Josh Jackman

School's out as the water goes off

By Josh Jackman, January 8, 2015

Liverpool King David students enjoyed an extended winter holiday when a problem with the water supply forced the closure of the campus on Monday and Tuesday.

When the issue was discovered on Monday morning, parents of primary pupils were asked to collect their children.

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Islamist website hackers target Yorkshire school and church

By Josh Jackman, January 6, 2015

A computer virus created by Islamist hackers has attacked the websites of a school and a church with anti-Israel messages.

Sowerby Primary School and The Danish Seamen's Church, both in Yorkshire, had their sites replaced with an image of defaced Israel and American flags, accompanied by text from a group calling itself X-saad.

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Board fears 2016 London Marathon could clash with Pesach

By Josh Jackman, January 5, 2015

The London Marathon may clash with the second day of Pesach next year, hampering the efforts of Jewish charities and runners.

April 24 is one of three dates being considered for the 2016 London Marathon, according to the Board of Deputies, who released a statement saying such a move would be “damaging” for organisations such as World Jewish Relief and Kisharon.

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Limmud 2014: Experts agree that settlements are irrelevant in search for peace

By Josh Jackman, December 31, 2014

The West Bank settlements are irrelevant to the peace process, according to four respected experts.

At a packed-out panel discussion, which attracted an audience of around 150 a lecturer, a rabbi, a writer and a lawyer all outlined the reasons for their view.

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Olmert website is smash hit

By Josh Jackman, December 31, 2014

A website started by the son of a former Israeli prime minister provided the most popular content on Facebook last month.

PlayBuzz, founded in 2012 by Ehud Olmert’s son Shaul, had 8.7 million quizzes, list articles and polls shared by Facebook users, putting it ahead of sites like Fox News and the BBC.

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Limmud 2014: Yachad founder warns over Israel's future

By Josh Jackman, December 31, 2014

A prominent British activist has said Israel has no future if it carries on down its current path.

Hannah Weisfeld, founder and director of Yachad, said: “The conflict is becoming worse and more entrenched, and if we can’t find a way to create a different Zionist future entrenched in tolerance and a belief in the humanity of others, I don’t think there’s a future for Israel.”

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Orthodox 'missing a trick over women', argues feminist

By Josh Jackman, December 30, 2014

A feminist activist has said that Orthodox Judaism is damaging itself by not inviting women to play an equal role in its synagogues.

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Limmud 2014: Faith schools 'warp our children', claims rabbi

By Josh Jackman, December 30, 2014

Rabbi Jonathan Romain has condemned Jewish schools, saying they “warp our children against the outside world.”

Speaking on a panel of educators and activists, the rabbi of Maidenhead Synagogue accused the schools of “collective negative aspects which go against Jewish values.

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Limmud 2014: Chief says take pride in Judaism and reach out to others

By Josh Jackman, December 30, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis arrived at his second Limmud with a message that Jews should take pride in their religion.

Rabbi Mirvis, the first UK chief rabbi to attend the cross-communal event last year, told a large audience that Judaism could be preserved by Jews helping others in a spirit of tikkun olam — healing the world.

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Limmud 2014: Call to end discrimination against Israeli Arabs

By Josh Jackman, December 29, 2014

The negotiator who initiated the secret talks which freed Hamas prisoner Gilad Shalit has called for an end to discrimination against Israeli Arabs.

Gershon Baskin, who was behind the momentous release of the IDF soldier in 2011, told an audience of more than 100 people: “There is no area of life in Israel in which Arabs are not discriminated against.

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Limmud 2014: Delicious! Diners give thumbs up to new menu

By Josh Jackman, December 29, 2014

Limmud’s new caterers are rising to the task of feeding thousands of people, with participants describing the fare on offer as “delicious”.

Manchester firm Celia Clyne Banqueting was handed the largest kosher catering contract in Europe to supply more than 30,000 meals throughout the week. Owner Celia Clyne said it has been “a steep learning curve”.

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Limmud 2014: Europe is failing to combat jihadists on its doorstep, says activist

By Josh Jackman, December 28, 2014

A former government official has warned that there is a “growing epidemic of young, European men going to fight jihad.”

Annika Hernroth-Rothstein, who was a Swedish government adviser, told an audience of around 80 people at Limmud that the “lack of political will” in Europe to combat extremism has driven her to move her family to Israel.

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European Jewish Congress head warns of Islamic State threat

By Josh Jackman, December 26, 2014

A leading figure in European Jewry has warned that there is a “very possible reality” of Islamic State becoming a major force in the continent.

But European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor said that despite the danger, Jews should not consider packing their bags and leaving for Israel.

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Kosher deli is back on site after major blaze

By Josh Jackman, December 25, 2014

The owner of a Glasgow kosher deli and café which has reopened 18 months after a major fire has thanked his “amazing” clients for their loyalty.

Mark’s Deli boss Mark Cohen said that after the blaze, which gutted the interior and left the building without a roof, “they followed us round the corner to a temporary shop. They were so nice and loyal.

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Manchester art project brings back memories for survivors

By Josh Jackman, December 25, 2014

An art therapist is helping Holocaust survivors to remember and record their stories.
Jerusalem-born artist Chava Erlanger, also known as Chava Rosenzweig, runs Latent Memories, a Six Point Foundation project for lonely, isolated survivors.

“It gives them something to reference and talk about,” Ms Erlanger said. “Then we type up what they say and photograph their reactions.”

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The Bletchley codebreakers who never cracked

By Josh Jackman, December 24, 2014

Most daughters keep secrets from their mothers, but not usually because they are a matter of national security.

During the Second World War, Ruth Bourne, from Birmingham, worked at the codebreaking base at Bletchley Park as one of the team helping Alan Turing crack the Germans’ Enigma code.

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Irish Jews welcome HMD agreement over Israel

By Josh Jackman, December 24, 2014

Leaders of the Irish Jewish community have welcomed news that the Israeli ambassador will, for the first time, speak about links between the Shoah and Israel at Ireland’s national Holocaust Memorial Day next month.

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Charitable toy story impresses David Cameron

By Josh Jackman, December 23, 2014

A north London lawyer who founded a charity to distribute toys and books to impoverished children across the world has been honoured by David Cameron.

Shelley Schachter-Cahm, 47, received a Point of Light award — recognising “outstanding volunteers” — for the work of Toy Drop. She established the charity 12 years ago after a “life-changing” visit to the Philippines.

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They keep Planet Limmud turning

By Josh Jackman, December 23, 2014

Limmud volunteers have spoken of the challenges they face in building a conference which meets the needs of 2,500 attendees.

Behind the scenes, Jews from all over the country give their time to take on the responsibility of creating what Ruth Finkel, a volunteer who helps those with learning disabilities, describes as “planet Limmud”.

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Ireland envoy to mention Israel at HMD

By Josh Jackman, December 23, 2014

The Israeli ambassador to Ireland will speak about the links between the Shoah and Israel at future Holocaust Memorial Days, it was announced this week.

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