Rosa Doherty

Volunteers and refugees 'have so much in common'

By Rosa Doherty, July 21, 2016

When the refugee crisis made headlines and the Jewish community united in its response to help, Henry Raine was determined to do his bit.

But the 57-year-old never imagined his volunteering effort would result in him welcoming a Muslim Eritrean teenager into his family.

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Gay couples reorient the conflict

By Rosa Doherty, July 21, 2016

Identifying as a Palestinian while having a Jewish boyfriend "is not as complicated as it sounds", according to Khader Abu-Seif, the main protagonist of a documentary that chronicles the lives of three gay Palestinians living in Tel Aviv.

Born and raised in Jaffa, the 29-year-old and his Jewish ex-boyfriend Daniel, were filmed during the 2014 war in Gaza and the events surrounding the murder of

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£20 fine for teen in firework assault not sufficient punishment, say Jewish groups

By Rosa Doherty, July 19, 2016

Security groups have criticised the Crown Prosecution Service for “sending the wrong message” on antisemitism, after a £20 fine was handed to a teenager who put lit fireworks into the pockets of Jewish pedestrians as they passed him in the street.

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MDA commits to funding £10 million medical facility

By Rosa Doherty, July 15, 2016

In its biggest fundraising drive, Magen David Adom UK has committed to raise £10 million over five years for a new logistics centre in Israel. Professor Eilat Shinar, blood services director of MDA, visited London thisweek to promote the project.

She explained that the existing Tel Aviv centre dated back to the 1980s. "When it was built no one thought war was going to reach Tel Aviv.

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Husband dies after hospice wedding

By Rosa Doherty, July 14, 2016

A terminally ill man has died just 22 days after marrying the "love of his life".

Simon Cooper died on Sunday surrounded by his new wife, Claire, and family and friends. The couple had married at the North London Hospice in Finchley, north London, on June 21.

The ceremony was organised in less than 24 hours after doctors warned Mr Cooper that his time was running out.

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'I'm bored now,' says grandfather, 82, as he finishes his doctorate

By Rosa Doherty, July 14, 2016

Grandfather Ivan Lester was the "oldest codger" in the room as he picked up his PhD at a leading university.

The 82-year-old, from Harrogate, Yorkshire, has completed a doctorate nearly 60 years after initially applying to extend his studies.

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Shape the future, urges Shoah group

By Rosa Doherty, July 14, 2016

The Holocaust Educational Trust has launched a social media campaign in memory of Sir Nicholas Winton at its annual conference for youth ambassadors.

Sir Nicholas, the British hero who saved hundreds of children from Nazi persecution during the Second World War, was the inspiration behind the initiative encouraging people to stand up to hatred and intolerance.

Ambassadors at Monday's confere

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When it is time to say goodbye

By Rosa Doherty, July 13, 2016

"Hold his hand and tell him you are there. Tell him there is nothing to worry about. Tell him he can leave now.”

So came the palliative care nurse’s advice, as we sat together beside a hospital bed in my dad’s living room.

This is where he chose to spend his last four weeks; in the room where we once sat, socialised and welcomed family and friends.

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Prime Minister-in-waiting Theresa May commits to remembering the Holocaust

By Rosa Doherty, July 12, 2016

Moments after it was announced Theresa May will replace David Cameron as Prime Minister, Mrs May signed a pledge committing to remembering the Holocaust.

In what is thought to be her first act as Prime Minister-in-waiting, Mrs May signed a pledge launched by the Holocaust Educational Trust in memory of Sir Nicholas Winton, at its annual ambassador’s conference.

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Tiger who Came to Tea author Judith Kerr wins prestigious lifetime achievement award

By Rosa Doherty, July 7, 2016

Much-loved children’s author Judith Kerr has received a lifetime achievement award from the BookTrust charity.

The author of The Tiger who Came to Tea and Mog was presented with the award at London Zoo, on Wednesday.

