency in Greater Manchester referred to its “wealthy” Jewish community.

In an online profile, the BBC said the area was multi-cultural with a “Jewish community concentrated in a wealthy pocket of large detached houses”.


Stalker breached restraining order to harass victims' rights campaigner

By Matei Clej, April 27, 2015

Stalker Elliot Fogel was found guilty at Harrow Crown Court on Monday of breaching a lifetime restraining order preventing him from harassing a woman he met 24 years ago as a student.

Fogel, 40, of Edgware, north London, was also found guilty of saving and storing information about Claire Waxman, 38, a complementary therapist who has become known as a campaigner for victims’ rights.


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.