UK news

Oxford probe continues

By Daniel Sugarman, August 11, 2016

Oxford University has confirmed that it will continue with its own investigation into allegations of antisemitism among Labour-supporting students.

The university said on Wednesday that the full publication of Baroness Royall's report into claims against members of a campus club had "undoubtedly been noted" by its own inquiry.

A university spokesman said it was "not appropriate to speculate"


Celtic fans urged to launch Israel protest

By Rosa Doherty, August 11, 2016

A Facebook group has called on fans of Celtic football club to demonstrate at the Scottish side's Champions League qualifier with Israeli outfit Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

More than 500 people have joined the page - titled "Fly the flag for Palestine, for Celtic, for Justice" - which wants supporters to display Palestinian flags as part of an anti-Israel protest at next Wednesday's match.


Island remembers hell of war

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2016

Susan Freeman had not been to the Isle of Man since she was born there in December 1940.

But last weekend a historic commemoration in which she has a personal stake finally drew her back.


Charity launched to beat Crohn's in strictly Orthodox community

By Rosa Doherty, August 11, 2016

A charity has been set up to support sufferers of Crohn's disease, particularly those in the strictly Orthodox community.

Crohn's Colitis Relief will encourage people with Crohn's to seek treatment.

Ashkenazi Jews are four times more likely to develop the digestive condition than the wider population.


Shul membership: the challenge - and how to meet it

August 11, 2016

In his role as the United Synagogue's 'Young US' Rabbi, Josh Zaitschek has a clear recipe for attracting young people to shul. "Social activity for those wanting to unwind and meet new people; business networking opportunities to support developing careers; social action and rewarding volunteering roles," are top of his list.


Join a shul? Why some do and some don't

August 11, 2016

Read Jennifer Lipman's comment piece Why should I belong to a shul? here

Itamar, 29, Borehamwood

"I joined because I didn't actually have a choice. We were getting married in London and even though we weren't getting married in the synagogue, to get married by the rabbi I still had to join the shul that my fiancee's family belonged to.


Row over antisemitism at Jeremy Corbyn's constituency party meeting

By Daniel Sugarman, August 11, 2016

Jeremy Corbyn's own constituency party has been caught up in the ongoing crisis over antisemitism.

Around 230 party members attended a meeting of Islington North CLP on Wednesday night to decide on whether to endorse Mr Corbyn or his rival, Owen Smith, in the party leadership contest.

Such was the interest in the meeting, some 150 people were forced to stand outside the packed venue.


Judge turns courtroom blue as she hits back at 'sieg heil' criminal

By Lianne Kolirin, August 10, 2016

A judge has stunned a courtroom by using the C-word as she jailed a racist and antisemitic thug.

Judge Patricia Lynch reacted angrily when John Hennigan, 50, told her she was "a bit of a c***" during sentencing, according to reports in the Mirror.


New initiative considered to help children with no Jewish secondary school place

By Simon Rocker, August 10, 2016

Partnerships for Jewish Schools is considering a new idea to help children who have no Jewish secondary school to go to in north-west London next month.

The educational agency is exploring the possibility of offering a Jewish programme at a non-Jewish school, believed to be in Barnet, which is willing to take the children.


Luciana Berger unsuccessful in bid to be Labour's Liverpool mayor candidate

By Daniel Sugarman, August 10, 2016

Luciana Berger, the Jewish MP for Liverpool Wavertree, has failed in her attempt to be selected as Labour’s candidate for the upcoming mayoral contest in Liverpool.

Ms Berger came third out of the three candidates, winning 24.7 per cent of the vote.