UK news

Charedi rape claim is denied

By Dana Gloger, October 10, 2008

A Charedi man has pleaded not guilty to raping a 12-year-old boy in a synagogue lavatory.

Moshe Reichman, 24, from Golders Green, North-West London, appeared at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday and will face trial in January 2009, accused of four offences.


Warning: fraudster on loose

By Leon Symons, October 10, 2008

A warning has been issued to every minister in the United Synagogue to be on their guard in case a convicted conman turns up on their doorstep.

The warning was sent out a day after the man, 40-year-old Bradley Silver, was given a suspended prison sentence after he admitted three charges relating to forged cheques.


Conman pretends to be Meretz UK chair

By Candice Krieger, October 10, 2008

The chairman of a British-based progressive Zionist group is the latest victim of a Nigerian email scam.
Someone claiming to be Meretz UK's Yehuda Erdman wrote an email - received by members of the organisation and at the JC - saying he was stranded in Nigeria, where he was working with HIV and Aids sufferers. He appealed - in very questionable English - for hundreds of dollars.

The email reads: "It as [sic] been a very sad and bad moment for me, the present condition that I found myself is very intoxicated for me to explain.


Lord Levy still has security protection

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 10, 2008

Sixteen months after ending his role as the Prime Minister's envoy to the Middle East, Lord Levy continues to have security protection. He was last week seen travelling to synagogue accompanied by a bodyguard.

Cabinet ministers and senior government officials do not normally continue having official protection after they leave their positions, with the exception of the Prime Minister and, during the "Troubles", former Northern Ireland Secretaries.


Palestinian envoy to speak at Reform shul

By Simon Rocker, October 10, 2008

The Palestinian Authority's UK envoy has been invited to address a meeting of Reform synagogues next month.

Professor Manuel Hassassian will speak at the North Western Reform Synagogue (Alyth Gardens) in London at an event jointly hosted by the synagogue, Finchley Reform Synagogue and the Progressive Zionist movement, Pro Zion.


Jewish values will help us through crisis, says Brown

By Jenni Frazer, October 10, 2008

Gordon Brown told an 800-strong audience on Monday night that the Jewish community's ethic of "goodwill and moral purpose" and its "investment in hope" had a resonant message for getting through the financial crisis.

The Prime Minister told UJIA's annual dinner that "successful market economics need trust, which can only be built through shared values".


Exclusive: Shul-goer denies terror plot role

By Dana Gloger, October 10, 2008

A man facing extradition to the United States on terrorism charges has spoken of his nightmare at being linked to attacks on coalition troops in Iraq.

Farshid Gillardian, 39, from Hendon, North-West London, is accused by US authorities of being part of a network that allegedly supplied components used to make roadside bombs which have killed soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Kellogg's in 'kosher' crisis

By Marcus Dysch, October 8, 2008

Kellogg's has apologised to a Jewish man who ate a cereal bar containing pork gelatine because its wrapper incorrectly stated it was suitable for vegetarians.

Oberon Gardner and his family bought the Rice Krispies Squares bars at a supermarket in Colchester, Essex, last week.

Labels on 5,000 multipacks carried the words "suitable for vegetarians", even though the full ingredients list explained that around one per cent of the marshmallow bar contained pork gelatine.


Murder in Golders Green

By Leon Symons, October 8, 2008

The death of a man on Monday brought the heartland of Jewish north-west London to a sudden halt.

Dozens of police - many of them armed with automatic weapons - sealed off Highfield Road in Golders Green after receiving an emergency call saying shots had been fired.


Gordon Brown's cabinet reshuffle yields a mixed bag

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 7, 2008

Prime Minister Gordon Brown's reshuffle this week yielded a mixed bag as far as Jewish and Israeli interests were concerned, with some appointments greeted with quiet satisfaction and others with mild concern.