UK news

David Cameron takes tough line over Israel boycotts

By Marcus Dysch, October 2, 2014

David Cameron has again moved to reassure British Jews of the government’s commitment to tackling antisemitism.

He said he understood concerns following the rise in antisemitic incidents which followed the Gaza conflict in the summer, and reiterated the government’s opposition to boycotts of Israel.


Singer Lynsey de Paul dies after brain haemorrhage

By JCReporter, October 2, 2014

Jewish singer-songwriter Lynsey de Paul has died at the age of 64, after suffering a brain haemorrhage.

Her family said that she had been in perfect health and that her death was completely unexpected.

Born Lynsey Monckton Rubin in Edgware, north London, Ms de Paul had a string of pop hits in the 1970s, and represented the UK in the 1977 Eurovision Song Contest.


Neighbours at war over the Middle East

By Sandy Rashty, October 2, 2014

A quiet street in south-east London is the last place you would expect to be caught up in the Middle East conflict.

But the suburb of Brockley is the unlikely arena where two Jewish neighbours are at war over Israel.


Rabbis and congregants enthused by October's global Shabbos project

By Simon Rocker, October 2, 2014

When members of Barnet Synagogue in north London went to shul over Rosh Hashanah, they found pledge cards on their seats.

But this was not an appeal for money.


Snap Ofsted visit to 'good' girls' school

By Simon Rocker, October 2, 2014

A second state-aided Jewish school within a month has lost its "outstanding" ranking after an unannounced visit from Ofsted inspectors.

Yesodey Hatorah, a Chasidic school in Hackney, north London, which teaches 331 girls aged from 11-16, has been reclassified as "good" - the second highest of four inspection grades.


Bride faces life apart from her husband

By Rosa Doherty, October 2, 2014

A couple have been forced to start married life apart because the bride has been refused entry into the UK.

Israeli Sivan Ben Abu wed Londoner Oliver Stopnitzky in Tel Aviv last week, but Mr Stopnitzky returned home alone after the ceremony.

Mrs Stopnitzky said: "I'm devastated and he is inconsolable.


Inspection postponed

October 2, 2014

An Ofsted inspector turned up unannounced at a Jewish primary school in London last week - on the afternoon of the eve of Rosh Hashanah.

The independent Nancy Reuben Primary School, a Sephardi school in Hendon, was the latest school to receive a snap visit from the education watchdog.


TfL questions driver over bus abuse affair

October 2, 2014

Transport for London has said it will take "appropriate action" after a driver failed to respond when a man on his bus shouted antisemitic abuse at passengers, including young children.

Paul Edwards, the correspondence manager for buses at TfL, said the incident "has been fully investigated by both Arriva, the bus operator, and the Metropolitan Police.


Liverpool will act over new year hate tweets

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 2, 2014

Liverpool Football Club is expected to take a tough line with tweeters who responded to the club's Rosh Hashanah greeting with a torrent of racist messages.

A source at the club told the JC that Liverpool was considering banning anyone convicted of sending the tweets from attending matches at its Anfield stadium.

The news comes after the club was crticised by the city's Jewish community for


FA hands out tactics for the festival season

By Naomi Firsht, October 2, 2014

Premier League footballers should now know all about succahs, fasting and the Days of Awe thanks to a new initiative by the Football Association.

The sport's governing body has sent detailed factsheets about the High Holy Days to professonal and amateur clubs throughout England in a bid to improve religious understanding within football.

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