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Shul leader crushed by wife in car

By Marcus Dysch and Faga Speker, October 30, 2008

A former synagogue president was seriously injured when his wife accidentally reversed her car into him, crushing him against a wall.

Retired dentist David Franks, 71, suffered head injuries when he became trapped as his wife, Elizabeth, attempted to back her Honda out of a garage at their home in Gosforth, Newcastle on Saturday.

He is a former president of Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation and is a director of North East Jewish Community Services.


'Security' row over Munich tribute at 2012

By Leon Symons, October 30, 2008

Allegations that a police trainer has labelled a proposed commemoration of the Munich Olympics massacre at the 2012 London Olympics "a security threat" have been vehemently denied.

An Islamic scholar, hired by Scotland Yard to train police on interfaith issues, had warned that a commemoration ceremony "could become a national security threat if it was not managed properly and was perceived by Muslims to be ‘hijacking' the Games", The Times reported this week.


David Irving invited on Celebrity Big Brother

October 30, 2008

TV production company Endemol, which makes the reality show Celebrity Big Brother, was condemned this week for inviting Holocaust-denier David Irving to take part in the next series.

Mr Irving states on his website that he received a "top secret provisional invitation" in September asking him to take part in series planned to start on January 2. He was told last Friday that he had not made the final selection.


Andrew Sachs is "trying to forget" the BBC prank

By Jan Shure, October 30, 2008

Actor Andrew Sachs, who has been at the centre of the media storm this week, after "prank" calls from broadcasters Jonathan Ross and Russell Brand, told the JC today (Thursday) that he was "trying to forget" the whole incident.

Mr Sachs, who played Manuel in Fawlty Towers, described the past week's events as "very sad".

"It is very sad, the whole story - our family has been through a terrible time," he said.


Golders Green attacker faces jail

By Marcus Dysch, October 28, 2008

An unemployed man faces jail after he was convicted of stabbing a Hatzola volunteer.

Mohamed Jama Ahmed, 37, of North Circular Road, London, was found guilty of two charges of GBH with intent and one of stealing a car at Wood Green Crown Court on October 16.

Charedi emergency service volunteer Zvi Hammond, 43, was off duty and sitting in his car at the time of the attack in Golders Green on April 25.

He was stabbed twice and suffered life-threatening injuries including a collapsed lung, but recovered and was in court to see Ahmed convicted.


Sacks throws rabbis a credit crunch lifeline

By Simon Rocker, October 24, 2008

The Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, is planning a special seminar next month to equip rabbis to deal with the impact of the financial crisis on their congregants.

Its aim is to help them provide pastoral care, encourage support networks and be aware of the sort of help available, such as the Employment Resource Centre.

He is also inviting some business representatives to advise rabbis on how communities can help.


Battle on to restart Auschwitz trips

By Leon Symons, October 24, 2008

Talks have begun to try to restart educational visits to Auschwitz for Scottish schools, under the auspices of the Holocaust Educational Trust.


JNF’s Israeli charity: ‘conflicts of interest, misrepresented accounts’

October 24, 2008

These are edited extracts from a preliminary investigation carried out for the JNF Charitable Trust by a firm of forensic accountants, Smith & Williamson. The report, dated July 21 2008, was commissioned by the new JNF chairman, Samuel Hayek, amid concerns over allegations of financial mismanagement within the charity, and over the establishment of an Israeli charity, Nes Israel. It emerged in the public domain in a recent court case brought by former JNF chief executive Simon Winters against the charity's lawyers, Mishcon de Reya.


Teachers fight for right to Holy Day leave

By Dana Gloger, October 24, 2008

Teachers have faced particular problems taking time off for the High Holy Days this year, according to their representative body.

Daniel Needlestone, chair of the Jewish Teachers Association, said the problems have been particularly bad because all the Jewish festivals fell on weekdays.

"Some people have faced major problems. It's very hard for teachers to take time off during term time and some schools say teachers are being unreasonable in asking," he said.


Apology to George Galloway

October 24, 2008

Readers of an article published in the August 7 issue may have mistakenly thought that George Galloway, when speaking at an anti-war rally about his support for Hizbollah and its leader, had pointed to Hassan Nasrallah's statement that "the Jews invented the legend of the Nazi atrocities".

In fact, it was the National Union of Students which had pointed to these comments by Hassan Nasrallah when condemning Mr Galloway for this support of the Hizbollah leader.