Rosa Doherty

Rabbi: my struggle with mental health

By Rosa Doherty, January 29, 2015

A leading rabbi has spoken of a daily battle against mental illness.

Rabbi Jeffrey Newman, of Finchley Reform Synagogue, said: "I know myself what it is to be bundled into a police van handcuffed behind my back and driven for hours looking for a mental hospital to admit me.

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BBC won't call Paris killers 'terrorists'

By Rosa Doherty, January 29, 2015

A senior BBC executive has revealed the corporation avoids using the term "terrorist" to describe the Islamists who carried out the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Tarik Kafala, head of the BBC Arabic Service, said the word was too "loaded" for reporters to use when describing the two men who killed 12 people in the attack on the French magazine in Paris.

But a BBC spokesperson rejected any suggesti

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Interfaith boost as Bradford Synagogue recruits Muslim

By Rosa Doherty, January 28, 2015

A synagogue in Bradford has co-opted a Muslim representative to sit on its ruling body.

It is believed to be the first time a Muslim has held such a role.

Jani Rashid has joined the council of Bradford Reform Synagogue and will help make decisions about the day-to-day running of the building.

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Auschwitz memorial service: Queen shares message to survivors

By Rosa Doherty, January 27, 2015

World leaders joined 300 Auschwitz survivors at the former Nazi concentration camp in Poland to mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation.

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Teenagers admit beating up Orthodox Jewish man

By Rosa Doherty, January 26, 2015

A gang of teenagers have pleaded guilty to racially aggravated assault after they decided to go “Jew-bashing” during last summer’s Gaza conflict.

Balawal Sultan, Kesa Malik, Hassnain Aliamin, and a 16-year-old planned to target a member of the Orthodox Jewish population in Gateshead, a court heard.

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BBC avoids calling Charlie Hebdo killers 'terrorists'

By Rosa Doherty, January 26, 2015

A senior BBC executive has revealed that the corporation avoids using the term ‘terrorist’ to describe the Islamists who carried out the Charlie Hebdo massacre in Paris.

Tarik Kafala, head of the BBC Arabic Service, said the term “terrorist” was too “loaded” for reporters to use when describing the two men who killed 12 people in the attack on the French magazine.

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British woman launches petition urging Israel to honour Hyper Cacher hero Lassana Bathily

By Rosa Doherty, January 22, 2015

An online petition has been set up calling for the Muslim employee who hid Jewish customers during the Hyper Cacher attack to be honoured by Israel.

Lassana Bathily, 24, concealed Jewish customers in a cold-store when gunman Amedy Coulibaly attacked the kosher supermarket in Paris, killing four people.

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UK security boost goes unnoticed

By Rosa Doherty, January 22, 2015

Increased security measures around Jewish organisations in the wake of the Paris attacks have gone largely unnoticed, according to a poll conducted for the JC.

Despite unprecedented co-operation between the police and Jewish security groups, 58 per cent of British Jews said they had not noticed an increased police presence in their area.

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Scotland Yard reveals huge rise in antisemitic crime in London

By Rosa Doherty, January 21, 2015

Hate crimes against Jews in London have more than doubled, according to the latest figures from Scotland Yard.

The statistics showed there were 299 hate crimes against Jewish people between the start of April and the end of December.

That represented a rise of 128 per cent on the same period in 2013, when there were 131 hate crimes.

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JCoSS headteacher seeks to reassure parents over school security

By Rosa Doherty, January 20, 2015

The headteacher of the Jewish Community Secondary School, JCoSS, has moved to reassure parents over security measures taken in the wake of the Paris attacks.

In a letter, Patrick Moriarty, wrote: “Such events have naturally raised anxiety levels about security in this country, and I seek to reassure you that we have kept these issues under regular review.

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Israeli parties launch video campaign ahead of election

By Rosa Doherty, January 20, 2015
Politicians attempt to win over voters by using humor and emotion in a video campaign two months before the March 17 election.

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Volunteer army serves up some festive magic

By Rosa Doherty, January 2, 2015

Hundreds of community members showed true festive spirit by volunteering over the holiday period.

Jewish Volunteering Network director Leonie Lewis said they had their busiest year matching volunteers both young and old up to worthy causes.

The Green family, who were matched up with Lambeth-based charity People Care At Christmas, helped out by providing lunch for 350 elderly people.

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Sabra Travel shuts shop but owner remains in the trade

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2014

Sabra Travel in Edgware took its last booking on December 31 after 40 years serving the Jewish community. But owner Sonia Michaels will continue to offer full travel agency services to leisure and corporate clients in association with 2001 Travel in Mill Hill.

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Educating the elders at grandparents' day

By Rosa Doherty, December 23, 2014

When North West London Jewish Day School held its annual grandparents’ day last Friday, some even crossed the sea to be there.

In recent years, the Willesden primary school has welcomed a large number of children from French families who have settled in the UK.

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Bags of generosity as Israel supporters help the homeless

By Rosa Doherty, December 23, 2014

More than a thousand people across the country donated food to the homeless in a bid to spread some Chanucah cheer while beating the Israel boycott this weekend.

Shoppers who took part in IsrAction Day on Sunday by donating Israeli food can expect their generosity to feed hundreds over the festive period, according to organisers.

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IsrAction Day organisers hit back at criticism

By Rosa Doherty, December 19, 2014

Pro-Israel activists have hit back against accusations they are “manipulating the homeless” by encouraging the community to donate Israeli products to shelters.

In a letter to the JC this week, reader Marilyn Leeman said the IsrAction Day campaign “abused poverty and manipulated charity for political ends”.

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