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Camp Simcha to aid more sick children

By Rosa Doherty, March 12, 2015

Plans to expand the work of children's charity Camp Simcha were revealed at its 20th anniversary dinner on Sunday, which raised a record £1.7 million.

Addressing the 1,100 guests at Grosvenor House in London's West End, Camp Simcha chief executive, Neville Goldschneider, said that in addition to working with children with life-threatening illness and their families, the charity would also now

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Mum's the word for £1m drive

By Rosa Doherty, March 12, 2015

A group of north-west London mums and daughters hope to make it a special Mother's Day for Cancer Research UK by raising £1 million through a social media campaign inspired by the #nomakeupselfie.

The Mothers and Daughters committee has come up with the #MyMumandMe hashtag, in partnership with the charity, and is asking people to share a photo of themselves and their mum on Sunday.

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Mrs Brown’s Boys star received death threats for supporting Israel

By Rosa Doherty, March 11, 2015

One of the leading actors in the hit BBC comedy Mrs Brown's Boys has said he received death threats after a video of him hosting an event at the Israeli embassy went viral.

Rory Cowan spoke at the embassy in Dublin on Israel independence day in May 2013.

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Islamic State video execution of ‘Israeli spy’

By Rosa Doherty, March 11, 2015

A video released by Islamic State (IS) appears to shows a child killing a teenager accused of being an “Israeli spy”.

The film, posted online by IS militants on Tuesday, apparently showed a young boy shooting dead Muhammad Musallam, a 19-year-old Israeli Arab from East Jerusalem.

The terror group accused Mr Musallam of falsely signing up as a jihadi to spy for Israel.

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Wingate fans and players face hate abuse because of club’s Jewish roots

By Rosa Doherty, March 10, 2015

Wingate & Finchley football club has said its players and supporters experience antisemitic abuse at least once a season, because of the team’s Jewish roots.

Director of the Ryman Premier Division side Paul Lerman said: “We have had incidences of verbal antisemitism, which is unfortunate.”

“We’re doing everything we can to stamp it out.

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Inquest into death of Jeremiah Duggan delayed until May

By Rosa Doherty, March 9, 2015

An inquest into the death of a north London student who died under suspicious circumstances in Germany has been delayed.

Jeremiah Duggan was 22 when was found dead on the roadside in the town of Wiesbaden in 2003 after attending a youth event organised by Larouche, widely regarded as a cult-like group.

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BBC defends Jeremy Bowen over Netanyahu tweet

By Rosa Doherty, March 6, 2015

The BBC has defended a tweet sent by Jeremy Bowen during Binyamin Netanyahu’s speech to the US Congress on Tuesday.

Mr Bowen tweeted after the Israeli prime minister mentioned Elie Wiesel, a survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who was present.

Mr Bowen wrote “once again Netanyahu plays the holocaust card”.

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Stalker victims’s bill starts passage through Commons

By Rosa Doherty, March 5, 2015

A bill giving victims of crime enforceable rights was introduced in the House of Commons by Elfyn Llwyd MP with all Party Support.

The bill was drafted by stalking victim and founder of Voice4Victims Claire Waxman and Harry Fletcher criminal justice director at the Digital-Trust.

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Eton tutor sets sail for Shaare Zedek

By Rosa Doherty, March 5, 2015

Keeping Shabbat will be a challenge for Eton's Jewish-studies tutor when he attempts to sail 3,000 miles across the Atlantic.

Jonathan Paull will voyage from west Africa to the West Indies, to raise money for Jerusalem's Shaare Zedek Hospital.

He said: "Our preparations have been on how to make the boat Shabbat-friendly and how we're going to kosher the fish we will catch for dinner."

As

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Is this the best, or worst, barmitzvah video invitation ever?

By Rosa Doherty, March 5, 2015
Chicago barmitzvah boy Brody Criz and his family created this unique video invitation ahead of his simchah.

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Amnesty to debate tackling antisemitism

By Rosa Doherty, March 4, 2015

Amnesty International will debate whether it should do more to tackle the rise in antisemitic attacks in Britain at its annual conference.

The charity said a resolution submitted by one of its members calling for the group to “campaign against antisemitism in the UK and lobby the government to tackle the rise in attacks” had been accepted.

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Prince William meets Israeli aid workers in Japan

By Rosa Doherty, March 4, 2015

Prince William greeted IsraAID workers in Japan this week as he visited areas hit by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011.

The prince met relief staff from the Israeli aid agency, which has been providing psychological support to children affected by the disaster.

Asia regional director of IsraAID, Yotam Polizer said: “I felt privileged and humbled.

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UK watchdog bans Jerusalem travel advert

By Rosa Doherty, March 4, 2015

The UK advertising watchdog has banned an Israeli government tourism advert for “misleading consumers” by suggested that the Old City of Jerusalem was part of Israel.

The Advertising Standards Authority reject the advert which was published in a brochure called "Israel Land of Creation” and showed a panorama of the walled Old City with the text "Israel has it all".

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Jewish Defence League leader found guilty of assault

By Rosa Doherty, March 2, 2015

The leader of the UK branch of the Jewish Defence League has been found guilty of assaulting two people at a pro-Palestinian event in Haringey.

Roberta Moore, 43, was convicted at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court of two assaults and possession of an offensive weapon.

Her co-defendant Robert De Jonge, 36, was found guilty of assault.

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Board doubts BBC’s objectivity after Tim Willcox complaints are rejected

By Rosa Doherty, February 26, 2015

The Board of Deputies has condemned the BBC for not taking action against Tim Willcox after his interview with a Jewish woman about the terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris sparked anger.

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Couple given green light to challenge civil partnership rule

By Rosa Doherty, February 24, 2015

A Jewish couple who launched a legal challenge against the ban on heterosexual civil partnerships has been granted permission to continue with their claim by a High Court judge.

Mrs Justice Elisabeth Laing has said Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan can now proceed with their case against the government’s continued barring of civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples.

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We're not budging, say CST volunteer guards

By Rosa Doherty, February 19, 2015

Community Security Trust volunteers have said they refuse to be frightened out of protecting British synagogues following the attacks in Denmark.

Michael, 54, from Essex, has worked with CST protecting synagogues and Jewish events for over 11 years.

He said: "I've heard from people who all of a sudden say, 'hold on, I didn't realise we were putting our lives on the line'.

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1701 shuts at Bevis Marks

By Rosa Doherty, February 19, 2015

Kosher restaurant 1701 has taken its last orders at the historic Bevis Marks Synagogue in the City of London, less than two years after opening.

In a statement, 1701 said "the historical connection with Bevis Marks has been wonderful but unfortunately the location has proved limiting. We now feel it necessary to relocate to realise our full potential.

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