Josh Jackman

Mass objections to Hale eruv

By Josh Jackman, September 8, 2016

The proposed eruv in Hale, Greater Manchester, is under threat after a huge number of complaints from residents.

By Wednesday evening, more than 900 objections had been registered through the Trafford Council website.

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Shuls in forefront of campaign to bring children to Britain

By Josh Jackman, September 8, 2016

The Masorti, Liberal and Reform movements are in the vanguard of a campaign to bring to Britain at least 150 child refugees from Calais who have a legal right to live here.

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Ministerial couple's valuable lessons from teaching in 'Jungle'

By Josh Jackman, September 8, 2016

An educational summer camp set up in Calais by a senior United Synagogue staff member and run with the help of a rabbinical couple has benefited more than 100 child refugees.

For five days, children aged from four to 18 living in the "Calais Jungle" learned English and took part in drama, arts and crafts, music and cookery sessions.

The Step Up camp was organised by Chayli Fehler, children's

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Cancer pair launch charity to help others

By Josh Jackman, September 8, 2016

Two students who are in remission from cancer have started a charity to help others whose education has been affected by illness.

Nathalie Holt, 22, and Josh Pelled, 21, had to put their studies on hold after being diagnosed.

Mr Pelled has now resumed his studies at Nottingham Trent University, where the two met.

During her treatment, Radlett-born Ms Holt raised more than £6,000 for the

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Charedi pedal power

By Josh Jackman, September 8, 2016

Hundreds of strictly Orthodox Jews have taken up cycling at a track in Manchester, leaving the club overwhelmed and worried for rider safety.

There were queues, a shortage of bikes and toddlers running amok at Boggart Hole Clough club after more than 400 Charedim joined a special cycling session on Wednesday.

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German village's tribute in bricks

By Josh Jackman, September 8, 2016

The son of a Holocaust survivor has said that seeing three generations of his family honoured by the German village they lived in before the war was "very emotional."

Laurence Leyens, whose 90-year-old father Gerald escaped on one of the Kindertransport trains to Britain, attended a ceremony in Schwanenberg where the community unveiled the tribute.

Mr Leyens witnessed the opening of a new ho

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Ken Livingstone claims he has 'dozens' of books proving Hitler supported Zionism

By Josh Jackman, September 6, 2016

Ken Livingstone has repeated for the second time this week his claims that Hitler supported Zionism.

In an interview on BBC News this morning, he claimed “dozens and dozens of books by academics” backed his view that the Nazi leader had at one time been in favour of a Jewish state.

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I won’t pull out of encounter with Jewish community, says Shami Chakrabarti

By Josh Jackman, September 5, 2016

Shami Chakrabarti has said she is “not going to do a Tom Watson” and back out of attending a Jewish communal event this weekend.

Ms Chakrabarti is due to appear at a North-West Friends of Israel meeting in Manchester on Sunday.

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We’re dancing for our grandparents, say Jewish Strictly contestants ahead of new series

By Josh Jackman, September 3, 2016

Daisy Lowe has said she plans to dance to her grandfather’s favourite songs after he passed away on the first day of Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals.

The model and actress, who has appeared for Chanel and Marc Jacobs, was wearing her grandfather Ed’s shirt, watch and necklace in tribute to him at a Strictly press conference earlier this week.

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L'chaim! But will drink app stick in the throat?

By Josh Jackman, September 2, 2016

An Israeli company is set to test the stereotype that Jews can't handle their drink by offering free beers - simply by raising your glass.

After downloading the Glassify app, drinkers will be able to pass their smartphone under their microchipped glass.

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Footballing rabbis hoping for Spur-fect day

By Josh Jackman, September 2, 2016

The captain of the squad of footballing Orthodox ministers preparing to take on a team of former Spurs stars believes the challenge will bring them closer to their members.

Daniel Fine, assistant rabbi at Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue, compared the September 11 fixture in aid of the Laniado Hospital in Israel "to the experience of some of our congregants over the High Holy-Days.

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'Flood' of passport enquiries over Brexit

By Josh Jackman, September 1, 2016

Hundreds of British Jews have enquired about or tried to obtain EU passports following the Brexit referendum.

One synagogue head said she had received a "flood" of requests for assistance in obtaining foreign citizenship, and German, Polish and Portuguese sources have reported a surge of passport applications from the Jewish community.

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Swastika stickers in Yorkshire

By Josh Jackman, September 1, 2016

The Community Security Trust has condemned a series of far-right stickers featuring swastikas and references to a neo-Nazi organisation which have been posted in public places.

White supremacist group Combat 18 - the numbers represent Hitler's initials - was named on several large stickers on lampposts in Hull, Yorkshire, alongside a swastika-emblazoned British flag.

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Israeli teams find out their Europa League fate

By Josh Jackman, August 26, 2016

Israeli champions Hapoel Be'er Sheva have been drawn with Southampton and Italian giants Inter Milan in their Europa League group.

Hapoel dropped into Europe’s secondary club competition after narrowly failing to qualify for the Champions League group stage, losing to Scottish champions Celtic 5-4 over two legs.

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'We reserved a seat this time,' Jeremy Corbyn tells Jewish family on train to Glasgow

By Josh Jackman, August 25, 2016

When a Jewish father met Jeremy Corbyn in the queue for a train to Glasgow this morning, there was only one question he could ask.

After a week in which the Labour leader had argued with Virgin Trains about whether or not he had a seat on a trip to Newcastle, it was near-unavoidable.

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We're up for the cha-cha-challenge say Strictly trio

By Josh Jackman, August 25, 2016

The sparkle, spotlight and sequins of Strictly Come Dancing will feature three Jewish celebrities this year, with Lesley Joseph, Robert Rinder and Daisy Lowe due to take part in the show.

The contestants will be hoping to follow in the dance steps of Natasha Kaplinsky, the TV presenter who won the first series of the BBC programme in 2004.

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University protester guilty

By Josh Jackman, August 25, 2016

A pro-Palestinian protester who disrupted a university's Israel Society event has been found guilty of assault by beating.

Two Jewish students were subjected to a volley of abuse, including being called Nazis, as they held off a mob of demonstrators during the lecture at King's College London in January.

The talk by Ami Ayalon, a former head of Israel's Shin Bet security agency, was interrup

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No room for gesture musician

By Josh Jackman, August 25, 2016

A songwriter who caused controversy with an antisemitic quenelle gesture is not expected to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year.

Alison Chabloz claimed on Tuesday that her 45-minute show Tell Me More Lies would run for four days during the festival at a central venue. But the site did not include her in its online listings.

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Social media sites are failing on terror, say MPs

By Josh Jackman, August 25, 2016

The Community Security Trust has welcomed a parliamentary report which accuses Facebook, Twitter and YouTube of “consciously failing” to combat promotion of terrorism on their sites.

The Commons’ Home Affairs Select Committee said social media platforms had become “the vehicle of choice in spreading propaganda and the recruiting platforms for terrorism”.

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Jeremy Corbyn 'misinformed' over Bernie Sanders 'support'

By Josh Jackman, August 24, 2016

Senator Bernie Sanders has denied that he sent a message of support to Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Corbyn told supporters at a phone bank event on Monday that the Jewish senator, who lost out to Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic Party nomination, had favourably compared the two politicians.

A spokesman for Mr Corbyn later admitted that this was a mistake.

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