Award judge Shami Chakrabarti said the children’s author, who fled Nazi Germany with her family in 1933,

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Shami Chakrabarti: 'My heart sank as MP was attacked'

By Rosa Doherty, July 7, 2016

Shami Chakrabarti has described how her heart "absolutely sank" as she watched months of hard work "fall apart" when a Jewish MP was targeted at the publication of her inquiry into antisemitism in the Labour Party.

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Call for investigation into Jeremy Corbyn’s conduct at antisemitism report launch

By Rosa Doherty, July 2, 2016

A Jewish group has called on Labour to investigate Jeremy Corbyn’s conduct during yesterday’s launch of the report into antisemitism in the party.

Solicitors acting for Jewish Human Rights Watch wrote to Labour’s central office objecting to the party leader’s remark in which he compared Israel to hard-line Islamic states.

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Gefiltefest feeds a sense of non-political togetherness

By Rosa Doherty, July 1, 2016

Serving up what executive director Nicki Tiefenbrun described as the perfect "non-political antidote" to the Brexit aftermath, the JC-sponsored Gefiltefest attracted 1,000 food lovers to JW3's Finchley Road premises on Sunday.

Food stall offerings ranged from kosher caviar to fudge and visitors had a choice of more than 40 cookery demonstrations, talks and book signings.

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Perfect day for couple hitched at hospice

By Rosa Doherty, June 30, 2016

When Simon Cooper saw the doctor in January he thought he had pulled a muscle in his chest.

He was shocked to discover he had lung cancer, having struggled for his whole life with cystic fibrosis. Mr Cooper started chemotherapy straight away, but after three weeks tests showed the cancer had spread.

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Man arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after antisemitic social media posts

By Rosa Doherty, June 29, 2016

A 41 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred following a social media posts of an extreme right wing and antisemitic nature.

The man was arrested in London this morning, as part of a pre-planned operation in north London by officers from the Crime Disruption Unit within the Met's Counter Terrorism Command.

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Lecturer verbally abused for carrying bag with Yiddish written on it

By Rosa Doherty, June 29, 2016

A senior lecturer at the University of Brighton was subject to antisemitic abuse after carrying a book bag with the word ‘schlep’ on it.

Sociology lecturer, Natalie Pitimson was told to “f*** off back to Israel with the other Yids” on Tuesday on board a packed commuter train travelling through central London at rush-hour.

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Swastika found carved in Stamford Hill pavement

By Rosa Doherty, June 24, 2016

Police have been alerted after a swastika was found carved into a pavement in Stamford Hill.

Shomrim, the Jewish neighbourhood watch group, contacted officers after the Nazi symbol was discovered close to a synagogue.
Witnesses have been urged to call the police with information.

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Helen Mirren condemns BDS movement as she presents Genesis Prize in Jerusalem

By Rosa Doherty, June 24, 2016

Helen Mirren has condemned boycotts of Israel declaring her strong belief in the county.

Speaking at a press event in Jerusalem on Wednesday, the Oscar-winning actor said she was a “believer” in Israel, praising Israeli artists’ contribution to the arts and criticising efforts by pro-Palestinian groups to boycott them.

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'I feared cancer had stolen my voice'

By Rosa Doherty, June 23, 2016

She's sung with Madonna, taught Graham Norton to sing and introduced the Spice Girls to Jewish cuisine.

But in her long career in show business, jazz singer and vocal coach Pepi Lemer has never had a solo career. It was her ultimate dream after decades of backing and coaching other singers.

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Swastika posters 'terrify our children'

By Rosa Doherty, June 23, 2016

Sarah's youngest son is too frightened to go outside with his brothers and sisters after swastika posters were plastered in a playground on the estate where they live.

The Nazi symbols were put up across five days this week in Amhurst Park, Stamford Hill, in what security group Shomrim described as "the first co-ordinated and repetitive act of antisemitism the area has ever seen".

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