Josh Jackman

Leo Baeck College praises Liberal attitudes to rabbinical life

By Josh Jackman, August 27, 2015

A career in the Progressive rabbinate is increasingly appealing, with "a real increase" in both the number and quality of applicants for the Leo Baeck College training scheme, says its principal, Rabbi Dr Deborah Kahn-Harris.

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Believe the Hype - RSY members run camp

By Josh Jackman, August 27, 2015

Two Reform youth movement leaders have been running a summer camp for underprivileged children.

Emma Mittelman and Manya Eversley came up with the idea as 15-year-olds at RSY-Netzer's summer camp.

Four years on, the friends raised more than £5,000 to establish Summer Hype, a five-day residential camp for 40 Hackney nine- and 10-year-olds from impoverished backgrounds.

The camp was led by

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Public have £4,600 stake in new kosher comedy

By Josh Jackman, August 20, 2015

When director Lewis Rose called "cut" on his new film, his cast could easily have been forgiven for reaching for a meat cleaver.

The Chop is a comedy about an unemployed kosher butcher who pretends to be Muslim to get work at a halal shop.

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Shul staffer sacked for not being 'part of community'

By Josh Jackman, August 20, 2015

The non-Jewish theatrical director of a Golders Green synagogue has been shocked by his dismissal for not being "a part of the community".

Simon Rawlings - an acting tutor at the famous Sylvia Young Theatre School - worked for the youth drama programme, Academy, for the Alyth Reform congregation for 14 years.

Mr Rawlings said he was informed of the shul's decision by email.

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Scottish police launch campaign against hate

By Josh Jackman, August 17, 2015

Police Scotland has launched a campaign to combat rising antisemitism in the country.

A police spokesperson said that the campaign, entitled “Scotland: No place for prejudice,” would seek to “encourage more people to come forward and speak out and report hate crimes.”

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VJ Day anniversary: POW dentist operated with a bamboo chair

By Josh Jackman, August 15, 2015

Thousands of Jewish soldiers fought in the Far East, none more famously than Lieutenant Colonel Mordaunt Cohen, who commanded the 251 West African Heavy Anti-Aircraft Unit in Burma.

Brian Bloom, national chairman of Ajex, said the Lt Col, who received a Burma Star, was "incredible".

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Jeremy Corbyn pulls out of conference at which antisemitic cartoonist is due to appear

By Josh Jackman, August 13, 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has pulled out of a conference where he was due to appear alongside antisemitic cartoonist Carlos Latuff.

The Islington North MP, who is the frontrunner in the race to become Labour leader, confirmed his withdrawal from the event after the JC queried his attendance among seven key questions representing communal fears over his potential leadership.

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Terror victim’s family backing emergency unit

By Josh Jackman, August 13, 2015

The family of a British rabbi who died in a Jerusalem terrorist attack has launched a campaign to fund emergency facilities for the hospital that treated casualties on the day.

Rabbi Abraham Goldberg, a 68-year-old great-grandfather from Liverpool, was killed in November by two Palestinian terrorists while praying at Kehilat Bnei Torah Synagogue in Har Nof.

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The next Charedi centre? It’s Hemel Hempstead

By Josh Jackman, August 13, 2015

Proposals for a strictly Orthodox housing development in Hemel Hempstead have passed the first hurdle.

Planning permission has been granted for the Hertfordshire project, fronted by Charedi leaders in Golders Green, which its advocates believe will offer affordable housing. But organising group the New Kehilla Committee stressed that the scheme was in its "very early stages".

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Bevis Marks says Shalom to American rabbi

By Josh Jackman, August 13, 2015

Britain's oldest synagogue, Bevis Marks, has turned to a New Yorker to advance its spiritual and cultural ambitions.

Rabbi Shalom Morris arrived this week with the goal of enabling the City of London congregation to "blossom and extend into its full potential.

"As rabbi, I'll be leading services, preserving the character of the synagogue, but also teaching classes, organising events and netw

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Cheer for Israel? Sorry, not in this game, boyo

By Josh Jackman, August 13, 2015

The Israeli embassy has called on the community to "come and show your support for Israel" in its football match against Wales - but the appeal has fallen on deaf ears as far as Welsh Jews are concerned.

The game in Cardiff in September could seal Wales' place in the 2016 European Championships, which would be their first appearance at a major tournament in 58 years.

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Users take sides in Jewish dating site love match

By Josh Jackman, August 13, 2015

JSwipe users are backing their dating app of choice in its legal battle with long-established love-seeking software JDate.

David Yarus, chief executive of JSwipe, launched the campaign - named “David vs. Goliath - Keep JSwipe alive!” - to fund legal costs, and has so far raised more than £18,500.

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Jewish group appeals for judicial review of council’s Israel boycott

By Josh Jackman, August 13, 2015

A Jewish activist group has said it will issue legal proceedings against Leicester City Council over the local authority’s boycott of Israeli products.

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Orphans who found heaven in the Lake District after WWII

By Josh Jackman, August 13, 2015

Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott was 15 when he was liberated from Theresienstadt concentration camp and flown to Britain for a new life.

He had lost his parents and sister and suffered other untold horrors at the hands of the Nazis, but found a home with 300 other refugee children in Windermere in the Lake District.

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Should a charity ever turn down money?

By Josh Jackman, August 12, 2015

Not accepting money from a convicted paedophile sounds like a sensible idea, particularly for a children’s charity.

But beyond the initial gut reaction, which is understandable - what justification is there for denying the most vulnerable children across the UK the care they desperately need?

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BBC changes article to explain why Jews were on Temple Mount

By Josh Jackman, August 12, 2015

The BBC has changed its recent article on clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police following a complaint.

Stephen Spencer Ryde, a London-based activist, objected after a July 26 report about rioters throwing stones and fireworks at Israeli police officers on Temple Mount failed to explain that the Jews present were there to mark Tisha b'Av.

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British company invests up to £64 million in Israeli cyber security

By Josh Jackman, August 6, 2015

British micro-chip designer Arm Holdings will create a new hub in Israel after completing a multi-million pound acquisition of one of the country's leading cyber-security companies.

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Departing Jon Stewart leaves US feeling bereft

By Josh Jackman, August 6, 2015

America's Jewish king of satire has only just vacated his throne - and many are missing him already.

Jon Stewart appeared as the host of the country's favourite political comedy programme The Daily Show for the last time on Thursday.

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Pro-Israel group wants War on Want’s charitable status removed

By Josh Jackman, August 6, 2015

The Charity Commission is considering a request to remove War on Want’s charitable status over its boycott of Israel.

In a formal complaint to the commission, activist group Jewish Human Rights Watch (JHRW) said the anti-poverty charity should be downgraded because it is carrying out a “demonisation of the state of Israel” which is “a proxy war” against British Jewry.

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Air France ‘regrets’ map that shows Gaza and West Bank, but not Israel

By Josh Jackman, August 4, 2015

Air France has said it “deeply regrets” omitting Israel from an in-flight map.

The airline was responding to more than a dozen Twitter users who raised the issue after a photo of the map, which labels Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, but not Israel, was posted on social media.

The image was taken late last week by a customer on board an Air France flight.

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