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New partnership minyan is a sign of “frustration” over lack of progress for women in United Synagogue

By Simon Rocker, September 1, 2015

A partnership minyan has been relaunched in Finchley, indicating the spread of the new-style services across London despite the opposition of the Orthodox establishment.

At partnership minyans, women may read from the Torah and lead some of the prayers as well as men.

The Finchley group is the fifth to hold one since the first to meet openly took place two years ago.


Jeremy Corbyn campaigned for Israeli embassy car bombing pair

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn was a leading activist in the campaign for the release of two people who were jailed for their involvement in the bombing of a Jewish charity building and the Israeli embassy in London.

Jawad Botmeh and Samar Alami were convicted of conspiracy to cause the bombings of the embassy and Balfour House after both buildings were targeted by car bombs in 1994.


Nicola Sturgeon tells Scottish Jews: 'one instance of antisemitism is one too many'

By Barry Toberman, September 1, 2015

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has recognised the fears of the Jewish community over rising antisemitism, telling a meeting at Glasgow's Giffnock and Newlands Synagogue complex that one instance of antisemitism was one too many.


Neurologist and author Oliver Sacks dies aged 82

By JC Reporter, August 30, 2015

Renowned neurologist and author Oliver Sacks has died in New York after a battle with liver cancer.

The London-born academic's 1973 book ‘Awakenings’, about patients who woke up after years spent in a coma, inspired an Oscar-nominated film starring Robert de Niro and Robin Williams.


Iran threatens to thwart Daniel Barenboim’s Tehran concert plan

By JC Reporter, August 28, 2015

Iran says it will prevent conductor Daniel Barenboim performing at a concert in Tehran.

According to a report by German newspaper Der Spiegel, the Iranian culture minster will cancel the concert because Mr Barenboim is an Israeli citizen.


Man goes missing from hospital in east London

By JC Reporter, August 28, 2015

Police and Shomrim community security volunteers have appealed for help after a strictly Orthodox man went missing.

Simcha Rosenbaum was last seen on Thursday at Homerton Hospital, in Hackney, east London.

The 21-year-old had not been seen more than 24 hours later on Friday afternoon.


Doctors to discuss medical issues affecting Jews at major London conference

By Rosa Doherty, August 28, 2015

Doctors from across Europe and Israel will be in the UK next week to discuss medical issues affecting Jews.

Hosted by the Jewish Medical Association and the World Fellowship of the Israeli Medical Association, the European Jewish Medical Forum will take place over three days in central London.


Women posted photos of suspects on Facebook after home was burgled

By Rosa Doherty, August 27, 2015

Police are searching for three men after a Jewish woman whose house was burgled posted pictures on Facebook of them acting suspiciously in her garden.

Vanessa Aaron, 42, from Hendon, north London was burgled and her wedding ring, and designer jewellery left to her by her late mother were stolen.


Conservative Friends of Israel director Stuart Polak receives peerage

By Marcus Dysch, August 27, 2015

Amid the rumours and rows surrounding the announcement of the long-awaited dissolution honours list, one name was repeatedly highlighted as an inevitable inclusion.

Stuart Polak, the veteran Conservative Friends of Israel director, was handed a seat in the House of Lords when David Cameron finally revealed the names on the list today, months behind schedule.


New UCL collection of Jewish pamphlets catalogues history of Jews in Britain

By Colin Shindler, August 27, 2015

In one pamphlet, the Sephardim of Bevis Marks express their relief in a special prayer that Queen Victoria had survived an assassination attempt at Constitution Hill in June 1840.

Another is a declaration of fealty to the crown by the Portsmouth Jewish community when King George III visited the town in June 1773.