UK news

Emmerdale extra dies at the age of 100

By John Jeffay, November 12, 2012

Britain's oldest soap actress has died, aged 100.

Lottie Goodwin, who was a resident at the Morris Feinmann care home in south Manchester, was still appearing as an extra in Emmerdale when she was 99, until she finally retired in April 2011. She was less than two months from her 101st birthday.


Salford arrest over alleged sex assault

By Simon Rocker, November 9, 2012

A member of the strictly Orthodox community was arrested in Salford on Wednesday on suspicion of sexual assault.

The 47-year-old man has been bailed by Greater Manchester Police to return in early December.


Dov Berish Englander drowning ‘accidental’, says inquest

By Anna Sheinman, November 9, 2012

The death of Dov Berish Englander who died in August while using the sea as a mikveh was “accidental”, a coroner has found.

Mr Englander, from Stamford Hill, had waded out to sea at an Aberystwyth beach to perform the ritual when he was dragged under by a large wave, the inquest heard.


Jewish community commemorates Kristallnacht

By Sandy Rashty, November 9, 2012

Jewish communities across the globe are commemorating the 74th anniversary of Kristallnacht.

Kristallnacht, or the Night of Broken Glass, remembers the pogrom attack of Jewish-owned businesses and synagogues in Germany and Austria on November 9-10 1938.

Ninety-one Jews were killed and 30,000 people were marched to concentration camps along the streets covered in broken glass.


Joint office plan for Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council

By Marcus Dysch, November 9, 2012


The Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council are considering a move to joint premises in an effort to streamline the two organisations and save money.

It is understood the leaders of both organisations hope that the move will not only provide financial advantages but enable key staff to work more closely together.


Lord Janner honoured by Israel

November 8, 2012

A jubilant Lord Janner raises a woven artwork made for him by the children of the Ma’alot Tarshiha kindergarten in the Galileee.

The nursery, attended by Jewish and Arab children, has been named in Lord Janner’s honour by the state of Israel, to mark his service to the Jewish community and the state.


Israeli professor to sue Manchester health trust

By Martin Bright, November 8, 2012

An Israeli professor who was dropped as a speaker by the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust said this week that he wanted a public acknowledgment of the discrimination against him.

Professor Moty Cristal, an expert on negotiations and conflict resolution, was formally disinvited from a seminar in Manchester in May with less than a week’s notice.


Community mourns Manchester student

By Jonathan Kalmus, November 8, 2012

The death of a Jewish student has shocked south Manchester, with 500 people attending his funeral.

Jonathan Jayson, 20, a student at Liverpool Community College, died last Wednesday at the Grand Central student accommodation in Liverpool.

His family said a post-mortem indicated that he had died from heart failure.


UCU travelled “dangerously slippery slope to antisemitism” tribunal hears

By Marcus Dysch, November 8, 2012

The University and College Union travelled a “dangerously slippery slope” from criticism of Israel to “plain old antisemitism”, an employment tribunal has heard.

Jeremy Newmark, Jewish Leadership Council chief executive, said the UCU’s proposed academic boycott of Israel had been “hugely concerning” for the Jewish community.


Faith leaders warn over opt-out organ donor plan

By Simon Rocker, November 8, 2012

A proposed new policy on organ donation in Wales is causing consternation, with the Board of Deputies warning it could be the “thin end of the wedge” for Britain as a whole.