Josh Jackman

Shechita is safe with us say Tories, Labour, Lib Dems and Greens

By Josh Jackman, March 15, 2015

Representatives of all the main political parties except Ukip have expressed their opposition to a ban on shechita.

At a Board of Deputies hustings on Sunday, politicians from Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and the Green party told an audience of around 100 that the government must respect the right of religious slaughter.

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Is it really that bad? Football figures at odds over hate

By Josh Jackman, March 12, 2015

Leading Jewish figures in football are at odds over the level of antisemitism in the game.

Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out reported last week that there were more antisemitic incidents in the first half of this season than during the entire 2013/14 campaign.

Lawyer Jonathan Metliss, who was a member of Kick It Out's advisory group for more than a decade, said the figures show that raci

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PayPal buys Israel cyber security firm for £40 million

By Josh Jackman, March 10, 2015

Multibillion-pound online payment service PayPal has announced that it will open a major cyber security hub in Tel Aviv, after acquiring Israeli firm CyActive for a figure believed to be around £40 million.

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Bad Jews poster banned from Tube by TFL

By Josh Jackman, March 6, 2015

Posters advertising the hit play ‘Bad Jews’ have been banned from Tube stations by Transport for London.

TfL said it was responding to "a few complaints" from customers, and followed its rule that adverts can be removed if they are “likely to cause widespread or serious offence to members of the public”.

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Bad Jews poster banned from Tube by TFL

By Josh Jackman, March 6, 2015

Posters advertising the hit play ‘Bad Jews’ have been banned from Tube stations by Transport for London.

TfL says it is following its rule that adverts can be removed if they are “likely to cause widespread or serious offence to members of the public”.

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Board of Deputies seeks support for its election manifesto

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

The Board of Deputies has called on the community to make its voice heard on Jewish issues ahead of the general election in May.

It has set up a web page which assists people in their efforts to contact their MPs and prospective parliamentary candidates online.

The Board hopes voters will ask their representatives whether they support the organisation’s Jewish manifesto.

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Oxford students reject anti-boycott measure

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

Oxford students have voted down a motion which would have ordered its National Union of Students delegates to reject a tie-up between NUS and the Israel boycott movement.

The motion, put forward by RSY Netzer member Ben Goldstein, alleged that the Boycotts, Divestments and Sanctions (BDS) movement “indiscriminately targets all Israelis”. It fell by 72 votes to 30, with 28 abstentions.

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MP wants fund to pay for Scottish shul security

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

A Scottish MP has called on First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to re-establish a fund to protect synagogues across the country.

Ken Macintosh, Scottish Labour's shadow social justice spokesperson, commended the JC on its Save Our Shuls campaign, which he said prompted him to write to Mrs Sturgeon.

The £1m fund to protect religious minorities, which was implemented in 2002 after the 9/11 attacks

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Hands-free phone set to change lives

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

A 65-year-old quadriplegic has helped invent the first ever touch-free smartphone, made for people with his type of disability.

Giora Livne, a former naval officer in the IDF, was paralysed after a spinal-cord injury nine years ago.

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Aspiring rabbi uses gay app to promote Shabbat

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

A rabbinical student is being paid by his university to invite locals to Shabbat dinners using a gay hook-up app.

Matt Green, a 24-year-old, second-year student at Hebrew Union College in New York, has been given a university grant to find and engage estranged members of the community on Grindr.

The free app, which uses geolocation software to identify nearby users, has been characterised as

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Sadness as shul holds final service

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

Emotions ran high at the valedictory service of Waltham Forest Hebrew Congregation on Sunday as 200 congregants said goodbye to the 95-year-old east London shul.

Since February, members of the formerly independent community have been worshipping at the Churchfields premises of Wanstead and Woodford Synagogue, following Waltham Forest's merger with the United shul to form Woodford Forest.

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Charities wait to count cost of cuts

By Josh Jackman, March 5, 2015

Manchester charities face a nervous few weeks as they wait to see how swingeing council cuts impact on their services.

Salford City Council last week approved a cost-slashing budget, having already cut £118 million since 2010.

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Gilad Atzmon concert in Manchester cancelled after protests

By Josh Jackman, March 3, 2015

A concert by antisemitic jazz musician Gilad Atzmon has been cancelled following protests from the Jewish community.

Mr Atzmon, an Israeli who has challenged Holocaust denial legislation and whose book The Wandering Who about Jewish identity was widely condemned as racist, had been scheduled to play at Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music on Thursday.

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Dave Whelan resigns as Wigan chairman

By Josh Jackman, March 3, 2015

Dave Whelan has resigned as chairman of Wigan saying that advancing age and increasing commitments abroad means “it is time to hand over the reins”.

The decision comes three months after he promised to quit his position if found guilty of racism by the Football Association.

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Kick It Out reports rise in football antisemitism

By Josh Jackman, March 3, 2015

Football anti-discrimination group Kick It Out has reported that antisemitic incidents are already higher in the first half of this season than throughout the entire 2013/14 campaign.

The group revealed that there were 59 reported cases of antisemitism from August to December 28 last year, two higher than during the whole of the previous season.

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Football agents banned and fined by FA over player transfer

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

Two Jewish football agents have been banned and fined after admitting to breaking Football Association rules during a transfer last year.

Alex Levack and Matthew Kleinman were banned for seven months and fined £7,500 each after concealing from the FA their involvement and pay they received during Dale Stephens’ move from Charlton Athletic to Brighton and Hove Albion in January 2014.

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Deli worker dies in motorway crash

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

Kosher Deli manager Naftali Rebibo died following a crash on the M1 on Sunday as he returned from dropping off his step-daughter for a flight at Luton airport.

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Sacked rabbi is backed for recall

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

Congregants of Southend rabbi Binyamin Bar - who was dismissed for "gross misconduct" but is continuing to lead services - have voted overwhelmingly for his reinstatement.

More than 300 Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation members attended an EGM on Sunday, which was adjourned before a motion of no confidence in the executive went to a vote.

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Childwall rabbi's post could be saved

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

Congregants of Liverpool's cash-strapped Childwall Hebrew Congregation are clubbing together to save the job of its rabbi.

Earlier this month, Childwall revealed that it had reached agreement on a redundancy deal with Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg, as the shul could not afford to pay his salary.

The plan was to be put before members at the AGM on March 1.

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