Rosa Doherty

Chabad helping Ecuador quake victims

By Rosa Doherty, April 21, 2016

Members of a small Jewish community sent aid to victims of the earthquake which killed more than 300 people in Ecuador.

The 7.8-magnitude quake shook the country's Pacific coast last Saturday.

The 1,000-strong community of Guayaquil, which is hundreds of miles inland from the epicentre, organised trucks of food to be sent to families who had lost their homes and belongings.

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Jewish group leads calls to reform system of detaining asylum-seekers

By Rosa Doherty, April 20, 2016

Faith leaders and MPs have urged the government to end indefinite detention for asylum seekers.

Jewish human rights charity René Cassin and Tzelem, the Rabbinical Call for Social Justice, joined Christian and Muslim faith leaders to campaign for a reform of the immigration and detention system.

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George Osborne pledges to honour spy who saved 10,000 Jews from Nazi persecution

By Rosa Doherty, April 20, 2016

George Osborne has pledged to fund a statue to honour a former spy who saved 10,000 Jewish lives during the Holocaust.

Speaking at an event in parliament held to mark the heroic efforts of Major Frank Foley the chancellor announced he would support the campaign led by Dudley MP Ian Austin to get a statue built.

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Knife attacker convicted of murdering teenage girl at Jerusalem gay pride parade

By Rosa Doherty, April 19, 2016

A man has been convicted of murdering a teenage girl at Jerusalem's Gay Pride parade.

Yishai Schlissel stabbed teenager Shira Banki in a homophobic attack at the event last July. She died from her injuries three days later.

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Student wins new young writer award with story about the golem

By Rosa Doherty, April 19, 2016

American-Jewish writer Beatrice Baltuck Garrard has been named as the winner of the first ever Amy Levy Prize.

Ms Garrard triumphed over hundreds of entries, for her short story Feet of Clay.

The new award was set up in memory of author Amy Levy, who tragically took her own life at the age 27.

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2,500-year-old woman's stamp of authority discovered

By Rosa Doherty, March 10, 2016

In a discovery that appeared to be timed perfectly for International Women's Day last Tuesday, a 2,500-year-old artefact belonging to an "exceptional" woman was unearthed in Israel.

Archaeologists who were excavating a site outside Jerusalem's Old City found a seal made from semi-precious stone and bearing the name, "Elihana bat Gael".

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Yvette Cooper lauds Israeli aid for migrants

By Rosa Doherty, March 10, 2016

Yvette Cooper, the chair of Labour's refugee taskforce, has praised the Jewish community for leading the way in responding to the migrant crisis.

Ms Cooper said that "the desire to provide sanctuary" was particularly strong amongst British Jews, attributing it to "your experience as refugees and the plight of your own persecution".

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City worker who gave up top job to save refugees warns Turkey deal won't work

By Rosa Doherty, March 10, 2016

When Nicholas Millet went to volunteer in "The Jungle", Calais' notorious refugee camp, he only planned to help out for a weekend.

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Sir Harry Djanogly cleared of ‘dangerous driving and assault’

By Rosa Doherty, March 7, 2016

A millionaire philanthropist, who was accused of driving off along a dual carriageway with a police officer hanging from the window of his sports car, has been cleared.

Textiles tycoon Sir Harry Djanogly, 77, told the jury he was desperate to get his sick wife to hospital when he was stopped for speeding on the A40 in Hammersmith, London.

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Anti-Israel posters on London tube network are 'unauthorised vandalism'

By Rosa Doherty, February 22, 2016

Transport for London has said a series of anti-Israel posters seen on tube trains across the capital are "unauthorised acts of vandalism".

The posters appeared in advertising slots on trains at the weekend ahead of the annual "Israel Apartheid Week" campaign which began on Monday.

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Controversy over Oxford Labour students continues as Momentum group denies links to antisemitism allegations

By Rosa Doherty, February 19, 2016

An article written by an Oxford university student linked to the hard-left campaign group Momentum has attracted controversy over comments relating to Zionists.

James Elliott, a history student, wrote in the university's newspaper, Oxford Student in 2014: "Antisemitism is a tired old accusation from Zionists, retreating behind mendacious slurs."

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Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg ‘moved’ by WJR’s Greek refugee aid project

By Rosa Doherty, February 19, 2016

Masorti Judaism's senior rabbi, Jonathan Wittenberg, has visited Greece to see a new project being delivered by World Jewish Relief for victims of the refugee crisis.

Rabbi Wittenberg travelled to the Greek island of Lesvos on Monday to see a medical tent and emergency distribution service that the charity is supporting.

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Councils face fines if they boycott Israel

By Rosa Doherty, February 18, 2016

A series of guidelines aimed at prohibiting local authorities from boycotting Israeli goods has been revealed by the government.

They ban councils, public bodies and university student unions from boycotting "unethical" companies.

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'We listened to criticism' says book week chief

By Rosa Doherty, February 18, 2016

There will be a greater focus on Judaism at this year's Jewish Book Week, following criticism of last year's sessions.

The leading literary festival was accused of being "virtually Judaism-free" a year ago, but co-chair and director Lucy Silver said lessons had been learnt and the 11-day programme would reflect that.

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Labour backs investigation into Oxford student group antisemitism claims

By Rosa Doherty, February 17, 2016

Labour has welcomed the launch of an immediate investigation into allegations of antisemitic behaviour and intimidation at Oxford University's Labour Club.

Jewish students at Oxford University revealed a list of what they say are examples of antisemitism within the university's Labour club.

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‘We listened to criticism’ says book week chief

By Rosa Doherty, February 15, 2016

There will be a greater focus on Judaism at this year’s Jewish Book Week, following criticism of last year’s sessions.

The leading literary festival was accused of being “virtually Judaism-free” a year ago, but co-chair and director Lucy Silver said lessons had been learnt and the 11-day programme would reflect that.

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Outstanding contribution Bafta for Angels costume firm

By Rosa Doherty, February 15, 2016

A family-run costume business has won a Bafta for “outstanding contribution to British film” after dressing stars for seven generations.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts awarded Hendon-based Angels Costumes with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at London’s Royal Opera House on Sunday evening.

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Ehud Olmert begins prison sentence following bribery conviction

By Rosa Doherty, February 15, 2016

Ehud Olmert has started his 19 month prison sentence, becoming the first former Israeli prime minister to go to jail.

He began the sentence on Wing 10 of Ma’asiyahu Prison on Monday following his conviction for bribery and obstruction of justice in the Holyland case, relating to the years he was mayor of Jerusalem between 1992 and 2003.

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Long-distance love for couple that met on Jewish app

By Rosa Doherty, February 11, 2016

Distance was no obstacle for love when Michael Buskin and Olga Bukhman from Ukraine matched on the dating app JCrush.

The couple have become the first UK match to get engaged after "meeting" on the Jewish app.

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Culture Secretary John Whittingdale 'totally opposed' to boycotts

By Rosa Doherty, February 4, 2016

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has expressed his condemnation of cultural boycotts of Israel, saying he was “totally opposed” to them.

Mr Whittingdale made the remark during a meeting with Board of Deputies leaders to discuss the Jewish community’s cultural scene, and dialogue and exchange between the UK and Israel.

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