Josh Jackman

Ukrainians can sing in UK after hitting wrong note over visa

By Josh Jackman, June 4, 2015

They say it's never over "until the fat lady sings". For Ukrainian choir Varnitshkes, it looked like their dream of performing in London was over before anyone had a chance to sing.

The choir were all set to travel to London to perform at the fourth European Jewish Choral Festival next week, until British immigration officials told them they couldn't be granted visas.

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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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Smart pen set to bring back handwriting

By Josh Jackman, June 4, 2015

Israeli developers have created a digital pen that allows its users to write on a smartphone using any surface.

With a Bluetooth connection, Phree turns a sofa, a hand or someone else's face into a writing surface - and instantly transfers the text to a phone.

A campaign on crowdfunding site Kickstarter saw the invention achieve its goal of £64,000 in just a week, with more than £240,000 n

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'Lone wolves' hunt in packs, says cyber expert

By Josh Jackman, June 4, 2015

A cyberterrorism expert has rejected the popular idea of "lone wolf" terrorists, arguing that deadly attacks, such as those in Copenhagen and Brussels, are orchestrated by online helpers.

Professor Gabriel Weimann, who teaches communications studies at Haifa University, is currently advising the European Union on how to combat violent political extremism online.

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Former Hasmonean student becomes youngest mayor of Barnet

By Josh Jackman, June 1, 2015

The new mayor of Barnet, Mark Shooter, has said his main objective will be engaging disenfranchised citizens in communal activities.

Mr Shooter, a Barnet councillor of five years who at 44 is believed to be the youngest to take the position, told the JC he hoped to "inspire younger people and other parts of the community which aren't involved in civic society".

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Police commander asks for help from community in stopping Golders Green rally

By Josh Jackman, May 27, 2015

A north London police chief has called on the Jewish community to provide evidence that a planned extremist rally in Golders Green will be antisemitic so he can stop it.

Barnet borough commander Adrian Usher said that if it could be proved that the rally was “motivated by antisemitism, then that is clearly against the law and we will take robust action.”

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How band aid is helping terror victims to deal with the trauma

By Josh Jackman, May 25, 2015

An Israeli whose seven-year-old sister was killed in a 2003 terror attack led an emotional contribution by those helped by One Family to the charity's dinner on Monday.

Hila Leibovitch, 28, fronted the One Family Band, which performed Shema Yisrael - a song about a girl wounded in a terror attack - for the 450 guests at Grosvenor House in central London. More than £800,000 was raised.

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Antisemitism prompts Scottish Jews to consider leaving the country

By Josh Jackman, May 23, 2015

Scottish Jews experienced almost as many antisemitic incidents in one month last year as in the whole of 2013, prompting some to consider leaving the country.

The Scottish Council of Jewish Communities (SCoJeC) put the spike down to the conflict in Gaza last summer, reporting that it led to “unprecedented expressions of fear, anxiety, insecurity, and alienation.”

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Plans for Charedim

By Josh Jackman, May 22, 2015

The rapid growth of the Stamford Hill Charedi community has prompted Hackney Council to commit to a large-scale plan geared to meeting educational, health-care and housing needs in the area.

Hackney's Jewish population grew by 44.2 per cent between 2001 and 2011 and the Charedi community is currently estimated at up to 20,000.

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Campaign launched to tackle stigma of mental illness

By Josh Jackman, May 21, 2015

A campaign has been launched to tackle the stigma surrounding mental illness within the Jewish community.

Think Ahead will run for a year, using 30 striking images accompanied by text, which Jami hopes will get people talking.

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Getting physical to boost mental health

By Josh Jackman, May 21, 2015

Physical health is mainstream. Our culture is saturated with messages on how to improve your wellbeing, the government regularly runs campaigns targeting obesity, and no one will doubt you if you say you have a broken arm.

In contrast, mental health sufferers can feel as if they are ignored and isolated, with no idea of how to get better, or if a recovery is even possible.

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JCoSS sent pupils home early over muck-up day concern

By Josh Jackman, May 15, 2015

JCoSS placed its students on early study leave last week to avoid potential misbehaviour arising from a pre-GCSE “muck-up” day.

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Members save rabbi's job - now he might leave

By Josh Jackman, May 15, 2015

Liverpool's Childwall Hebrew Congregation has raised more than £30,000 to keep its rabbi. But he is considering leaving the community.

After discovering that it would have to find £25,000 to balance its books by the end of 2016, the cash-strapped synagogue reached a redundancy agreement in February with Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg, who has served it full-time for two years.

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Sacked rabbi reinstated by popular demand

By Josh Jackman, May 15, 2015

Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Binyamin Bar, who was dismissed for alleged gross misconduct but has continued leading services at the behest of members, has been formally reappointed by the shul's new board.

Rabbi Bar accepted the contract handed to him by the lay leaders, who took office unopposed at Sunday's AGM.

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Scots are uneasy after SNP's landslide

By Josh Jackman, May 14, 2015

The Scottish National Party's almost-clean sweep of seats in the country has led to "nervousness" among Scottish Jews, community leaders have said.

The SNP has previously expressed pro-Palestinian views and supported proposals for an arms embargo on Israel. It won 56 of the 59 Scottish constituencies, leaving the Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats each with one seat.

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Boris Johnson and Ambassador Taub's handshake mix-up

By Josh Jackman, May 14, 2015

It's happened to all of us. Watch as Mayor of London and newly elected MP Boris Johnson goes for a handshake with Israeli ambassador Daniel Taub - and has to take evasive action in the hope of avoiding embarrassment.

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Problem on the rise in schools, universities and in the workplace

By Josh Jackman, May 14, 2015

We are a community that cares for its children. The stereotype of the Jewish mother - feeding, clothing and coddling their offspring, sometimes to the extreme - exists for a reason: children are seen as precious.

However, this desire for our sons and daughters to succeed has created higher and higher levels of expectation of young people.

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Global Jewish leader guilty of £22m fraud

By Josh Jackman, May 12, 2015

A court has found that Andrey Adamovsky, vice president of the World Jewish Congress, defrauded former business partners to the tune of $34.7 million (£22.3m).

A civil court judge handed down the verdict last October, but Mr Adamovsky, who was found to have illicitly deprived two co-owners of his Oledo Petroleum company of their 45 per cent share of its sale, has not yet paid them back.

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Election 2015: Ed Miliband resigns as Labour leader

By Josh Jackman, May 8, 2015

Ed Miliband has resigned as leader of the Labour party after a crushing election defeat.

Speaking to party supporters on Friday, he said he took “absolute responsibility” for the outcome, which saw his party all but wiped out in Scotland, and by early Friday afternoon 95 seats behind the Conservatives across the country.

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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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