Rosa Doherty

JCoSS headteacher seeks to reassure parents over school security

By Rosa Doherty, January 20, 2015

The headteacher of the Jewish Community Secondary School, JCoSS, has moved to reassure parents over security measures taken in the wake of the Paris attacks.

In a letter, Patrick Moriarty, wrote: “Such events have naturally raised anxiety levels about security in this country, and I seek to reassure you that we have kept these issues under regular review.

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Israeli parties launch video campaign ahead of election

By Rosa Doherty, January 20, 2015
Politicians attempt to win over voters by using humor and emotion in a video campaign two months before the March 17 election.

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Volunteer army serves up some festive magic

By Rosa Doherty, January 2, 2015

Hundreds of community members showed true festive spirit by volunteering over the holiday period.

Jewish Volunteering Network director Leonie Lewis said they had their busiest year matching volunteers both young and old up to worthy causes.

The Green family, who were matched up with Lambeth-based charity People Care At Christmas, helped out by providing lunch for 350 elderly people.

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Sabra Travel shuts shop but owner remains in the trade

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2014

Sabra Travel in Edgware took its last booking on December 31 after 40 years serving the Jewish community. But owner Sonia Michaels will continue to offer full travel agency services to leisure and corporate clients in association with 2001 Travel in Mill Hill.

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Educating the elders at grandparents' day

By Rosa Doherty, December 23, 2014

When North West London Jewish Day School held its annual grandparents’ day last Friday, some even crossed the sea to be there.

In recent years, the Willesden primary school has welcomed a large number of children from French families who have settled in the UK.

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Bags of generosity as Israel supporters help the homeless

By Rosa Doherty, December 23, 2014

More than a thousand people across the country donated food to the homeless in a bid to spread some Chanucah cheer while beating the Israel boycott this weekend.

Shoppers who took part in IsrAction Day on Sunday by donating Israeli food can expect their generosity to feed hundreds over the festive period, according to organisers.

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IsrAction Day organisers hit back at criticism

By Rosa Doherty, December 19, 2014

Pro-Israel activists have hit back against accusations they are “manipulating the homeless” by encouraging the community to donate Israeli products to shelters.

In a letter to the JC this week, reader Marilyn Leeman said the IsrAction Day campaign “abused poverty and manipulated charity for political ends”.

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A class of their own

By Rosa Doherty, December 18, 2014

Jewish primary schools have excelled in national tests this year, with four achieving perfect scores and a strictly Orthodox boys' school making one of biggest year-on-year improvements ever recorded.

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Gross freed in double miracle for Chanucah

By Rosa Doherty, December 18, 2014

Jewish American citizen Alan Gross was freed by Cuba this week in what was seen as the first step in a thawing of relations between the former Cold War enemies.

Mr Gross, 65, was released from his five-year ordeal after the US agreed to free three Cubans who had been jailed in Florida for spying.

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Pass masters are hailed by heads

By Rosa Doherty, December 18, 2014

State primary school heads have explained the background to pupils' outstanding results in the national Year 6 tests.

At Clore Shalom in Hertfordshire, head Sheree Oxenham was "ecstatic" that all its 11-year-olds had reached the Department of Education's target Level 4 score in maths, reading and writing in the Key Stage 2 tests.

"It is fantastic news and our teachers have put in a great eff

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Alan Gross released from Cuban jail

By Rosa Doherty, December 17, 2014

Jewish American citizen Alan Gross has been freed by Cuba after five years in prison as the first step in a thawing of relations between the two nations.

Mr Gross, 65, was released after the US agreed to free three Cubans who had been jailed in Florida for spying. He left Cuba on a US government plane today, according to reports.

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Sydney cafe gunman a ‘known antisemite’

By Rosa Doherty, December 15, 2014

The Iranian-born Islamist who allegedly held a group of people hostage at gunpoint in a Sydney cafe had sent antisemitic letters and messages to members of Australia’s Jewish community.

Man Haron Monis, 49, was reportedly killed by armed police when they burst into the café after a 16-hour standoff.

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Sydney’s Jewish community in lockdown as siege unfolds

By Rosa Doherty, December 15, 2014

Australia’s Jewish community have been told to be vigilant as a gunman holds people hostage at a cafe in Sydney.

Trips were cancelled and several Jewish institutions were closed as the crisis unfolded.

The Community Security Group, which coordinates emergency arrangements for the Jewish community, told residents to report any suspicious activity or objects.

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The man who takes on supercomputers faces the Xbox generation

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2014

They practised for weeks for the lesson they were about to have with their new master.

For he was a grandmaster, and not just any grandmaster, but former world champion, Garry Kasparov, a man used to challenging supercomputers.

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Vanessa's radio honour

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2014

Vanessa Feltz had been honoured with a place in the Radio Academy Hall of Fame in recognition of her 27-year broadcasting career.

Speaking after receiving the accolade at a ceremony at the Savoy hotel, she said: "It is the highest honour you can get in radio and I'm alongside industry greats like Terry Wogan, Tony Windsor and Jimmy Young.

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TV role gives Joshua a topsy turvy feeling

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2014

He is only nine years old but Joshua Lester is getting used to being recognised by adoring fans.

Joshua plays Tim in the hugely popular television show Topsy and Tim, about the lives of five-year-old twins.

The series, broadcast on the BBC children's channel CBeebies, is watched by over 40 per cent of viewers aged under six, so attracting the attention of other children has become a regular

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Speaking with conviction

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2014

Inside a 19th-century chapel, flanked by high-security walls, sat row upon row of hardened criminals.

Ninety of them, clad in regulation grey track-suits, waited for the most unlikely of guests to a high-security prison - an 85-year-old, 5ft 2in woman dressed daintily in cardigan, trouser-suit and shoulder-bag.

For the next two hours, the Wormwood Scrubs inmates sat tall, hands clasped often

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Boy afraid of school has year off and writes book

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2014

A 12-year-old boy who suddenly became so afraid of school that he could not attend for a year has written a book about his experience in the hope it will help others facing the same ordeal.

Joseph Franklin said he loved going to The Academy School, in Hampstead, north London but one day, two years ago, he found he could not face going.

He said: "There was no reason why I didn't want to go.

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Safe on the streets?

By Rosa Doherty, December 4, 2014
Journalist Jake Wallis Simons filmed himself walking around London in order to discover if the streets were still safe for Jews in the wake of rising anti-Semitism. In a report for the Telegraph he said: "Many of my Jewish friends are beginning to feel that way.

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