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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.


Baby death 'not caused by circumcision"

By Robyn Rosen, September 9, 2009

Britain's leading expert on cot death, Professor Peter Fleming, has declared that Amitai Moshe did not die as a result of having had a circumcision.

Giving evidence today, at Hornsey Coroners Court Professor Fleming was question by Jonathan Goldberg QC. Mr Goldberg said: "We can rule out the fact that the circumcision caused the death?"

Professor Fleming replied: "Yes, that is my view."


Adam Foulds nominated for Man Booker Prize

By Jessica Elgot, September 9, 2009

Novelist Adam Foulds, has had his third book The Quickening Maze shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

The son of New Essex Masorti Rabbi Michael Foulds, Mr Foulds, 34, was named Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year in 2008 for his debut novel The Truth About These Strange Times.

He has also won the Costa poetry prize and the Somerset Maugham Award from the Society of Authors for his poetic narrative The Broken Word a 60-page narrative poem about brutality during the Mau Mau uprisings in 1950s colonial Kenya,


Hatzola 'not to blame' for Brit baby’s death

By Robyn Rosen, September 8, 2009

The coroner at the inquest of a baby who died after his brit has praised the strictly Orthodox ambulance service that took him to hospital, after the baby’s father questioned the first aiders’ techniques.

Amitai Moshe was circumcised on February 1 2007 in Golders Green Synagogue but shortly after the ceremony he began to turn blue and blood was seen around his mouth.


Circumcision baby inquest: the latest

September 8, 2009

Andrew Walker, the coroner hearing the inquest on the death of the baby Amitai Moshe, has ruled that there should be a change in wording in the pathologist's report written after the baby's death in February 2007.

Evidence given at the Hornsey Coroners' Court inquest indicated that the baby boy was in all probability clinically dead at Golders Green Synagogue, where his brit had been performed earlier. He was not pronounced dead until eight days later, at University College Hospital.


Circumcision baby may have died in shul

By Robyn Rosen, September 7, 2009

Amitai Moshe, the baby who died eight days after his brit in Golders Green Synagogue, may have clinically died at the shul itself, a London inquest heard.

Amitai was circumcised on February 1 2007 but shortly after the ceremony 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.


Sir Nicholas Winton meets survivors at Liverpool St

By Jessica Elgot, September 7, 2009

Sir Nicholas Winton, the 100-year-old philanthropist who saved more than 600 Jewish children from Nazi Germany, welcomed passengers at Liverpool Street station in London, who had recreated their journey as refugees.

The journey, which was from Prague by steam train, marked the 70th anniversary of Sir Nicholas' mission to bring 669 mostly Jewish children to the UK during the war.

Twenty-two of the original evacuees saved by Sir Nicholas, known as the "British Oscar Schindler", took part in the anniversary journey.


Gordon Brown's Rosh Hashanah message

By Jessica Elgot, September 7, 2009

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has sent a message of goodwill to the Jewish community at Rosh Hashanah.

He said: “As we approach Rosh Hashanah I wanted to take the opportunity to wish you a good and sweet year.

“My admiration for the British Jewish community is boundless and as you gather in homes and synagogues across the country, our thoughts are with you all and we pray for a year of peace and prosperity for all the world.


BBC: BNP has a right to appear on Question Time

By Jessica Elgot, September 7, 2009

British National Party leader and MEP Nick Griffin has a right to appear on Question Time, the BBC has said.

Although no BNP representatives have ever appeared on Question Time before, the BBC is bound to treat all elected representatives impartially, a spokesman said.

Mr Griffin and Andrew Brons were elected as BNP representatives to the European Parliament in June this year.
Minority parties such as the Green Party and UKIP, were allowed slots on the show once elected to the European Parliament.