UK news

Chaos over UK's funding for PA

By Daniel Sugarman, October 13, 2016

The government's aid policy to the Palestinian Authority is in "utter confusion" after a report that all such funding should be suspended was contradicted days later - and then apparently reversed again.


School insists on kosher-only simchah policy

By Rosa Doherty, October 13, 2016

Immanuel College has emailed parents to warn them that pupils must have a supervised kosher bar or batmitzvah party in accordance with school rules.

The independent Jewish secondary school reminded parents of year seven and eight pupils that they signed a contract agreeing to the schools policy on the issue, when their children joined.


BBC's Antiques Roadshow to mark Holocaust with special show in 2017

By Rosa Doherty, October 13, 2016

A special edition of BBC One's Antiques Roadshow looking at artefacts from the Holocaust is to be broadcast next year.

The show, presented by Fiona Bruce, is partnering with the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation to explore stories behind items from the period.

Producers are calling on viewers with relevant objects to get in contact.


New course aims to train dayanim to be moderate

By Simon Rocker, October 13, 2016

A new course to train dayanim for diaspora communities is to launch in London next month, believed to be the first of its kind in the UK.

Two of British Jewry's best-known Modern Orthodox rabbis, Michael Harris and Naftali Brawer, are among a dozen students from around the world who have signed up for the five-year part-time programme.


A chicken soup and chopped liver tribute to Wesker

By Jenni Frazer, October 13, 2016

The extraordinary career of playwright Sir Arnold Wesker, who died in April this year, was celebrated in poetry, song, art, and, above all, extracts from his works, in a starry gathering at his beloved Royal Court Theatre on Sunday.


Union of Jewish Students set to meet NUS president Malia Bouattia

By Josh Jackman, October 13, 2016

The Union of Jewish Students has agreed to talks with Malia Bouattia, the president of the National Union of Students, after she "finally" wrote to the body seeking a meeting.

Last month, Josh Nagli, UJS campaigns director, said the union could cut off all contact with the NUS over concerns about Ms Bouattia.


'Hate decreasing in football? That's rubbish'

By Josh Jackman, October 13, 2016

Experts have called on the Football Association, Premier League, clubs and footballers themselves to do more to tackle antisemitism in the game.

Panellists including football writers Henry Winter and Anthony Clavane as well as Tony Bloom, chairman of Brighton and Hove Albion, also agreed that using the word "Yid" was unacceptable, even by Tottenham Hotspur fans using it as a club nickname.


Strictly recap: Robert Rinder, Daisy Lowe and Lesley Joseph have all the right moves for movie week

By Strictly Watch, October 13, 2016

What do Fred Flintstone, Mary Poppins and a rather grubby-looking Judy Garland have in common?

They all lit up the Strictly dancefloor on Saturday night, catapulting their twinkle-toed alter egos - Robert Rinder, Daisy Lowe and Lesley Joseph respectively - straight through to week four.


Charity efforts provide hope as family adapts to mum's death

By Rosa Doherty, October 13, 2016

Elliot Choueka is in his kitchen. The table is a jumble of paperwork, a laptop and his phone, which flashes and beeps every few minutes.

Behind the father-of-two is a noticeboard full of his children's achievements and reminders written in chalk to pack their PE clothes.


Abuse could earn life ban

By Danny Caro, October 13, 2016

Liverpool football club have warned fans not to engage in discriminatory behaviour - including antisemitic abuse - during matches, with punishments including a possible lifetime ban from their Anfield stadium.

The Premier League club has issued a Supporter Charter which sets out a zero-tolerance approach towards misconduct inside the ground.