Rosa Doherty

Peaking nicely at 50

By Rosa Doherty, May 19, 2014

Most people celebrate their 50th with a party. Lauren Kraftman signed up to climb 3 mountains in 24 hours.

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Israeli Arab brings her musical fusion to JW3

By Rosa Doherty, May 16, 2014

Mira Aawd, the first Israeli Arab to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest, gave a London concert at JW3 this week.

"My multicultural background really influences my music," she says. “Languages are fascinating to me in music. I write in Arabic, English and Hebrew. When you are multilingual and you come to write a song , you choose the language with the audience in mind.”

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How Holby tackled a story from the Shoah

By Rosa Doherty, May 15, 2014

Viewers of prime-time BBC One hospital drama Holby City are being gripped by a storyline involving a Jewish doctor and a patient with a Nazi past, which the programme makers have included to put antisemitism in the spotlight.

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Israelis join effort to find abducted Nigerian girls

By Rosa Doherty, May 12, 2014

Israeli anti-terrorism experts have joined the international effort to find the 223 schoolgirls abducted by Islamist militants in Nigeria.

The girls were kidnapped by Boko Haram fighters in Nigeria's northeast.

They were abducteed from their school dormitory in the town of Chibok, on April 14 four weeks ago.

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Cancer-run cash target smashed

By Rosa Doherty, May 8, 2014

The friends of two women from Bushey in Hertfordshire who are battling cancer have raised an unexpected £11,500 in two weeks after signing up to Cancer Research’s Race For Life in June.

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Netanyahu pushes law to make Israel the Jewish nation-state

By Rosa Doherty, May 2, 2014

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced plans to promote new legislation that will protect Israel as the nation state of the Jewish people.

Speaking at the Independence Hall in Tel Aviv, Mr Netanyahu said: “It is my intention to submit a Basic Law to the Knesset that would provide a constitutional anchor for Israel’s status as the national state of the Jewish people.”

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Shop selling 'neo-Nazi' clothes targeted

By Rosa Doherty, May 2, 2014

An anti-fascist organisation is to protest outside a store in north London that sells a clothing brand said to be favoured by neo-Nazis.

The Viking Thor shop, which opened recently in North Finchley, stocks the German brand Thor Steinar.

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Comedy stars help cancer patient to keep smiling

By Rosa Doherty, May 2, 2014

Four Jewish comedy stars are to put on a special performance in tribute to a 22-year-old graduate who is battling cancer.

Joshua Lerner had just finished a chemistry masters degree last year when he was diagnosed with life-threatening Hodgkin lymphoma.

His reaction was to start writing a blog about his treatment.

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Reflections on leading Israel tour

By Rosa Doherty, May 1, 2014

What could possibly go wrong for the young leaders tasked with the responsibility of looking after the 1,200 16-year-olds taking UJIA Israel Experience tours in Israel this summer. For Mancunian Lindsay Weisberg, 21, “the worst thing that could ever happen to me as a tour leader would be, God forbid, if I lose a child. Can you imagine?”

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Paul Simon in court after domestic dispute

By Rosa Doherty, April 29, 2014

Paul Simon and his wife Edie Brickell have appeared in court following their arrest on disorderly conduct charges after a domestic dispute.

The Jewish singer songwriter 72, told the judge at the hearing: “We had an argument - that is atypical of us.”

Ms Brickell, 48, agreed, assuring the court : “ [Paul] is not a threat to me at all.”

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Amy Winehouse's family attacks ex-husband over graveside interview

By Rosa Doherty, April 28, 2014

Amy Winehouse’s mother has criticised the late singer's ex husband for disrespecting the Jewish faith after he was filmed giving an interview at her grave.

Janis Winehouse said Blake Fielder-Civil's action, alongside his failure to wear a kippah at the Jewish cemetery, had disgusted her.

She said: “To film beside a grave shows total disrespect. I want nothing to do with this.

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Abbas says Holocaust was worst crime in modern history

By Rosa Doherty, April 28, 2014

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has declared that the Holocaust was the most 'heinous' crime committed in modern times.

He made the statement in English, Spanish and Arabic on the website of Wafa, Palestine's official news agency, as Israel began its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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Fatah-Hamas deal is 'unhelpful' but Obama won't give up on peace

By Rosa Doherty, April 25, 2014

American President Barack Obama has suggested it is time for a pause in peace talks while Israel and Palestine consider their options.

Mr Obama told reporters that both sides should want to seek peace, but that neither of them has shown the political will to make tough decisions.

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The geeky boy from Stanmore who is the UK's favourite vet

By Rosa Doherty, April 25, 2014

Marc Abraham can claim to be the country's highest-profile vet since James Herriot.
He is seen regularly dispensing animal advice on ITV's Daybreak and This Morning programmes, and BBC Breakfast, by millions of television viewers.

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Cancer victim honoured

By Rosa Doherty, April 24, 2014

A family has raised £300,000 for a new cancer unit named in memory of their son who died from the disease at the age of 19.
Rob's Day Unit was opened as part of a new £12 million Young Oncology Unit at The Christie hospital in Manchester.

Robert Broude was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when he was only 17 years old.

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Shop owner defends selling 'neo-Nazi' brand

By Rosa Doherty, April 24, 2014

A London shop owner under fire for selling clothes favoured by neo-Nazis insists his store has no connection with right-wing extremists.
Zsolt Mogyorodi opened the Viking Thor shop stocking Thor Steinar clothes, a German brand that has been described as the far-right's favourite outfitter.

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Tears for survivors who testified at High Court

By Rosa Doherty, April 18, 2014

A woman who cared for Holocaust survivors giving testimony during a famous court case in London has published an account of events 50 years on

Pensioner June Bennett-Self fought back tears as she recalled the bravery of the survivors who gave evidence against a doctor who subjected inmates at Auschwitz to harrowing suffering.

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How salt beef became a recipie for a hot date

By Rosa Doherty, April 18, 2014

“Who doesn’t like a hot salt-beef sandwich?” Allan Davis asked himself when creating a dating site for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Jews.

He created HotSaltBeef.com after noticing a gap in the market.

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Shop selling 'neo-Nazi' clothes opens yards from chief rabbi's office

By Rosa Doherty, April 17, 2014

Community leaders are urging residents to boycott a German clothing brand favoured by neo-Nazis, after shop selling the brand opened just yards from the chief r abbi’s office.

Thor Steinar clothes, which are notoriously worn by right-wing extremists, are on sale in the Viking Thor shop in North Finchley, a north London neighbourhood with a high number of Jewish residents.

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So what's cooking? 48,000 Pesach meals

By Rosa Doherty, April 11, 2014

Richard Munns is the man behind 48,000 meals this Pesach and he isn't even Jewish.

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