Rosa Doherty

Artist Reuben Dangoor who combines underground music with 18th-century portraiture is recognised by Tate Britain

By Rosa Doherty, November 30, 2015

The artist behind an unlikely series of images mixing 18th-century British portrait painting with the underground music scene known as grime is to have his work shown at the Tate Britain.

Reuben Dangoor’s images, already a hit online, will now be part of Late at the Tate exhibition, on Friday.

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The antidote to Black Friday – WJR’s #LackFriday campaign

By Rosa Doherty, November 27, 2015

World Jewish Relief has launched a 24-hour social media campaign in response to the Black Friday sales.

The charity is using its Facebook and Twitter sites to share positive stories of people fighting against deprivation and tragedy.

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Communist spells out policy to compete in next year's mayoral election

By Rosa Doherty, November 26, 2015

You probably haven't heard of Jonathan Silberman, the 63-year-old factory worker who has signed up to compete in next year's mayoral election on behalf of the Communist League.

But the candidate for the left-wing party is under no illusion about his chances of winning. "I am completely realistic," he says.

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Their biggest gift is blood

By Rosa Doherty, November 26, 2015

Gap year students in Israel gave a crucial Mitzvah Day donation - their blood.

The 37 teenagers who donated blood at Magen David Adom's Jerusalem headquarters last Friday were the first from Britain since the "mad cow disease" outbreak in the 1990s. Israel is now accepting blood from Britons born in 1997.

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I saw genuine refugees pass through. Months earlier, Paris gunmen had been among them

By Rosa Doherty, November 18, 2015

I stood at the flimsy, makeshift fence that separates Greece from Macedonia, which pens back thousands of refugees making their way to a new life in Europe.

Two Greek border patrol officers allowed them to pass through a small gap, single-file and in small groups; mothers with babies in their arms, young men carrying sheets of cardboard to save them sitting on the cold, hard ground.

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‘The refugee camp has made me think of Auschwitz’

By Rosa Doherty, November 18, 2015

I think my father is dead," the teenager said. "I don't know what happened to him. People said the Taliban killed him but I don't know. I don't know where he is."

Nabi, an 18-year-old from Afghanistan, was sitting in the dust of a transit camp in the tiny Greek town of Idomeni, recounting the horrific events that had forced him to flee his homeland.

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Do not close doors to refugees in wake of Paris attacks, says Chief Rabbi

By Rosa Doherty, November 16, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has warned that closing borders to refugees in response to the attacks in Paris “would not make sense”.

He said it was vital to avoid a backlash against refugees after Greek officials claimed that one of the terrorists behind the Paris attacks was registered as one.

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Chief Rabbi Mirvis witnesses trauma of refugees on secret visit to camp in Greece

By Rosa Doherty, November 12, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has led a delegation to Greece to visit one of the country’s largest refugee camps and to see the aid effort being carried out by World Jewish Relief.

He and four other United Synagogue rabbis spent Thursday at the camp on Greece’s northern border, where up to 10,000 refugees a day make the crossing into Macedonia.

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'We feel completely let down by the Jewish state school system'

By Rosa Doherty, November 12, 2015

It is Tuesday afternoon and 11-year-old Dylan is sitting at home in a tracksuit, tears running down his cheeks.

He should be at school. But unlike his peers, he has not set foot in a classroom once this academic year, because he doesn't have a place.

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Songs of Praise gets a taste of collaborative work

By Rosa Doherty, November 12, 2015

In front of a camera crew from BBC's Songs of Praise, Christians and Jews cooked for the homeless in an early Mitzvah Day activity at JW3's Finchley Road premises.

Respective favourites such as mince pies and apple strudel were on the menu and participants swapped cookery tips.

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Crowdfunding campaign launched to raise £10,000 for film about Auschwitz survivor

By Rosa Doherty, November 10, 2015

The grandson of Auschwitz survivor Zigi Shipper has launched a crowdfunding campaign to make a film about his life.

Darren Richman, a journalist, has set up the campaign on the Kickstarter website to raise £10,000 to produce “Zigi & '8 4 3 0 3'”. Over £1,000 has already been donated.

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Wife and family of Angad Paul in shock after fatal plunge

By Rosa Doherty, November 9, 2015

The family of a businessman who fell to his death from his penthouse said they are “in shock” over the tragedy.

Angad Paul, 45, who was married to Jewish media lawyer Michelle Bonn, is said to have suffered fatal injuries after falling from the eight-storey property in Portland Place, central London.

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Former Israel president Yitzchak Navon dies

By Rosa Doherty, November 8, 2015

Yitzhak Navon, Israel's fifth President has died aged 94.

He was buried on Sunday, at the cemetery of Nation’s Great on top of Mount Herzl.

Mr Navon who was the country’s first president to be born in Jerusalem, died on Saturday morning.

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Five wounded in West Bank attack

By Rosa Doherty, November 8, 2015

Five Israelis have been wounded in a West Bank car-ramming and stabbing Attack.

According to emergency services MDA, a car ramming was reported in the West Bank at the Tapuah Junction towards Huwara, on Sunday morning.

A driver was seen accelerating towards civilians who were standing at a near by hitchhiking spot.

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Corbyn 'demonised' by community, says activist

By Rosa Doherty, November 5, 2015

Jewish organisations are to blame for the community's fractured relationship with the left following Jeremy Corbyn's election as Labour leader, a prominent activist has claimed.

David Rosenberg, a writer and Jewish Socialists' Group member, said the Zionist Federation and Board of Deputies - and the JC - had "lurched further to the right" to attack Mr Corbyn and his supporters.

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Israeli ex- basketball star jailed for stealing handbags from Harrods

By Rosa Doherty, November 3, 2015

A former Israeli basketball star has been jailed for two years for stealing £32,000 worth of designer handbags from Harrods.

Dov Herman, 46, and partner in crime Meital Pardo, 31, posed as a wealthy couple to grab a £2,800 Christian Dior, a £17,000 Prada and a £11,890 Yves Saint Laurent bag from the store.

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France honours London pensioner for role in D-Day landings

By Rosa Doherty, November 2, 2015

For Mervyn Kersh the morning post contained a “huge surprise” last week – the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest military honour.

The medal was awarded to the pensioner to mark his involvement in the D-Day landings in 1944.

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Martin Lewis donates £500,000 to money management advice scheme for foodbank users

By Rosa Doherty, October 30, 2015

Financial advice specialist and broadcaster Martin Lewis has donated £500,000 to a national project supporting foodbank users.

Mr Lewis’s donation to the Trussell Trust, which runs a network of more than 420 foodbanks across the UK, will go towards money management advice as part of the charity’s “More than Food” programme, addressing some of the underlying causes of food poverty.

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Jewish human rights group hits back at boycotters

By Rosa Doherty, October 30, 2015

Jewish Human Rights Watch has placed an advert in the Guardian in response to a recent call by 343 university teachers for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

The advert said it was necessary to “educate the boycotters on how their call for a boycott of Jewish academics and outright support for the BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) is sheathed antisemitism.”

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The wait is over for TV star Annalie

By Rosa Doherty, October 29, 2015

Annalie Huberman-Hertz had always wanted a career in the restaurant industry but feared her Down's Syndrome might hold her back.

So when the chance came to be mentored by leading chef Michel Roux Jr she could not believe her luck.

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