UK news

First person: 'You can't run away from your own mind'

May 7, 2015

Andrew Barbarash has been through multiple mental illnesses. Now he is a Jami peer support worker, helping other sufferers to improve their lives.

The 32-year-old Londoner says: "I had a nervous breakdown. It was brought on by post-university pressures. In the Jewish community, you're expected to earn a lot, to have a high job status, and I felt that was expected of me.


Amy Winehouse’s father condemns singer’s biopic as ‘preposterous’

By Rosa Doherty, May 7, 2015

Amy Winehouse's father Mitch has criticised the makers of a biopic of his daughter’s life.

Speaking on ITV’s This Morning, he said that the film was unfair and unbalanced.

The forthcoming documentary Amy - The Girl Behind The Name is due to make its world premiere at Cannes Film Festival.


Diplomats' goal is to beat Germany

May 7, 2015

Israeli diplomats are to take on their German counterparts in a friendly football match.

Representatives from both London embassies, including ambassadors, will take part in the match to mark 50 years since the beginning of diplomatic relations between the two countries. If Israel's diplomatic corps should win, they will have achieved something its professional players have never managed.


Rabbis call for end to congo violence

May 7, 2015

Rabbis have called on UK politicians to help end the violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

A letter to the Times, signed by 70 people, read: "As rabbis, many of whom have relatives who perished in the Holocaust, we can neither stand idly by nor close our hearts to the pleas of the Congolese people."


Israel groups angry over intifada play

By Naomi Firsht, May 7, 2015

The UK tour of a play about Palestinians hiding in a Bethlehem church during the second intifada has sparked criticism among pro-Israel organisations even before the curtain rises on the first performance.

The Siege, produced by the Freedom Theatre company based on the West Bank, is due to be staged at The Lowry in Manchester on May 13 before coming to London the week after.


Church will tackle hate, says Archbishop

By Simon Rocker, May 7, 2015

The Archbishop of Canterbury has promised that the Church of England will take antisemitism seriously and apologised for an incident involving an Anglican priest this year.

In his first major address to a Jewish audience, Justin Welby told the Board of Deputies' annual dinner in London on Tuesday that there would be no repeat of an earlier episode where he had personally failed to protest.


Finally! A gourmet guide

By Rosa Doherty, May 7, 2015

It is one of the favourite talking points for British Jews - where are the best places to buy and eat kosher food in this country?

A musician believes he can provide the answer. Daniel Biro has launched a website which promises to review gourmet kosher products and restaurants across Britain and Europe.


Anger over shuls' invite to Galliano

By Rosa Doherty, May 7, 2015

Synagogue members have threatened to boycott an event featuring disgraced fashion designer John Galliano.

He is due to speak on a panel at the session hosted by three central London synagogues later this month.

The event is the first in the Connect series, an educational partnership between the Central, Western Marble Arch and New West End synagogues, sponsored by the Chief Rabbinate.


Election 2015: The key results to look for

By Marcus Dysch, May 7, 2015

The waiting is over. After months of campaigning, policy announcements and debates, election day is here.

The JC will be providing coverage throughout the night as results come in from across the country.


Anger as 300 students sent home by JFS over ‘misbehaviour’

By Charlotte Oliver, May 7, 2015

Parents and pupils at JFS have voiced their outrage after more than 300 students were sent home from school on Thursday morning.

According to year 11 pupils, their entire year group was escorted off the school premises earlier today because a “small group had been misbehaving”.

The incident occurred on the day before pupils are due to begin study leave before their GCSEs.