Rosa Doherty

Death and terror as attacks engulf Israel

By Rosa Doherty, October 14, 2015

The attacks came so rapidly at times that it was almost impossible to keep up with the wave of terror.

The violence followed the murder of Eitam and Naama Henkin a fortnight ago. By Wednesday seven Israelis were dead.

Last Thursday, a 25-year-old yeshivah student was stabbed in the neck and chest near Jerusalem’s railway station.

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UK Jewish Film Festival concern over fee plan

By Rosa Doherty, October 14, 2015

Organisers of the UK Jewish Film Festival have expressed concern over a London borough's plan to charge fees for film screenings.

Michael Etherton, CEO of UK Jewish Film, said Barnet Council's proposal to charge the festival a total of £800 could hinder the "financial feasibility" of the festival.

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Danny Cohen resigns as BBC’s director of television

By Rosa Doherty, October 13, 2015

The BBC’s director of television Danny Cohen has announced that he is leaving the corporation after eight years.

It is understood that he is considering offers from both UK and US television companies.

He said: “In the last few weeks I’ve been approached about a number of exciting opportunities and I want to consider these in an open and transparent way.”

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Major terror attacks in Israel leave three dead, more than a dozen injured

By Rosa Doherty, October 13, 2015

● Two killed and at least 16 wounded in Jerusalem bus attack in Armon Hanatziv, in a combined shooting and stabbing attack by two terrorists

● One man killed and several — two or three — wounded on Malchei Yisrael Street in Jerusalem, in car ramming attack

● One person seriously wounded and two injured in Ra’anana stabbing

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Israeli teenager injured in stab attack as violence continues

By Rosa Doherty, October 12, 2015

A teenager was the latest Israeli to be stabbed as violent attacks continued across the country.

The victim, thought to be aged 13, was knifed in the Pisgat Ze'ev neighbourhood of Jerusalem while riding his bike. He is said to be in a serious condition.

A second man, aged 20, was also stabbed during the incident at around 3pm local time.

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Artist Dora Holzhandler dies

By Rosa Doherty, October 12, 2015

The artist Dora Holzhandler has died at the age of 87.

Her family said they were “deeply saddened” to announce that she died at home “peacefully on October 8 surrounded by her family”.

Known for her naive style of painting, she was a favourite of art loving celebrities.

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Jewish Tory delegate abused by protesters outside party conference

By Rosa Doherty, October 8, 2015

A Conservative Party delegate has told how he was subjected to antisemitic abuse from protestors outside the conference in Manchester.

Stephen Woods, chairman of the Conservative Sale East and Wythenshawe Association, was leaving the centre with a group of Jewish friends, wearing kippot, on Sunday.

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Call for UK to take in more refugees

By Rosa Doherty, October 8, 2015

A former Kindertransport refugee has criticised the UK's policy of taking 20,000 Syrian asylum-seekers over the next five years.

Sir Erich Reich said: "To let in just 4,000 a year like David Cameron has said is absurd. We need to let in more."

He was speaking at a public meeting organised by the Board of Deputies this week to discuss the community's response to the refugee crisis.

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You never write, you never call... time to change all that, says our favourite booba

By Rosa Doherty, October 8, 2015

Broadcaster Vanessa Feltz has called on young Jews to make greater efforts to spend time with their grandparents.

She urged people to "buck up their ideas and go and see their grandparents immediately".

The Radio 2 presenter was reacting to a World Jewish Relief survey that showed that one-third of adult Jews see their grandparents only four times a year or less.

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Finding frame of reference for crisis

By Rosa Doherty, October 8, 2015

Young World Jewish Relief supporters have taken to social media to draw attention to the refugee crisis by making a link to the Jewish refugee experience.

The "My family Were Refugees Too" campaign encourages people to post photos of themselves wearing T-shirts carrying the slogan on social media.

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Joy for rabbi and campaigners as council agrees to take in 50 Syrians

By Rosa Doherty, October 1, 2015

A London council has agreed to resettle Syrian refugees after a campaign led by a local rabbi.

Rebecca Qassim Birk, rabbi at Finchley Progressive Synagogue, headed a Citizens UK effort to get Barnet Council to take in the refugees.

Council leader Richard Cornelius announced that the local authority would accept 50 Syrians at a meeting at the synagogue on Sunday, attended by 200 people.

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Israelis in Greece to help refugees as the boats land

By Rosa Doherty, October 1, 2015

Israelis have been among the first to assist refugees who are fleeing war for the safety of Europe, and at the same time have strengthened ties between Jews and Muslims.

Fifteen IsraAid volunteers are working on the Greek island of Lesbos, where boatloads of people fleeing conflict in Syria, Libya and Afghanstan are arriving.

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Cathy Come Home star facing homelessness

By Rosa Doherty, October 1, 2015

An actress who appeared in an iconic 1960s television film about homelessness has said she is now facing the same fate as the main character in the drama.

Adrienne Conway appeared in the BBC television drama Cathy Come Home, which broke new ground by tackling social issues.

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Refugee crisis link as well-wisher says it with flowers for Kindertransport

By Rosa Doherty, September 24, 2015

World Jewish Relief has applauded the "random act of kindness" that saw a Kindertransport statue covered with flowers.

Kindertransport - the Arrival is sited at Liverpool Street station, the arrival point for the trains that brought child refugees who were fleeing the Nazis to Britain.

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The icing on the cake for Bake Off fans

By Rosa Doherty, September 24, 2015

Cakes and pastries play a large part in Jewish food culture, so it should come as no suprise that Sue Perkins, presenter of The Great British Bake Off, turns out to be Jewish.

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How can we help? Aid volunteers give their advice

By Rosa Doherty, September 24, 2015

British jews involved in the refugee relief effort say the best way to help is to donate money and time.

The message came after the Board of Deputies announced it is holding a public meeting - at the JW3 community centre on October 7 - to canvas opinion on the most productive ways to help.

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BBC apologises over 'antisemitic' illustration in Proms programme

By Rosa Doherty, September 18, 2015

The BBC has apologised for causing offence after an "antisemitic" illustration was included in a BBC Proms programme.

Gillian Stern, from Finchley, said she was shocked that a "hideously and very obviously antisemitic cartoon" of the violinist Leopold Auer appeared in the programme for a Proms performance of Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto.

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Campaigns to help refugees growing

By Rosa Doherty, September 17, 2015

The Jewish community's response to the refugee crisis expanded this week, with the announcement of plans for a public meeting to canvas opinion on the most productive ways to help.

More than £180,000 has been raised in the past week by World Jewish Relief's appeal to help Syrian refugees.

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Fast well, and carefully, warns diabetes charity

By Rosa Doherty, September 17, 2015

Jewish diabetics have been warned to consult their doctors and their rabbis before they embark on the Yom Kippur fast.

Diabetes UK said prolonged fasting could cause sharp falls or rises in the levels of blood sugar glucose.

"This can be very dangerous for people with diabetes, as can the increased risk of becoming dehydrated," said the charity's clinical adviser, Libby Dowling.

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Refugee's family to the rescue

By Rosa Doherty, September 17, 2015

Sailors who get into difficulty in the waters around Northern Ireland, can be grateful for the generosity of a Jewish family.

Viveca and Neil Pistol have paid for a new lifeboat in memory of Mr Pistol's late father, Frederick. It will be stationed in the port of Larne

A Holocaust survivor from Vienna, Frederick became a keen mariner after joining the army.

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