Josh Jackman

Neo-Nazis outnumbered by counter-protesters at central London rally

By Josh Jackman, July 4, 2015

About 20 neo-Nazi demonstrators were confronted by hundreds of counter-protesters in a clear show of anti-fascist defiance on Saturday.

The outnumbered extremists who gathered to protest against the "Jewification" of London were met with cries "Nazi scum - off our streets" and "We are black, white, Asian and we're Jews. And there's many many more of us than you," from anti-Nazi activists.

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Tessa Jowell lends her support at Golders Green Together ribbon event

By Josh Jackman, July 3, 2015

London Mayor candidate Tessa Jowell has expressed solidarity with the Jewish community as a month-long campaign against a planned neo-Nazi rally concluded with a show of cross-communal unity on Friday morning.

Ms Jowell was present as around 40 volunteers from grassroots group Golders Green Together turned out to decorate the area with green and gold ribbons.

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Gold and green Golders Green Together campaign goes ahead

By Josh Jackman, July 3, 2015

The Golders Green Together group was due to end its month of activism by decorating the area with green and gold ribbons.

Set up by anti-extremism group Hope Not Hate and the London Jewish Forum to counter the threat of extremists, it went ahead with its plans on Friday despite the decision to move the protest to central London.

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Golders Green Together’s social media ‘thunderclap’ campaign reaches over 285,000 people

By Josh Jackman, July 2, 2015

Golders Green Together, the cross-communal initiative to combat the neo-Nazi rally in Golders Green, has reached more than 285,000 people with its “thunderclap” post, as supporters simultaneously broadcast a message of anti-racism across social media.

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Hendon bomb threat prompts mass evacuation

By Josh Jackman, July 2, 2015

A mass evacuation took place in a prominent Jewish area this afternoon following a bomb threat.

Buildings on Bell Lane, Albert Road and Hillview Gardens in Hendon were evacuated following reports of a suspicious package.

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May gives pledge on fighting extremism

By Josh Jackman, July 2, 2015

Home Secretary Theresa May has called on the Jewish community to help combat the "perverted and twisted ideology" which led to 38 deaths in Tunisia this week.

Addressing the Hasmonean High School's dinner at the Millennium Mayfair on Wednesday, she also vowed that the government would do more to protect Jews from the threat of extremism.

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'Inadequate' Birmingham care home is upgraded

By Josh Jackman, July 2, 2015

The Quality Care Commission has this week reported an improvement in standards at Birmingham home Andrew Cohen House, which received the lowest QCC ranking, "inadequate", after a February inspection.

But although the QCC accepted that the home had "taken appropriate actions to meet the legal requirements we looked at," it still "requires improvement".

The commission first raised concern over

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Muslim speaks from bimah at interfaith Iftar celebration

By Josh Jackman, July 2, 2015

Two London Reform synagogues have held interfaith events to celebrate Iftar, the meal marking the end of daily fasting during Ramadan.

At Alyth in Golders Green, Muslims outnumbered Jews with 60 of the 110 in attendance. Labour MP Sadiq Khan was among the guests and the call to prayer was made from the bimah by Sultan Ahmed, a fundraising manager for Islamic Relief.

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Hackney 'stalwart' Joe Lobenstein is mourned

By Josh Jackman, July 2, 2015

Hackney leaders have paid tribute to the contribution of religious and political figurehead Joe Lobenstein, who died on Sunday, aged 88.

Having arrived in London as a refugee from Nazism, Mr Lobenstein served for 36 years as a councillor - first as a Liberal, then as a Tory - and was elected Hackney Mayor four times in a row.

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Campaign Against Antisemitism cancels protest against neo-Nazi rally

By Josh Jackman, June 30, 2015

The Campaign Against Antisemitism has cancelled its counter-protest against the neo-Nazi demonstration on July 4.

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Israeli software can tell you likelihood of getting cancer

By Josh Jackman, June 29, 2015

You will soon be able to easily find out which deadly illnesses your genes predispose you to get, thanks to an Israeli invention.

Dr Yuval Tabach, the senior scientist at the Hebrew University’s Institute for Medical Research in Jerusalem, has created an online tool which reads your genetic map to tell you whether you could get cancer or genetic diseases.

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Baby steps towards £1m fertility support programme

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2015

For five years, GP Rachel Stone, 34, and her solicitor husband, Andrew, 35, tried to conceive.

After four cycles of IVF treatment costing a total £50,000, the Cheshire couple even contemplated moving to a cheaper property to fund another attempt.

She had one embryo left when her cousin told her about Bonei Olam, an international charity providing fertility treatment funding.

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They're all singing the praises of Yiddish at JW3

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2015

The sound of Yiddish song has been resonating around JW3's Finchley Road premises as a varied group of enthusiasts prepare for a concert taking place on Tuesday.

Singers of all ages and backgrounds - non-Jewish UCL students among them - are being put through their paces by 32-year-old professional Yiddish singer Rachel Weston, who leads the Zingt workshops, organised in conjunction with the Jew

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Chief enjoys a Spur-fect day

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2015

A Spurs scarf was Ephraim Mirvis's memento of the first visit by a Chief Rabbi to the St Annes community in almost a quarter of a century.

Rabbi Mirvis was presented with the scarf - embroidered with a Star of David and his initials - after conducting the induction of Rabbi Ephraim Guttentag as minister of the Lancashire congregation.

Monday's event was also a celebration of the golden jubil

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Bakery: 'cake did not cause teen's illness'

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2015

Carmelli Bakery has rebutted a claim that a cake from its Golders Green store made a customer violently ill for weeks.

A video sent to the JC by estate agent Stacey Fox shows a small white insect crawling around the remains of a chocolate rum ball, half of which she said her 18-year-old daughter, Jasmine, had consumed.

Ms Fox claimed that Jasmine, who has verbal dyspraxia and finds it diffic

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Arkush will not take up JLC position

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2015

Board of deputies president Jonathan Arkush has revealed he will not become chairman of the Jewish Leadership Council, adding that any merger between the two organisations is currently unlikely.

Mr Arkush said he would not follow his predecessor, Vivian Wineman, in taking up the post.

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Footballer's court date over assault

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2015

The amateur footballer who allegedly fractured a spectator's cheekbone during a Sunday league game will face serious assault charges on July 15.

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

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Neo-Nazis gave Hitler salute on my doorstep, says Golders Green resident

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2015

Neo-Nazis have been distributing antisemitic propaganda to Jews near the site of the planned July 4 protest in Golders Green, according to one resident.

The 88-year-old Holocaust survivor, who did not wish to be named, said a group of far-right extremists had come to his house on Rotherwick Road and told him that London would soon be "Jew-free".

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Community's response to Nepal disaster 'inspiring' says WJR chief

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2015

World Jewish Relief has raised more than £500,000 in less than two months to help the millions affected by the Nepalese earthquake.

The most devastating natural disaster to hit the South Asian nation in more than 80 years killed nearly 9,000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.

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He's worth £50m, but Raheem's mum carries on caring

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2015

With a multi-millionaire footballer for a son, you might have thought Nadine Sterling would be living a life of luxury.

But while her 20-year-old boy Raheem (right), the Liverpool and England star, is on the brink of a £50 million transfer which will net him an even greater fortune, Mrs Sterling is content to carry on the day job - as a nurse at a Jewish care home.

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