Rosa Doherty

Campaigner calls for Orthodox rabbinate to apologise for ‘past failures’ in dealing with child sex abuse

By Rosa Doherty, January 13, 2016

A leading campaigner against child sex abuse in the Orthodox community has called on Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis to issue an apology “on behalf of the rabbinate” over historical abuse cases.

Manny Waks made the suggestion at a meeting with Rabbi Mirvis, to discuss his own global initiative to tackle the problem.


Pope Francis due to make first visit to Auschwitz

By Rosa Doherty, January 12, 2016

The Pope is due to visit Auschwitz for the first time during a historic visit to Poland later this year.

Pope Francis will tour Poland in the summer and is expected to pay his respects to the victims of the Holocaust.

It had already been announced that the Pope would travel to Krakow in July for World Youth Day.


Israeli aid workers now helping flood victims in Scotland

By Rosa Doherty, January 12, 2016

The Israeli disaster relief team who flew to England last week to help flood victims in Yorkshire have now moved on to Scotland .

Five volunteers from the IsraAid agency were helping repair homes and distributing blankets and food in the Leeds area. They headed north of the border after a member of the Jewish community in Aberdeen contacted them for help.


Golden Globe winner uses speech to plead for BBC

By Rosa Doherty, January 11, 2016

Producer and Bafta winner Colin Callender has won a Golden Globe for the BBC series Wolf Hall, and used his acceptance speech to urge David Cameron to save the broadcaster.


Two Palestinians in stabbing attack killed by IDF soldiers

By Rosa Doherty, January 10, 2016

Israeli soldiers have shot dead two Palestinians who were attempting to stab them in an attack at a checkpoint.

The Israel Defence Forces said the soldiers had "thwarted the attack and shot the assailants".

The incident took place at the Bekaot checkpoint in the northern West Bank.

The two Palestinian men, aged 23 and 38, were believed to be from villages south of Jenin.


Police arrest three men over alleged antisemitic attack at London retail park

By Rosa Doherty, January 10, 2016

Police have arrested three men arrested in connection with an alleged antisemitic incident in a north London retail park.

The men - a 24-year-old, a 22-year-old, and an 18-year-old - have all been bailed to a date in late February pending further investigation.


Family’s appeal to raise funds for son’s operation

By Rosa Doherty, January 8, 2016

When Asher Carroll was diagnosed with cerebral palsy caused by a stroke suffered before he was born, his parents were forced to face the reality that he might never walk without support.

But they never gave up hope, and have now launched an appeal to raise £70,000 to take four-year-old Asher to the United States to have an operation that could help him walk unaided.


They're young, unpaid and on the frontline

By Rosa Doherty, January 7, 2016

It is less than 10 minutes since Yehudit called for an ambulance after her 87-year-old husband, Avi, complained of "chest pain" and "irregular pulsing". Now Yehudit paces anxiously around the living room of their Tel Aviv home as three Magen David Adom paramedics adjust more than a dozen wires affixed to the chest of Avi, who is slumped in his armchair.


BBC release documentary on comedian Jerry Lewis’s unseen Holocaust movie

By Rosa Doherty, January 6, 2016

The BBC has made a documentary about a Holocaust film made by the American comedian Jerry Lewis.

Mr Lewis wrote and directed “The Day the Clown Cried,” in 1971, but it has never been released.

BBC Radio Solent's online documentary shows behind-the-scenes footage of production, stills from the film and narration by comedian David Schneider. It can be viewed on the BBC iPlayer.


Israeli aid agency helping flood victims in the UK

By Rosa Doherty, January 5, 2016

An Israeli humanitarian aid charity has sent a disaster relief team to help flood victims in the north of England.

Four IsraAID volunteers landed in London on Monday and travelled to Leeds to begin work helping repair homes and distributing blankets and food in the worst hit areas.


Warner Bros head Josh Berger to take over at BFI

By Rosa Doherty, January 4, 2016

The new chair of the British Film institute will be Warner Bros president Josh Berger, it has been announced.

Mr Berger will take over from current chair Greg Dyke in February.

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, John Whittingdale, said he was delighted that Mr Berger would be heading the BFI, which has a key role in promoting the film and television industries in the UK.


Mother tells of brave son who died fighting Daesh

By Rosa Doherty, December 31, 2015

The mother of the first British volunteer to die fighting against Daesh in Syria has told how “proud” she is of her “brave and gracious” son.

Ex royal marine Konstandinos Erik Scurfield joined the YPG Kurdish group and fought as a tank gunner in Rojava province in the west of the country.

His mother Vasiliki Scurfield said his decision to go to Syria had been a brave one.


Don’t abandon the Labour Party over Corbyn, pleads activist

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2015

Labour -supporting Jews should not leave the party in response to Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, according to the vice chair of Labour Friends of Israel.

Rebecca Simon admitted that it was “hard not to feel bleak about the future” with Mr Corbyn in charge, but she urged Jews not to abandon the party.


Eight-year-old Tamara makes her mark on JC history

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2015

Tamara Shavleyan has always been good at art at school, but now her talents will be viewed by thousands of people around the world.

The eight-year-old has been chosen as the winner of the JC’s competition for under-11s to create a logo to mark the newspaper’s 175th anniversary this year.


Secret of the Ashkenazi cocktail - dill, Martini and one mover and shaker

By Rosa Doherty, December 30, 2015

One subject guaranteed to fill a room at Limmud is that of food and drink. So it was no surprise when the small room booked out for the session on Ashkenazi cocktails was full to bursting.


From Marxism to Limmud, neither are for me

By Rosa Doherty, December 29, 2015

I pulled a long black hair out of my watery scrambled eggs and sighed. Welcome to Limmud.

For those who don’t know, Limmud is a 5-day festival dedicated to Jewish learning in all its variety.

Held normally on a university campus although this year it is in a hotel, people spend their days running to and from sessions and sharing buffet style dinners together in large halls.


Victim to discuss campaign to combat sex abuse with Chief Rabbi

By Rosa Doherty, December 29, 2015

A leading campaigner against child sex abuse in the Orthodox community is expected to meet Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis to discuss a global initiative to tackle the problem.

Manny Waks said the meeting would take place in the new year.

Mr Waks, who himself was abused while studying at yeshiva in Melbourne, Australia, said: “I know Rabbi Mirvis


Feminist campaigner claims child abuse is rampant in strictly Orthodox community

By Rosa Doherty, December 27, 2015

The Jewish community is experiencing a “rampant epidemic” of rabbis who sexually abuse, according to an American educator and activist.

Elana Sztokman said public cases such as the conviction of Todros Grynhaus, who was jailed for 13 years for abusing two teenage girls, were the tip of the iceberg.

“We have a epidemic of abuse and it is rampant in the Jewish community," she said.


Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis condemns ban on Christmas in Brunei

By Rosa Doherty, December 24, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has joined faith leaders in condemning a crackdown on Christmas by some Muslim countries.

Brunei has threatened to imprison anyone for up to five years who celebrates the Christian festival in public.

Authorities on the island, in south-east Asia, warned that the ban will be strictly enforced.


Charity Commission investigates trust over Facebook post

By Rosa Doherty, December 23, 2015

The Charity Commission has launched an investigation into a charity over antisemitic comments on its Facebook page.

According to Campaign Against Antisemitism who alerted the regulator to the post, a trustee of the Ghulam Mustafa Trust claimed “f***ing Jews” are tracking smartphones in an online post.