UK news

The Apprentice, X Factor - Jewish stars take over

By Jessica Elgot and Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2010

Singer Katie Waissel may have fluffed her lines in front of Simon Cowell but she’s made the finals of ITV’s X Factor.

And on BBC, a former JFS girl and a King David Manchester boy are battling to impress Lord Sugar in the Apprentice.


Hague at conference, calls for settlement freeze

By Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2010

William Hague has called for a two state solution “which brings security to both Israelis and Palestinians.”

The Foreign Secretary told the Conservative Party Conference that the coalition government’s “strong support” of the Middle East peace process comes from the need for Britain to pursue foreign policy that reduces the human and financial costs of conflict.


X Factor's Katie Waissel: this year's Stacey Solomon?

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2010

Jewish singer Katie Waissel has made it through to the live show stage of this year's X Factor.

The 24-year-old from Hertfordshire is one of 12 acts to be taken through from the judges houses stage of the competition.


Ed Miliband backs 'fantastic' faith schools

By Robyn Rosen, September 29, 2010

Ed Miliband, the new Labour leader, has given his support to faith schools, calling them “fantastic”.

During an interview on Radio 5 Live this morning, he said: “Some faith schools – in fact many faith schools – do a fantastic job in our society and many of them also, people don’t often realise, take people from different backgrounds.

“I want good education in this country so I’m not going to slag off faith schools. It’s important for people of different backgrounds and faiths to go to school together and many faith schools do that.”


Stanmore banker turned poker player wins big

By Jennifer Lipman, September 29, 2010

A Jewish poker player has won almost £1 million at a world tournament in London.

James Bord, from Stanmore, north-west London, picked up £836,000 at the 2010 World Series of Poker (WSOP) Europe championship to become the first British Main Event champion.

He won first prize, beating a player from Monte Carlo in a closely fought game, and was awarded a gold bracelet to mark his success.

Mr Bord, 29, who entered the contest for the second time, is a regular on the WSOP circuit and finished in sixth place at a competition in Las Vegas earlier in 2010.


Jail for pensioner who battered biker with walking stick

By Jessica Elgot, September 29, 2010

A pensioner who was called a "f---ing Jew" by a 6ft 3in biker has been jailed for 18 months after he retaliated by smashing him in the face with a walking stick.

Keith Degroot, 66, who lived in sheltered housing in Leeds, was drinking in the Duck and Drake pub in the city centre with another regular, Stephen Hall - a member of the Blue Angel chapter of the Hells Angels.

During a row, Mr Hall knocked off Mr Degroot's glasses.


MP Kaufman 'abused in synagogue'

September 29, 2010

Sir Gerald Kaufman has claimed he was verbally attacked at St John's Wood Synagogue on Yom Kippur over his political views.

He made the allegations at a Middle East Monitor and Labour Friends of Palestine fringe meeting at the Labour Conference in Manchester on Sunday.

The Labour MP for Manchester Gorton, who regularly criticises Israel, described himself as a "Zionist" and "bad Orthodox Jew" and said he had been a member of the shul for 49 years.


Round-the-world tripper dies just before return

By Robyn Rosen, September 29, 2010

A hospital manager has died in a crash in India while "living his dream" of making a round-the-world trip.

Jeremy Paul, 30, was at the end of his six-month sabbatical from Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, when he was killed in a collision in Rajasthan last week.

Cousin Robert Morris said: "Jeremy was a genuinely nice person who never got into trouble. He was liked by everyone who ever met him and the world will be a poorer place without him.

"He was living his dream on a trip travelling around South America, Thailand and India, and was just at the end when the accident happened."


Director's Holocaust revenge film celebrated

September 29, 2010

A British Jewish film director has been honoured at the Boston Film Festival with its Visionary Filmmaker Award, presented last weekend.

Joshua Newton's film, Iron Cross, was the last film made by Jaws actor Roy Scheider - he died towards the end of filming.

Mr Newton, whose first full-length feature this is, directed, wrote and produced the thriller, in which Scheider stars as Joseph, a retired New York police officer and Holocaust survivor, who travels to Nuremberg following the death of his wife to reconcile with his son Ronnie (Scott Cohen).


Aronofsky, Leigh shortlisted for BFI film award

By Jennifer Lipman, September 29, 2010

Two Jewish directors have been nominated for the Best Film award at this year’s London Film Festival.

Darren Aronofsky has made the shortlist for the thriller Black Swan, which stars the Jerusalem-born actress Natalie Portman as a ballerina consumed by jealousy of her co-star.