Rosa Doherty

Community group backs parents fight against Barnet council

By Rosa Doherty, July 4, 2014

A community group in north London has launched a petition supporting a family who are fighting Barnet Council over their disabled daughter’s education.

Sabrina Leigh, who suffers from a type of cerebral palsy called Worsted-Drought Syndrome, was turned down for the funding needed to send her to Langdon Jewish residential college in Manchester.

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Barbe-queues as UJIA courts South Africans

By Rosa Doherty, July 3, 2014

A traditional South African barbecue in the grounds of a Totteridge mansion provided a taste of home for ex-pats on Sunday.

Organised by UJIA as part of its outreach work among overseas communities in London, the Big Braai attracted around 260 hungry patrons, among them Barbra and Brian Davis, who came to England 16 years ago and now live in Hampstead Garden Suburb.

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Miller finds life at 80 a funny thing

By Rosa Doherty, July 3, 2014

There are many 80-year-olds with a nice line in humour. But Lynn Ruth Miller has taken her comedy further, swapping the bridge club for a career in stand-up.

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At last, an Israeli rows at Henley

By Rosa Doherty, July 3, 2014

A champion rower is to become the first Israeli to compete in the Henley Royal Regatta.

Dani Fridman, 26, is taking part today in the Diamond Sculls race on Thursday following a special request from regatta chair Mike Sweeney.

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Goebbels used my photo to show ideal Aryan child

By Rosa Doherty, July 3, 2014

A Jewish woman has revealed that a picture of her as a baby was used by the Nazis to portray the ideal Aryan infant.

A photo of Hessy Taft as a six-month-old baby was selected by Nazi communications minister Joseph Goebbels to be used in propaganda material.

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Israel mourns the loss of the three abducted boys

By Rosa Doherty, July 1, 2014
Israel mourns the loss of the three abducted boys. Credit: Natan Epstein/Tazpit News Agency:

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Film gala dinner attracts a strong cast of characters

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2014

The stars came out for UK Jewish Film at its first gala dinner, held at the Park Lane Hotel in Mayfair.

Steven Berkoff, Henry Goodman, Greta Scacchi and Maureen Lipman were among those on the red carpet, along with Academy award-winning producer Gareth Unwin (The King's Speech), who brought his Oscar to show the 300 guests.

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Annabel Karmel's new recipe for bosses

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2014

Celebrity chef Annabel Karmel wants all employers to have access to a record of litigants to protect them from hiring people who have sued other bosses.

She is campaigning for a central register to be set up after discovering her former sales director had taken action against two previous employers, before taking her to an employment tribunal.

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Mum's divorce campaign goes viral

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2014

An Orthodox Jewish woman in New York has launched a social media campaign calling for her husband to grant her a religious divorce.

Rivky Stein, 24, has been fighting for two years to secure a get from Yoel Weiss, 31.

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Couple who accidently flew to Grenada instead of Granada now suing British Airways

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2014

Most holiday-makers would be delighted to find themselves transported to the lush island paradise of Grenada in the Caribbean.

Not Edward Gamson and his partner, however, who thought they had booked a flight to Granada in Spain.

The couple first noticed that a mix-up had taken place when the in-flight electronic map showed their aircraft heading west out of London.

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Soviet Jewry campaigner Michael Sherbourne dies

By Rosa Doherty, June 23, 2014

Soviet Jewry activist Michael Sherbourne, has died at the age of 97.

London-born Mr Sherman played an important role in the campaign to win Jews the right to emigrate from the Soviet Union during the 1070s.

And coined the term '"refusnik" to describes Jews who had been denied permission to leave.

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'Give Liz Taylor a blue plaque'

By Rosa Doherty, June 19, 2014

Television presenter Matthew Wright has launched a campaign urging English Heritage to erect a blue plaque outside the original home of actress Elizabeth Taylor.

Mr Wright said he hoped to convince the organisation to grant the Hollywood actress the memorial at the house in Hampstead Garden Suburb, north London, and fulfil her dying wish.

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Couple battle council a second time over disabled daughter

By Rosa Doherty, June 19, 2014

A Family who fought a year-long battle to get their disabled daughter into a special Jewish school are facing a similar challenge eight years on.

Sabrina Leigh, who suffers from a type of cerebral palsy called Worster-Drought Syndrome, was initially denied the funding she needed for place at Kisharon as a 10-year-old, until Barnet Council were persuaded to reconsider.

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Restaurant's 'false start'

By Rosa Doherty, June 12, 2014

Hertsmere Borough Council is investigating building work at a new kosher restaurant, after local traders complained it had started without permission.

Kosher chain Mr Baker submitted an application to convert a building on the high street in Borehamwood from a retail site to a restaurant.

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'Rabbis must speak out against war rape'

By Rosa Doherty, June 12, 2014

Jewish faith leaders have a responsibility to speak out against sexual violence in war zones and tackle the culture of shame and humiliation that comes with it.

That was the message from Rabbi Shulamit Ambalu, who spoke on an interfaith panel at a landmark summit in London, this week.

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Jewish bride gets a special message from One Direction singer Harry Styles

By Rosa Doherty, June 12, 2014

A Jewish bride got a very big surprise after Harry Styles sent her a pre-recorded message on her big day.

One Direction fan Tash Gershfield, 25, from Pinner, was shocked when her fantasy man Styles, told her it wasn’t too late to leave her new groom.

He said that he’d be waiting for her at Orli’s in Borehamwood if she changed her mind.

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Jews top Anthony Nolan bone marrow donor register

By Rosa Doherty, June 10, 2014

Jewish areas in London have the highest concentration of stem cells donors, according to the Anthony Nolan charity.

The charity has mapped its register of bone marrow donors for the first time, and shows Finchley and Golders Green as the area with the most donors, with Hendon second.

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Alexander Imich, the world's oldest man, dies

By Rosa Doherty, June 9, 2014

The world oldest man has died at the age of 111.

Alexander Imich, born February 4 1903, died yesterday morning at a hospital in Manhattan.

His friends Michael Mannion and Trish Corbett were taking care of him and confirmed his death to reporters.

Mr Imich was raised by a secular Jewish family in Poland before settling in America.

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Young pundit has no time for elevenses

By Rosa Doherty, June 6, 2014

Grace McLaughlin has performed stand-up in Scandinavia, holds strong political opinions and has just made her TV debut on a Channel 4 fly-on-the-wall documentary. Grace is 11.

The west London schoolgirl was a voluble participant in Dinner at 11, broadcast on Monday, in which a group of children from diverse backgrounds were filmed at a dinner party discussing issues important to them.

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Nancy Reuben Primary School’s election email

By Rosa Doherty, May 30, 2014

A Jewish primary school sent parents an email urging them to vote in the local elections, and naming three Conservative councillors as people who had “helped” the school.

Nancy Reuben Primary School, in north London, sent the message to over 100 parents on the day of the local elections last week.

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