Rosa Doherty

Furious response to 'divisive' Israel boycott initiative

By Rosa Doherty, October 27, 2015

A full page advert in today’s Guardian calling for an academic boycott of Israel has drawn a furious response from Jewish organisations and diplomats.

The advert was backed by by 343 university teachers and lecturers, from 72 institutions including Oxford University and Cambridge University.

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Schoolgirl’s silence raises £1,150 for World Jewish Relief Syria appeal

By Rosa Doherty, October 27, 2015

A British schoolgirl has raised more than £1,150 to support Syrian refugees through World Jewish Relief’s special appeal.

Kayla Sussman, a Year 5 pupil at Akiva School in north London, raised the money through a sponsored silence.

After staying silent for more than 24 hours, Kayla said: “I did my sponsored silence from bedtime on Friday until I woke up on Sunday morning.

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Victim of Har Nof massacre dies of wounds – a year on

By Rosa Doherty, October 26, 2015

The Toronto-born rabbi injured in a Jerusalem synagogue attack has died of his injuries nearly a year after being stabbed.

Rabbi Howie Chaim Rotman, 55, had been in a coma since he was critically injured in the attack in November 2014.

In the incident, two Palestinian cousins entered Har Nof shul in West Jerusalem and set about murdering the worshippers with knives, axes and guns.

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WJR’s Syria refugee appeal is second largest in charity’s history

By Rosa Doherty, October 26, 2015

Aid agency World Jewish Relief’s effort for Syrian refugees has raised the second highest appeal total in the charity’s history.

The appeal, launched last month, has so far raised more than £626,760.

This brings the total behind only the charity’s 2004 South East Asia Tsunami appeal, which raised more than £1 million.

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Historian Lisa Jardine dies aged 71

By Rosa Doherty, October 26, 2015

Historian and broadcaster Lisa Jardine has died of cancer, aged 71.

Professor Jardine was best known for her work as a commentator on history and the arts on television and radio.

She regularly presented BBC Radio 4’s A Point of View and also judged literary prizes, such as the Whitbread Prize for fiction.

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Barnet councillors vote to resettle 50 Syrian refugees in the borough

By Rosa Doherty, October 23, 2015

Barnet councillors have voted in favour of resettling 50 Syrian refugees in the borough.

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of a cross-party motion to resettle Syrian refugees which took place on Tuesday.

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Police arrest man in Stamford Hill over ‘Hitler abuse’

By Rosa Doherty, October 22, 2015

A man has been arrested after allegedly shouting antisemitic abuse at residents of Stamford Hill in London.

The security group Shomrim alerted the police after they claimed to have witnessed a man perform a Nazi salute and shout “Hitler is going to kill you all Jews”.

The police responded to the call on Wednesday evening and a man was arrested.

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Israeli restaurant cooks up a hummus peace plan

By Rosa Doherty, October 20, 2015

An Israeli restaurant is offering 50 per cent off for Jews and Arabs who eat together.

In an attempt to quell tension amid a series of violent attacks against Jews, one hummus cafe is doing what it can to promote reconciliation.

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84 year-old great grandma jumps out of plane for charity after cancer diagnosis

By Rosa Doherty, October 19, 2015

When great grandmother Rosa Kingston was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she wasn’t about to sit back and dwell on the two months she had to live.

Instead, the 84 year-old decided to sky dive 13,000 ft from a plane.

Ms Kingston, did just that last week in a bid to raise cash for other women who are ill.

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Muslim student wins Anne Frank poetry prize

By Rosa Doherty, October 19, 2015

A young Muslim student has won a national prize for her poem about Anne Frank, beating hundreds of entries.

Maha Salman, a Year 8 student from King Edward VI School for Girls in Birmingham, has won the national Anne Frank Poetry prize, sponsored by the educational charity the Anne Frank Trust UK, for her poem entitled “Hope” (you can read the poem below).

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Syria aid appeal makes history

By Rosa Doherty, October 15, 2015

World Jewish Relief has said its appeal for Syrian refugees is attracting the highest ever average sums given by individual donors.

The appeal, which was launched last month, has so far raised more than £533,000.

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Shabbat UK: A day of rest - then there's a party to go to

By Rosa Doherty, October 15, 2015

The biggest havdalah party in history - that's what Shabbat UK organisers are aiming for as the climax to the nationwide celebration of the day of rest.

The party, on October 24, is taking place at Brent Cross, north-west London, in an area with space for up to 5,000. It is being planned as a major event to mark the end of the weekend.

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Ex-medical student who is doctoring art

By Rosa Doherty, October 15, 2015

When Reuben Dangoor put his medical degree on hold seven years ago, his family was concerned for his future.

They could not have imagined he would become the artist behind an unlikely series of images mixing 18th-century British portrait painting with the underground music scene known as grime.

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Masorti youth take trip to help refugees in Calais

By Rosa Doherty, October 15, 2015

Ten members of Masorti youth group Marom gave hands-on support to refugees over Succot by travelling to Calais to build shelters and sort supplies.

"I watched with horror as images of the refugee crisis began to flood news and social media channels," explained one of the group, Lily Stein.

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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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