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Haim: We want to perform in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, January 11, 2013

They dream of singing in Israel, crave their mother’s kugel while on tour and love Barbra Streisand — and they are being tipped to dominate the 2013 music industry.

Last week Californian Jewish singers Danielle, Este and Alana Haim were overjoyed to learn that they had topped the BBC’s prestigious annual Sound of poll.


Israeli medic may revive organ row

By Simon Rocker, January 10, 2013

An Israeli medical expert is set to reopen the debate among Orthodox rabbis over organ donation in a lecture in London next week.

Rabbinical authorities differ on the definition of the moment of death and therefore when doctors may remove organs for transplant.


Conduct of Rabbi Chaim Halpern affair is ‘a farce’

By Simon Rocker, January 10, 2013

Doubts have been cast on the credibility of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregation’s latest attempt to deal with allegations of sex abuse against one of its senior rabbis.


Arriva bus driver has apologised for Batsheva incident

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2013

The bus company Arriva has apologised for “inappropriate” behaviour after an on-duty driver offered express support to anti-Israel protesters.

The incident in November, outside Sadler’s Wells theatre in London, was during a demonstration against a performance by the youth arm of Israeli dance company Batsheva.


HM Forces personnel share experiences

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2013

A Torah scroll discovered at a defunct army synagogue and rededicated in memory of a Jewish soldier killed in Afghanistan has been used for the first time.

Lieutenant Paul Mervis of Second Battalion the Rifles died in an explosion while trying to protect his platoon during a foot patrol in northern Helmand province in June 2009.


A Jewish Book Week to set our imaginations alight

By Zoe Winograd, January 10, 2013

The man responsible for the iconic London Olympic Games cauldron, Thomas Heatherwick, will be one of the highlight speakers at this year’s Jewish Book Week. Mr Heatherwick, whose Jewish grandmother fled Nazi Germany to come to London, will speak about his art and new book, Thomas Heatherwick: Making.


Liverpool music man's bad sounds towards MP results in fine

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 10, 2013

The owner of a popular Liverpool music venue has pleaded guilty to racially abusing Jewish MP Luciana Berger.

Philip Hayes, 53, who runs The Picket venue, which has hosted world-famous music acts, admitted to making a number of antisemitic remarks at Ms Berger at an after-show party for the Liverpool Music Awards last November.


Four men arrested on suspicion of terrorism in the UK

By Sandy Rashty, January 10, 2013

Four people have been arrested in the United Kingdom on suspicion of terrorism.

The men were arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into people travelling from the UK to allegedly join jihadist groups in Syria.

Three men – an 18, 22 and 31-year old – were arrested at their homes in east London early this morning.


Norwood in talks to rescue Drugsline

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

Drugsline, the UK’s only Jewish substance abuse charity, which closed its doors in September, is to be resurrected by leading Jewish charity Norwood.


Pro-Palestinian lawyer will defend Anglican vicar Reverend Sizer

By Marcus Dysch, January 10, 2013

An Anglican vicar facing a Church of England disciplinary process has sought the help of a lawyer who has a history of defending anti-Israel activists and is a long-standing supporter of pro-Palestinian groups.