UK news

Maureen Lipman cuts ties with Oldie magazine

By Charlotte Oliver, February 27, 2014

Actress Maureen Lipman has severed her professional links with The Oldie magazine, claiming she will no longer tolerate its monthly “drip-drip of antisemitic, anti-Jewish, anti-Israel material”.

Ms Lipman is a long-time contributor to the magazine, which was set up 21 years ago by former Private Eye editor Richard Ingrams. She is also a regular judge at its Oldie Of The Year Awards.


Bennett's £240 million plan will strengthen Israel links

By Daniel Easterman, February 27, 2014

Communal leaders have welcomed a plan by Israel Economy Minister Naftali Bennett to inject around £240 million over the next five years into Jewish education in the diaspora.


MP backs family in hospital death trauma

By Rosa Doherty, February 27, 2014

An MP is backing a family’s campaign for improved care at Barnet Hospital following the death of their father.

James Clappison, MP for Hertsmere, wrote to the hospital after it admitted its treatment of 80-year-old Frank Reuben was “not acceptable”.


Sex abuse arrest at Jewish school

By Simon Rocker, February 27, 2014

Police investigating allegations of sexual abuse of pupils at Carmel College, the now closed Jewish public school, have made an arrest, the JC has learned.

Thames Valley Police said that a 76-year-old man from Essex had been arrested and had been released on bail until March 24 this year.


Israeli rabbi drowns in London mikveh after suffering a heart attack

By Simon Rocker, February 27, 2014

No inquest will be held into the death of an Israeli rabbi who collapsed in a mikveh before Shabbat last Friday.


Poland urged to do more to provide restitution to Holocaust victims

By Marcus Dysch, February 27, 2014

Dozens of British parliamentarians have written to Poland’s Prime Minister urging his country to do more to provide restitution to Holocaust victims whose property was seized during the war.

They said Britain should increase its work to aid survivors now living in this country who are seeking the return of their belongings, or compensation.


Alice Sommer-Herz: She was full of a special kind of laughter and joy

By Rodney Greenberg, February 27, 2014

Alice Sommer-herz was blessed with a captivating smile.

Even when recalling Terezin — the Czech concentration camp which the Nazis disguised as a haven for Jewish intellectuals so effectively that the Red Cross were fooled during their choreographed, one-day visit — she never fell into solemn soul-searching.


Alice Sommer-Herz: death of oldest survivor

By Marcus Dysch, February 27, 2014

To some she was the “supercentenarian”, to others the “most optimistic person ever”. But to her grandchildren, Alice Sommer-Herz was simply “Giggi”.

Tributes have been paid to the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor following her death this week at the age of 110.


Steven Berkoff tells us what he does between scenes when he’s in LA. Clue: it involves a sandwich that tastes of home

By Steven Berkoff, February 27, 2014

Sometimes, one comes across a cafe, restaurant, diner, greasy spoon, deli or bistro, that feels so much like home you feel safe and secure as soon as you enter the door.

“At last, sanctuary,” your body cries from every nerve. Is some ancient sliver of genetic memory being awakened? I feel a glow within and know I will be received like a hallowed guest.


Book week: brain food… and food

By Jenni Frazer, February 27, 2014

Jewish Book Week opened with a bang on Sunday. Well, actually, with a flash.

At the instigation of Gefiltefest founder Michael Leventhal, JBW saw its first flashmob — 40 participants took to the stairs and balconies of Kings Place, the venue for the nine-day events, to sing and play spontaneous music from Fiddler on the Roof, to the delight of Sunday’s crowds.