Charlotte Oliver

Warning over child abduction

By Charlotte Oliver, July 24, 2014

Families in Golders Green have been told to take precautions after a stranger attempted to abduct a child on Tuesday - the second incident of its kind in the past week.

According to the community volunteer security patrol, Shomrim, a man tried to persuade an eight-year-old boy into his car by offering to drive him home. The boy ran away.

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Mercury rises as LJCC reaps Fringe benefits

By Charlotte Oliver, July 24, 2014

What do you get when you mix Freddie Mercury with a neurotic Jewish mother named Rivki Pashinsky and her rabbi son with a childish secret?

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Out of Africa: physical and mental border crossings

By Charlotte Oliver, July 24, 2014

Zebra Crossing
By Meg Vandermerwe
Oneworld, £10.99

After Before
By Jemma Wayne
Legend Press, £7.99

Haunting and multi-layered, Zebra Crossing and After Before are both novels that will linger long in the memory after reading. Fitting perhaps, then, that their protagonists are stalked by shadows of unhappy pasts and uncertain futures.

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Synagogue and kosher shop targeted in French riots

By Charlotte Oliver, July 22, 2014

French ministers have condemned the recent series of antisemitic outbursts in the country, which came to a head on Sunday night when more than 400 people stormed a largely Jewish suburb and attacked a synagogue and kosher supermarket.

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Artist's high-rise piano drop falls flat with residents

By Charlotte Oliver, July 17, 2014

A Turner Prize-nominated artist has been forced to cancel plans to drop a piano from the top of a block of flats after residents complained.

Catherine Yass, 51, wanted to push the instrument from the top of the empty 27-storey Balfron Tower in Poplar, east London, as part of an art project.

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Israel accepts ceasefire deal, Hamas stays silent

By Charlotte Oliver, July 17, 2014

Israel has agreed to a comprehensive ceasefire deal that will put an end to its air strikes, according to an Israeli official – but Hamas has yet to comment on its position.

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New hope for custody fight mum

By Charlotte Oliver, July 17, 2014

A mother whose access to her children has been limited to daytime visits has been told she can have them overnight once every two weeks.

Beth Alexander, of Manchester, has been fighting for custody of her sons Samuel and Benjamin, who now live near her new home in Vienna with her ex-husband Michael Schlesinger.

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JW3 is warming to the Yiddish Queen Lear

By Charlotte Oliver, July 17, 2014

It's Sunday night at JW3 on Finchley Road. On the makeshift beach in the piazza, football fans sit with caipirinhas in hand and eyes locked on the giant screen showing the World Cup Final. But inside the building's 250-seat theatre, events in Brazil are far from the minds of 40 people in costume as they launch into a noisy impromptu hora.

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Golders Green growing once again

By Charlotte Oliver, July 17, 2014

After years of declining membership, Golders Green Synagogue is on the up again thanks in large part to a £4 million redevelopment project. The redevelopment has seen the opening of the Rimon Primary School on the synagogue site, as well as a major repair and refurbishment programme.

Shul chairman Prof Benny Chain reported a membership increase of 70, taking them up to almost 600.

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Guardian blames ceasefire failure on Israel

By Charlotte Oliver, July 15, 2014

A tweet from the Guardian caused an outcry on Wednesday, after it incorrectly blamed Israel for ignoring the ceasefire with Hamas.

The newspaper wrote on its official Twitter account, which is seen by 2.4 million followers: “Gaza ceasefire collapses as Israel army resumes attack.”

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Anti-apartheid Nobel laureate Nadine Gordimer dies aged 90

By Charlotte Oliver, July 14, 2014

South African author and Nobel Prize winning activist Nadine Gordimer died on Sunday at the age of 90, her family have announced.

A statement said the author, who was considered to be a leading world voice against apartheid, died peacefully in her sleep at home in Johannesburg, with her two children present.

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Volunteers celebrated

By Charlotte Oliver, July 10, 2014

More than 400 pupils and their parents celebrated a busy year for young volunteering at the Yoni Jesner Awards in central London last week.

The scheme, which was set up in memory of the Scottish student killed aged 19 in a Tel Aviv suicide bombing in 2002, rewards students who complete more than 200 hours of voluntary service. This year, more than 180 students were given awards.

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New resource for relatives of First World War dead

By Charlotte Oliver, July 10, 2014

Families whose relatives died in the First World War can now learn more than ever before about their ancestors' burials thanks to the release of 300,000 original documents by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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Gay, Jewish - and not afraid to say so

By Charlotte Oliver, July 10, 2014

Benjamin Kaye has one regret. He never assured an elderly relative of his that he was not alone and did not have to suffer in silence.

Mr Kaye's relative, like him, was gay. But he never said so. His generation rarely did and he died, aged 88, never having spoken of it.

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Long-range rocket fired towards Tel Aviv

By Charlotte Oliver, July 8, 2014

A long-range - probably Iranian-built - rocket was launched towards Tel Aviv from Gaza on Tuesday.

Sirens sounded in Tel Aviv as the missile was brought down south of the city by the Iron Dome defence system. Islamic Jihad claim responsibility for the attack.

Meanwhile, Gadera, Be’er Sheva and Ashkelon came under sustained rocket fire from Gaza.

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Israel launches ‘Operation Protective Edge’ against Hamas

By Charlotte Oliver, July 8, 2014

Israel began a major counter-offensive against Hamas early on Tuesday morning in response to escalating rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

The offensive, labelled Operation Protective Edge, began with air and sea strikes on at least 50 sites in Gaza, including four houses belonging to militants and 18 concealed rocket launchers.

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Man fatally stabbed in Hendon

By Charlotte Oliver, July 4, 2014

A man was stabbed to death in Hendon, north London, on Thursday afternoon, just yards from a Jewish nursery.

Emergency services, as well as Shomrim volunteer security group and Hatzola medical service, were called to Parson Street at 4.45pm, following reports that a man had been injured during a suspected robbery. The man was pronounced dead at 5.30pm.

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Facebook group eases the way towards aliyah

By Charlotte Oliver, July 4, 2014

British young professionals are being encouraged to prepare for life in Israel by joining a social media site which promotes aliyah.

Set up by former Union of Jewish Students' president Joe Tarsh, the Young Olim 2014 Facebook page has attracted substantial interest in the nine months since it was launched.

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School move aids Redbridge regeneration

By Charlotte Oliver, July 3, 2014

Redbridge Jewry celebrated the latest step towards an integrated future with the official opening of the Wohl Ilford Jewish Primary School (IJPS) building.

Catering for more than 400 pupils between the ages of two and 11, IJPS moved to the King Solomon High site in Barkingside last September, following an £11 million redevelopment.

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Down the Tube - a pictorial record

By Charlotte Oliver, July 3, 2014

Any Londoner well-versed in Tube etiquette knows the unspoken rules - head down, eyes fixed forward, disregarding the stranger nestled snugly beside you. But Bob Mazzer takes a different approach.

For 40 years, the photographer has travelled the length and breadth of the London Underground, documenting all he witnesses.

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