Robyn Rosen

Bereaved husband's cancer charity

By Robyn Rosen, April 7, 2011

A charity supporting Pancreatic Cancer UK is being set up by a Bushey Synagogue member whose wife died from the disease at the age of 33.

Nicki Blake died in November, barely a year after being diagnosed with an advanced form of the cancer which had already spread to her liver and bones.

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Mum receives council apology

By Robyn Rosen, April 7, 2011

The mother of an autistic child has received compensation and an apology from Hackney Council for lack of support.

Five years ago, Maxine Jones told the council that her son Daniel's school, Simon Marks Jewish Primary, could not provide the care he needed.

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Farming Minister supports plans to label kosher meat

By Robyn Rosen, April 7, 2011

The Farming Minister, Jim Paice, has said that in "an ideal world" kosher meat which has been slaughtered without pre-stunning would be banned.

Mr Paice also said he supported plans to label kosher meat, to keep people in the non-kosher market, which consumes 70 per cent of shechitah-slaughtered meat, well informed.

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Thief with 'inside help' targets shuls

By Robyn Rosen, April 1, 2011

Police are building a profile of a criminal with "intimate knowledge" of the Jewish community after more than £110,000 worth of religious items was stolen in a spate of robberies.

At least eight robberies have taken place within three months in and around Golders Green, north-west London.

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Airline strike 'like Kristallnacht' claim

By Robyn Rosen, March 31, 2011

A British Airways steward has compared a dispute with the airline with Kristallnacht.

The comments were made on Victoria Derbyshire's programme on BBC Radio 5 Live on Tuesday when guests discussed new strike action by British Airways staff.

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Protests drive Ahava out of Covent Garden

By Robyn Rosen, March 31, 2011

The UK branch of Israeli cosmetics store, Ahava, is moving from its central London shop after years of pro-Palestinian demonstrations.

Protesters claim that the products sold in the store are manufactured in a factory in Israeli settlement, Mitzpe Shalom in the West Bank but are "misleadingly" labelled as produced in Israel.

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St John’s Wood alarm shooter sentenced

By Robyn Rosen, March 28, 2011

A multi-millionaire businessman who shot his neighbour's fire alarm to stop it ringing in the middle of the night has been sentenced to 200 hours of unpaid community service.

Peter Shalson, 53, was investigated by police after a shotgun was fired at the property next to his detached home in St John’s Wood, north west London, in January 2010.

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Making a stand for Israel on UK campuses

By Robyn Rosen, March 24, 2011

An international Israel advocacy organisation which arms students with material and information to help them stand up against anti-Israel speakers is expanding in the UK.

StandWithUs, set up in 2001 and with offices in America, Australia and Israel, aims to educate communities, campuses and the media through speakers and conferences.

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Four accuse Ahava of 'war crimes'

By Robyn Rosen, March 24, 2011

The London Israeli cosmetics shop Ahava has been accused of "war crimes" during a trial of four demonstrators.

The four "stormed" Ahava in Covent Garden twice last year: Matthew Richardson, 24, and Gwendolen Wilkinson, 20, on October 2, and Christopher Osmond, 30, and Jessica Nero, 33, on November 22.

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Special needs case victory

By Robyn Rosen, March 18, 2011

Chasidic parents have won a lengthy battle to place their autistic son at Jewish special needs school Delamere Forest in Manchester.

Yechezkel Englander, 10, started at Delamere this week after Higher Broughton couple Avraham and Yocheved Englander made a successful appeal against a Salford Council placement.

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KD pupil in BBC documentary

By Robyn Rosen, March 18, 2011

A Muslim and Jewish pupil are travelling to Auschwitz together for a BBC documentary.

Danielle Coupland, a 17-year-old King David Manchester pupil, is flying to Poland today for a tour of the death camp site, along with Umar Zahoor, also 17, from Bradford.

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Kindertransport refugee dies after flooding evacuation

By Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

An 85-year-old German refugee who came to the UK on the Kindertransport has died after being evacuated from her home following flooding.

Ruth Borger, who had not previously left her Edgware house for 15 years due to illness, died hours later in hospital. Her funeral was at Edgwarebury Lane.

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Duggan mother to sue Germany over son's death

By Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

A mother is taking Germany to the Court of Human Rights accusing it of failing properly to investigate the mysterious death of her son, Jewish student Jeremiah Duggan, exactly eight years ago.

Mr Duggan's body was found beside the road in Wiesbaden on March 27 2003. The German police have consistently ruled it was suicide but a British coroner rejected the verdict.

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Tribute to the Irish Scarlet Pimpernel

By Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

An Irish priest known as the Scarlet Pimpernel of the Vatican has been commemorated in a play about his mission to save 6,500 prisoners of war and Jews during the Second World War.

Hugh O'Flaherty hid Jewish families in safe houses, convents and other religious houses around Rome during the war.

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Stolen Klein painting recovered

By Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

A £6,000 painting stolen from a St John's Wood art gallery two years ago has been recovered after a fan of the artist discovered it hanging in a Moroccan shop.

Three of Anita Klein's paintings were bought with a fraudulent credit card from the Boundary Gallery on the last day of her exhibition two years ago.

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Israeli students fear disclosing where they are from

By Robyn Rosen, March 17, 2011

Israeli students at British universities have spoken about the "hostility" they feel on campus. One says she hides her nationality.

In the past year alone, police have been called to anti-Israel protests at Manchester and Edinburgh universities and the London School of Economics.

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Baroness: let schools deal with hate speech

By Robyn Rosen, March 11, 2011

Communities minister Baroness Hanham has said the government expects schools and universities to tackle hate speech themselves — and that she believed that an adequate framework was already in place.

She answered questions on antisemitism on campus, online and at school during a session in the House of Lords yesterday.

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Assault on ex-pupil at Essex's Faces club

By Robyn Rosen, March 10, 2011

A former pupil of the King Solomon High in Redbridge has pleaded guilty to assaulting an ex-schoolmate outside a nightclub in Essex.

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'Bang, my mum would cop it'

By Robyn Rosen, March 10, 2011

One reader contacted the JC after enduring a lifetime of abuse from his father. After confronting his mother two weeks ago and having his concerns rejected, the 31-year-old from Essex wrote a 10,000-word account of his abusive childhood.

Although we know his identity, we have kept it hidden to protect his mother, who still lives with his father.

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One in four Jewish women suffer abuse in the home

By Robyn Rosen, March 10, 2011

One in four Jewish women are victims of domestic abuse, according to the largest survey of its kind.

The Jewish Women's Aid study, You know a Jewish woman suffering from domestic abuse: Domestic abuse and the British Jewish community, found that 26 per cent of the 842 people surveyed had personally experienced domestic abuse.

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