UK news

Tesco Rosh Hashanah deliveries drama

By Jessica Elgot, September 8, 2010

Rosh Hashanah shoppers in Golders Green were alarmed this morning after a website glitch meant online shopping from Tesco did not arrive.

Several customers reported that they had been concerned their shopping would not arrive in time for Rosh Hashanah, with one woman reporting the shopping had not appeared for her dinner plans for 27 people. Only the Golders Green store was believed to have been affected.


Jewish star joins Strictly Come Dancing

By Jennifer Lipman, September 8, 2010

Actress Felicity Kendal has been named as one of 14 celebrities competing in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Ms Kendal, who converted to Judaism after marrying theatre director Michael Rudman, is perhaps best known for her three year stint as Barbara in The Good Life.

She has since starred in television drama Rosemary & Thyme and recently appeared on stage in the George Bernard Shaw play Mrs Warren’s Profession.


Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Britain

September 7, 2010

The JC has learned that Benajmin Netanyahu is to visit Britain in early November.

The Israeli Prime Minister will meet the Prime Minister, David Cameron, and will be the keynote speaker at the annual dinner of BICOM, the Israel lobbying organisation, on 1st November.

At this stage his full schedule has yet to be agreed but there are no plans yet for other communal meetings, although this may change.


New strategy for Labour Friends of Israel

By Marcus Dysch, September 7, 2010

Labour Friends of Israel has appointed a new director to oversee the parliamentary lobby group's work.

Jennifer Gerber replaces former director Luciana Berger, who was elected as an MP for the Liverpool Wavertree constituency in May.

Ms Gerber, from Finchley, north London, is a former director of Progress, a New Labour pressure group promoting radical and progressive politics.

She edited its magazine, for which she has written articles on Israel and antisemitism.


Ashmolean leaves Judaism out of world faiths show

By Simon Rocker, September 7, 2010

Britain's oldest museum, the Ashmolean in Oxford, has defended the exclusion of Judaism from a panel on world religions.

Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, a Jewish academic who lives in the city, had believed the display would be changed after he questioned the omission.

But the museum, which reopened last November after a major redevelopment, believes it would be "inappropriate" to alter the wording.

It added that a new "Jewish trail" linking items of Jewish interest in the museum was in the pipeline.


BBC 'failed to part with key facts on Israel'

By Robyn Rosen, September 7, 2010

The BBC failed to answer 80 per cent of Freedom of Information requests submitted about Israel and Jews.

The FoI website, What Do They Know, published the 3,701 requests not directly related to journalism, sent to the BBC since the act became law in 2005.

Of these, the broadcaster withheld information in response to 497 queries. Of the 17 requests about Israel or Jews, 14 were not given answers, including one asking for all correspondence between the BBC and the Israeli embassy on the subject of Gaza.


Duncan Smith: children must see Auschwitz

By Leon Symons, September 7, 2010

A trip to Auschwitz earlier this year led the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith to present an award to a Holocaust survivor.

Mr Duncan Smith presented one of two certificates to 93-year-old Lithuanian Josef Levinson, who has single-handedly identified and organised memorials for more than 200 mass graves and cemeteries of Jews in the Baltic country over the past 30 years.

In May, Mr Duncan Smith joined a Holocaust Educational Trust one-day trip to the former death camp.


BA crew: I was fired after pro-Nazi row

By Marcus Dysch, September 7, 2010

An air steward has spoken of his anger after being sacked by British Airways after an incident in which a colleague allegedly shouted antisemitic abuse and glorified the Nazis.

Jean-Paul Van der Velde, whose father survived two concentration camps, was dismissed for misconduct after the row with the fellow crew member in a New York bar. He had worked for BA for 23 years.

He said airline staff had been enjoying a drink during a stopover, but tempers frayed when his colleague became "drunk and aggressive".


New media for the Jewish new year

By Simon Rocker, September 7, 2010

It's called 10Q - and it's a novel way of getting into the High Holy Day mood.

Standing for "Ten Questions", it is the initiative of a group of young Americans trying to adapt Jewish ideas for the digital generation.

All you have to do, explains Adam Clyne, from Manchester - who is helping to promote the project in the UK - is to register on a website before Rosh Hashanah.

Over the Ten Days of Repentance, you will be emailed a question each day. "Some will ask you about what you achieved over the past year, some about your hopes for the coming year," Mr Clyne explained.


Girl denied faith school place treks 60 miles

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 7, 2010

The family of Kayleigh Chapple, the Liverpool girl who was denied a place at a Jewish school under the new admissions rules, has decided not to apply for a judicial review. But legal action may still be taken against King David High School Liverpool, which denied her a place.

Eleven-year-old Kayleigh, from Liverpool, began her year at King David in Manchester last week after the school accepted her under its admissions policy. She was the first known halachically Jewish child to fall victim to the JFS Supreme Court ruling and be denied a place in a Jewish school.