Josh Jackman

Football agents banned and fined by FA over player transfer

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

Two Jewish football agents have been banned and fined after admitting to breaking Football Association rules during a transfer last year.

Alex Levack and Matthew Kleinman were banned for seven months and fined £7,500 each after concealing from the FA their involvement and pay they received during Dale Stephens’ move from Charlton Athletic to Brighton and Hove Albion in January 2014.

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Cannabis? It could be an official spiritual high

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

A prominent British rabbi has welcomed the prospect of medically prescribed cannabis being given kosher certification in the US.

New York rabbi Moshe Elefant, who runs the Orthodox Union's certification agency, is in talks with several companies who want their medical marijuana to be classified as kosher.

But Rabbi Abraham Pinter, headteacher of Yesodey Hatorah school in Stamford Hill, said

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Orthodox mum: husband 'raped and punched me'

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

An Orthodox woman has told a court how her husband sexually and physically abused her.

Rivky Stein, 25, made the allegations at Kings County Supreme Court in New York during a hearing to determine custody of her five-year-old son and four-year-old daughter.

She is asking for full custody, with supervised visitation rights for their father, 32-year-old Yoel Weiss.

Ms Stein testified that w

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Council backs down over Hitlers Walk sign

By Josh Jackman, February 23, 2015

A proposed boycott by Cornish Jews has led a village to defer indefinitely its plan to erect a sign naming a local park “Hitlers Walk”.

The title was originally created by Mevagissey residents in the 1930s in reference to despotic local councillor Wright Harris, but the park sign was removed in 2005 following objections.

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Football club director charged by FA over ‘Yids’ remark

By Josh Jackman, February 20, 2015

A non-league football club’s director has resigned after being charged by the Football Association for calling Tottenham Hotspur “yids”.

Graham O’Callaghan, commercial manager of eighth-tier side Kendal Town, wrote on Facebook: “yes, Chelsea versus the yids cup final” in response to Spurs reaching the League Cup final.

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Anti-Israel demo closes Kent drone factory

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

Anti-Israel protesters have caused the temporary closure of a factory owned by a subsidiary of Israeli drone manufacturer Elbit Systems.

A group of 14 activists from anti-arms and pro-Palestinian organisations, including Brighton BDS and Swansea Action for Palestine, stopped production at the Kent factory of Instro Precision on Tuesday.

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Shechita appeal

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

More than 43,000 people have signed a petition calling for the continued protection of religious slaughter in Britain.

Manchester's Jewish Representative Council and the city's Muslim Jewish Forum created the petition this week.

The move comes ahead of a parliamentary debate due to take place on Monday at which MPs will discuss the future of non-stun slaughter.

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Leading rabbi mourned

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

Rabbi Elchonon Halpern, one of Britain's leading strictly Orthodox rabbis, has died aged 92.

An estimated 5,000 people attended his funeral in Golders Green, north-west London, on Wednesday, bringing the area to a standstill. A Metropolitan Police helicopter was used to watch over the mourners.

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Tea parties stir lonely back into the social whirl

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

Madelaine Baker's husband Joe died in September. Making the adjustment to life on her own has been difficult and she needs "something to look forward to, outside of your regular schedule".

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Norwich honours victims of blood libel

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

A plaque to commemorate 17 Norwich Jews killed during 12th century blood libel riots was unveiled on Monday.

The Lord Mayor, Councillor Judith Lubbock, led the memorial for the six adults and 11 children, who are believed to have come from the same family.

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Poverty charity’s boycott is like Nazi Germany, says new group

By Josh Jackman, February 19, 2015

A newly-launched Jewish activist group has likened a charity’s boycott of Israel to the policies of Nazi Germany.

Activists from Jewish Human Rights Watch (JHRW) led the group’s inaugural protest on Monday outside the head office of anti-poverty charity War on Want in north London.

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Board of Deputies delegation visits French Jewish group

By Josh Jackman, February 18, 2015

Board of Deputies representatives have visited French counterparts to demonstrate solidarity following last month’s terrorist attack in Paris in which four Jews were killed.

During the meeting with Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (Crif) on Wednesday, the organisations pledged to work together to tackle online hate crimes and interfaith relations.

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Organiser of far-right rally arrested over alleged antisemitic tweets

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

White supremacist activist Joshua Bonehill-Paine, who has organised a rally against the "Jewification of Great Britain", has been arrested for inciting racial hatred and reportedly banned from entering London.

A Scotland Yard spokesperson said a 22-year-old was apprehended on Friday because of "two visual and written publications on the internet".

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Board of Deputies treasurer 'bursting to criticise Israeli administration'

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

Outgoing Board of Deputies treasurer Laurence Brass has aimed a parting shot at the Israeli government, saying that he has “been bursting to criticise the Israeli administration” for six years.

Mr Brass will stand down from the executive because he “could not contemplate another three years of not being able to speak freely”, he told a Board plenary meeting on Sunday.

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Princess Anne praises Nightingale war effort

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

The Princess Royal paid tribute to the bravery of three female wartime secret agents with a Nightingale House connection when she visited the Clapham care home on Wednesday.

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They could have danced all night

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

A seven-hour Israeli dance marathon has raised £6,500 for cancer charities.

Around 170 supporters of north London charity Dance for Life — founded in 2001 in memory of a dancer — took to the floor at a Wembley school in aid of Chai Cancer Care and Cancer Research UK.

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Cash-strapped Liverpool shul makes minister redundant

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

Crippling finances have forced a major Liverpool synagogue to part company with its popular minister.

Childwall Hebrew Congregation has agreed a redundancy package with Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg, having calculated that its remaining reserves of £25,000 would be exhausted by the end of 2016 if he remained. The minister, who joined the synagogue in 2011, will serve three months’ notice.

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Edinburgh House is to move from Wembley

By Josh Jackman, February 16, 2015

Sephardi residential home Edinburgh House is looking to move to a new site after 38 years in its north-west London premises.

The executive of the Wembley home, caring for 51 elderly clients, decided to relocate after assessing the level of modernisation required on the current site.

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Israeli court absolves army over Corrie death

By Josh Jackman, February 13, 2015

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled the army was not responsible for the death of American activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed in Gaza by a military bulldozer in 2003.

The court upheld the ruling of the lower Haifa District Court three years ago that the Israeli Defence Forces were not liable for the victim while she was in a war zone.

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