Rosa Doherty

Chabad rabbi dies suddenly, aged 43

By Rosa Doherty, May 9, 2016

Ilford Chabad's Rabbi Moshe Muller, who died from a heart attack on Sunday, aged 43, has been remembered as a "kingpin" of the community.

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Sadiq Khan invited to Israel by Tel Aviv mayor

By Rosa Doherty, May 9, 2016

Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv has written to the new Mayor of London Sadiq Khan congratulating him on his election success and inviting him to visit Israel.

Mr Huldia said he was “most pleased” with the new mayor’s commitment to being an “uncompromising voice against antisemitism” during his campaign.

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Lord Weidenfeld Fund offers to fund settlement of refugee children in UK

By Rosa Doherty, May 6, 2016

The Lord Weidenfeld fund has welcomed David Cameron’s decision to accept unaccompanied child refugees from Europe, and has offered to help finance them.

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'Inspirational' Liora mourned

By Rosa Doherty, May 5, 2016

Tributes have been paid to a 20-year-old teaching assistant whose battle for survival was supported by communities around the world.

Liora Rosenberg died last Saturday night after more than a week on life support. She had contracted pneumonia and suffered a bleed to the brain.

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My aim is to ensure no one forgets

By Rosa Doherty, May 4, 2016

On Yom Hashoah, communities across the world remember the six million Jewish lives lost at the hands of Hitler's Nazi regime. Here, Zigi Shipper tells the JC why it took him more than 50 years to share his own experiences, while his daughter Michelle Richman and grandson Darren Richman explain the effect his story has had on their family.

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David Cameron announces refugee u-turn after Kindertransport chair’s pressure

By Rosa Doherty, May 4, 2016

David Cameron has said the government will not stand in the way of an amendment calling for Britain to take in unaccompanied refugee children who have already arrived in Europe.

Former Kindertransport refugee Lord Dubs had originally had his amendment to the immigration bill that would have seen the UK accept 3,000 child refugees rejected in a vote in the House of Commons last month.

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Take more child refugees, Association of Jewish Refugees chair urges David Cameron

By Rosa Doherty, May 4, 2016

Sir Erich Reich, Association of Jewish Refugees chairman, has called on David Cameron to do more to “help some of the most vulnerable victims” of the refugee crisis.

The former Kindertransport refugee said the Prime Minister should accept 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Syria.

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Labour Councillor suspended for 'relocate Jews' comment

By Rosa Doherty, May 2, 2016

Labour Councillor, Ilyas Aziz, has been suspended after he called for Jews to be “relocated” to America.

A Labour Party spokesperson confirmed Mr Aziz had been “suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation.”

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Labour councillor called for the relocation of Jews

By Rosa Doherty, May 2, 2016

Labour Councillor, Ilyas Aziz, called for Jews to be “relocated” to America.

According to the website Guido Fawkes, Mr Aziz, who backed Jeremy Corbyn for leader, shared a post arguing that Israeli Jews should “relocate” to America “now”.

The Nottingham councillor wrote on Facebook in July 2014: “Jews and Muslims lived together in the Middle East in peace pre 1948.

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Antisemitism row used to undermine Corbyn, says Len McCluskey

By Rosa Doherty, May 2, 2016

Unite chief Len McCluskey has said the row about antisemitism is being used to undermine Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr McCluskey’s comments, came as the months-long row over antisemitism allegations in the party reached new heights in recent days.

Ex-mayor Ken Livingstone and MP Naz Shah were both suspended from the party for comments they made.

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Ex-aide to Naz Shah ‘suspended from Labour’ over antisemitic posts

By Rosa Doherty, April 27, 2016

A councillor who was employed by Labour MP Naz Shah as a parliamentary aide has been suspended from the party over antisemitic social media posts.

Mohammed Shabbir, who represents Labour on Bradford Council, sent tweets which referred to a “Palestinian Holocaust in Gaza” and repeatedly used the term “Zio”.

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Thousands come together for Liora

By Rosa Doherty, April 27, 2016

Thousands of people around the world have responded to a Hendon family's plea to pray for their 20-year-old daughter, who is on life support.

At the time of writing, Liora Rosenberg, a former Hasmonean and JFS pupil, was in critical condition in hospital after suffering "a bleed to the brain" and pneumonia.

She was taken ill and admitted to hospital before Pesach.

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Actress's relief as group helps her come home

By Rosa Doherty, April 27, 2016

An actress who appeared in an iconic film about homelessness and was facing the same fate herself has been helped to find a new home by  Jewish charity.

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Jewish groups disappointed after Lord Dubs’s plan on child refugees is voted down by MPs

By Rosa Doherty, April 26, 2016

Former Kindertransport refugee Lord Dubs has had his amendment to the immigration bill that would have seen the UK accept 3,000 child refugees, rejected in a vote in the House of Commons.

The government narrowly defeated a cross-party amendment to the bill, tabled in the House of Lords.

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Fortune of £13 billion makes Reuben brothers UK’s richest

By Rosa Doherty, April 25, 2016

Property and internet tycoons David and Simon Reuben are the UK's wealthiest people with a fortune of over £13 billion, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

Brothers David, 77, and Simon, 74, who are of Iraqi Jewish descent, have a collection of London property which includes Millbank Tower, the John Lewis Partnership HQ in Victoria.

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British woman honoured by Yad Vashem for saving her Jewish friends from the Nazis

By Rosa Doherty, April 22, 2016

A British woman who risked her life to save her Jewish friend from the Nazis during the Second World War has been honoured by Yad Vashem.

Dorothea Weber hid her friend Hedwig Bercu from German soldiers on Nazi-occupied Jersey for 18 months.

Hedwig, 24 at the time, had attempted to fake her own death to escape Nazi capture by leaving a suicide note and piled of clothes on a beach.

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Jewish leaders welcome support from Labour over child benefit concerns

By Rosa Doherty, April 21, 2016

Board of Deputies and Charedi leaders have met Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Owen Smith to discuss the “serious challenges” larger families can expect to face under the new Welfare Act.

Child benefit will now be limited to two children, and there is a concern that large families, particularly in the Charedi community, will lose out.

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Mercy mission saves Bahrain's matzah

By Rosa Doherty, April 21, 2016

Bahrain's tiny Jewish community will have matzahs for Pesach after a mercy dash orchestrated by rabbis, a businessman and an MP.

A planned delivery of shmurah matzahs went missing en route to the Gulf state earlier this week.

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Chabad helping Ecuador quake victims

By Rosa Doherty, April 21, 2016

Members of a small Jewish community sent aid to victims of the earthquake which killed more than 300 people in Ecuador.

The 7.8-magnitude quake shook the country's Pacific coast last Saturday.

The 1,000-strong community of Guayaquil, which is hundreds of miles inland from the epicentre, organised trucks of food to be sent to families who had lost their homes and belongings.

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Jewish group leads calls to reform system of detaining asylum-seekers

By Rosa Doherty, April 20, 2016

Faith leaders and MPs have urged the government to end indefinite detention for asylum seekers.

Jewish human rights charity René Cassin and Tzelem, the Rabbinical Call for Social Justice, joined Christian and Muslim faith leaders to campaign for a reform of the immigration and detention system.

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