Rosa Doherty

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.


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.


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”.


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.”


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.


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.


'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.


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.


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.”


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.


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”.


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.


Roger Waters attacks Scarlett Johansson over quitting Oxfam

By Rosa Doherty, February 5, 2014

Roger Waters has written an open letter to Scarlett Johansson accusing her of "undeniably not paying attention" to Palestinian rights.

The former Pink Floyd singer criticised the actress over her decision to promote Israeli company SodaStream instead of continuing her work with the charity Oxfam.


French comedian Dieudonne banned from entering the UK

By Rosa Doherty, February 3, 2014

The antisemitic French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala has been banned from entering the UK.

According to reports, the Home Office has warned airlines and border officials not to let the performer into the country.

A Home Office source was quoted in the Guardian as saying: "We can confirm that Mr Dieudonné is subject to an exclusion order.


US and Israel in war of words over Kerry boycott warning

By Rosa Doherty, February 3, 2014

A row between Israel and the US has erupted after Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned Israel about a potential global boycott if peace talks fail.

Mr Kerry warned Israel about the growing sanctions against the country at a Munich security conference on Saturday.

He urged Israel to move the peace deal forward and said any calm Israel currently enjoys was “illusionary”.


Jewish-Muslim group wins top interfaith award

By Rosa Doherty, January 31, 2014

An organisation which works to foster links between Jews and Muslims has won a national interfaith award.

The Muslim Jewish Forum of Greater Manchester was named as winners of the Spirit of Britain prize at the British Muslim Awards 2014 last night.


Council tribute to aristocrat who was Ireland’s first lady of giving

By Rosa Doherty, January 30, 2014

A council in Ireland has honoured the figure regarded as “the most important Jewish woman in Irish history” by opening a bridge in her name.

Kilkenny City Borough Council was due to unveil the Lady Desart pedestrian bridge this week as a tribute to philanthropist Ellen Odette Bischoffsheim — known in Ireland as the Countess of Desart after her marriage to a local peer.


Uneasy rider: Anger over 'Genocide' bike decorated with Nazi symbols

By Rosa Doherty, January 30, 2014

A motorcycle enthusiast has expressed outrage over a bike decorated with Nazi symbols that has been displayed at shows around the country.

Alex Spirling said he was “disgusted” by the faces of Holocaust victims and the entrance to Auschwitz painted on the petrol tank, and a swastika fixed in the centre of the front wheel.


Cambridge Students go the distance

By Rosa Doherty, January 30, 2014

Cambridge University students are expected to go far in life, but Stephanie Posner and Miriam Shaul wanted to find out just how far.

The two undergraduates set out to see what distance they could put between themselves and the university town over the course of one weekend, without spending any of their own money.


WATCH: Reunited with the man who saved his life

By Rosa Doherty, January 30, 2014
A former JFS student has been reunited with the stranger who saved his life, weeks after launching a national appeal to find him .