Rosa Doherty

Thousands turn out for London rally against antisemitism

By Rosa Doherty, August 31, 2014

Thousands of people turned out for a rally against the rise in antisemitism in central
London on Sunday.

More than 4,500 protesters filled the street outside the Royal Courts of Justice to hear speakers including the Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

The crowd cheered Rabbi Mirvis, and passing taxis displayed Israeli flags in support as he took to the podium.


How diary notes for my dead son saved me from drink and drugs

By Rosa Doherty, August 29, 2014

The mother of a young actor who collapsed and died while playing football has spoken about the extraordinary lengths she went to, to escape a depression that saw her spiral into drink and drugs.

Rochelle Saunders and her husband Eddie say they lost a year of their lives, mixing a cocktail of drink and prescribed drugs and abandoning their parental responsibilities to cope with the pain.


Sailor's death to be marked 100 years on

By Rosa Doherty, August 22, 2014

The first Jewish sailor to be killed in the First World War will be commemorated by his family dropping a plaque 200ft into the North Sea, where his ship, HMS Pathfinder, was sunk by a German torpedo.

William Stern was one of 250 Royal Navy sailors who died when the ship went down off St Abbs Head in the Scottish Borders on September 5 1914.


Anti-jihadist solidarity

By Rosa Doherty, August 21, 2014

A Jewish group has joined demonstrations highlighting the Islamic State threat facing minorities in Iraq.


London synagogue vandalised

By Rosa Doherty, August 21, 2014

Police are investigating an attack on a north London synagogue.

Vandals smashed a window at Cockfosters & North Southgate Synagogue. The shul's rabbi Daniel Epstein said the incident had saddened his congregation.

The shul has increased security under the advice of the Community Security Trust and police are examining the synagogue's CCTV recordings to assist in their investigations.


Cinema boycott - take two

By Rosa Doherty, August 21, 2014

Two Israeli film-makers have been denied funding to attend a prestigious festival in Britain because of a boycott.

Yoav Hornung and Niv Shpigel have directed films due to be shown at the Encounters festival in Bristol in September. But neither will be able to attend the screenings because money offered by the Israeli embassy to pay for their travel has been rejected.


Ceasefire extended for 24 hours

By Rosa Doherty, August 19, 2014

The Gaza ceasefire has been extended for 24 hours so that talks in Cairo can continue.

An Egyptian government statement released late on Monday confirmed the truce will remain in place until midnight on Tuesday to give time for a longer-term deal to be done.


Fighting with the enemy - the Kaiser’s Jewish soldiers

By Rosa Doherty, July 31, 2014

When war broke out in 1914 German Jews joined their county’s armed forces in their thousands.

“Jews had a profound sense of commitment to the German fatherland during the First World War,” said Toby Simpson, the learning and engagement manager at the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide.


How the great cook-off ended in a food fight

By Rosa Doherty, July 31, 2014

A simmering row over the results of a cookery contest this week boiled over into a full-blown broiges.

Leading Jewish chefs competed in a public cook-off at June's Gefiltefest, held at LJCC.

The event was flagged as Sephardi v Ashkenazi based on the recipes and cooking styles involved.


Cancer survivor has a ball with One Direction

By Rosa Doherty, July 31, 2014

An Essex mum who beat breast cancer has raised more than £43,000 for Breast Cancer Care with a little help from Harry Styles. The One Direction star recorded a video message in support of a charity ball at the Prince Regent Hotel organised by Katie Worth and her family and friends.


Ten Israeli soldiers killed as Haniyeh’s house hit

By Rosa Doherty, July 29, 2014

Ten IDF soldiers were killed last night in Israel’s ongoing operation to eradicate Hamas’s terror infrastructure.

Four were hit by a mortar fired from Gaza and a further five were killed in a firefight with Hamas militants who emerged from a tunnel near Kibbutz Nahal Oz. The tenth died in a clash in southern Gaza.


UJIA telethon raises £140,000 for Israeli children caught up in Gaza conflict

By Rosa Doherty, July 28, 2014

UJIA fundraisers brought in £140,000 for children in Israel who have been affected by the recent conflict.

Over 100 volunteers took part in a telethon at the charity’s head office in Camden, north London, on Sunday to raise money for its Children of the South appeal.


Attacks on UK Jews rising, reports the CST

By Rosa Doherty, July 24, 2014

Antisemitic incidents in Britain are rising in the wake of Israel's operation in Gaza.

The Community Security Trust says 70 incidents have been reported since July 8.


Paris shul attacked with rocks

By Rosa Doherty, July 14, 2014

A synagogue in Paris came under siege last night during an anti-Israel protest.

Hundreds of congregants were attending a gathering for peace inside Synagogue de la Roquette when the building was attacked by demonstrators.

The attackers, numbering in the hundreds, had been on a march to Bastille Square, but broke off from the main protest to assault the shul.


Swastika daubed on Hendon house

By Rosa Doherty, July 14, 2014

Vandals have painted antisemitic graffiti on a Jewish home in Hendon.

An image of a swastika was daubed above the front door of a property on Sunday night.

The Community Security Trust, which monitors antisemitism,said: “We are aware of the graffiti and we are working with the police on all reported incidents of antisemitism.”


Care charity celebrates as duchess is back for seconds

By Rosa Doherty, July 14, 2014

There was a royal return for Jewish Blind and Disabled when the Duchess of Gloucester opened its £10.6 million development in Bushey, Cecil Rosen Court, on Wednesday.

For the duchess had also formally opened the charity's original Cecil Rosen Court - named after the JBD founder - in Wembley 20 years ago.


Tourists under fire as siren goes off in Jerusalem

By Rosa Doherty, July 11, 2014
The following is footage taken during and after a rocket attack on Jerusalem this evening. Tourists respond to the outstanding experience. Tazpit News Agency.


'Heartless' councils deny funding for children

By Rosa Doherty, July 11, 2014

A special education consultant has hit out at local authorities for having "no heart" in denying Jewish families the right to send their disabled children to a residential Jewish school in Manchester.

Rabbi Michael Bernstein, who runs EMBEE, a consultancy service for parents with disabled children, said that while his family had received funding, others had not been so lucky.


Cycling? This was a tour de shul

By Rosa Doherty, July 10, 2014

For members of one synagogue there was only one thing to do when the Tour de France came to town - eat.

The riders passing through Essex on Monday were greeted by crowds munching on kosher hotdogs, burgers and cookies.


Lieberman pulls Yisrael Beiteinu out of deal with Likud

By Rosa Doherty, July 7, 2014

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is to dismantle the Likud-Beiteinu partnership.

Mr Lieberman said that he was withdrawing Yisrael Beiteinu from the party list it shares with Likud after he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disagreed over how to respond to the rocket fire from Gaza.