Rosa Doherty

Doctors to discuss medical issues affecting Jews at major London conference

By Rosa Doherty, August 28, 2015

Doctors from across Europe and Israel will be in the UK next week to discuss medical issues affecting Jews.

Hosted by the Jewish Medical Association and the World Fellowship of the Israeli Medical Association, the European Jewish Medical Forum will take place over three days in central London.

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Women posted photos of suspects on Facebook after home was burgled

By Rosa Doherty, August 27, 2015

Police are searching for three men after a Jewish woman whose house was burgled posted pictures on Facebook of them acting suspiciously in her garden.

Vanessa Aaron, 42, from Hendon, north London was burgled and her wedding ring, and designer jewellery left to her by her late mother were stolen.

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St John's Wood community offers lifeline to asylum seekers

By Rosa Doherty, August 27, 2015

It was a Sunday and inside the usually quiet St John's Wood Liberal Jewish Synagogue members were franticly organising clothes and food parcels, ready for the growing number of asylum seeker families queuing outside.

One mother juggled a screaming baby on her hip while struggling to keep hold of a suitcase. Others waited silently with shopping trolleys, their children tugging at their arms.

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They're going back to their roots in Dublin

By Rosa Doherty, August 27, 2015

A genealogist who has compiled an archive of Irish Jewry spanning four centuries has presented copies of it to the Mayor of Dublin.

Retired businessman Stuart Rosenblatt collated the comprehensive 16-volume record dating back to 1664 and featuring births, marriages, burials, school records and census information.

Mr Rosenblatt handed over a set of 12 volumes to the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Crí

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Having a shvitz: Working up a nostalgic head of steam

By Rosa Doherty, August 27, 2015

Growing up in Essex, playwright and performer Nick Cassenbaum was fascinated by his grandfather's stories of the East End steam baths, where he and friends carried on the tradition of the Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe in the 19th century, for whom the baths were a place to meet, steam and eat - in that order.

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Man charged over antisemitic abuse in Stamford Hill.

By Rosa Doherty, August 25, 2015

A man has been charged over allegedly shouting antisemitic abuse at two men in Stamford Hill.

Nicholas Sweeney, 34 from Clapton, E5 was charged on Sunday, with two offences of racially aggravated public order.

A spokesperson for Shomrim, the community security group, said its volunteers had alerted the police following the incident, which took place in Brooke Road after 5pm.

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Pickles warns Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond ahead of Tehran embassy reopening

By Rosa Doherty, August 21, 2015

The Foreign Secretary will have to make clear that Iran’s support for international terror groups is “wholly unacceptable” ahead of the reopening of the British embassy, Sir Eric Pickles has warned.

Phillip Hammond will reopen the embassy in Tehran this weekend after a four-year closure.

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Tesco apologises after chocolate bar mix-up

By Rosa Doherty, August 20, 2015

Tesco has apologised after staff placed non-kosher products in the kosher food section in one of its stores.

Customer Rina Sonenthal complained when she discovered the misplaced items in the Tesco branch in Finchley, north London, while shopping last Friday. The goods not carrying a hechsher included bars of chocolate, and packets of wafers and crackers.

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Veterans meet royals at VJ Day commemoration

By Rosa Doherty, August 20, 2015

Jewish war veterans met the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the 70th anniversary of VJ Day commemoration in Whitehall at the weekend.

Attending with his wife and son was 93-year-old Jack Freedman, from Sutton, who served in the navy.

"There weren't many Jewish soldiers there because it was on Saturday but I think Go'd will let me off for being there," he said.

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Fringe won’t act over musician’s quenelle gesture

By Rosa Doherty, August 19, 2015

An artist performing at the Edinburgh Fringe festival has been criticised for performing a quenelle salute outside Edinburgh Castle.

Alison Chabloz, whose solo acoustic show at the festival is called Autumn’s Here, has posted pictures of the inverted Nazi salute in response to Israel supporters.

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Family distraught after four-year-old drowns in holiday pool

By Rosa Doherty, August 19, 2015

A four-year-old British boy has drowned in a swimming pool in Spain.

The child is believed to be a member of a strictly Orthodox family from Golders Green, north west London.

Refoel Berkovits fell into the pool at a holiday villa the family were renting in Costa del Sol.

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Gerald Ratner criticises ambulance service after daughter left 'lying in the road' after accident

By Rosa Doherty, August 18, 2015

Businessman Gerald Ratner has criticised London’s ambulance service after his daughter was left in agony for two hours when she was impaled in a bike crash.

Sarah Ratner had to wait two hours for help when she was impaled by the handlebars of her own bicycle in central London, following a collision with another cyclist.

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Four-year old boy drowns in swimming pool

By Rosa Doherty, August 17, 2015

A four-year-old British boy has drowned in a swimming pool in Spain.

The child is believed to be a member of a strictly Orthodox family called Berkovitz, from Golders Green, north west London.

He is understood to have fallen into the pool at a holiday villa the family were renting.

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Jewish school daubed with swastika

By Rosa Doherty, August 17, 2015

A Jewish school in east London has been targeted by vandals in the last 24 hours.

Shomrim, the volunteer security group in Stamford, announced via Twitter that graffiti of a swastika with the words “Yids” and “s**t” had been painted across the gate of a school in Woodberry Down, Hackney.

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VJ Day anniversary: "In the jungle they called me the White Muslim"

By Rosa Doherty, August 12, 2015

Retired Solicitor Mordaunt Cohen will not be taking part in the weekend's VJ Day memorial services as it falls on Shabbat.

All his life, his Jewish identity has been important to him - which is why he decided, in 1940, to enlist via the Judean division of the St John Ambulance near his Sunderland home.

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Shomrim rejects police chief's claims over cars and uniforms

By Rosa Doherty, July 30, 2015

The security group Shomrim has rejected the Metropolitan Police Commissioner's view that its volunteers should not drive marked cars or wear uniforms similar to those of the police.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said earlier this month that he would prefer it if Shomrim guards did not resemble his officers.

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Genius end to series

By Rosa Doherty, July 30, 2015

Finishing as runner-up in Channel 4's Child Genius contest was not a disappointment for Henrietta Barnett pupil Sasha Gordon, who had not expected to make it beyond the first round, "let alone be in the final two".

Sasha, 12, was "really proud I kept going.

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BBC defends Panorama documentary on trainline running through Jerusalem

By Rosa Doherty, July 30, 2015

The BBC has rejected claims its Panorama documentary on the trainline running through Jerusalem was “biased and misleading” against Israel.

The corporation said that it received 24 complaints after The Train that Divided Jerusalem was aired on BBC1 on July 20.

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Strictly Orthodox turn out in force for police safety day

By Rosa Doherty, July 28, 2015

Children were locked in handcuffs and sirens blared as they were ushered into squad cars by uniformed police – and all in the name of strengthening ties between the police and London’s strictly Orthodox Jews.

Thousands turned out for a special “community safety day” on Monday, organised by the volunteer security group Shomrim, and attended by senior officers from Scotland Yard.

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Holocaust denier David Irving speaks at secret London neo-Nazi meeting

By Rosa Doherty, July 27, 2015

Holocaust denier David Irving was the guest speaker at a secret meeting in London where he is said to have addressed fascist sympathisers and neo-Nazis.

At the session at the Rembrandt Hotel in central London, Irving gave a speech titled: "Saturation Bombing in World War II – who is to blame?"

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