Rosa Doherty

Callous thief tries to steal Freud’s ashes

By Rosa Doherty, January 15, 2014

Police did not have to order a psychologist’s report to know the mindset of the thief who attempted to steal the urn containing the ashes of Sigmund Freud and his wife.

“Callous and despicable” was the assessment of the burglar who broke into the crematorium in Hoop Lane Golders Green, on New Year’s eve, and removed the urn from the chapel where it was on display.

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Start-up transforming online retail

By Rosa Doherty, January 13, 2014

Two north-west London-based Jewish entrepreneurs are turning to Israeli technology to develop their online fashion company.

Joel Freeman and Daniel Murray, both 28, launched Grabble, a hybrid fashion and social media platform, in April 2013.

Users are invited to “grab” items of their choice into the increasingly popular website server and compare prices of the product.

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Blair and Biden attend Sharon service

By Rosa Doherty, January 13, 2014

A state and military funeral, reflecting the two parts of his career, will take place today for former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon, who died on Saturday aged 85.

Mr Sharon will be buried in a military ceremony, on his farm, Sycamore Ranch, near Sderot in southern Israel.

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Documentary to be made about Csanad Szegedi

By Rosa Doherty, January 10, 2014

A UK-based production company is to make a documentary about Csanad Szegedi, the Hungarian politician who stood down from the antisemitic Jobbik party after he discovered he was Jewish.

Mr Szegedi, a member of the European Parliament, was asked to leave the party when he revealed that his grandmother was an Auschwitz survivor

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Israel embassy sketch gets an angry response

By Rosa Doherty, January 9, 2014

A television comedy sketch that treated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as a subject for humour has been roundly condemned by the Zionist Federation.

ZF chairman Paul Charney said the sketch, broadcast on BBC Three’s comedy programme, The Revolution Will Be Televised, “ridicules antisemitism at a time when anti-Jewish bigotry is on the rise”.

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Richard Desmond set to sell Channel 5

By Rosa Doherty, January 8, 2014

Media tycoon Richard Desmond is considering selling Channel 5, for several times his original investment.

Mr Desmond bought the broadcaster for £103.5 million in 2010 and, according to reports, is hoping the channel will now fetch £700 million.

The media tycoon, who also owns the Express and Star newspapers, has appointed Barclays to handle the sale.

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Rolling Stones in talks over debut Israel gig

By Rosa Doherty, January 7, 2014

The Rolling Stones are negotiating plans to play their first-ever concert in Israel.

According to reports, the band has been offered £4.5 million by promoters Marcel Avraham and Gad Oronto to play an open-air concert at Park Hayarkon in June .

It is the most ever offered to a music act to appear in the country

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Creating a special day at Southampton shul

By Rosa Doherty, January 6, 2014

Southampton Hebrew Congregation held its first barmitzvah in over a decade.

Winchester-based Jon and Sharon Rachman had to create Sam’s barmitzvah from scratch because the Jewish community in their area is so small.

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Israel makes arrests over Tel Aviv bus bomb attack

By Rosa Doherty, January 3, 2014

Israeli security forces have arrested 13 Palestinians and an Israeli Bedouin, believed to be behind the bombing of a bus in Bat Yam, south of Tel Aviv, on December 22.

After gag order was lifted yesterday, it emerged that among those arrested was the man accused of planting the bomb, 20-year-old Palestinian Sami Harimi.

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JC Video Diary: Getting in the groove at Limmud 2013

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

The JC team's video highlights from an action-packed and music-filled Limmud 2013.

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Rabbi sued for ‘chopping off penis’

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

A rabbi from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is accused of chopping off a newborn baby’s penis during a routine circumcision in April 2013.

A civil lawsuit brought by the parents of the baby, who are only identified by their initials, alleges the rabbi acted “with a total disregard” for the child.

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France mulls ban on Dieudonne after Anelka Nazi-style salute

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls has said he is considering banning the comedian Dieudonné's shows in January over concerns for public safety.

The announcement came following a Premier League football match on Saturday at which footballer Nicolas Anelka, a friend of Dieudonne, gave a Nazi-style salute said to have been popularised by the comedian.

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Third site to change lives Langdon style

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

Langdon opened its third supported living community in Borehamwood.

The charity, which helps vulnerable youth and adults with learning disabilities, already provides supported housing schemes in Edgware and Manchester.

Langdon chief executive Alison Rosen said the £1 million unit is “a major milestone and a proud moment for the charity.

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Emunah harvests fruits of pumpkin project

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2013

A 13-year-old girl grew and then sold pumpkins as part of her batmitzvah project to raise money for orphans in Israel.

Hannah Keisner, whose family belong to West London Synagogue, decided to raise money for children’s charity, Emunah, after a trip to Israel with her mother.

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Dishing up Michelin reviews from fine diners

By Rosa Doherty, December 25, 2013

“Rochelle is a very nice lady. If she is representing a restaurant I always give it a fantastic review — even if it’s absolutely crap.”

In his own way, top food critic Giles Coren has commended Rochelle Cohen, a driven public relations entrepreneur who has run her PR company for restaurants, for more than 20 years.

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Birds of a Feather Dorien back on ITV after 15 year gap

By Rosa Doherty, December 23, 2013

One of television’s best-known Jewish characters is set to return after a gap of 15 years.

Dorien Green, the man-eating Chigwell divorcee, played by Lesley Joseph, is back in a new series of the sitcom Birds Of A Feather, last seen on TV screens in the late ’90s.

Ms Joseph, who is Jewish, said she is “delighted” to be playing the role again.

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Jews have money? That was a compliment, says Kanye West

By Rosa Doherty, December 22, 2013

Hip-hop star Kanye West has responded to the Anti-Defamation League’s claim that he made antisemitic remarks in a series of radio interviews.

In a radio discussion with DJ Sway on New York City's 105.1 FM last month, Mr West said: “Black people don't have the same level of connections as Jewish people."

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Global Jewish leader Edgar Bronfman dies peacefully

By Rosa Doherty, December 22, 2013

Philanthropist and Jewish communal leader Edgar Bronfman has died, aged 84.

The former president of the World Jewish Congress is thought to have died peacefully at his home in New York, with his family beside him.

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Cartoonist in rent arrears draws on his talent to ward off eviction threat

By Rosa Doherty, December 20, 2013

A 63-year-old man who lives in sheltered housing has found a novel way to save himself from eviction.

Brian Davis is being forced to leave his flat in East Finchley, north London, after falling into £2,000 rent arrears.

His landlord is the Westlon Housing Association, which offers sheltered housing to single people or couples aged over 55 who are from the Jewish community.

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Historian Simon Schama speaking to the JC Editor

By Rosa Doherty, December 19, 2013
Speaking at a JC Editor’s Choice event at the JW3 centre in north-west London on Tuesday,historian Simon Schama restated his Zionist beliefs, and called for a shift in the public view of Jews as “either victims or bullies”.

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