UK news

Double summer time plans put on hold

By Jennifer Lipman, March 4, 2011

Plans to change Britain’s clocks to make dawn and dusk an hour later have been put on hold by the government.

The controversial proposal to bring UK clocks into line with Europe has been omitted from a Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) policy paper, published today.


Investigation into Liverpool school swimming lesson tragedy

By Jennifer Lipman, March 4, 2011

An investigation has been launched into the death of a 12-year-old pupil at Liverpool’s King David High School.

Oliver King died on Wednesday after collapsing from what was thought to be a seizure in the school’s swimming pool.

Paramedics took him to hospital but could not save him.


The rebranding of Kabbalah

March 4, 2011

Unrest in the Middle East was the topic for the Kabbalah Centre's "Power of Peace" conference this week, the first of its kind for the organisation.

Dr Jehan Sadat, widow of former Egyptian president, was the keynote speaker, with Kabbalah Centre International founder Karen Berg.


Football fake confesses: we were all at it

By Marcus Dysch, March 4, 2011

An amateur footballer caught up in the scandal over players' identities has revealed how he and his teammates knew they would be caught and expelled from a Jewish league.

Striker Mariusz Mielniczuk and his MSFL side, Holy Mount Zion, made headlines around the world last month after the JC revealed the team had been suspended for fielding non-Jewish players under fake names.


Israeli lecturer attacked by Belfast pro-Palestine activists

By Marcus Dysch, March 4, 2011

An Israeli law lecturer had to be rescued by security officers when a seminar was abandoned after being disrupted by pro-Palestinian demonstrators.

Solon Solomon, a former legal adviser to the Knesset Foreign Affairs committee, had been invited to speak to law school students at Queen's University in Belfast.


Gerald Ronson's speech to the CST dinner

March 3, 2011

Prime Minister, Chief Rabbi, Rabbonim, Your Excellencies, My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen,

As we come to the end of our evening together. This is where I ask each and every one of you to play your part in meeting the challenges that face all of us.


Forged Israeli passports found in office of safe deposit thief

By Robyn Rosen, March 3, 2011

A businessman who ran a corrupt safe deposit company which had £500 million worth of criminal assets seized by police will be sentenced this week.

Milton Woolf, who was previously on the search committee at New London Synagogue to find a rabbi after the death of Rabbi Dr Louis Jacobs, charged criminals up to £70,000 to stash their loot in safety deposit boxes with “no questions asked”.


Lord Sacks joins Dalai Lama as faith prize winner

By Jennifer Lipman, March 3, 2011

The chief rabbi has joined the 14th Dalia Lama and the former Archbishop of Canterbury as a recipient of a prestigious award honouring people who turn their “faith into action”.

Lord Sacks will be awarded this year’s Ladislaus Laszt Ecumenical and Social Concern Award by Ben-Gurion University at a ceremony in Israel next week.


Croc attack husband gets six months' jail

By Jessica Elgot, March 3, 2011

A strictly Orthodox man has been jailed for clubbing his wife with a pink Croc sandal, while he was holding his baby daughter.

Solomon Glausiusz, 42, of Stamford Hill, must serve six months in prison after he attacked his wife of 14 years, Yerusha. He was convicted of actual bodily harm, after a three-day trial last year.


Missing IDF man evidence is 'destroyed'

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 3, 2011

The Ministry of Defence has said it may have destroyed a report on the last sighting of three missing Israeli soldiers which could scupper finding their whereabouts.

It is the latest in a series of setbacks in investigations by Manchester lawyers representing the mother of missing soldier Zachary Baumel, who has not been seen since capture in Syria in 1982.