Josh Jackman

IDF retaliates after rocket attack strikes Israeli kindergarten

By Josh Jackman, July 3, 2016

The IDF has responded to a rocket attack on a kindergarten in Sderot by hitting four military sites in Gaza.

Israeli pilots targeted “components of Hamas’s operational infrastructure,” IDF spokesman Peter Lerner reported.


Minister stabilises ton-up Richmond

By Josh Jackman, July 1, 2016

Rabbi Meir Shindler "has brought stability" to Richmond Synagogue in its centenary year, says chairman Jon Katzauer.

The south London shul's former minister, Rabbi Jonathan Hughes, moved to Radlett Synagogue in 2015 amid claims of "poaching".


My generation has been let down by the establishment

By Josh Jackman, June 30, 2016

"If you wanted to remain so much, why didn't you vote?"

This was the question posed to the 64 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds who failed to turn up at the ballot box on Thursday. Since this age group was 75 per cent in favour of Remain, the logic goes, the fate of the UK's EU membership was in their hands.


Matthew Offord opposes London demonstration ‘intended to incite hatred against the Jewish people’

By Josh Jackman, June 29, 2016

An MP and a prominent pro-Israel campaigner will speak at a counter-protest to oppose a demonstration “intended to incite hatred against the Jewish people” on Sunday.


'You are the big society'

By Josh Jackman, June 27, 2016

David Cameron told 1,200 guests at Jewish Care's annual dinner that the charity is "the best of Jewish and the best of British".

But Steven Lewis, Jewish Care chairman, said that the government's decision to raise the minimum wage meant the charity needed an extra £4 million every year.


Two Holocaust survivors make 'largest donation to an Israeli institution ever'

By Josh Jackman, June 24, 2016

Two Holocaust survivors have made “the largest donation to an Israeli institution ever”.

Dr Howard and Lottie Marcus, who escaped Nazi Germany separately then met and married in New York, left Ben-Gurion University $400m in their will.

A spokesperson from BGU said that the gift was “the largest donation ever made to benefit any institution in the State of Israel.”


The blues in Cambridge

By Josh Jackman, June 23, 2016

The first Cambridge Limmud to be held in summer will also be the last, co-chair Julian Landy revealed during the biennial event on Sunday.

Howard Jacobson, Rita Rudner and Sir Lawrence Freedman captivated those who made the trip to Anglia Ruskin University for the day.

The warm weather and picturesque surroundings were a world away from the cold winds of Limmud Conference, with dozens of att


Shabbat bomb hoaxer 'put me through hell'

By Josh Jackman, June 23, 2016

A mother of two has revealed that she suffered a campaign of "hell" after a dispute about a children's birthday party escalated into death threats and three years of harassment.


Digital archive will showcase forgotten heroes

By Josh Jackman, June 23, 2016

The importance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive is the mantra of survivors, politicians and educationists. But the contribution of London Jewry to the First World War is often overlooked.


David Cameron calls on Jewish community to vote Remain so Britain can support Israel ‘from inside the room’

By Josh Jackman, June 21, 2016

David Cameron has told the Jewish community “I love you”, while making the case for remaining in the European Union.


Jewish woman pleads guilty over synagogue bomb hoax

By Josh Jackman, June 20, 2016

A Jewish woman has pleaded guilty to making a hoax threat that a bomb had been planted at a north London synagogue.

Claire Mann texted Elisheva Mason, rebbetzin at Muswell Hill Synagogue, in July 2013.

Mann told her that an explosive device had been planted at Finchley United Synagogue.


Three killed as car crashes into Tel Aviv restaurant

By Josh Jackman, June 19, 2016

Three people have died and six were left injured after a car crashed into restaurant customers in Tel Aviv.

Alan Weinkrantz, president of a high-tech PR company, and 47-year-old Menashe Raz from Ashdod were among those killed on Saturday night.

The driver of the car, a 41-year-old from Ra’anana, was also killed.


Three resign from Bushey board over new chair

By Josh Jackman, June 17, 2016

The new chairman of Bushey United Synagogue has spoken of "a strong mutual respect" between board members despite three officers having resigned since his election.

Sas Ezekiel, a member of the Hertfordshire congregation for nearly 30 years, was voted in at the AGM, defeating the incumbent, Stephen Roston, who had stood for re-election.

On announcement of the result, the previous vice-chai


How Max Steinberg makes Liverpool good for business

By Josh Jackman, June 17, 2016

When Chancellor George Osborne asked to meet him, Max Steinberg knew he had created a successful Merseyside-based business forum.

As chairman of the inaugural International Festival of Business in 2014, he helped to turn a few million pounds of government investment into an estimated GPB200 million of trade by bringing together representatives of thousands of businesses from around the globe.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.