UK news

Strictly Kosher documentary on Manchester Jews returns

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 21, 2012

ITV’s Strictly Kosher entertainment documentary returns to British screens next week, adding an internet-dating rabbi to the original three frolicking personalities from Manchester’s Jewish community.


Plea to support new mothers when they go back to work

By Jennifer Lipman, June 21, 2012

Women working for communal organisations have called on the Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership to do more to support new mothers who hope to return to their jobs with flexible working hours.


Anglican vicar links to hate website

By Marcus Dysch, June 21, 2012

A Church of England vicar has deleted a link on his blog which directed readers to a website featuring Holocaust revisionism and adverts for the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.

Reverend Stephen Sizer directed readers to a story on the Window Into Palestine site about the BBC’s coverage of Syria.


David Shilling's fancy hats - for men

By Jennifer Lipman, June 21, 2012

For Jewish women, dressing for shul can sometimes resemble preparing for a fashion show. Thanks to the efforts of milliner David Shilling, the same could soon be true for men.


BBC apologises over Itamar massacres coverage

By Jessica Elgot, June 21, 2012

The BBC “got it wrong” by not giving prominence to the massacre of the Fogel family by Palestinians in the West Bank settlement of Itamar, the outgoing director-general has admitted.


Queen's Birthday Honours 2012

By Josh Jackman and Zoe Winograd, June 21, 2012

Judge Clive Callman has been knighted for his services to law, education and charity. The judge has been part of the Anglo-Jewish Association since 1956, and is a governor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is also director of the Jewish Studies Foundation in London.

Another new knight is Sir Brian Pomeroy, honoured for his services to financial inclusion and the voluntary sector.


Couple 'planned to bomb Manchester Jewish area', court hears

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 20, 2012

A court has heard how a husband and wife “were in the early stages” of preparing bombs allegedly to blow up Manchester's Jewish community.

Mohammed Sajid Khan, 33, pleaded guilty to planning terrorist attacks against Manchester's Jews at an earlier hearing, which could not be reported for legal reasons.


Pioneer journalist's 'delight' at OBE

By Josh Jackman, June 20, 2012

Felicity Green has expressed her delight at being honoured with the “remarkable” award of an OBE for services to journalism.


Stamford Hill 'child assault' arrest

June 19, 2012

Police are investigating an alleged indecent assault on a child by a Stamford Hill man.

The 24-year-old, believed to be a member of the strictly Orthodox community, was arrested on Sunday afternoon at Paget Road, Hackney. The man has been released on bail to return at a further date.


Chief Rabbi will oppose gay marriage

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2012

The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has finally broken his silence on gay and lesbian marriages and opposed government plans to introduce it.

In a submission to a Home Office consultation, the London Beth Din (the Chief Rabbi’s court), and the Rabbinical Council of the United Synagogue, stated that same-sex unions were “against Jewish law”.