Josh Jackman

From strictly Orthodox to strictly high tech

By Josh Jackman, June 16, 2016

Chaya Soggot grew up in a strictly Orthodox family, destined for marriage, children and a possible job as a teacher.

That was until she left school at 15 to pursue a career in high-tech.

By the time she was 18, she was running 13 websites. Three-and-a-half years later, she opened her own digital advertising company, Woobi.

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Aipac strikes over military cash

By Josh Jackman, June 16, 2016

The largest pro-Israel lobby in the United States has condemned the White House for rejecting an increase in funding for Israeli missile defence programmes.

Aipac said it was "deeply disappointed" with the Obama administration for criticising the House of Representatives' attempt to raise the amount available to Israel by an extra £320 million next year.

The organisation said programmes inc

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Nottingham students vote to remain in the NUS

By Josh Jackman, June 15, 2016

The student union at Nottingham University has voted to stay in the National Union of Students.

The SU voted overwhelmingly in favour of remaining affiliated with the national body, despite concerns over NUS president Malia Bouattia.

Nottingham has one of the highest Jewish student populations in the country

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Pro-Israel groups to hold rally to protest against Al-Quds Day march

By Josh Jackman, June 14, 2016

A counter-protest to oppose a demonstration “intended to incite hatred against the Jewish people” will take place next month, it has been announced.

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Holocaust survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and theatre producer Sonia Friedman recognised in Queen's birthday honours

By Josh Jackman, June 10, 2016

Sonia Friedman, the theatre and televison producer whose works have won numerous Tony awards, Olivier awards and a Bafta, has been made an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

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York students vote to remain in NUS in wake of Malia Bouattia’s election as president

By Josh Jackman, June 10, 2016

York University’s student union has voted to remain affiliated with the National Union of Students.

The SU became the sixth to vote against disaffiliation since Malia Bouattia became NUS president in April, after Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick, Exeter and Worcester.

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Ref gets shirty for The Fed

By Josh Jackman, June 10, 2016

Premier League referee Anth-ony Taylor was onside for Manchester welfare charity The Fed when he addressed a fundraiser at its Heathlands Village.

Mindful of the stars he will once again encounter on English grounds next season, anecdotes relating to his favourite and least favourite players were shared on condition of confidentiality.

The Mancunian official - who refereed international matc

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Thousands pay tribute to four killed in terror attack

By Josh Jackman, June 9, 2016

Well-wishers gathered in defiance at Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market today to eat, sing and shop after a night of terror.

US youth group Ohr Torah Stone led a chant of Am Yisrael Chai as visitors laid flowers and Israeli flags as tributes to the four Israelis killed by the shootings last night in the centre of the city.

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Journalist who flagged up hate trend quits Twitter

By Josh Jackman, June 9, 2016

The Jewish journalist who shed a light on the tactic used by far-right activists to identify Jews on Twitter so they can be attacked has quit the social media platform over its handling of antisemitic abuse.

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Law graduate's lifesaving surgery bid

By Josh Jackman, June 9, 2016

A degenerative condition has left the 29-year-old law graduate in constant pain and in need of lifesaving brain surgery.

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Lieberman pledges strong response to Tel Aviv shooting

By Josh Jackman, June 9, 2016

Israel’s new Defence Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, has promised that he would not “settle for lip service” in the security response to the Wednesday night’s shooting rampage in Tel Aviv which left four dead and 16 wounded.

The shooting, carried out by two Palestinians from Yatta in the West Bank, was the deadliest single attack since the upsurge in terror began in October.

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Terrorists 'dressed as Orthodox Jews' in Tel Aviv shooting rampage

By Josh Jackman, June 8, 2016

At least four people have been killed and four others wounded in two shootings in Tel Aviv.

The attacks took place on Wednesday evening in Sarona Market and on Ha’arba’a Street, in the centre of the city. One of those wounded was in a critical condition.

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Pro-Israel group complains to Labour over pro-Palestinian activists’ 'offensive' remarks

By Josh Jackman, June 8, 2016

A prominent grassroots organisation has reported a pro-Palestinian group to the Labour Party for “highly offensive” language in an appeal to take part in the Shami Chakrabarti antisemitism inquiry.

The inquiry, which will stop receiving submissions on Friday, was set up after more than 20 Labour members, councillors and MPs were suspended in the last few months.

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Controlled explosion outside Israeli Embassy in London

By Josh Jackman, June 8, 2016

Police have carried out a controlled explosion opposite the Israeli Embassy in London.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed that a car was tested to see if it contained explosives this afternoon.

“A car was treated as suspicious. There was a controlled explosion to test it, to see if it was explosive, and it was found not be to be suspicious.

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Billy Crystal and Rabbi Lerner to speak at Muhammad Ali’s funeral

By Josh Jackman, June 8, 2016

Actor Billy Crystal and Rabbi Michael Lerner are set to speak at Muhammad Ali’s funeral on Friday.

The boxing legend, who was a political, sporting and religious inspiration to millions, died on June 3 after living with Parkinson’s disease for more than 30 years.

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Mind the gap — shul seeks missing £1m

By Josh Jackman, June 8, 2016

Brondesbury Park Synagogue leaders are facing a dilemma over the shul’s £5 million plan for a three-storey rebuild.

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Loughborough University students vote to split from NUS

By Josh Jackman, June 8, 2016

Loughborough University’s student union has disaffiliated from the National Union of Students, becoming the fourth to leave the organisation since the election of NUS president Malia Bouattia.

The SU’s Board of Trustees - its governing body - made the final decision yesterday evening after a referendum on May 27 did not attract the required number of votes for a valid result.

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A second prayer for the Queen on her second 90th birthday

By Josh Jackman, June 6, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has released a one-off version of the Prayer for the Royal Family, in honour of the Queen’s official 90th birthday.

The monarch will celebrate her second 90th birthday of the year on Saturday, when the new prayer will be said for the first and last time at United Synagogue shuls around Britain.

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Hill start towards eastern synagogue

By Josh Jackman, June 6, 2016

An inaugural meeting for people interested in establishing a United Synagogue congregation in Mill Hill East attracted a turnout of 50, including officers of nearby synagogues.

Activities for children and explanatory services were among the issues raised, co-host Avi Gillis reported.

But most importantly, "people were just so happy at the thought they could have some kind of communal provis

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Movements warn on march racism

By Josh Jackman, June 6, 2016

Four youth movements have issued an open letter condemning the racism connected to the annual Yom Yerushalayim march, celebrating the 1967 liberation of Jerusalem.

Noam, RSY-Netzer, LJY-Netzer and Habonim Dror have called on the Israeli authorities to guard against "the expression of racist attitudes" during this year's march.

Being staged on Sunday, on the eve of Ramadan, it will again pass

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