Josh Jackman



The Six Sins of JSwipe

By Josh Jackman, May 5, 2015

Jewish dating is a perilous activity. Finding someone in this tiny pool of British Jews who is your age, your level of religious observance, and who you’re compatible with can make you feel like an Israelite wandering in the desert.

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Israeli amputee is feeling the love

By Josh Jackman, May 4, 2015

Israeli Eitan Hermon completed his first London Marathon in an impressive three hours and seven minutes. And afterwards he removed his right leg.

Mr Hermon's leg was amputated just below the knee after his tank was hit by a roadside bomb during the 2006 Lebanon War. But he never lost his spirit, telling anyone who would listen: "I will still run a marathon!"

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It's a triumph for 'Team Ziff'

By Josh Jackman, May 4, 2015

Maccabi GB chair Michael Ziff does not do things by half.

Preparing for his marathon run, which raised £50,000, predominantly for Cancer Research UK, the 61-year-old businessman worked with a specialist group of helpers.

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Footballer expelled from club after allegedly headbutting spectator

By Josh Jackman, May 1, 2015

The amateur footballer who allegedly fractured a spectator’s cheekbone during a Jewish Sunday league match has been expelled by his club.

The player concerned is believed to be solicitor Mike Filson, who plays for the South Manchester Sports team.

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Husband keeps it in the family

By Josh Jackman, April 30, 2015

Jonelle Roback was ready to run, the 45-year-old having prepared for months in her quest to prove that someone with Multiple sclerosis can complete a marathon.

But at the end of December, her hopes were shattered when a change of medication led to a relapse.

"My neurologist gave me the devastating news that I wasn't to push my body at all and to withdraw from the marathon," she recalled.

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London Marathon: Oldest runner goes under the Hammers

By Josh Jackman, April 30, 2015

Not many marathon men get to do their training with Premier League stars. But then 90-year-old Paul Freedman is not your average marathon entrant.

Once again the oldest participant this year, the West Ham fan spent a morning working out with the team in advance of his 24th London Marathon.

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London Marathon: They did it all for their well cared-for grandmas

By Josh Jackman, April 30, 2015

Richard Bernstein and Darren Brown had a powerful family reason to run for Jewish Care. They wanted to thank the charity for the care their grandmothers received at the charity's Vi and John Rubens home in Redbridge.

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Pesach clash for 2016 dims joy of bumper charity year

By Josh Jackman, April 30, 2015

London Marathon entrants from the Jewish community have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity. But the total looks likely to be much lower next year.

This is because the marathon organisers have decided to hold the 2016 event on April 24, the second day of Pesach, ruling out the participation of Orthodox runners.

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Football fracas

By Josh Jackman, April 29, 2015

Police are investigating reports that an amateur footballer headbutted a spectator during a Jewish Sunday league match.

The alleged offender, believed to be solicitor Mike Filson, a player for the South Manchester Sports team, is said to have assaulted Leeds Maccabi commitee member Elliot Landy during a Manchester Jewish Soccer League fixture.

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Charity will lose money after decision to hold London Marathon on Pesach

By Josh Jackman, April 27, 2015

A Jewish charity has warned that it will lose out on thousands of pounds worth of donations after it was revealed that next year’s London Marathon will be run on the second day of Pesach.

Marathon organisers announced yesterday that 2016’s event will take place on April 24, when observant Jewish runners will not be able to take part.

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The real-life Thunderbird

By Josh Jackman, April 24, 2015

The hit television show Thunderbirds was based on the adventures of a Jewish Second World War fighter pilot, a new book reveals.

Gerry Anderson was inspired to create the 1960s series by his brother Lionel who flew low-flying missions to distract the German air force’s night defences, leaving RAF bombers free to attack their targets.

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Pond drowning when lifeguard off duty

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

A relative of the man who drowned while swimming in a pond last week has described his death as "tragic," recalling 19-year-old yeshiva student Moshe Yitzchok Greenfeld as "a cheerful young man who liked helping people."

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Community urged to aid Ukrainians

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

The Chief Rabbi has called for the community to do more to help Jewish refugees in Ukraine in an open letter. signed by senior figures from across Jewish religious movements.

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Concern over gathering of Shoah deniers

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

The community Security Trust says it will talk to police about a gathering of neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers at a top London hotel earlier this month.

Around 110 people, including former members of the far-right British National Party and National Front, attended the meeting at the four-star Grosvenor Hotel in Victoria, which had been booked online using the name London Forum.

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Synagogues help to plan cut-price celebrations

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

Rabbis from across the communal spectrum have criticised the "shameful" amount spent on kosher wedding celebrations following our special report last week, which calculated that an average kosher wedding costs £130 a minute.

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Nazi war crime trial with a difference

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

Oskar Groening is no ordinary war crime suspect.

The so-called "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz", who counted and passed on money gathered from Jewish prisoners at the death camp, went on trial this week accused of being an accomplice to 300,000 murders.

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Could scanner revolutionise how you live?

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

What's in your medicine? Is it time to water your plant? And how many calories are in that extra slice of cake?

SCiO, the first ever pocket-sized molecular scanner, can answer all these questions and more.

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Lucky for some - the 13 route is saved

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

Plans to scrap the 13 bus route, serving the JW3 community centre from Golders Green, have been shelved following the intervention of Boris Johnson and other politicians.

During a consultation process, many JW3 members also made clear their need for the service to Transport for London.

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Michel Laub and Thomas Harding win JQ-Wingate Prize for books on the Holocaust

By Josh Jackman, April 20, 2015

Michel Laub has won the prestigious JQ-Wingate Literary Prize for fiction for his Holocaust memoir, Diary of the Fall, while the non-fiction award has gone to Thomas Harding's The German Jew and the Hunt for the Kommandant of Auschwitz.

In a departure from recent tradition, the award was split into fiction and non-fiction sections.

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Chief Rabbi urges community to aid Ukrainian Jews

By Josh Jackman, April 20, 2015

The Chief Rabbi has called for the community to do more to help Jewish refugees in Ukraine in a cross-communal open letter.

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