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Siblings agree compromise in High Court dispute over mother’s burial

By JC Reporter, November 9, 2015

The strains of the song 'If You Were the Only Girl in the World' will ring out after Iris Freud's warring children finally agreed on how she should be buried.

Mrs Freud died, aged 92, at West Middlesex University Hospital in October, and her body has been kept in storage as a “'biblical” High Court battle was waged over her funeral.


Star-studded opening to UK Jewish Film Festival

By Barry Toberman, November 8, 2015

The 19th UK Jewish Film Festival got off to a glitzy start on Saturday evening as stars of the gala premiere, Closer To The Moon, joined 300 movie fans for a reception and screening at BFI on the Southbank.

Set in Romania in 1958 where antisemitism was rife, the film is based on the true story of a disenchanted group of Jewish friends who plot an audacious bank raid.


Did Jeremy Corbyn back artist whose mural was condemned as antisemitic?

By Marcus Dysch, November 6, 2015

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn apparently backed the painting of a mural which was condemned as having antisemitic undertones.

The graphic, Freedom for Humanity, was painted on a property near Brick Lane in London’s East End by renowned international graffiti artist Kalen Ockerman, known as Mear One, in 2012.


New Israel ambassador starts work in Ireland

By Sandy Rashty, November 6, 2015

Israel’s new ambassador to Ireland has presented his credentials to the country’s president.

Ze’ev Boker, 57, met President Michael Higgins yesterday.

Mr Boker, who was raised in an Israeli kibbutz, has served as a diplomat since 1987.


Siblings fall out over where to bury mother

By JC Reporter, November 6, 2015

A warring brother and sister have begun a High Court fight over possession of their late mother's body.

Judge Mr Justice Arnold said he would need to call upon the "judgement of Solomon" to decide the "biblical" dispute between siblings Susanna Levrant and David Freud.


Man arrested after Shomrim volunteers abused

By Josh Jackman, November 6, 2015

Police officers have arrested a man on suspicion of racially abusing Shomrim volunteers who were helping a burglary victim.

Members of the Jewish volunteer security service spotted the attempted burglary at around 12:45pm on Thursday while patrolling in Hackney, east London, and called police to help.


'Shun' husband refusing to grant his wife a get, Beth Din tells shuls

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2015

The London Beth Din has taken the unprecedented step of calling for a man to be banned from synagogues and publicly shunned because he has refused to grant his wife a religious divorce.


MP Andy Slaughter ‘was not listening’ to Sir Gerald's controversial comments

By JC Reporter, November 5, 2015

Labour’s Shadow Human Rights Minister Andy Slaughter said he was “not listening” when Sir Gerald Kaufman made his controversial comments last week.

But the Hammersmith MP went on to refer twice to what Sir Gerald had said when he made his own speech minutes later.

Mr Slaughter was sitting three seats from Sir Gerald during the Palestine Return Centre event.


Corbyn 'demonised' by community, says activist

By Rosa Doherty, November 5, 2015

Jewish organisations are to blame for the community's fractured relationship with the left following Jeremy Corbyn's election as Labour leader, a prominent activist has claimed.

David Rosenberg, a writer and Jewish Socialists' Group member, said the Zionist Federation and Board of Deputies - and the JC - had "lurched further to the right" to attack Mr Corbyn and his supporters.


Comic career takes off for a boy called Zoom

By Naomi Firsht, November 5, 2015

Could JCoSS pupil Zoom Rockman be the coolest 15-year-old in the country?

Not only is he called Zoom, but he has drawn and published his own comic, The Zoom!, from the age of eight, and has had a regular strip in the Beano since he was 12, featuring his character Skanky Pigeon.

And now his work is being displayed at a solo exhibition in London's West End.