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Jogger recovering after dog bite attack

By Marcus Dysch, April 8, 2013

A music teacher and Maccabiah Games team manager, is recovering from a testicle-saving operation after being bitten in the groin by a dog.

Joel Goodman, 28, was attacked while out jogging and underwent emergency surgery to save his testicle.

He said the brown and white dog, thought to be an English Bull Terrier, had pounced without warning.


Jewish community pays tribute to Margaret Thatcher

By Jennifer Lipman, April 8, 2013

Tributes have been pouring in from Anglo-Jewry in memory of the late British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher.

Baroness Thatcher, who died on Monday at the age of 87, was described as "a giant who had a transformative impact on Britain" by chief rabbi Lord Sacks.


First female Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dies

By Jennifer Lipman, April 8, 2013

Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87.

The Conservative politician, who took office in 1979 and remains this country's longest serving leader, suffered a stroke on Monday morning.

She was elected as MP for Finchley in 1959, where during the campaign she infuriated local Conservatives by standing with the Liberals to fight a golf club's exclusion of Jews.


Amy Winehouse’s father hits out at Beyoncé over cover track

By Sandy Rashty, April 5, 2013

Late Jewish singing sensation Amy Winehouse is known for her top selling 'Back to Black' single – and international star Beyoncé Knowles has now released a cover of the hit. But not everyone is happy about it.

Mitch Winehouse, the late star’s father, said that he had not been consulted on the release of the cover that can now be heard on The Great Gatsby film trailer.


Academic boycott of Israel approved by Irish union

By Marcus Dysch, April 5, 2013

The Teachers Union of Ireland has voted to boycott all academic collaboration with Israel, including research programmes and exchange of scientists.

It is thought to be the first full academic boycott enforced by a European teaching union.


Man who called Jews ‘scum’ back in jail

By Sandy Rashty, April 5, 2013

A Welsh man who was jailed for encouraging racial hatred is back in prison after being given a 12 month sentence for harassment.

Trevor Hannington, who was associated with the far-right Aryan Strike Force, was jailed for two years under the Terrorism Act in 2010.

The neo-Nazi had described Jews as “scum” that should be “destroyed”.


Budget airline Jet2 to end Manchester to Israel route

By Marcus Dysch, April 5, 2013

Budget airline Jet2 will stop running its Manchester to Israel route later this year.

The company began low-cost flights to Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport almost four years ago.

It announced this week that the "difficult decision" had been taken to remove the route, but would not give a further explanation.


Passover candle fire

By Zoe Winograd, April 5, 2013

A Stamford Hill family with nine children escaped a blaze on Tuesday morning after a Pesach candle fell and set their house alight.

According to the London Fire Brigade, the family was woken by a smoke alarm after the candle fell from its holder and landed on a table.


Jewish leaders reject Lord Ahmed apology

By Sandy Rashty, April 4, 2013

The Board of Deputies and the Community Security Trust have rejected an apology by Lord Ahmed for suggesting that Jews control the media.


Call for Sunderland chair to resign over Di Canio

By Marcus Dysch, April 4, 2013

A leading Reform rabbi and the dean of Durham have attacked Sunderland AFC’s appointment of Paolo Di Canio as head coach.

Rabbi Jonathan Romain, of Maidenhead Synagogue, called on Sunderland chairman Ellis Short to resign for overlooking Mr Di Canio’s apparent fascist beliefs when hiring him this week.