UK news

Could Kimche be chief rabbi to replace Lord Sacks?

By Simon Rocker, October 11, 2012

A third British rabbi is now in the running to be the next chief rabbi - Rabbi Alan Kimche of the Ner Israel Synagogue in north-west London.

Rabbi Kimche, who is 60, said this week: "I can confirm that I am a candidate. But to discuss anything more would be premature."


Glasgow row over future of Calderwood Lodge school

By Jennifer Lipman, October 11, 2012

A war of words has broken out between the Glasgow Jewish Representative Council (JRC) and the Calderwood Lodge Parent Council over the religious future of Glasgow’s only Jewish school.


BBC-monitoring site is launched

By Marcus Dysch, October 10, 2012

A new website is to monitor the BBC’s coverage of events in Israel.

BBC Watch is the sister site of the United States-based CiF Watch blog which tackles the Guardian’s reports on Israel and the Palestinians.

The new site launched on Wednesday and will fact-check stories produced by BBC journalists and “correct misinformation before it spreads worldwide”.


Union rejects Palestine Solidarity Campaign link

By Marcus Dysch, October 10, 2012

Probation officers and court staff have rejected a proposal to affiliate with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

Napo - the union and campaign group which represents more than 9,000 officers and family court workers - debated a motion at its annual general meeting in Torquay.


Arson attack at Jewish school

By Sandy Rashty, October 5, 2012

A suspected arson attack occurred at a Jewish primary school in Hackney last Friday night, September 28.

The fire at the Talmud Torah Toldos Yakov Yoser school in Heathland Road occurred between 00:10 - 00:20.

No one was hurt at the scene.


Spanish student rabbi with a mission

By Simon Rocker, October 5, 2012

Haim Casas has just arrived in London as one of the new crop of rabbinic students at the Leo Baeck College. It is not a career that would have originally crossed his mind growing up in a Catholic family in Cordoba, Spain.

But his journey to Judaism was not just a new beginning: it was also, after centuries, a kind of return.


Burglary charge for teenager

By Marcus Dysch, October 5, 2012

A Jewish teenager has appeared in court charged with burglary.

Uriel Broder was charged with one count of burglary following an alleged incident on the Sunday before Yom Kippur.

It is understood that a Jewish family reported a break-in at a property in Golders Green Road.


English Defence League debate in London cancelled by venue

By Marcus Dysch, October 5, 2012

A planned debate between the leader of the English Defence League and a Muslim activist has been cancelled amid security concerns.

Tommy Robinson and Abdullah al Andalusi were due to discuss “Islam or Islamophobia — which is a threat to Britain?” at an event yesterday (Thursday October 4), organised by the Muslim Debate Initiative, of which Mr al Andalusi is a co-founder.


Ballet school vice-principal charged with racially abusing Jewish student

By Marcus Dysch, October 4, 2012

The vice-principal of a leading Scottish ballet school based in the Highlands has appeared in court charged with racially abusing a Jewish student.

Jonathan Barton, of the Ballet West centre of excellence in Taynuilt, Argyll, is said to have told pupils practising a routine: “You look like the Jews lining up waiting to be shot.”


Lord Sugar to receive a T3 'Outstanding Contribution Award'

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2012

Lord Sugar, 65, will receive a T3 "Outstanding Contribution Award" for his extensive involvement in the technology industry.

The T3 awards ceremony, known as the Oscars of the gadget world, will take place at the Old Billingsgate in London next Monday.