UK news

Brothels family faces jail

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2008

Three members of a Jewish family face jail after being convicted of running a chain of brothels.

Spencer Rolfe and his sister Adele Lubin operated the £1 million-a-year vice ring in North London with Lubin’s son, David Howard.

All three were found guilty of conspiracy to control prostitution at Southwark Crown Court.

Officers began an undercover investigation in December 2006. When the trio were arrested the following April, police found 17 prostitutes working at four brothels.


Rabbi gets a police escort to synagogue

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2008

A rabbi has been forced to have a police escort for Shabbat services because he fears for his safety.

For the past two years, officers have followed Rabbi Yossi Schwei as he walks the one-mile route from his Luton home on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings.

They began accompanying him as a precaution after youths began hurling verbal abuse at him and his family.


The Sderot tour our PM avoided

By Shelly Paz and Jessica Elgot, July 18, 2008

Although Gordon Brown is visiting Israel next week, the Prime Minister has decided to avoid scheduling a trip to the Kassam-ravaged town of Sderot. The Jewish Chronicle — which has long campaigned for more UK awareness of what we have called “Israel’s unreported war” — believes this to be a lost opportunity for Mr Brown to learn first-hand how Hamas rockets have been tormenting the Negev town’s residents.

So today the JC offers Mr Brown this whistlestop guide to the Sderot that he should be seeing for himself.


Schools ‘will have to accept non-Jews’

By Leon Symons and Simon Rocker, July 18, 2008

Report warns of over-supply of places

Jewish schools in Britain will increasingly have to accept non-Jewish pupils in order to fill their places, a new study predicts.

The first report of the Jewish Leadership Council’s Commission On Jewish Schools says that in London “it is likely that more than one secondary school will be enrolling non-Jewish children in the near future”.


Shalom to a master of foreign reporting

By Simon Rocker, July 18, 2008

Eric Silver, the former Israel correspondent for the JC and The Guardian, died in Jerusalem on Tuesday night aged 73 after a short illness.

The Leeds-born journalist, whose last JC article appeared four weeks ago, worked for The Guardian for 27 years from 1964 and contributed to the JC from 1987. He also wrote for The Independent, Time and Indian and Canadian publications and was the author of a biography of Menachem Begin and a book on non-Jewish saviours of Jews during the Holocaust.


Graduate dies with mother on his big day

By Marcus Dysch, July 18, 2008

A 21-year-old student was killed in a car crash with his mother as they drove home from his graduation

Ben Dalah and his mother Nadia’s Saab convertible collided with a lorry  on the M6 near Rugby. His father, Freddy, who was at the wheel, escaped with minor injuries.  

The lorry driver and that of a Renault Clio which was involved in the accident were also unhurt.

Mr Dalah was being comforted this week by his other sons Andrew, 26, and Josh, eight.


Charedi homes project may face injunction

By Dana Gloger, July 18, 2008

A £10 million Charedi housing development and a new site for a Jewish special-needs school could now be under threat due to local residents’ concerns that the buildings would block out their light.

In March, the Agudas Israel Housing Association (AIHA) won planning permission to build on the site of the former Avigdor School in Stamford Hill, North London. The development is planned to consist of 29 flats and Side by Side, a special-needs school for Orthodox Jewish children, currently in temporary accommodation.


Brown won’t visit Sderot

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 18, 2008

Prime Minister Gordon Brown will visit Israel next week — but despite requests by the Israeli Foreign Ministry, he is not scheduled to visit Sderot.

Mr Brown’s visit to Jerusalem on Sunday and Monday will not last much longer than 24 hours. He is due to meet Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, the foreign and defence ministers, and the head of the opposition. He will also sign two treaties, including an initiative of academic exchange reported by the JC last week.


Another Orthodox plan looks safe as houses

By Dana Gloger, July 18, 2008

Manchester's Charedi community could soon be given some relief from its housing crisis.

The Agudas Israel Housing Association (AIHA) has put in a bid to buy 17 luxury houses, all of five, six or seven bedrooms, in the Broughton Green development in Higher Broughton, Salford.

Larger houses are in high demand by the strictly Orthodox community, who usually have large families, sometimes with as many as 15 children. But they are in short supply  in Manchester as well as in London, along with other parts of the UK.


Miliband tells UJIA that Britain ‘won’t duck’ Iran’s nuclear threat

By Jenni Frazer, July 18, 2008

Foreign Secretary David Miliband paid a warm and emotional tribute to the Anglo-Jewish community on Wednesday, along with a trenchant warning that Iran’s nuclear ambitions were “a challenge that Britain will not duck” for the sake of stability for Israel and the whole of the Middle East.

The Foreign Secretary was the guest of honour at UJIA’s annual patrons’ dinner, held in the Foreign Office’s Locarno Rooms, where, he reminded guests, the seven Locarno Treaties had been signed in December 1925.