UK news

Tricycle Theatre drops UK Jewish Film Festival boycott

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2014

The Tricycle Theatre and the UK Jewish Film Festival have settled their differences after an agreement was struck to end the theatre’s boycott.


Chief Rabbi warns of 'huge anxiety' over hate increase in UK

By JC Reporter, August 15, 2014

British Jews are deeply concerned at the rising level of antisemitism in the UK, the Chief Rabbi has warned.

Ephraim Mirvis said there was “no sense of panic but huge anxiety” at the increase in antisemitic incidents reported since the beginning of the conflict in Gaza.


British police working to calm tensions over Gaza

By Marcus Dysch, August 15, 2014

A senior police officer has said forces across the country are working to calm tensions over Gaza that have spilled over into antisemitic incidents.

Sir Peter Fahy, chief constable of Greater Manchester Police and a vice-president of the Association of Chief Police Officers, said a balance must be found between the right to protest and a risk of serious disruption.


My father was baptised but he still had to flee the Nazis

By Robin Lustig, August 15, 2014

I suppose it's not surprising, if you embark on a journey in search of your family roots, that you end up visiting a lot of cemeteries. That is, after all, where you're most likely to find your forebears.

So here I am, in the grandest cemetery of them all - the Weissensee, in the eastern suburbs of Berlin, a 20-minute tram ride from the centre of town.


Lincoln's arch heritage

By Daniel Easterman, August 15, 2014

A 15-foot arch celebrating Lincoln's medieval Jewish heritage is set to be installed at the entrance to the city's medieval Cathedral Quarter.

The wrought-iron structure features the Star of David prominently and includes details depicting the life of Jewish traders during the Middle Ages.


Women wait for cash to save equality bid

By Simon Rocker, August 15, 2014

A campaign to improve equality for women in Jewish organisations is waiting to see if it will get further financial support from the Jewish Leadership Council.

Women in Jewish Leadership had expected a grant of £15,000 from the JLC for a second year, matching a similar pledge from the Board of Deputies.


New educational role for Hasmonean Head

By Charlotte Oliver, August 14, 2014

Rabbi David Meyer, the executive head of Hasmonean High, has announced he will leave the school early next year to take on a new position as executive director of Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS).


DEC Gaza appeal

By Stephen Pollard, August 14, 2014

There has been some controversy over the advert for the DEC Gaza appeal in this week’s paper.

I understand why some people are angry and upset and I thought it important to respond.

This is an advert, and not an expression of the JC's view. We keep editorial coverage entirely separate from our commercial operations.


Equality commission launches survey on religion

By Simon Rocker, August 14, 2014

The Equality and Human Rights Commission wants to find out more about whether people’s religious practices are being respected at work.

There are existing laws to prevent discrimination on the grounds of religion or belief.

But the commission says that little is known how often issues relating to religion crop up in the workplace.


Jews join Iraq protest at Downing Street

By Simon Rocker, August 14, 2014

A group of Jews joined a demonstration outside Downing Street yesterday to highlight the threat facing minorities in Iraq from Islamic State jihadists.

Members of Harif, the association for Jews from the Middle East and North Africa, were part of a 500-strong protest organised by Solidarity Against Isis (the previous name of Islamic State).