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Alan Gross released from Cuban jail

By Rosa Doherty, December 17, 2014

Jewish American citizen Alan Gross has been freed by Cuba after five years in prison as the first step in a thawing of relations between the two nations.

Mr Gross, 65, was released after the US agreed to free three Cubans who had been jailed in Florida for spying. He left Cuba on a US government plane today, according to reports.

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Sydney cafe gunman a ‘known antisemite’

By Rosa Doherty, December 15, 2014

The Iranian-born Islamist who allegedly held a group of people hostage at gunpoint in a Sydney cafe had sent antisemitic letters and messages to members of Australia’s Jewish community.

Man Haron Monis, 49, was reportedly killed by armed police when they burst into the café after a 16-hour standoff.

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Sydney’s Jewish community in lockdown as siege unfolds

By Rosa Doherty, December 15, 2014

Australia’s Jewish community have been told to be vigilant as a gunman holds people hostage at a cafe in Sydney.

Trips were cancelled and several Jewish institutions were closed as the crisis unfolded.

The Community Security Group, which coordinates emergency arrangements for the Jewish community, told residents to report any suspicious activity or objects.

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The man who takes on supercomputers faces the Xbox generation

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2014

They practised for weeks for the lesson they were about to have with their new master.

For he was a grandmaster, and not just any grandmaster, but former world champion, Garry Kasparov, a man used to challenging supercomputers.

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Vanessa's radio honour

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2014

Vanessa Feltz had been honoured with a place in the Radio Academy Hall of Fame in recognition of her 27-year broadcasting career.

Speaking after receiving the accolade at a ceremony at the Savoy hotel, she said: "It is the highest honour you can get in radio and I'm alongside industry greats like Terry Wogan, Tony Windsor and Jimmy Young.

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Speaking with conviction

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2014

Inside a 19th-century chapel, flanked by high-security walls, sat row upon row of hardened criminals.

Ninety of them, clad in regulation grey track-suits, waited for the most unlikely of guests to a high-security prison - an 85-year-old, 5ft 2in woman dressed daintily in cardigan, trouser-suit and shoulder-bag.

For the next two hours, the Wormwood Scrubs inmates sat tall, hands clasped often

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TV role gives Joshua a topsy turvy feeling

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2014

He is only nine years old but Joshua Lester is getting used to being recognised by adoring fans.

Joshua plays Tim in the hugely popular television show Topsy and Tim, about the lives of five-year-old twins.

The series, broadcast on the BBC children's channel CBeebies, is watched by over 40 per cent of viewers aged under six, so attracting the attention of other children has become a regular

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Boy afraid of school has year off and writes book

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2014

A 12-year-old boy who suddenly became so afraid of school that he could not attend for a year has written a book about his experience in the hope it will help others facing the same ordeal.

Joseph Franklin said he loved going to The Academy School, in Hampstead, north London but one day, two years ago, he found he could not face going.

He said: "There was no reason why I didn't want to go.

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Safe on the streets?

By Rosa Doherty, December 4, 2014
Journalist Jake Wallis Simons filmed himself walking around London in order to discover if the streets were still safe for Jews in the wake of rising anti-Semitism. In a report for the Telegraph he said: "Many of my Jewish friends are beginning to feel that way.

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Fight for civil partnership law change

By Rosa Doherty, December 4, 2014

A couple has launched a legal challenge against the ban on heterosexual civil partnerships.

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Kaeidan reject traditional marriage on the grounds it is sexist and want to register their union in a civil ceremony.

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Young readers get books bonanza at Etz Chaim

By Rosa Doherty, December 4, 2014

Children at Etz Chaim Jewish Primary School will not be lost for words after the opening of its new library.

Chris Wormell, author of Two Frogs and Scruffy Bear and the Lost Ball, dedicated the £20,000 room, which can seat a whole class and comes equipped with £2,000 worth of new books donated by the Parent School Association as well as internet access.

"We believe that a reading child is

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The party's over - Royal Majestic to close in 2015

By Rosa Doherty, December 4, 2014

The owner of a popular wedding and barmitzvah venue running for more than 40 years has announced that it will close in spring.

The Royal Majestic Banqueting Suite in Willesden will host its last simchah in April following the decision of owner Helen Goide to retire.

She said: "It has been in the family for four generations and it's time for me to stop.

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I sacrificed my spy job to help terror-accused Hamas man

By Rosa Doherty, December 4, 2014

The Shin Bet wasted a golden opportunity when it turned against one of its most high-profile Palestinian agents, a former member of Israel's domestic intelligence agency has argued.

Gonen Ben Yitzak was the handler of Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of West Bank Hamas chief Sheikh Hassan Yousef, who was recruited to work for Israel at the age of 17.

Mr Yousef left the Shin Bet in 2007 after he

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Jewish groups discuss antisemitism with London deputy mayor

By Rosa Doherty, December 3, 2014

Community groups met London’s deputy mayor to discuss antisemitic hate crime at demonstrations and on social media.

Representatives from the Community Security Trust, London Jewish Forum, Jewish Leadership Council and the Board of Deputies met Stephen Greenhalgh following the publication of a hate crime reduction strategy.

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The Apprentice preview: Daniel haggles for a kosher chicken bargain

By Rosa Doherty, December 3, 2014
Daniel haggles for a kosher chicken bargain - The Apprentice 2014: Series 10 Episode 9 Preview - BBC

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Popular London simchah venue to close

By Rosa Doherty, December 2, 2014

A popular London venue which has hosted simchahs for more than 40 years is to close next year.

The Royal Majestic Banqueting Suite in Willesden will shut in April when owner Helen Goide retires.

Mrs Goide said: “I have so much enjoyed serving the community all these years and it has been a privilege and a great pleasure.”

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Lost art masterpiece spotted in film

By Rosa Doherty, December 1, 2014

A painting has returned to Hungary after nine decades because it was spotted being used in Hollywood film ‘Stuart Little’.

A sharp-eyed art researcher at Hungary’s National Gallery noticed the painting, Sleeping Lady with Black Vase by Robert Bereny, in the 1999 children’s movie while watching it with his daughter, Lola.

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Doctors didn't spot the tumour - then a rabbi intervened

By Rosa Doherty, November 27, 2014

A family has been awarded compensation after their teenage daughter suffered a three-year ordeal because doctors failed to spot a brain tumour.

Talia Angel, 17, was taken to the Portland hospital in central London in 2004 by her parents because they thought getting private treatment would get her "the best and quickest" care possible".

But they were devastated to discover that the hospital f

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Rabbi's appeal for family of synagogue attack hero

By Rosa Doherty, November 27, 2014

A British-born rabbi has launched a campaign to raise money for the family of the Druze policeman who was killed during the terror attack on a Jerusalem synagogue.

Zidan Seif was fatally wounded as he rushed to the defence of worshippers at the Kehilat Bnei Torah Synagogue. He was among five people murdered in the attack last Tuesday by two terrorists who were killed by police at the scene.

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Joan Collins: I was drugged and raped

By Rosa Doherty, November 26, 2014

Joan Collins has revealed that she suffered a horrific sexual assault when she was 17.

The 81-year-old actress made the revelations in ‘Brave Miss World’, a documentary made by Israeli Miss World Winner and rape victim Linor Abargil.

Ms Collins explained in the film how she was drugged and raped by the man whom she later married, Maxwell Reed.

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