Josh Jackman

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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Pesach clash for 2016 dims joy of bumper charity year

By Josh Jackman, April 30, 2015

London Marathon entrants from the Jewish community have raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity. But the total looks likely to be much lower next year.

This is because the marathon organisers have decided to hold the 2016 event on April 24, the second day of Pesach, ruling out the participation of Orthodox runners.

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London Marathon: They did it all for their well cared-for grandmas

By Josh Jackman, April 30, 2015

Richard Bernstein and Darren Brown had a powerful family reason to run for Jewish Care. They wanted to thank the charity for the care their grandmothers received at the charity's Vi and John Rubens home in Redbridge.

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Football fracas

By Josh Jackman, April 29, 2015

Police are investigating reports that an amateur footballer headbutted a spectator during a Jewish Sunday league match.

The alleged offender, believed to be solicitor Mike Filson, a player for the South Manchester Sports team, is said to have assaulted Leeds Maccabi commitee member Elliot Landy during a Manchester Jewish Soccer League fixture.

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Charity will lose money after decision to hold London Marathon on Pesach

By Josh Jackman, April 27, 2015

A Jewish charity has warned that it will lose out on thousands of pounds worth of donations after it was revealed that next year’s London Marathon will be run on the second day of Pesach.

Marathon organisers announced yesterday that 2016’s event will take place on April 24, when observant Jewish runners will not be able to take part.

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The real-life Thunderbird

By Josh Jackman, April 24, 2015

The hit television show Thunderbirds was based on the adventures of a Jewish Second World War fighter pilot, a new book reveals.

Gerry Anderson was inspired to create the 1960s series by his brother Lionel who flew low-flying missions to distract the German air force’s night defences, leaving RAF bombers free to attack their targets.

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Pond drowning when lifeguard off duty

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

A relative of the man who drowned while swimming in a pond last week has described his death as "tragic," recalling 19-year-old yeshiva student Moshe Yitzchok Greenfeld as "a cheerful young man who liked helping people."

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Community urged to aid Ukrainians

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

The Chief Rabbi has called for the community to do more to help Jewish refugees in Ukraine in an open letter. signed by senior figures from across Jewish religious movements.

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