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Police patrols increased as swastikas appear outside Stamford Hill playground for fifth time in a week

By Rosa Doherty, June 20, 2016

Swastika posters have appeared at the entrance to a children’s playground for the fifth time in a week after police launched an investigation into the Nazi symbols discovered in Stamford Hill.

Shomrim, the Jewish neighbourhood watch, said it was “sad to see yet again” the image placed at entrance to the playground next to a Jewish Care Home.


Jewish woman pleads guilty over synagogue bomb hoax

By Josh Jackman, June 20, 2016

A Jewish woman has pleaded guilty to making a hoax threat that a bomb had been planted at a north London synagogue.

Claire Mann texted Elisheva Mason, rebbetzin at Muswell Hill Synagogue, in July 2013.

Mann told her that an explosive device had been planted at Finchley United Synagogue.


WJC head Ron Lauder concerned over highest level of antisemitism in Europe since the war

By Charlotte Oliver, June 20, 2016

American Jews feel “great concern at a resurgence of antisemitism” in the UK and across Europe, according to World Jewish Congress President Ronald Lauder.

Mr Lauder, who was guest speaker at the Board of Deputies plenary session in London on Sunday, re-affirmed his organisations commitment to supporting Jews around the world.


Jewish migrants preferred to Muslims, study reveals

By Charlotte Oliver, June 20, 2016

Jews are the most preferred immigrant population in the UK, according to research comparing the country’s attitude to migrants.

A study conducted by the Centre for Social Investigation at Nuffield College, Oxford, found that seven per cent of British people would allow no Jewish migrants into the UK, while 17 per cent would allow no Muslims.


Suspect in Jo Cox killing bought neo-Nazi books

By Rosa Doherty, June 17, 2016

The man arrested over the killing of the MP Jo Cox purchased books from a US-based neo-Nazi group, including guides which promoted the eradication of the Jewish people.

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has published receipts that appear to show Thomas Mair bought books from the National Alliance on how to build homemade guns and explosives.


Anxiety growing among Stamford Hill Jews as swastikas found in children’s playground for fourth day running

By Rosa Doherty, June 17, 2016

Police have increased patrols in Stamford Hill after posters bearing swastikas were found in a children’s playground for a fourth day in a row.

The Metropolitan Police said it was "aware of the religiously aggravated material that has been appearing" and that "patrols have been increased and we are doing all we can to investigate this."


Jewish charities have income of £1 billion, says report

By Simon Rocker, June 17, 2016

Anglo-Jewish charities collectively enjoy an income of around £1 billion a year, according to the think-tank New Philanthropy Capital.

In a report published today, the organisation found that Jewish charities have a higher median income than other faith groups.

Jewish charities had a median income of £64,871, followed by Sikhs with £57,255 and Quakers with £52,813.


Jewish community expresses shock and sadness at killing of Jo Cox

By Sandy Rashty, June 17, 2016

Jewish communal leaders have paid tribute to Jo Cox, the Labour MP who was shot and stabbed in a shock attack in her constituency on Thursday afternoon.

Mrs Cox, a 41-year-old mother of two young children, was attacked after a constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire.


Labour peer praises Shomrim volunteers who stopped thieves

By Rosa Doherty, June 16, 2016

Labour peer Lord Glasman has praised volunteers from Shomrim who helped apprehend two men who attempted to steal his bag.

The academic was set upon by two youths on bikes,near his home in Stoke Newington.

The attempted mugging was witnessed by local members of Shomrim, who pursued and caught the suspects. The volunteers held the two youths until police arrived and arrested them.


The woman who died without mourners

By Lianne Kolirin, June 16, 2016

Liberal rabbis have launched a campaign to recruit a minyan for the stone-setting of a woman who died with no next of kin.

Rita Fishman was buried three years ago with no mourners present at her funeral.

Little is known about the 74-year-old who passed away in an East End care home. Social workers had contacted Liberal Judaism to ask them to perform the funeral for Mrs Fishman.