UK news

Chief backs training scheme

June 13, 2008

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks has agreed to be a patron of a new training  programme to encourage young lay and clerical religious leaders in the UK. Successful applicants in their 20s will be given free places on the £11,000-per-head Faith in Leadership scheme.

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Rabbis slam school Kabbalah classes

By Leon Symons, June 13, 2008

Two Orthodox rabbis have expressed grave concerns and called for government intervention after it emerged that a charity linked to the controversial Kabbalah Centre has been establishing a foothold in a number of UK primary and secondary schools.

After the JC made inquiries at one Catholic school, Westminster’s St Vincent de Paul, it suspended lessons run by workers from the charity, Spirituality For Kids (SFK).

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Man is accused of child rape

By Dana Gloger, June 13, 2008

A man has been charged with raping a boy in a synagogue men’s room.

Moshe Reichman, 23, a father of two from Golders Green, North-West London, is accused of four offences which allegedly took place four years ago.

The boy, who is also Jewish and who was 11 or 12 years old at the time, cannot be named. He had left his family home  on the day of the alleged incident to buy milk for his mother in nearby Stamford Hill.

Prosecutors say the boy was approached in the street by the defendant, who allegedly asked him to show him where a particular synagogue was.

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Fraudster gets four years’ jail

By Lynda Roughley, June 13, 2008

A Manchester businessman involved in a huge international “advance fee” fraud has been jailed.

Michael Rashman was sentenced to four years and nine months’ imprisonment by a judge who told him: “You have tarnished the good name of British overseas trading.”

Judge Gerald Clifton told Rashman, 54, that he accepted he had not played the leading role. He put his role “behind that of Carl Montlake but ahead of David Sasson”, the other two Jewish defendants.

He said that it was not pleasant to send a person like him to prison but he had a duty to the public.

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Welsh call to boycott envoy

June 13, 2008

The presiding officer of the Welsh Assembly has urged its members to boycott a meeting with Ron Prosor, the Israeli ambassador.

Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas emailed Assembly Members stating that he thought they should shun the ambassador. “I am unwilling to accept the invitation to meet the ambassador because of my objection to the failure of the state of Israel to meet its international obligations to the Palestinian people of the Holy Lands,” he wrote. “I would invite other colleagues to do the same.” 

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Beauties battle it out for England

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

Two Jewish women will battle for the Miss England crown next month.

Leah Green, 22, made it to the final by winning the Miss London title. She will be joined by runner-up Samantha Freedman, 19, who got there by winning the Miss ModelZed final in Leicester at the weekend.

Ms Green, a member of Belsize Square Synagogue who has been told she is the wrong size to be a regular model, will use the contest as an opportunity to promote curvier models.

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How a puncture on the A40 caught a rapist on the run

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

A convicted rapist who fled Israel before he could be jailed for a sex attack on an underage boy was caught last week when police stopped to help him change a wheel on a busy road.

Nachman Stal, 37, is understood to have been living in secret among the Charedi community of Stamford Hill, North London, since skipping the country two years ago.

But he was recaptured last Wednesday when his car had a puncture on the Westway stretch of the A40 in Ladbroke Grove, West London.

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Galloway to sue ‘the bill’

June 6, 2008

Respect MP George Galloway is threatening to sue TV series The Bill, claiming that a corrupt politician was based on him. The action relates to programmes in which the character is accused of smuggling antiques and drugs from Iraq. He is also shown at an anti-racism concert — a real-life event held in Mr Galloway’s Bethnal Green constituency.

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Schochet is elected

June 6, 2008

United Synagogue rabbis have chosen one of their most high-profile members to chair their Rabbinic Council. Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet succeeds Rabbi Mordechai Ginsbury. Vice-chairs will be Rabbi Michael Harris and Rabbi Naftali Brawer.

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Kedassia man resigns

June 6, 2008

The chairman of Kedassia, the kashrus arm of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, has stepped down. Mendel Hochhauser has been involved with Kedassia since 1990. It is believed he has given up the post to concentrate on his business activities.

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