UK news

'Heartless' councils deny funding for children

By Rosa Doherty, July 11, 2014

A special education consultant has hit out at local authorities for having "no heart" in denying Jewish families the right to send their disabled children to a residential Jewish school in Manchester.

Rabbi Michael Bernstein, who runs EMBEE, a consultancy service for parents with disabled children, said that while his family had received funding, others had not been so lucky.


EcoStream supporters will fight on

By Sandy Rashty, July 10, 2014

Pro-Israel groups have denied that the closure of the Israeli-owned EcoStream store is a victory forboycotters.

The shop, which sold SodaStream products made in a West Bank factory, was closed last week, with SodaStream saying that, after a two-year test period, it had decided to focus its business in other areas.


Volunteers celebrated

By Charlotte Oliver, July 10, 2014

More than 400 pupils and their parents celebrated a busy year for young volunteering at the Yoni Jesner Awards in central London last week.

The scheme, which was set up in memory of the Scottish student killed aged 19 in a Tel Aviv suicide bombing in 2002, rewards students who complete more than 200 hours of voluntary service. This year, more than 180 students were given awards.


New resource for relatives of First World War dead

By Charlotte Oliver, July 10, 2014

Families whose relatives died in the First World War can now learn more than ever before about their ancestors' burials thanks to the release of 300,000 original documents by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


'Zionist' editor accused of inciting jihad

By Marcus Dysch, July 10, 2014

The editor of a Jewish newspaper was bombarded with antisemitic abuse after being falsely accused of stirring up jihadi activity in a bizarre case of mistaken identity.

Richard Ferrer, editor of London's Jewish News, was targeted because users of a Muslim website believed he had posted a message "pledging allegiance to the caliphate".


Israel Tour organisers promise safe passage

By Marcus Dysch, July 10, 2014

Israel tour organisations in the UK have moved to reassure parents that their teenage children will be safe despite the escalating violence.

UJIA Israel Experience, which co-ordinates tours for more than 1,200 young Jews from movements including Bnei Akiva, FZY, Habonim Dror, RSY-Netzer and Noam, said it was in regular contact with parents and was giving the situation its full attention.


Carer wins survivor's fortune

July 10, 2014

The carer of an elderly Holocaust survivor has triumphed in a High Court battle fought over her £1.3m fortune.

Tanya Vasileva looked after her friend Gertrude Stanley - who had made her home in London after fleeing the Nazis - for four years as the octogenarian's health gradually deteriorated.


Freewheeling at Shabbat

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 10, 2014

At 11 o'clock on Shabbat morning, eyes in Leeds were on the Tour de France rather than the Torah.

The race's Grand Depart was taking place in the city, and synagogues held services early to allow congregants to daven and then watch Chris Froome and co ride by.


Cycling? This was a tour de shul

By Rosa Doherty, July 10, 2014

For members of one synagogue there was only one thing to do when the Tour de France came to town - eat.

The riders passing through Essex on Monday were greeted by crowds munching on kosher hotdogs, burgers and cookies.


Brothers' £34m fraud rocks Gibraltar

By Marcus Dysch, July 10, 2014

The longest criminal trial in Gibraltar's history has culminated in the jailing of three Jewish brothers who committed a multi-million pound fraud.

After years of financial investigation into their conduct, and months of evidence and cross-examination, Benjamin, Solomon and Isaac Marrache are now behind bars, guilty of what a judge said was overwhelming dishonesty.