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'The community has made me feel at home'

By Rosa Doherty, September 24, 2016

"From the outside looking in, I think people see a younger black guy who is quite trendy, and an older white lady who does news, and they don't get it," says Ben Ofoedu, the pop star partner of television and radio personality Vanessa Feltz.


Methodist church removes anti-Israel message from exhibition visitors' book

By JC Reporter, September 23, 2016

A message calling for Israeli soldiers to be “burned alive” has been removed from a church’s visitors’ book after a complaint from the Board of Deputies.

The message was left at Hinde Street Methodist Church, where an exhibition on Israeli treatment of Palestinians has been held this week.


Investigation launched after 'unacceptable' Holocaust t-shirt seen at university event

By Josh Jackman, September 23, 2016

University students wearing t-shirts with racist phrases including “The Holocaust was a good time” at an official freshers’ event have prompted an investigation.

The t-shirt was worn during Exeter University Snowsports Club’s white t-shirt event on Tuesday. Another student was emblazoned with the words: “Don’t speak to me if you’re not white”.


No disciplinary action for Labour councillor who shared antisemitic video

By Rosa Doherty, September 22, 2016

The Labour Party will not discipline a Birmingham councillor who shared an antisemitic video on his Facebook page.

A spokesman said Labour had accepted Zafar Iqbal’s explanation that he had “no idea” how the clip had appeared on his social media.


Wearing eye-catching clothing is as bad as eating non-kosher food, Charedi rabbi tells women

By Josh Jackman, September 22, 2016

A strictly Orthodox rabbi has defended an official letter telling women not to wear clothes which are red, bright yellow or fluorescent because “hot colours solicit attention”.

The message, written by Rabbi Eliyahu Falk and approved by the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, was sent to 5,000 homes in the Stamford Hill area of London with the local Heimishe Newsheet.


£200k raised to bring 100 child refugees to UK

By Josh Jackman, September 22, 2016

Jewish donors have raised almost £200,000 in the past four weeks to bring 100 refugee children to Britain.

Nic Schlagman, a trustee for Masorti Judaism and the Noam youth group, launched the campaign after coming up with the idea during a Shabbat dinner with his family.


School bid wins Chief's backing

September 22, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis is backing the Kavanah College bid for a new Jewish secondary free school.

A spokesman said Rabbi Mirvis was supporting the Kavanah proposal - which resulted from the Kedem High and Hertfordshire Jewish Free School (HJFS) bidders joining forces.


Shul supports Iraqi converts in their battle for asylum

By Josh Jackman, September 22, 2016

An Iraqi couple who are converting to Judaism are being supported in their bid to remain in Britain by the small Liberal community in York, which has raised more than £3,000 on their behalf.

Sinan Nuuman left Baghdad four years ago to take an Iraqi government-funded postgraduate degree in electronics at York University.


LGBT group praises Orthodox shuls' shift

By Charlotte Oliver, September 22, 2016

Three Orthodox shuls have been praised for heralding a "cultural shift" in the United Synagogue, after organising an event which turned a spotlight on LGBT issues within the community.

"ConnectUS London" is an initiative run by the Central, Western Marble Arch and New West End Synagogues in central London. The project aims to explore current cultural topics.


Email death threats and 'vile' abuse

September 22, 2016

Broadcaster Vanessa Feltz has been allocated extra security after she received threatening emails including one in which she was told she would be beheaded.

The 54-year-old, who hosts two BBC radio shows, was targeted with a series of messages to her work account.