Rosa Doherty

MP Ben Gummer blocks visit from Holocaust denier David Irving's 'secret tour'

By Rosa Doherty, December 2, 2016

A pub in Ipswich has cancelled a talk by Holocaust denier David Irving after the intervention of a local MP.

Irving was scheduled to speak at the venue on Thursday night, as part of a national lecture tour.

But the pub’s owner decided not to go ahead with the event after he was informed of Irving’s background by Conservative MP Ben Gummer.

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Genetic testing charity plans screening rise

By Rosa Doherty, December 1, 2016

The JC special issue looking at the genetic disorders prevalent among Jews has resulted in an upsurge of inquiries to Jnetics, which organises testing for life-threatening genetic conditions.

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Family's joy as Asher steps out

By Rosa Doherty, December 1, 2016

A family who thought their son would never walk has seen him take his first steps.

Asher Carroll was diagnosed with cerebral palsy caused by a stroke suffered before he was born.

His parents set up an appeal which raised £70,000 to pay for the four-year-old to have a life-changing operation in the United States.

His mother, Kate Blok, said: "We honestly thought he may never walk and coul

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Theresa May agrees to look into case of British woman's unexplained death in Eilat

By Rosa Doherty, November 30, 2016

Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will look into what more can be done for the family of a British woman who died while living in Eilat.

During Prime Minister’s Questions today, Hannah Bardell, Scottish National Party MP for Livingston, pressed Mrs May for action on behalf of the family of Julie Pearson, from Kinross in Scotland, who died last November in mysterious circumstances.

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Kosher abattoir targeted by animal activists

By Rosa Doherty, November 28, 2016

A kosher abattoir has been targeted by a militant vegan protest group.

The Kedassia abattoir in Hackney Wick, east London on was attacked on November 8, by a group calling themselves East London Chicken Save.

The new group is part of an animal rights campaign which is targeting abattoir’s across Britain.

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UPDATED: London cafe slammed for selling 'Nazi' smoothie

By Rosa Doherty, November 28, 2016

Community leaders have criticised a café for selling a smoothie with a swastika on the bottle.

The “Nutzy” smoothie, which is a play on the word Nazi, was being sold for £3.95 in the Nin Com Soup shop inside Old Street Tube station in north London.

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Have you heard the one about the female rabbi?

By Rosa Doherty, November 24, 2016

The labour room was frantic with preparations moments before Debbie Young-Somers gave birth to her first child. It was at that moment she decided it was a good idea to tell her midwife what she did for a job.

But with hindsight, it is not something she would recommend to other expectant rabbis.

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'With a diagnosis like that, you think you will never have a happy day again'

By Rosa Doherty, November 24, 2016

Now seven, Chanochi Pearl was diagnosed with Familial Dysautonomia (FD) at five months.

He cannot swallow and for 18 hours a day is attached to a feeding bottle which pumps in essential nutrients at the family's Edgware home.

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'I think about him and the life he should have had'

By Rosa Doherty, November 24, 2016

Cystic fibrosis sufferer Benjamin Angel died on erev Rosh Hashanah 11 years ago. He was 26.

Despite the life-limiting condition, he went to Cambridge University, became a doctor, fell in love and married.

His parents, Anthony and Ruth, have dedicated almost four decades to fundraising for a cure and have generated more than £1 million.

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Empowering parents to deal with FD children

By Rosa Doherty, November 24, 2016

Barnet Hospital paediatrician Su Laurent sees at first-hand the impact on parents who have a child with Familial Dysautonomia.

"There are two issues parents have to contend with - the diagnosis and the long-term implications, which are major," she points out. Parents have often not heard of the condition."The first thing they do is Google it and they look at the worst possible outcome.

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Paralysed after car crash

By Rosa Doherty, November 24, 2016

A family has launched a fundraising campaign for their son after a car crash left him almost totally paralysed.

Twenty-year-old Josh Gurvitz, a former JFS pupil, was a passenger in the car when it crashed in Alabama, in the United States, on November 5.

Mr Gurvitz, who studies at the University of West Alabama and plays for the college football team, suffered a broken neck and a spinal cord

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Family launch appeal after football player is paralysed in car crash

By Rosa Doherty, November 22, 2016

A family has launched a fundraising campaign for their son, after a car crash left him almost totally paralysed.

Twenty-year-old Josh Gurvitz, a former JFS pupil, was a passenger in the car when it crashed on a road in Alabama on November 5.

Mr Gurvitz, who studies at the University of West Alabama and plays for the college football team, suffered a broken neck and a spinal cord injury.

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Jogger blogger helps reunite teenager with lost kippah

By Rosa Doherty, November 22, 2016

A Jewish student has been reunited with his lost kippah thanks to an online video posted by a blogger.

Fifteen-year-old Elliot Assor from Belsize Park, north London, lost the kippah on his way to synagogue last month.

It was found by Muhammed Abdullah, 32, who was out jogging in the area.

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Young and old join together to honour heroes at Ajex remembrance parade

By Rosa Doherty, November 20, 2016

War veterans and community members have taken part in the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women's annual parade.

More than 1,000 attended Sunday's parade and service at the Cenotaph, in central London, despite concern numbers might be low because of bad weather.

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It's Strictly £2.75m for Norwood

By Rosa Doherty, November 17, 2016

It was Strictly entertaining for nearly 1,000 Norwood supporters on Monday as stars of the BBC dance show featured in the charity's annual dinner in central London, which raised £2.75 million.

Contestants Robert Rinder and Greg Rutherford and Strictly judge Darcey Bussell participated in a panel discussion reflecting the theme of Norwood's latest campaign, "Personal Best".

Rinder asked the

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Chief Rabbi launches interfaith project with Archbishop of Canterbury

By Rosa Doherty, November 15, 2016

The Chief Rabbi has launched a project with the Archbishop of Canterbury aimed at promoting Christian and Jewish dialogue, as part of National Interfaith Week.

"In Good Faith" aims to encourage priests and rabbis who live alongside each other to explore concerns about religious extremism, and to work together on projects over the next year.

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Strictly stars Judge Rinder, Greg Rutherford and Darcey Bussell turn out for Norwood

By Rosa Doherty, November 15, 2016

The stars of BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing stepped away from their rehearsal rooms last night to attend Norwood’s annual fundraising dinner.

Norwood is a leading Jewish charity that supports thousands of vulnerable children and their families, children with special educational needs and people with learning disabilities.

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Howard Jacobson and Rose Tremain on JQ Wingate Prize long-list

By Rosa Doherty, November 15, 2016

Bosnian-American, British, Israeli, Palestinian and German authors are among those on the long-list for the 2017 Jewish Quarterly Wingate Prize, announced today.

Fourteen authors selected from over 70 entries will compete for the £4,000 prize - celebrating its 40th anniversary - which recognises the best books - fiction or nonfiction – to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general

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Ort's £9m Eastern promise

By Rosa Doherty, November 11, 2016

Ort UK launched a £9 million global campaign to provide education for Jewish students in the former Soviet Union at its London dinner on Monday.

The charity's chief executive, Adam Overlander-Kaye, said science, technology, engineering and maths teaching (Stem) "is one of the key building blocks for employment in the 21st century.

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Titanics deli goes under

By Rosa Doherty, November 11, 2016

Manchester's oldest kosher delicatessen, Titanics, was named after the ill-fated liner. Now the family business has been sunk after 103 years' trading, a victim of increased competition and diminished customer loyalty.

Titanics' flagship Cheetham Hill store closed last week, its Altrincham shop having shut in January.

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