UK news

Kellogg's in 'kosher' crisis

By Marcus Dysch, October 8, 2008

Kellogg's has apologised to a Jewish man who ate a cereal bar containing pork gelatine because its wrapper incorrectly stated it was suitable for vegetarians.

Oberon Gardner and his family bought the Rice Krispies Squares bars at a supermarket in Colchester, Essex, last week.

Labels on 5,000 multipacks carried the words "suitable for vegetarians", even though the full ingredients list explained that around one per cent of the marshmallow bar contained pork gelatine.


Murder in Golders Green

By Leon Symons, October 8, 2008

The death of a man on Monday brought the heartland of Jewish north-west London to a sudden halt.

Dozens of police - many of them armed with automatic weapons - sealed off Highfield Road in Golders Green after receiving an emergency call saying shots had been fired.


Gordon Brown's cabinet reshuffle yields a mixed bag

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2008

Prime Minister Gordon Brown's reshuffle this week yielded a mixed bag as far as Jewish and Israeli interests were concerned, with some appointments greeted with quiet satisfaction and others with mild concern.


The chaplaincy that students rely upon

By Marcus Dysch, October 3, 2008

As the range of issues dealt with by University Jewish Chaplaincy rises, so does the strain on its resources.

Executive director Rabbi Yoni Sherizen warns that UJC faces "a real challenge" to maintain the services of its nine-chaplain network to an estimated 3,500 Jewish students.

The charity has been forced significantly to increase fundraising efforts over the past year, and Rabbi Sherizen acknowledges that generating almost £1 million will be difficult in the prevailing financial climate.


Prince Charles to be patron

October 3, 2008
Prince Charles has agreed to become patron of the Jewish Museum, his first patronage of a Jewish organisation in Britain. The museum is undergoing a £4.2 million expansion that will triple its space and is scheduled to reopen in autumn 2009.


BNP man fails in election

October 3, 2008
A BNP candidate who stood in the Hampstead Town ward of Camden Council last week gained the lowest ballot of the five nominees - just 29 votes. Stephen Dorman lost to Lib-Dem councillor Linda Chung, who took 1,242 votes. Voter turnout was 37 per cent.


Kosher butcher in the clear

October 3, 2008
North-West London butcher Kosher Delicatessen will not be prosecuted following an investigation by Barnet Council into the misuse of additives. Owner Albert Bendahan said: "The public's health is our prime concern and we maintain the highest possible standards."


Caterer seeks court aid to keep trading

By Leon Symons, October 3, 2008

A kosher caterer has taken an unusual legal step to ensure that he survives the economic downturn.

Stephen Wolfisz went to the High Court on Friday to complete a company voluntary arrangement (CVA).
The caterer, whose offices are in Colindale, will continue to work, but under the supervision of an insolvency practitioner who is approved by the court.

"The whole idea is that I stay in business so that I can pay off the money I owe. This is definitely not liquidation or going bust. I owe some money but it is not a huge amount," he said.


Web ‘boosting hate speech’, says CST

By Dana Gloger, October 3, 2008

The Community Security Trust claims that society is entering "dangerous territory" as extremists are increasingly using newspaper websites to reach wider audiences.

Most newspapers, as well as broadcasters, have areas on their websites which provide open forums, allowing members of the public to create a blog or their own page.

The CST said this week that an increasingly large number of extremists were using such media outlets, giving them platforms with huge audiences through which to air their views.


Tory calls for Yom Kippur election ban

By Marcus Dysch, October 3, 2008

A candidate in an election being held on Yom Kippur has called on the government to add the Jewish calendar's holiest day to a list of dates on which polling is banned.

The JC revealed a fortnight ago that Haringey Council had angered Jewish voters by choosing October 9 for a by-election in its Alexandra ward.

Conservative Party candidate David Douglas says he was "appalled" by the North London authority's decision and has written to Justice Minister Jack Straw to ask for a change in the law.