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Equalities complaint forces JW3 to scrap women-only Charedi film screening

By JC Reporter, June 15, 2015

The Jewish community centre JW3 has cancelled its screening of a film by a Charedi film-maker over her insistence that it be shown to a women-only audience.

JW3 said it had made the "regrettable" decision on legal advice after a complaint had been received by the Equalities Commission.


Anger over David Starkey’s 'deeply offensive' comments about Jews

By Charlotte Oliver, June 15, 2015

Historian David Starkey has caused controversy by comparing the Nazis' view of Jews to the Scottish nationalists' view of the English.

The outspoken academic told the Sunday Times that the Scottish National Party vilified the English in the same way that Hitler vilified the Jews.


Royal Jewish Care dinner raises over £5 million

By Barry Toberman, June 12, 2015

Jewish Care’s 25th anniversary dinner has raised a record £5.1 million.


Mick Davis and 101-year-old Naim Dangoor knighted in Queen's birthday honours

By Naomi Firsht and Rosa Doherty, June 12, 2015

Jewish figures from the worlds of education, business, inter-faith relations and philanthropy have been recognised in the Queen's birthday honours.

Iraqi-born entrepreneur Naim Dangoor was knighted for his “extraordinarily generous philanthropy to a range of health, educational and religious charities”.


Film festival pulls screening after Odeon says no to a women-only audience

By Rosa Doherty, June 12, 2015

The organisers of a festival of Israeli movies has pulled the screening of a film by a Charedi director after the Odeon cinema group said it would not bar men from the audience

Gift of Fire was due to be show at the Odeon in Swiss Cottage as part of Seret 2015 festival.

Director Rechy Elias had demanded that it be shown only to women for religious reasons.


Footballer summoned to court on assault charges over headbutt at Jewish league match

By Josh Jackman, June 12, 2015

The amateur footballer who allegedly fractured a spectator’s cheekbone during a Sunday league game will face assault charges in court.

Mike Filson, a solicitor from Manchester, will appear over the reported headbutt on Leeds Maccabi committee member Elliot Landy.


Lord Sacks calls on moderates of all faiths to defend religious freedom

By Simon Rocker, June 12, 2015

Emeritus Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has called for moderates of all faiths to stand together in defence of religious freedom in the wake of what he called the “religious equivalent of ethnic cleansing” of Christians in the Middle East.


Charities probed over late accounts

By Simon Rocker, June 11, 2015

The Charity Commission has opened new inquiries into two Orthodox Jewish charities as part of a wider crackdown on organisations that have failed to submit their accounts on time.

Both the Bfon Trust, based in Golders Green, and the Chevras Machzikei Mesifta (Chevras MM) in Hackney, north London, had previously been the subject of investigations by the charity watchdog.


Duke of Cambridge pays tribute to Jewish Care at charity's 25th anniversary dinner

By Barry Toberman, June 11, 2015

The Duke of Cambridge paid a glowing tribute to Jewish Care at its 25th anniversary dinner tonight.

Addressing 1,500 people at the event at Alexandra Palace, the Duke praised "the real and loving care" the charity provided to thousands of elderly and vulnerable people.

He described Jewish Care as an outstanding organisation, before wishing it "mazeltov" on its anniversary.


October date for ShabbatUK celebration, says Chief Rabbi

By JCReporter, June 11, 2015

ShabbatUK will take place this year on October 23 and 24, the Chief Rabbi's Office has announced.

Synagogues, schools and communal groups will be encouraged to hold events to enhance the celebration and observance of the day of rest.

The initiative was set up in 2014 by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, inspired by the successful Shabbos Project in South Africa.