Josh Jackman

Community's response to Nepal disaster 'inspiring' says WJR chief

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2015

World Jewish Relief has raised more than £500,000 in less than two months to help the millions affected by the Nepalese earthquake.

The most devastating natural disaster to hit the South Asian nation in more than 80 years killed nearly 9,000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.

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He's worth £50m, but Raheem's mum carries on caring

By Josh Jackman, June 25, 2015

With a multi-millionaire footballer for a son, you might have thought Nadine Sterling would be living a life of luxury.

But while her 20-year-old boy Raheem (right), the Liverpool and England star, is on the brink of a £50 million transfer which will net him an even greater fortune, Mrs Sterling is content to carry on the day job - as a nurse at a Jewish care home.

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Toronto teenager celebrates unique barmitzvah

By Josh Jackman, June 24, 2015

He cannot move and needs round-the-clock care - but that did not stop Jacob Trossman having a barmitzvah.

The 13-year-old was born with Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease, a degenerative disorder which affects the central nervous system and has left him able to communicate only through blinking.

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Golders Green reflects on a ton of memories

By Josh Jackman, June 18, 2015

It is 100 years since a group of Golders Green Jews decided to upgrade their occasional garage-based minyan into a formal congregation.

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CST moves to reassure community over Golders Green rally

By Josh Jackman, June 15, 2015

Community representatives have said they are not intimidated by the planned extremist demonstration in Golders Green next month.

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Muslim leader mocked over 'Zionists stole my shoe' claim

By Josh Jackman, June 15, 2015

A Muslim leader has attracted ridicule over claims that “Zionists” broke into his house and stole one of his shoes.

Asghar Bukhari, a founding member of the grassroots group Muslim Public Affairs Committee UK, posted the accusation on Facebook under the heading “ARE ZIONISTS TRYING TO INTIMIDATE ME”.

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The technology helping us to find love at first swipe

By Josh Jackman, June 12, 2015

Dating is difficult. Finding the right person for you is an emotional rollercoaster of break-ups, tears and seeing your friends get engaged while you stay single.

And it’s even more difficult when you are Jewish (see our case studies below).

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Footballer summoned to court on assault charges over headbutt at Jewish league match

By Josh Jackman, June 12, 2015

The amateur footballer who allegedly fractured a spectator’s cheekbone during a Sunday league game will face assault charges in court.

Mike Filson, a solicitor from Manchester, will appear over the reported headbutt on Leeds Maccabi committee member Elliot Landy.

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Orphanage visit moves family to back Emunah

By Josh Jackman, June 12, 2015

A Hampstead Garden Suburb family who "have caring in their blood" were inspired to run the 5k for Emunah after visiting the charity's orphanage in Israel.

After running for Emunah last year, Olivia Leich, a nurse, took her daughters, Saskia, 8, and Roxie, 5, to Afula to meet some of the thousands of Israeli children helped by Emunah.

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Rosh Pinah pupil is inspired by the friends he met at London care home

By Josh Jackman, June 12, 2015

Seven-year-old Sam Cohen will run the 1k with his younger brothers for Jewish Care after befriending two of its clients.

The Rosh Pinah Primary pupil has bonded with Matthew Kayne and Simon Davies, residents of Rela Gold-hill Lodge in Golders Green, caring for those with physical or sensory disabilities.

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Rabbi quits cash-strapped shul for Woodford

By Josh Jackman, June 11, 2015

The rabbi of Liverpool synagogue Childwall, whose members raised more than £30,000 to save his job, has accepted a post with an east London congregation.

Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg will leave cash-strapped Childwall in August to join Woodford Forest United Synagogue in Redbridge.

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Luxembourg apologises for Holocaust role

By Josh Jackman, June 11, 2015

The Luxembourg government has for the first time apologised to its Jewish population for its role in the Holocaust, admitting that some officials were complicit in the killings.

Around a third of the Duchy’s Jews - 1,200 victims - were killed during its Nazi occupation, which lasted from May 1940 to September 1944.

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Oliver actor Ron Moody dies aged 91

By Josh Jackman, June 11, 2015

Ron Moody, the actor who won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Fagin in Oliver!, has died aged 91.

Mr Moody, who was also nominated for an Academy Award for his role in the 1968 musical film, died early on Thursday morning.

He leaves behind his wife, Therese Blackbourn Moody, and their six children.

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Groups unite to combat hate rally

By Josh Jackman, June 11, 2015

The launch of the Golders Green Together campaign this week comes ahead of a series of events to promote diversity in the run-up to the planned protest by neo-Nazis in north-west London next month.

The initiative was launched on Monday by the London Jewish Forum and anti-fascism group Hope Not Hate, with around 50 supporters and community leaders attending a photocall.

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Cross-communal group launches in protest at planned nationalist rally

By Josh Jackman, June 8, 2015

A group founded to oppose a planned extremist protest “against Jewish privilege” has launched with a cross-communal event in Golders Green, north-west London.

Around 50 people attended the Golders Green Together event, with leaders from Muslim, Sikh, Christian and Jewish organisations voicing their strong opposition to the proposed demonstration.

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Taking to the streets in thanks for child's survival

By Josh Jackman, June 5, 2015

A Hendon couple whose baby daughter survived a rare disease with a 98 per cent mortality rate are going on the longest of walks to raise awareness and funding.

Starting on Sunday, Rochelle and Stephen Rosenthal will embark on a 79-mile circular route of the capital over a 72-hour period.

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Regions struggle to match capital gains in volunteers

By Josh Jackman, June 5, 2015

While London-based charities are using Volunteers' Week to boost recruitment, regional organisations say they are are struggling to bring in new people.

Jewish Care Scotland's volunteer services manager Margaret Lothian said the charity was experiencing "real difficulties" in supplementing its 110 volunteers, a number down by more than 20 per cent from 2013.

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Celebration of diversity planned to counter extremist rally in Golders Green

By Josh Jackman, June 4, 2015

A day of action to celebrate diversity is being planned for Friday July 3, 24 hours before extremists are set to hold a rally in Golders Green against "Jewish privilege".

London Jewish Forum and the anti-fascist organisation Hope not Hate have jointly launched Golders Green Together as a show of unity against the rally.

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Take action over rally, May tells the police

By Josh Jackman, June 4, 2015

The Home Secretary has called on the head of the Metropolitan Police to use every legal tool at his disposal in restricting a planned demonstration by extremists "against Jewish privilege".

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Hebrew Hammer set to strike another blow

By Josh Jackman, June 4, 2015

He's back. The protector of Judaism, the shield against antisemites, the "kike who won't cop out when gentiles are all about" is returning to face his ultimate foe: Adolf Hitler.

The Hebrew Hammer vs Hitler, will see its eponymous hero - bedecked in a black hat, peot and Chai medallion - use time travel to track down the Nazi leader and stop him wiping the Jews from history.

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