Rosa Doherty

'B' prepared

By Rosa Doherty, February 19, 2015

B Kosher has announced the opening of a new branch in Golders Green Road, taking over premises currently occupied by Yarden.

A spokeswoman said the intention was to "add a wide range of food, wine and chocolates for new and existing customers. It is a great place on the high street and has a good passing trade.

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Hundreds of French graves vandalised

By Rosa Doherty, February 19, 2015

Five people aged 15-17 have been taken into custody in eastern France over the defacement of hundreds of Jewish graves.

The youngest came forward after seeing the outrage over the attack, in which more than 300 tombstones in the town of Sarre-Union were desecrated.

France's interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, called the vandalism "a despicable act".

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Teenagers held after hundreds of gravestones vandalised in France

By Rosa Doherty, February 16, 2015

Five people aged 15-17 have been taken into custody in eastern France over the vandalism of hundreds of Jewish graves.

The youngest came forward after seeing the outrage over the attack, in which more than 300 tombstones in the town of Sarre-Union were desecrated.

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Masorti panel is split on UK Jewish future

By Rosa Doherty, February 16, 2015

A heated debate on the future of British Jewry in the light of rising antisemitism was a highlight of a Masorti educational and cultural day at the New North London Synagogue in Finchley.

At a “Question Time” session during the annual Yom Masorti programme, panellists were asked if they agreed with Maureen Lipman’s comment that Jews were no longer safe in Britain.

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1701 restaurant to move from Bevis Marks

By Rosa Doherty, February 13, 2015

Kosher restaurant 1701 has announced it is shutting up shop on its current site at Bevis Marks Synagogue in the City of London.

A spokesperson for the restaurant, which opened less than two years ago, said that "the historical connection with Bevis Marks has been wonderful but unfortunately the location has proved limiting.

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Raiders of the lost mikveh

By Rosa Doherty, February 12, 2015

The owners of Britain’s oldest mikveh are appealing to the public for help in uncovering the religious treasures it might contain.

The entrance to the 12th-century Jacob’s Well, in Bristol, was discovered in 1986, but access to the mikveh itself was blocked by rubble and brickwork.

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Parkinson’s and diabetes in scientists’ sights in new £3m Britain-Israel deal

By Rosa Doherty, February 12, 2015

The British Embassy in Israel has announced millions of pounds of funding for medical research projects to be carried out jointly by British and Israeli scientists.

At least £3.2 million is expected to fund eight projects that will study long-term illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, heart disease and multiple sclerosis.

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Israeli couple uplifted as stilts beat Thames flood

By Rosa Doherty, February 12, 2015

When Yaron Ivry’s home by the river Thames was destroyed by floods last year, he was determined it would never happen again.

So he came up with a novel solution — raising the £750,000 five-bedroom property on stilts.

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Police chief condemns swastika graffiti in Salford

By Rosa Doherty, February 10, 2015

Manchester’s most senior police officer has condemned vandals who daubed a swastika on a pavement in Salford.

The Nazi image was painted in an area with a large Jewish population last weekend.

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David Cameron pays tribute to Sir Martin Gilbert

By Rosa Doherty, February 6, 2015

Historian Sir Martin Gilbert was buried in Israel on Thursdays, with British Prime Minister David Cameron among those paying tribute.

British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould delivered a message on behalf of the Prime Minister.

He said: “Martin was a wonderful historian, a proud and faithful servant to his country, and a true friend of Israel.

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March of the developers still halted by Spiegelhalter

By Rosa Doherty, February 5, 2015

With its curry houses, fabric shops and ornate mosques it is known as the epicentre of Britain's thriving Asian community.

Most of us, however, continue to think of London's East End as the faded magnet for another immigrant population. Once home to schmutter markets and shuls, there is little evidence today that marks the contribution of Jews in London's bustling East End.

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Pearl's widow: 'my Anne Frank connection'

By Rosa Doherty, February 5, 2015

The widow of American Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and beheaded by militants in Pakistan in 2002, has received a moral courage award from the Anne Frank Trust in London.

Mariane Pearl was presented with the award by broadcaster Natasha Kaplinsky at the trust's lunch at the Park Lane Hilton, which raised £420,000.

Mrs Pearl - whose book about her husband's life was turne

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Ofcom clarifies ruling over Tim Willcox

By Rosa Doherty, February 4, 2015

Ofcom’s has clarified its decision not to uphold complaints against BBC reporter Tim Willcox over remarks he made to a Jewish woman.

Mr Willcox told the woman that “Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well” during an interview following the terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris in which four Jews were murdered.

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Historian Sir Martin Gilbert dies at 78

By Rosa Doherty, February 4, 2015

Leading historian Sir Martin Gilbert has died of a heart condition which he had suffered since 2012.

He was 78.

Sir Martin, the official biographer of Winston Churchill and author of 80 studies on subjects including Israeli and Jewish history, was a member of the Iraq Inquiry panel.

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Centre studying antisemitism gets £1.4 million grant

By Rosa Doherty, February 3, 2015

The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism has received a grant of £1.4 million that will fund its work for the next five years.

The funding from the Pears Foundation will pay for a social sciences lecturer, and extend teaching and research into antisemitism.

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Board anger as Ofcom rejects complaints against Tim Willcox

By Rosa Doherty, February 3, 2015

The Board of Deputies has condemned Ofcom’s decision not to uphold complaints against BBC reporter Tim Willcox over remarks he made to a Jewish woman.

Mr Willcox told the woman that “Palestinians suffer hugely at Jewish hands as well” during an interview following the terrorist attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris in which four Jews were murdered.

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Carl Djerassi, father of the pill, dies aged 91

By Rosa Doherty, February 3, 2015

Carl Djerassi, the Jewish chemist who developed the birth control pill, has died at the age of 91.

A professor at Stanford University, he was famous for heading a research team which developed norethindrone, a synthetic molecule that became a key component of the first birth control pill.

The pill revolutionised sexual practices and women’s lives.

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Rabbi: my struggle with mental health

By Rosa Doherty, January 29, 2015

A leading rabbi has spoken of a daily battle against mental illness.

Rabbi Jeffrey Newman, of Finchley Reform Synagogue, said: "I know myself what it is to be bundled into a police van handcuffed behind my back and driven for hours looking for a mental hospital to admit me.

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BBC won't call Paris killers 'terrorists'

By Rosa Doherty, January 29, 2015

A senior BBC executive has revealed the corporation avoids using the term "terrorist" to describe the Islamists who carried out the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

Tarik Kafala, head of the BBC Arabic Service, said the word was too "loaded" for reporters to use when describing the two men who killed 12 people in the attack on the French magazine in Paris.

But a BBC spokesperson rejected any suggesti

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