UK news

War on Want is cleared by charity watchdog

By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2009

The Charity Commission has cleared War on Want of wrongdoing after the anti-poverty charity hosted an event which accused Israel of human rights abuses and called for a worldwide boycott of the Jewish state.

Zionist Federation president Eric Moonman, who had complained to the commission about WoW’s actions, will now put together a panel of academics to scrutinise the commission’s work.

The commission said this week it was satisfied that the anti-poverty group had worked within the rules and not breached charitable guidelines by hosting the event.


Peter Maxwell's manager admits £500,000 fraud

September 10, 2009

The former manager of Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen’s Music, has admitted defrauding the 75-year-old composer of more than £500,000.

Michael Arnold, also 75, was Sir Peter’s manager for more than 30 years.

He pleaded guilty to one charge of false accounting involving £522,333 at Kingston Crown Court on Tuesday. He will be sentenced on October 20.


Inquest: brit not to blame in baby death

By Robyn Rosen, September 10, 2009

The baby who died shortly after his brit, died of natural causes totally unrelated to his circumcision, a coroner has ruled.

Amitai Moshe was circumcised by Rabbi Moshe Perry on February 1 2007 in Golders Green Synagogue, north-west London, but about 35 minutes after the ceremony, while his mother was breastfeeding him, he began to turn blue and blood was seen around his mouth and nose. Two medically trained guests and the mohel attempted to resuscitate him.


Aquascutum back in UK hands

September 10, 2009

Fashion businessman Harold Tillman, chairman of Jaeger, has bought luxury British brand Aquascutum from its Japanese owners.

The fashion label now returns to British hands after it was bought from Japanese company Renown Incorporated.

Mr Tillman became chairman of the British Fashion Council last year and is a member of Highgate Synagogue.


Greetings from Gordon & David

September 10, 2009

Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Opposition leader David Cameron have both issued messages to the Jewish community to mark Rosh Hashanah.

Mr Brown said his admiration for the British Jewish community was “boundless” and wished Anglo-Jewry “a good and sweet year”.

Mr Cameron said that “those of all faiths and none” could learn from the festival.


Brothel family stripped of assets

September 10, 2009

Three members of a Jewish family convicted of running a chain of brothels have been stripped of their remaining assets.

Spencer Rolfe and his sister Adele Lubin were both jailed for 15 months in August last year.

Rolfe, of Green Avenue, Mill Hill, must return £28,500 made through his criminality.

Lubin, of Watford Way, Hendon, was ordered by Southwark Crown Court to pay back £42,000.

Lubin’s son, David Howard, who was given a six-month jail sentence suspended for two years, must now return £30,000 under the Proceeds of Crimes Act.


UK fascists to wave Israeli flag at rally

By Leon Symons, September 10, 2009

Jews may be waving a Palestinian flag at a demonstration on Sunday — while the Israeli flag will be displayed by a group of fascists.

This surreal prospect follows the adoption of the Israeli flag by some British extreme rightwingers.

Members of the English Defence League clashed with anti-racists in Birmingham on Saturday. Prominent in some of the photographs were demonstrators waving an Israeli flag. At least one Muslim website has claimed a “connection between the EDL and Zionists”.


So, Boris, fasting for Yom Kippur?

By Marcus Dysch, September 10, 2009

When Mayor of London Boris Johnson last week urged non-Muslims to fast for a day during Ramadan to learn more about Islam, it was perhaps inevitable that someone would enquire as to his views on the benefits of non-Jews fasting on Yom Kippur.

Perhaps it was equally inevitable that Mr Johnson’s response would come in his trademark garbled fashion.


JFS admits child of non-Orthodox convert

By Simon Rocker, September 10, 2009

JFS has accepted the child of a non-Orthodox-converted mother as a first-year pupil, despite its previous rejection of such children because they are not considered Jewish by the Chief Rabbi.

The Orthodox school, based in Kenton, north London, refused to admit any U-turn or say whether the decision had been taken because of a Court of Appeal ruling earlier this summer declaring its entry policy to be unlawful.

Russell Kett, chairman of JFS governors, said: “The school does not comment on individual applicants or students.”


Circumcision baby died of natural causes

By Robyn Rosen, September 9, 2009

Amitai Moshe, the baby who died shortly after his brit, died of natural causes totally unrelated to his circumcision, a coroner has ruled today.

Amitai was circumcised on February 1 2007 in Golders Green Synagogue but about 35 minutes after the ceremony, whilst his mother was breastfeeding him, he began to turn blue and blood was seen around his mouth.