Rosa Doherty

Bride faces life apart from her husband

By Rosa Doherty, October 2, 2014

A couple have been forced to start married life apart because the bride has been refused entry into the UK.

Israeli Sivan Ben Abu wed Londoner Oliver Stopnitzky in Tel Aviv last week, but Mr Stopnitzky returned home alone after the ceremony.

Mrs Stopnitzky said: "I'm devastated and he is inconsolable.

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An artist, a ladybird and a dung beetle

By Rosa Doherty, October 2, 2014

An artist who was asked by a publisher to stop selling her satirical book because of a copyright row has found a way round the problem without breaching the rules.

Miriam Elia was asked by Penguin publishers to destroy her self-published book We Go to the Gallery because they said it represented an infringement of their Ladybird brand.

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Teachers shine a light on a new way of life

By Rosa Doherty, October 2, 2014

Pinner Synagogue serves many purposes for its 1,000 members - not least providing a space where its younger congregants can learn about Jewish life. But this year, it welcomed some unexpected faces: young people who are not Jewish.

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Bath Priory

By Rosa Doherty, September 23, 2014

The crunch of the gravelled path leading up to the Bath Priory Hotel made me feel I'd jumped off the pages of Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey.

Set in a tranquil area of western Bath the late Georgian stone mansion sits in three acres of garden, with sweeping lawns, cedar trees, and its very own vegetable patch.

With just 31 rooms, each individually named after a flower, this boutique hotel e

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'Comedy of errors' response to antisemitic bus abuse

By Rosa Doherty, September 23, 2014

Last week, I witnessed a man spouting antisemitic abuse on a packed bus from Golders Green - and no-one lifted a finger to stop him.

When I reported the incident - while it was happening - to the bus driver, the Metropolitan Police and Transport for London, not one seemed remotely interested in dealing with the crime.

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Frocks which give Darcey a Strictly sparkle

By Rosa Doherty, September 23, 2014

A north London dress company is adding some sparkle to Strictly Come Dancing judge Darcey Bussell's TV wardrobe.

Elana Patrice, a fashion distributor for evening wear and cocktail dresses, is a favourite of the judge on the BBC reality show.

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Workforce from five continents shares an ethos of care

By Rosa Doherty, September 23, 2014

Francisco Herrera has a passion for Jewish food. At home he cooks latkes, salt beef and cholent for his family. He studies kosher recipe books and reads copiously about Jewish culinary tradition.

But his passion does not derive from his cultural or religious background - he is not Jewish - but from his job.

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Israeli army kills two suspects in teen kidnapping

By Rosa Doherty, September 23, 2014

Israeli soldiers have killed two of the men suspected of abducting and murdering three Israeli teenagers in June.

An IDF spokesman said Marwan Qawasmeh and Amer Abu Aisha were killed in a shoot-out when Israeli troops surrounded a building in the West Bank city of Hebron where they were hiding.

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Uefa investigating antisemitic banner at Spurs match in Belgrade

By Rosa Doherty, September 19, 2014

Football’s European governing body, Uefa, is investigating after an antisemitic banner was displayed by supporters of the Serbian club Partizan Belgrade.

The banner, which was on show throughout Thursday’s Europa League match against Tottenham Hotspur in Belgrade, read “Only Jews and Pussies”, thought to be a play on the title of the BBC sitcom, “Only Fools and Horses”.

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My brush with bus bigot – what happened next

By Rosa Doherty, September 18, 2014

Earlier this week I wrote a story detailing my encounter with a man spouting antisemitic abuse on a packed bus from Golders Green.

I explained how I reported the incident as it was happening and was told by police that they would not attend the scene unless the driver stopped the bus. The driver refused.

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Rio gets a lift from Harry

By Rosa Doherty, September 18, 2014

Six-year-old amputee Rio Woolf received royal encouragement when he met Prince Harry at the Invictus Games for injured soldiers.

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There goes the bride

By Rosa Doherty, September 18, 2014

Guests celebrated into the night at a wedding reception notable for one absence - the bride.

Israeli Sivan Ben Abu, 29, wasn't there because immigration officers had stopped her entering the UK.

She'd flown from Tel Aviv to Luton Airport for what should have been a civil ceremony with her British fiancé Oliver Stopnitzky.

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My brush with bus bigot

By Rosa Doherty, September 17, 2014

When I boarded a packed 102 bus in Golders Green on Tuesday evening, the last thing I expected was to be confronted with a racist free to spout antisemitic abuse with no one prepared to stop him.

On the top deck of my bus, which was full of Jewish school children, sat a grey-haired man screaming “get the Jews off the bus, all they do is f*** us”.

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New pro-Israel group aims to support grassroots activists

By Rosa Doherty, September 16, 2014

An umbrella organisation has been formed to support the grassroots Jewish groups set up in the wake of the Gaza conflict.

Nili14 will provide a “leadership and resource centre of excellence” for all the groups in the UK and Ireland.

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Statue of Amy Winehouse unveiled in London

By Rosa Doherty, September 15, 2014

A statue in memory of Amy Winehouse has been unveiled in London.

The bronze sculpture showcases the star’s signature beehive hairstyle, star of David necklace and a red rose in her hair.

The memorial was placed in the Stables Market in Camden to commemorate the Back to Black singer, who died three years ago of alcohol poisoning aged 27.

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J is for Jacobson as writer Howard nominated again

By Rosa Doherty, September 11, 2014

Howard Jacobson is one of six shortlisted authors for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, it was announced Tuesday. He has been nominated for his novel, J, along with Joshua Ferris, Richard Flanagan, Karen Joy Fowler, Neel Mukherjee and Ali Smith.

Mr Jacobson (pictured) who won the prize in 2010 with The Finkler Question said he was "delighted" that J has been shortlisted.

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Howard Jacobson makes it to Man Booker shortlist

By Rosa Doherty, September 9, 2014

Howard Jacobson is one of six shortlisted authors for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, it was announced today.

The author has been nominated for his book J, along with Joshua Ferris, Richard Flanagan, Karen Joy Fowler, Neel Mukherjee and Ali Smith.

Mr Jacobson, who once described himself as "a Jewish Jane Austen", won the prize in 2010 with his novel, The Finkler Question.

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Film director beats boycott with cash plea

By Rosa Doherty, September 4, 2014

An Israeli film-maker, who was denied funding to attend a prestigious festival in Britain because of a boycott, has raised the money himself through an online appeal.

Yoav Hornung's film Deserted was selected for the Encounters short-film festival this month.

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Grassroots campaign draws thousands to demo

By Rosa Doherty, September 4, 2014

Thousands of people turned out on Sunday for a rally organised by a new grassroots movement against the rise in antisemitism.

They filled the street outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London to hear speakers including Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

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

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East End clubbers enjoy final night

By Rosa Doherty, September 4, 2014

Former members of a Jewish boys' club opened in London's East End in 1924 gathered for final reunion dinner in central London this week.

Reunion committee chair Monty Meth, 88, said it was "the end of an era" for those who attended the Cambridge and Bethnal Green Jewish Boys' Club, which closed its doors in 1989.

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