Rosa Doherty

Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin announce marriage split

By Rosa Doherty, March 26, 2014

Gwyneth Paltrow is splitting from Coldplay singer Chris Martin after 10 years of marriage.

The couple who have two young children said they were “consciously uncoupling”.

The Hollywood actress, whose late father was Jewish film producer Bruce Paltrow, made a joint announcement on her website, Goop.

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London man injured in New York race-hate attack

By Rosa Doherty, March 26, 2014

A London man has been attacked in New York in what police believe to be an antisemitic attack.

The 65-year old unnamed grandfather, was visiting relatives for a wedding, when he was assaulted by two men in the Borough Park area of Brooklyn.

Relatives of the man said he was punched in the head and fell to the ground,badly injuring his face.

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New Tel Aviv rock festival attracts top international bands

By Rosa Doherty, March 24, 2014

A line-up of international bands will play at a new rock festival in Israel, it was announced this week.

Artists such as The Pixies, The Hives and Soundgarden will perform in the country for the first time at the Rock ‘N’ Roller Festival in Tel Aviv in June.

They will play alongside home-grown Israeli talent Elisha Banai and his band The Forty Thieves.

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Nobel laureate and designer to be celebrated in new Royal Mail stamp set

By Rosa Doherty, March 24, 2014

A Jewish-born Nobel laureate and a pioneering graphic designer are celebrated in a new set of Royal Mail stamps issued this week.

Max Perutz and artist Abrams Games are among 10 20th-century figures from the fields of sport, economics, and the arts who are remembered in the “Remarkable Lives” series.

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Russian Jew on board missing Malaysian Airlines plane

By Rosa Doherty, March 11, 2014

Nikolai Brodskii,from the Siberian city of Irkutsk, was among the 239 passengers on the flight that disappeared over the sea between Malaysia and Vietnam on Saturday.

Rabbi Aharon Wagner from Irkutsk is believed to have contacted Mr Brodskii’s family after learning that he was on the plane.

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Peres in live chat with Muslim world on Arab website

By Rosa Doherty, March 7, 2014

Israeli President Shimon Peres gave a live interview on Arab news website Planet yesterday, one day after Israel intercepted a shipment of weapons from Iran to Gaza.

The interview generated thousands of questions from people across the Middle East and the website crashed as the interview began.

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Muslim-Jewish group’s secret recipe for true friendship

By Rosa Doherty, March 7, 2014

Jews and Muslims in Manchester have created a shining example of communal co-operation. The Muslim Jewish Forum has spent a decade cementing ties between the two groups in the city. Such are its achievements that it was recently recognised with a national award.

But ask its members what the secret of its success is, and the answer is very simple — “Don’t mention the Middle East”.

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Anger as vet leader suggests ban on shechita is on the cards

By Rosa Doherty, March 6, 2014

Jewish leaders have hit back at John Blackwell, the president-elect of the British Veterinary Association, after he called for a reform of kosher and halal slaughter practices.

Shimon Cohen, campaign director of Shechita UK, criticised Mr Blackwell for suggesting that an “outright ban” on religious slaughter is on the cards.

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Accountant who survived Boston terror bomb to become a marathon man

By Rosa Doherty, March 5, 2014

Accountant Stuart Singer only planned to do the Boston Marathon. But when he survived the terrorist bombing that marred it, the narrow escape gave him a new lease of life.

And he went on to run and run. Literally. Now 12 months later, he can look back as the only Jewish runner in Britain to complete six races this year.

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Alice Herz-Sommer film wins Oscar

By Rosa Doherty, February 28, 2014

A film about the life of Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer was honoured at the Oscars last night,picking up the award for best short documentary.

The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, directed by Malcolm Clarke, tells the story of how Mrs Herz-Sommer survived a Nazi concentration to become a professional musician, and celebrated her ability to overcome the trauma of her youth.

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MP backs family in hospital death trauma

By Rosa Doherty, February 27, 2014

An MP is backing a family’s campaign for improved care at Barnet Hospital following the death of their father.

James Clappison, MP for Hertsmere, wrote to the hospital after it admitted its treatment of 80-year-old Frank Reuben was “not acceptable”.

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Israeli fighters ‘strike Hizbollah missile base’

By Rosa Doherty, February 25, 2014

Israeli jets hit a Hizbollah stronghold on the Lebanon-Syria border last night, according to reports.

The air strike allegedly killed several Hizbollah operatives, as well as a number of civilians, in the Nabi Sheet area.

A Lebanese security source told AFP: “Two Israeli raids hit a Hizbollah target on the border of Lebanon and Syria.”

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Rantzen works to preserve our old 'treasures'

By Rosa Doherty, February 17, 2014

Esther Rantzen has told 100 Jewish Care residents and Holocaust Survivors Centre members that they are "national treasures who deserve to be listened to".

The broadcaster and journalist recently founded the confidential Silver Line service for the elderly. She explained to her audience at Jewish Care's Wohl campus in Golders Green how the helpline had been prompted by her own experiences.

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Family’s 'thank you' donation to hospital

By Rosa Doherty, February 13, 2014

A family has donated £5,000 to buy life-saving equipment for Watford Hospital as a thank you for caring for their terminally ill mother.

The Jane Kasler Foundation donated the money which will go towards a new defibrillator for the Hertfordshire hospital’s intensive care unit.

Giorgina Kasler set up the foundation after her mother Jane died from ovarian cancer at the age of 49.

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'Pakistan's Anne Frank' honoured for her courage

By Rosa Doherty, February 13, 2014

An award to a teenage Pakistani girl the Taliban tried to assassinate for promoting women's education was the highlight of the Anne Frank Trust Holocaust Memorial Day lunch, which raised £400,000.

Malala Yousafzai's moral courage award was accepted by her father Ziauddin from Hollywood star Naomie Harris.

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Want to speak Mandarin? Easy — just study Hebrew

By Rosa Doherty, February 13, 2014

AT only 17, Ariel Reingold has been named the best non-native Mandarin speaker in the country.

And his secret? He gained the language knack by learning Hebrew for his barmitzvah.

“It’s a very hard language to learn,” he said. “But my Hebrew lessons gave me a greater interest. It gave me a visual idea of how languages could be different.

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Erekat: we won’t recognise Israel as Jewish state

By Rosa Doherty, February 11, 2014

The Palestinian Authority’s senior peace negotiator, Saeb Erekat, has set out an intransigent position ahead of the upcoming attempt to propose a framework for peace talks.

Mr Erekat told Voice of Palestine radio yesterday “I told Minister Livni in Munich recently that we won’t change our history, culture and religion. We are not going to recognise Israel as a Jewish state.”

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Date of Rolling Stones Israel concert revealed

By Rosa Doherty, February 10, 2014

The Rolling Stones will play their first-ever concert in Israel on 10 June, according to a report on Israel Radio.

The Stones will appear at Ramat Gan Stadium for a single performance only as part of their "14 on Fire" world tour.

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Cartoonist draws on his talent to escape eviction

By Rosa Doherty, February 6, 2014

A cartoonist’s novel way of escaping eviction has paid off after the housing association who wanted him to leave his home had a “change of heart”.

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Why did our dad have to die like this?

By Rosa Doherty, February 6, 2014

A hospital has admitted its treatment of an elderly patient was “not acceptable” after he died in their care.

Retired chauffeur Frank Reuben, 80, was admitted to Barnet Hospital in early January with a chest infection.

But he was discharged two days later — only to be readmitted soon afterwards.

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