Josh Jackman

London will stay a ‘safe haven’ for Jews, says Boris Johnson

By Josh Jackman, January 26, 2015

Boris Johnson has pledged that London will remain a “safe haven” for Jews.

Addressing a Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at City Hall, the Mayor said: "In the wake of the horrific attacks in Paris, and as we face an increased threat to our security, it is more important than ever that we stand strong in our beliefs of tolerance and freedom of speech."

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Jonathan Romain made head of Reform Beit Din

By Josh Jackman, January 23, 2015

Rabbi Jonathan Romain has been appointed chairperson of the Movement for Reform Judaism’s Beit Din.

The organisation’s religious court has chosen the Maidenhead minister to head its rotating team of seven judges and make the final decision on issues from conversions to divorces.

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Communal leaders condemn ‘Jews should carry guns’ remarks

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

Community leaders from 11 European countries have united to condemn a prominent rabbi who said that governments should provide Jews with guns.

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Communal leaders condemn ‘Jews should carry guns’ remarks

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

Community leaders from 11 European countries have united to condemn a prominent rabbi who said that governments should provide Jews with guns.

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Thriving youth key to stability, says Summers

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

Western democracies will only survive if middle class parents are able to see a better future for their children, says former Chief Economist of the World bank Lawrence Summers.

The former US Treasury Secretary who has served under Presidents Clinton and Obama, told an audience at the JW3 centre in north-west London on Tuesday that slow growth and rising inequality will be the most important ch

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Footballers forced to train in equality

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

A Sunday League junior football team who had a player shouting antisemitic abuse during a match against a Jewish side has been told all of its officials, players and their parents must attend an equality workshop.

The punishment for under-16s side Curzon Ashton's disorderly conduct aggravated by discrimination is unprecedented for a Manchester County Football Association side.

The player sho

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JLGB makes 120 at Lords

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

The importance of JLGB's work within regional communities was highlighted at its 120th anniversary celebration, held at the House of Lords and attended by government ministers Eric Pickles and Theresa Villiers.

Among more than 100 key volunteers at the Westminster event was Liverpool teacher and third generation JLGB leader Helen Abrams.

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Salford cuts threaten charities' services

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

Manchester communal charities fear the impact on services of the swingeing budget cuts proposed by Salford City Council, saying they are "being hit from all angles".

Salford - which has had its government funding reduced by £118 million since 2011 - has announced plans to slash £56 million from its budget over the next two years, includiing a £32.5 million reduction for 2015.

The major Ma

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Jacob's date with Sam Cam

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

A Leeds teenager who survived a three-year battle with cancer was a guest at a 10 Downing Street reception hosted by Samantha Cameron this week to promote a Cancer Research UK fundraising campaign.

Jacob Ziff was 14 when he was diagnosed with cancer of the white blood cells, known as acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Now in remission, Jacob said the invite to Downing Street was "a once-in-a-lif

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Daniel Taub honours righteous gentiles at Foreign Office ceremony

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

The Foreign Office has hosted a special event with the Israeli embassy ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day, in which three righteous gentiles were honoured.

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub and Minister for the Middle East Tobias Ellwood, who led the ceremony, also told more than 100 guests that Holocaust education was more vital now than ever.

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Far-right leader resigns over Hitler photo

By Josh Jackman, January 21, 2015

The leader of a German far-right movement has resigned after a photo of him posing as Adolf Hitler on Facebook went viral.

Lutz Bachmann co-founded Pegida, which stands for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, in October and has since organised weekly marches that have attracted up to 25,000 people.

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Games of Thrones is coming to Tel Aviv

By Josh Jackman, January 21, 2015

Become a Lannister, Stark, Targaryen, or Baratheon and make your move for the Iron Throne in the dramatic, deadly world of Westeros.

For Game of Thrones fans in Tel Aviv, this dream will become a reality when an interactive exhibition of the HBO adaptation arrives in the city during Pesach, from April 5 - 9.

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Mid East debate cancelled over campus security fears

By Josh Jackman, January 20, 2015

A debate on the Israel-Palestinian conflict at York University has been cancelled due to security fears.

The session, scheduled for Tuesday, would have featured a speech and questions and answers with former Labour councillor Luke Akehurst, who is also director of the campaign group We Believe in Israel.

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Theresa May and Eric Pickles: We stand together with UK Jews against extremism

By Josh Jackman, January 18, 2015

Theresa May and Eric Pickles have said they stand together with the Jewish community against extremism, while hailing the impact of Jews on Britain.

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Police have “heightened concern” about terrorist threat to UK Jews

By Josh Jackman, January 16, 2015

Police have said they have "heightened concern" about a possible terrorist attack on Jews in the UK.

However, the force emphasised that it has seen nothing to suggest such an attack is imminent.

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Jewish schools close in Belgium and Holland after terror threat

By Josh Jackman, January 16, 2015

Jewish schools in Belgium and the Netherlands will remain closed on Friday due to fears they could be targeted by Islamist terrorists.

Schools in Antwerp and Brussels cancelled lessons for the day, while the only Orthodox institution in Amsterdam, the Jewish Children Community Cheder, also closed its doors as a precaution.

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Polish Holocaust movie nominated for Oscar

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

A Polish film about a young nun who finds out her parents were Jews killed in the Holocaust has been nominated for an Academy Award.

Ida will compete with four other nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film award at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on February 22.

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, the film centres on Anna, an orphaned nun played by newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska.

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Ten weeks of Holocaust stories on app

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

A new app will allow users to read stories from people who were caught up in the Holocaust - "70 Voices: Victims, Perpetrators and Bystanders" will be available to download for free on both Apple and Android phones on Monday morning, ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27.

The app, created by the Holocaust Educational Trust, will feature a new story every day for 70 days.

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Shul members support boycott call

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

Fifteen Jews from the Leicester area have signed an open letter supporting the city council's decision to boycott products from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

The signatories, who include seven members of the local Progressive community, acted after the Board of Deputies, in consultation with the Leicester Orthodox and Liberal congregations, wrote to the council opposing the boycott.

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Sacked rabbi is back in the pulpit as dispute rages on

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

The saga of sacked Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation rabbi Binyamin Bar took a new twist this week with the rabbi being allowed to conduct Shabbat services and the shul council issuing a statement giving fuller reasons for his dismissal.

Many among a higher than normal turnout at the Friday-night service lobbied for the minister - who is appealing against his dismissal - to be permitte

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