UK news

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.


He's got Israel going radio gaga

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 3, 2011

A Manchester man has given up his career in finance to help found Israel's first sports talk-radio station.

Mark Gordon, 41, originally from Whitefield, made aliyah with his family last August but has already found his calling through the microphone.

The former finance director now hosts his own show on Jerusalem's English-speaking Israel Sports Radio.


York archbishop Dr John Sentamu: I bake challot

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 3, 2011

Jewish-Christian relations were on the agenda at a private dinner attended by Manchester rabbis and the Archbishop of Canterbury on Tuesday.


UK praise for the Israeli legal sector

By Robyn Rosen, March 3, 2011

The president of the Law Society has said she wants legal links between the UK and Israel to be strengthened following a visit to the country.

Linda Lee flew to Jerusalem last week to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Israel Bar Association.


Treasures from the Anne Frank attic

By Jessica Elgot, March 3, 2011

A childhood friend of Anne Frank's sister made a surprise appearance at a Jewish Book Week talk by the young diarist's cousin, Buddy Elias.

Inge Parish, 87, of north west London, said she had been moved to speak about her friendship with ten-year-old Margot Frank, after hearing Mr Elias describe his childhood with his cousins.


Memories jogged to archive Jewish exodus from Arab lands

March 3, 2011

One of the earliest memories of Ellis Douek, who was born in Cairo in 1934, is the early morning mist over the Nile.

Eileen Khalastchy, who was born in 1929, recalls sleeping beneath the stars with her family in summer on the roof of their house in Baghdad.


Only £5m? My ex-wife has £57m

By James Brewster, March 3, 2011

A divorced husband who claims that a judge's "unfair discrimination" led to him being refused a fair share of his Jewish ex-wife's £57m fortune has taken his case to the Court of Appeal.

The man, in his 40s, was awarded £5m by a family judge last summer, but is now attacking the payout as "minimalist" at London's Appeal Court.


Prestwich crime spree

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 3, 2011

A four-day burglary spree has rattled residents of the King's Road area of north Manchester.

Three homes on Tewkesbury Drive, Richmond Avenue and Harrogate Avenue in the predominantly Jewish area of Prestwich were targeted in the early hours of the morning between last Thursday and Sunday.


JNF quits leadership council after dispute

By Simon Rocker, March 3, 2011

One of the oldest Jewish charities, JNF UK, has been accused of "withdrawing from communal life" by deciding to quit the Jewish Leadership Council.

JNF chairman Samuel Hayek, writing in today's JC, said he had resigned his seat at the council because of the JLC's escalating costs and its executive's failure to listen to other members.


Jews lead the way in fight against hate

By Martin Bright, March 3, 2011

The Jewish community is prepared to put itself at the forefront of the campaign against religious and racial extremism, according to a detailed new analysis of identity in England.