Josh Jackman

Members save rabbi's job - now he might leave

By Josh Jackman, May 15, 2015

Liverpool's Childwall Hebrew Congregation has raised more than £30,000 to keep its rabbi. But he is considering leaving the community.

After discovering that it would have to find £25,000 to balance its books by the end of 2016, the cash-strapped synagogue reached a redundancy agreement in February with Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg, who has served it full-time for two years.

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Sacked rabbi reinstated by popular demand

By Josh Jackman, May 15, 2015

Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Binyamin Bar, who was dismissed for alleged gross misconduct but has continued leading services at the behest of members, has been formally reappointed by the shul's new board.

Rabbi Bar accepted the contract handed to him by the lay leaders, who took office unopposed at Sunday's AGM.

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Scots are uneasy after SNP's landslide

By Josh Jackman, May 14, 2015

The Scottish National Party's almost-clean sweep of seats in the country has led to "nervousness" among Scottish Jews, community leaders have said.

The SNP has previously expressed pro-Palestinian views and supported proposals for an arms embargo on Israel. It won 56 of the 59 Scottish constituencies, leaving the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats each with one seat.

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Boris Johnson and Ambassador Taub's handshake mix-up

By Josh Jackman, May 14, 2015

It's happened to all of us. Watch as Mayor of London and newly elected MP Boris Johnson goes for a handshake with Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub - and has to take evasive action in the hope of avoiding embarrassment.

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Problem on the rise in schools, universities and in the workplace

By Josh Jackman, May 14, 2015

We are a community that cares for its children. The stereotype of the Jewish mother - feeding, clothing and coddling their offspring, sometimes to the extreme - exists for a reason: children are seen as precious.

However, this desire for our sons and daughters to succeed has created higher and higher levels of expectation of young people.

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Global Jewish leader guilty of £22m fraud

By Josh Jackman, May 12, 2015

A court has found that Andrey Adamovsky, vice president of the World Jewish Congress, defrauded former business partners to the tune of $34.7 million (£22.3m).

A civil court judge handed down the verdict last October, but Mr Adamovsky, who was found to have illicitly deprived two co-owners of his Oledo Petroleum company of their 45 per cent share of its sale, has not yet paid them back.

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Election 2015: Ed Miliband resigns as Labour leader

By Josh Jackman, May 8, 2015

Ed Miliband has resigned as leader of the Labour party after a crushing election defeat.

Speaking to party supporters on Friday, he said he took “absolute responsibility” for the outcome, which saw his party all but wiped out in Scotland, and by early Friday afternoon 95 seats behind the Conservatives across the country.

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Election 2015: Fabian Hamilton increases majority in Leeds North East

By Josh Jackman, May 8, 2015

Fabian Hamilton has won a fifth term as Labour MP for Leeds North East with 47.9 per cent per cent of the vote, handing Conservative candidate Simon Wilson a heavier defeat than the Tories suffered in 2010.

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Election 2015: Tory rising star Oliver Dowden wins comfortably in Hertsmere

By Josh Jackman, May 8, 2015

Oliver Dowden has retained Hertsmere for the Conservatives, winning 29,696 votes, 18,461 more than Labour candidate Richard Butler.

This represents a small increase of 855 votes in the Conservatives' majority in the safe Tory seat.

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Election 2015: Jim Murphy loses as Labour hammered by SNP in Scotland

By Josh Jackman, May 8, 2015

Scottish National Party candidate Kirsten Oswald has claimed the scalp of the country’s Labour leader Jim Murphy, taking the Glasgow seat of East Renfrewshire with a 48.5 per cent swing.

Ms Oswald won 23,013 votes, five times more than the 4,535 SNP managed in 2010, with Mr Murphy falling from 25,987 votes - a majority of all votes cast - to 19,295 this time round.

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Irish museum wins temporary reprieve

By Josh Jackman, May 7, 2015

Dublin's Irish Jewish Museum, which has been under threat of closure, has secured a stay of execution from the trust that owns its premises.

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Choose your champions

By Josh Jackman, May 7, 2015

The Jewish Volunteering Network is partnering with the JC to find a winner of its People's Choice Award.

The charity is seeking nominees chosen by JC readers to create a shortlist of three contenders.

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It's time we talked about mental illness

By Josh Jackman, May 7, 2015

It affects every single member of our community - if not directly, then someone they know. Chances are, we all have someone in our family and someone who we work with who has experienced it.

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Arab who is a diplomat for Israel

By Josh Jackman, May 7, 2015

George Deek is different from most Israeli diplomats. The country’s foreign ministry is full of high-flyers snapped up at a young age, but very few are Arabs.

Mr Deek, who joined the diplomatic corps at the tender age of 25, sees no contradiction in someone with Arab roots representing Israel.

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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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