UK news

Iraqi Jews ‘did wonders for us’

By Sandy Rashty, January 3, 2013

Iraqi Jews who were forced to leave their homes under Saddam Hussein’s regime may now be able to reclaim their property and citizenship after the intervention of a UK-based specialist in Islamic studies.


Torah, truths, rap and rock: it’s Limmud

By Anna Sheinman, January 3, 2013

Two and a half thousand people attended Limmud 2012, the annual festival of Jewish learning, debate and culture.

Last week, Warwick University hosted seven days of lectures, discussions, exhibitions, concerts, films and a whole lot of Israeli dancing.


Sheffield’s Patnick dies at 83

By Jennifer Lipman, January 3, 2013

A former Conservative MP who earlier this year apologised for his role in the false claims made about the victims of the Hillsborough disaster, has died at the age of 83.


Apology for textbook Israel ‘mistake’

By Marcus Dysch, January 3, 2013

The publishers of a college textbook have apologised for a book used to teach English to foreign students, containing an image erasing Israel from a map of the Middle East.

Skills in English: Writing Level 1 displayed a diagram showing Israel and the Palestinian territories as one country titled “Occupied Palestine”.

A Jewish teacher in Nottingham saw the error and complained.


Charedi crisis over sex abuse claims

By Simon Rocker, January 3, 2013

Allegations of inappropriate behaviour with women by a senior strictly Orthodox rabbi have this week led to a schism within the Charedi community.

The community has been convulsed for months following complaints made by women about marriage counselling sessions run by Rabbi Chaim Halpern of the Divrei Chaim Synagogue in Golders Green.


Jewish love story 'The Innocents' up for Costa Book Award

By Jennifer Lipman, January 3, 2013

A novel about life and love in the Jewish community of North West London has been shortlisted for a prestigious book award.

Francesca Segal's The Innocents is in the running to scoop up the Costa Book Award, a £25,000 prize. On Wednesday it was named best first novel, giving it a place on the shortlist for the overall Costa prize.


Who are we? Jewish identity in the 21st century

January 2, 2013

What does being Jewish mean to you?

Today the Jewish Chronicle and JW3, the Jewish Community Centre for London, launch a project with an ambitious aim: to present a snapshot of British Jewry, which will be studied by future generations in a century’s time.

To make that happen, we are asking every Jew in the country to participate.


London synagogue quits strictly Orthodox union over Halpern

By Simon Rocker, January 2, 2013

A north-west London synagogue has quit the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations in protest at its handling of allegations against a senior rabbi of inappropriate conduct with women.


Celebrating: New Year honorees 2013

By Sandy Rashty and Jennifer Lipman , December 29, 2012

A headteacher, a rabbi, an Oxford professor and charity fundraisers have been recognised in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List.


Shomrim help thwart Golders Green credit card scammer

By Marcus Dysch, December 28, 2012

The community has been warned to be on guard against gangs that target Jewish pensioners and families in a major credit-card scam.

Volunteers from the Shomrim community security group thwarted an attempted fraud in Golders Green last week. They were called as scammers worked to trick a couple into handing over credit cards and PIN details.