Rosa Doherty

Stalker victims’s bill starts passage through Commons

By Rosa Doherty, March 5, 2015

A bill giving victims of crime enforceable rights was introduced in the House of Commons by Elfyn Llwyd MP with all Party Support.

The bill was drafted by stalking victim and founder of Voice4Victims Claire Waxman and Harry Fletcher criminal justice director at the Digital-Trust.

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Eton tutor sets sail for Shaare Zedek

By Rosa Doherty, March 5, 2015

Keeping Shabbat will be a challenge for Eton's Jewish-studies tutor when he attempts to sail 3,000 miles across the Atlantic.

Jonathan Paull will voyage from west Africa to the West Indies, to raise money for Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Hospital.

He said: "Our preparations have been on how to make the boat Shabbat-friendly and how we're going to kosher the fish we will catch for dinner."

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Is this the best, or worst, barmitzvah video invitation ever?

By Rosa Doherty, March 5, 2015
Chicago barmitzvah boy Brody Criz and his family created this unique video invitation ahead of his simchah.

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Amnesty to debate tackling antisemitism

By Rosa Doherty, March 4, 2015

Amnesty International will debate whether it should do more to tackle the rise in antisemitic attacks in Britain at its annual conference.

The charity said a resolution submitted by one of its members calling for the group to “campaign against antisemitism in the UK and lobby the government to tackle the rise in attacks” had been accepted.

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Prince William meets Israeli aid workers in Japan

By Rosa Doherty, March 4, 2015

Prince William greeted IsraAID workers in Japan this week as he visited areas hit by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

The prince met relief staff from the Israeli aid agency, which has been providing psychological support to children affected by the disaster.

Asia regional director of IsraAID, Yotam Polizer said: “I felt privileged and humbled.

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UK watchdog bans Jerusalem travel advert

By Rosa Doherty, March 4, 2015

The UK advertising watchdog has banned an Israeli government tourism advert for “misleading consumers” by suggested that the Old City of Jerusalem was part of Israel.

The Advertising Standards Authority reject the advert which was published in a brochure called "Israel Land of Creation” and showed a panorama of the walled Old City with the text "Israel has it all".

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Jewish Defence League leader found guilty of assault

By Rosa Doherty, March 2, 2015

The leader of the UK branch of the Jewish Defence League has been found guilty of assaulting two people at a pro-Palestinian event in Haringey.

Roberta Moore, 43, was convicted at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court of two assaults and possession of an offensive weapon.

Her co-defendant Robert De Jonge, 36, was found guilty of assault.

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Board doubts BBC’s objectivity after Tim Willcox complaints are rejected

By Rosa Doherty, February 26, 2015

The Board of Deputies has condemned the BBC for not taking action against Tim Willcox after his interview with a Jewish woman about the terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris sparked anger.

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Couple given green light to challenge civil partnership rule

By Rosa Doherty, February 24, 2015

A Jewish couple who launched a legal challenge against the ban on heterosexual civil partnerships has been granted permission to continue with their claim by a High Court judge.

Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing has said Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan can now proceed with their case against the government’s continued barring of civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples.

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We're not budging, say CST volunteer guards

By Rosa Doherty, February 19, 2015

Community Security Trust volunteers have said they refuse to be frightened out of protecting British synagogues following the attacks in Denmark.

Michael, 54, from Essex, has worked with CST protecting synagogues and Jewish events for over 11 years.

He said: "I've heard from people who all of a sudden say, 'hold on, I didn't realise we were putting our lives on the line'.

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1701 shuts at Bevis Marks

By Rosa Doherty, February 19, 2015

Kosher restaurant 1701 has taken its last orders at the historic Bevis Marks Synagogue in the City of London, less than two years after opening.

In a statement, 1701 said "the historical connection with Bevis Marks has been wonderful but unfortunately the location has proved limiting. We now feel it necessary to relocate to realise our full potential.

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'B' prepared

By Rosa Doherty, February 19, 2015

B Kosher has announced the opening of a new branch in Golders Green Road, taking over premises currently occupied by Yarden.

A spokeswoman said the intention was to "add a wide range of food, wine and chocolates for new and existing customers. It is a great place on the high street and has a good passing trade.

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Hundreds of French graves vandalised

By Rosa Doherty, February 19, 2015

Five people aged 15-17 have been taken into custody in eastern France over the defacement of hundreds of Jewish graves.

The youngest came forward after seeing the outrage over the attack, in which more than 300 tombstones in the town of Sarre-Union were desecrated.

France's interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, called the vandalism "a despicable act".

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Teenagers held after hundreds of gravestones vandalised in France

By Rosa Doherty, February 16, 2015

Five people aged 15-17 have been taken into custody in eastern France over the vandalism of hundreds of Jewish graves.

The youngest came forward after seeing the outrage over the attack, in which more than 300 tombstones in the town of Sarre-Union were desecrated.

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Masorti panel is split on UK Jewish future

By Rosa Doherty, February 16, 2015

A heated debate on the future of British Jewry in the light of rising antisemitism was a highlight of a Masorti educational and cultural day at the New North London Synagogue in Finchley.

At a “Question Time” session during the annual Yom Masorti programme, panellists were asked if they agreed with Maureen Lipman’s comment that Jews were no longer safe in Britain.

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1701 restaurant to move from Bevis Marks

By Rosa Doherty, February 13, 2015

Kosher restaurant 1701 has announced it is shutting up shop on its current site at Bevis Marks Synagogue in the City of London.

A spokesperson for the restaurant, which opened less than two years ago, said that "the historical connection with Bevis Marks has been wonderful but unfortunately the location has proved limiting.

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Raiders of the lost mikveh

By Rosa Doherty, February 12, 2015

The owners of Britain’s oldest mikveh are appealing to the public for help in uncovering the religious treasures it might contain.

The entrance to the 12th-century Jacob’s Well, in Bristol, was discovered in 1986, but access to the mikveh itself was blocked by rubble and brickwork.

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Parkinson’s and diabetes in scientists’ sights in new £3m Britain-Israel deal

By Rosa Doherty, February 12, 2015

The British Embassy in Israel has announced millions of pounds of funding for medical research projects to be carried out jointly by British and Israeli scientists.

At least £3.2 million is expected to fund eight projects that will study long-term illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, heart disease and multiple sclerosis.

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Israeli couple uplifted as stilts beat Thames flood

By Rosa Doherty, February 12, 2015

When Yaron Ivry’s home by the river Thames was destroyed by floods last year, he was determined it would never happen again.

So he came up with a novel solution — raising the £750,000 five-bedroom property on stilts.

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