Robyn Rosen

'Jew' used as a term of playground abuse

By Robyn Rosen, May 12, 2011

Community leaders have raised concerns about a rise in non-Jewish schoolchildren as young as eight using the word "Jew" to insult each other.

Education workers have criticised schools for not tackling the abusive behaviour in the same way as other
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Race hate website man's jail release

By Robyn Rosen, May 12, 2011

A man jailed for inciting racial hatred online in a landmark case is being released after serving less than half his sentence.

Simon Sheppard, 53, was arrested in 2008 after police traced a leaflet called "Tales of the Holohoax," which had been pushed through the door of Blackpool Reform Synagogue, to a post office box in Hull, registered to Sheppard.

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No arrests in LSE 'Jewish lobby' debate case

By Robyn Rosen, May 11, 2011

Police will take no further action against controversial speaker Abdel Bari Atwan, following allegations of antisemitism at a lecture where 30 Jewish students walked out in protest.

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Paper brings Einstein's arrival in UK to life

By Robyn Rosen, May 10, 2011

Albert Einstein's original landing card from his journey following his escape from Nazi Germany has been discovered among hundreds of immigration documents at Heathrow Airport.

The papers, which document Einstein's journey from Belgium to Dover on May 26 1933, was found by museum curators as they sifted through the airport's archives to collect material for a new exhibition.

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Unlawful killing verdict for 7/7 bomb victims

By Robyn Rosen, May 6, 2011

A coroner at the inquest into the 7/7 suicide bomb attacks in London has made nine recommendations after ruling that the victims were unlawfully killed.

Lady Justice Hallett produced a report today at the end of a 19 week inquest into the deaths of 52 people, including three Jewish victims, who were killed after four bombers targeted three Tube trains and one bus in the capital in 2005.

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Barnet care cuts attacked

By Robyn Rosen, May 5, 2011

Barnet Council has been accused of a "short-sighted" attitude after cutting funding for day care services for the elderly.

Residents with more than £23,250 in savings or other assets will now have to pay the full charge for day care services, following the removal of council subsidies. The new policy will be rolled out from next month.

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Sara steps in to help the Globe

By Robyn Rosen, May 5, 2011

An American Jewish publisher has donated £1 million towards the creation of an indoor Jacobean theatre at Shakespeare's Globe.

Sara Miller McCune, founder and executive chairwoman of academic publishers, Sage, visited the site of the £7 million project in London this week and met the Globe's honorary president, actress Zoe Wanamaker.

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Peter Moss: a life on the move

By Robyn Rosen, May 5, 2011

Family and friends of Peter Moss, killed by the Marrakesh bomb last week, have paid tribute to the "inspirational" and "passionate" travel writer.

Mr Moss, a former Hasmonean School pupil and a long-time writer for the JC, was among 16 victims killed by a remotely-activated bomb at the Argana café in Djema el Fnaa Square in the city's old quarter last Thursday.

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You want a happy marriage? Listen to us

By Robyn Rosen, April 28, 2011

Rabbi Michael Laitner runs the United Synagogue's Newlyweds Programme which helps couples learn practical Jewish approaches to married life. He has some advice which he thinks might be useful to a certain young couple who are tying the knot today: "An old Midrashic adage states that a groom is compared to a king as long, add the rabbis, as he treats his bride like a queen."

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Anguished brother: why did she die?

By Robyn Rosen, April 21, 2011

The brother of a woman who died after a routine operation in a London hospital may make legal history if a request is granted for a third inquest into her death.

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Broadcast regulator rejects every complaint on Promise

By Robyn Rosen, April 21, 2011

Ofcom has rejected scores of complaints about the impartiality and inaccuracy of the TV series The Promise, and defended it as a "serious television drama, not presented as a historical re-creation".

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Golders Green repairs boost

By Robyn Rosen, April 14, 2011

Golders Green Synagogue has been awarded a £100,000-plus English Heritage grant to repair its roof.

The money will go towards the synagogue's £3 million refurbishment plans for its Grade II-listed building in Dunstan Road.

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Charitable pupils work Side by Side

By Robyn Rosen, April 14, 2011

Immanuel College pupils visited a strictly Orthodox special needs school in Stamford Hill they have raised thousands of pounds for.

Thirty students from the Bushey school's Shevet Achim committee were invited to Side by Side - one of the three charities supported. The visitors were given a tour of the school and helped the children with some of their activities.

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Fed denies burial complaint

By Robyn Rosen, April 14, 2011

The Federation of Synagogues has denied accusations that its burial society tried to "take advantage" of the family of an Ilford Federation member who died on Shabbat.

Malcolm Bennett from Clayhall complained after allegedly being asked for more than £2,000 to bury his father, Alfred, who died, aged 82, at Springfield Care Home in Ilford on April 2.

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Call for vigilance after synagogue burglaries

By Robyn Rosen, April 14, 2011

Police in Stamford Hill have stepped up patrols after a spate of burglaries at synagogues.

At least eight shuls have been broken into in the last two months. Small amounts of cash were taken.

Police believe the same group is behind the burglaries after two suspects were caught on CCTV.

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Split over future of genetic screening

By Robyn Rosen, April 14, 2011

Jewish Care, the main provider of Tay-Sachs screening in the Jewish community, has expressed concern that the government advisory body on human genetics has given the green light to free genetic screening to all.

A report by the Human Genetics Commission last week found that pre-conception screening would provide "greater patient choice".

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Freud colleague's ashes return home

By Robyn Rosen, April 14, 2011

A Jewish consul is to return the ashes of Alfred Adler, one of Sigmund Freud's colleagues, to the psychotherapist's hometown of Vienna, 74 years after his sudden death in Aberdeen.

Dr Adler, son of a Hungarian-Jewish grain merchant, died aged 67 of a suspected heart attack during a trip to Aberdeen in 1937 to lecture at the university.

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The man with Swarovski crystals on his head

By Robyn Rosen, April 14, 2011

An entrepreneur has baldly gone where no other man has gone before - and become the first professional head artist.

Philip Levine, 29, will host his first exhibition of artwork next month, featuring images of his head in a variety of designs. He has even coated it in 1,000 Swarovski crystals.

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Shechitah under fire in EU

By Robyn Rosen and Esther Voet, April 14, 2011

The Conservative MEP accused of discrimination after he made new attempts to label kosher meat has withdrawn the plan.

Struan Stevenson, who represents Scotland in the European Parliament, has pulled an amendment to the food information bill calling for kosher meat to be labelled "this product comes from an animal slaughtered by the shechitah method", and the equivalent for halal.

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Swastika thong: yours to buy online

By Robyn Rosen, April 8, 2011

An online retailer has removed a range of products, including underwear and baby clothes emblazoned with an image of a swastika superimposed on a star of David, after a complaint from the JC.

CafePress, has removed the products, which had been sold since 2009 as part of the True Nazis range and carry the slogan, 'What Is The Different?' (sic).

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