UK news

Scotland's new report on being Jewish

By Jessica Elgot, July 12, 2012

A major report into Jews living in Scotland, from cities to the Highlands, has found many concerned about anti-Zionism and antisemitism and a hunger for more Jewish contact from those who live far from established communities.


Oligarchs face off in UK courts

By Simon Rocker, July 12, 2012

A new High Court case between oligarchs from the former Soviet Union opened in London on Monday, and is expected to go on into next year.

Israel-based Michael Cherney wants a judge to uphold his claim that he is a partner in an aluminium business with Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska.


New campaign in support of circumcision

By Marcus Dysch, July 12, 2012

A cross-communal campaign group is to be launched to defend religious circumcision in Britain.

There is widespread support from across the spectrum of synagogal groups and religious bodies to speak out in favour of brit milah.


Church endorses Israel hate agenda

By Gavin Drake and JC Reporter, July 12, 2012

In the worst rift between Anglo-Jewry and the Church of England in recent years, the president of the Board of Deputies has accused the Synod of “riding roughshod” over the Jewish community.


El Al air crew are new Israel ambassadors

By Zoe Winograd and Heidi Heinemann, July 12, 2012

An El Al Ambassadors’ Programme has been launched in the UK.

The programme allows El Al flight personnel to volunteer as advocates for Israel during their stopover time between flights. Currently more than 100 El Al employees are involved in similar schemes elsewhere.


Google investor donates £75 million to Oxford scholarship fund

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2012

A Jewish philanthropist has pledged a landmark £75 million for a scholarship programme to help underprivileged students to go to Oxford, in what is being described as the biggest such gift in European history.


Jewish group: Church Synod Israel vote 'inflammatory'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 10, 2012

The representative organisation of British Jewry has condemned the Church of England's General Synod for choosing to "promote an inflammatory and partisan programme at the expense of its interfaith relations".


Board of Deputies statement on the Synod EAPPI vote

July 10, 2012

"The UK Jewish community is dismayed by the decision of the Church of England's General Synod to pass a motion endorsing the Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel (EAPPI).


Church Synod vote in support of EAPPI motion

By Jenni Frazer, July 9, 2012

Backers of a resolution calling for support of a West Bank volunteer programme have scored an overwhelming victory at the General Synod of the Church of England.


Terror trial wife: 'I'm not evil'

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 6, 2012

The woman accused of planning to blowing up Jews in Manchester has told the court "I'm not evil", and said she honestly did not know her husband was planning acts of terrorism.