Rosa Doherty

Leather-clad bikers burn up the stereotypes in trans-America odyssey

By Rosa Doherty, November 1, 2013

Jewish voyages of self-discovery are not uncommon, but few of them feature leather jackets and high-performance motorbikes.

Indeed, so unusual is the “Ride to Remember” — in which seven riders and a female rabbi traversed the North American continent on two wheels — that it became the subject of a Sky Atlantic documentary series.


Docklands visionary Paul Reichmann dies

By Rosa Doherty, October 31, 2013

The developer behind Canary Wharf in London has died aged 83.

Born in Vienna in 1930, Paul Reichmann fled to Paris with his family in 1939 to escape the Nazis.

After the war, Mr Reichmann took a Talmudic studies course in Britain and then Israel, where he became a rabbi.


Snake flies easyJet economy from Tel Aviv to London

By Rosa Doherty, October 31, 2013

An easyJet flight from Tel Aviv to Luton was met on the ground by police after news broke that there was a snake on board.

Those on board were terrified when the serpent was discovered in the hand luggage of one the passengers during the flight on Wednesday.

Passenger Rafi Addlestone tweeted: “No Samuel L, but an actual snake on a plane.”


Man who built Canary Wharf dies

By Rosa Doherty, October 29, 2013

The world-renowned Jewish property developer Paul Reichmann has died aged 83.

Mr Reichmann was born in 1930 in Vienna and escaped the Nazi occupation of Austria in 1939 by fleeing to Paris with his family.

The family was forced to move for a second time when Germany invaded France, and eventually settled in Morocco.


Happy birthday Clara Bugg!

By Rosa Doherty, October 28, 2013

Southend great great great grandmother Clara Bugg has turned 108, making her one of the oldest Jewish people in the country.

Mrs Bugg, who lives in Southchurch, Southend, was born on October 15 1905 in Stepney, east London. One of a family of five children, from the age of six to 14 she grew up in the Bevis Marks Orphanage, in Maida Vale.


BBC will show Jerusalem film it previously banned

By Rosa Doherty, October 25, 2013

The BBC is to show a controversial documentary about Jerusalem whose broadcast was cancelled at the last minute earlier this year.

Ilan Ziv’s film, Jerusalem: An Archaeological Mystery Story, was originally scheduled to be aired in April as part of a series on the history of archaeology.

But it was pulled after the corporation decided it “did not fit editorially” within the series.


Plea to National Gallery over ‘looted’ painting

By Rosa Doherty, October 24, 2013

The National Gallery is being urged to investigate the ownership of a painting believed to have been stolen from a Jewish family by the Nazis.

The Portrait of Amalie Zuckerkandl by Gustav Klimt is on loan to the gallery from the Belvedere Gallery in Vienna, as part of the exhibition, Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900.


Rampant Rabbi refuses to take a cold shower

By Rosa Doherty, October 24, 2013

A Jewish comedian is marketing a sex toy he has called the Rampant Rabbi, despite an attempts by high street retail chain Ann Summers to stop him.

Shed Simove designed the silicone toy in the figure of a rabbi and sells it on his website. It is, he says aimed at “the modern Jewish woman”.


Hero soldiers honoured by Yad Vashem

By Rosa Doherty, October 24, 2013

Yad Vashem honoured the relatives of five British PoWs this week by naming them Righteous Amongst the Nations in a ceremony at the House of Lords.

Also receiving the awards, presented by Israeli envoy Daniel Taub, were the relatives of a Lithuanian and a Polish citizen.


Desmond takes healthy interest in funding

By Rosa Doherty, October 21, 2013

Media mogul Richard Desmond visited an arts and educational centre in Tottenham on Tuesday to see how £19,000 in funding from Mr Desmond’s Health Lottery was helping to support young strictly Orthodox men with learning difficulties.


Police pledge to crack down on antisemitic graffiti

By Rosa Doherty, October 17, 2013

Police are investigating an increase in anti semitic graffiti in Manchester.

Since October there have been five incidents in Prestwich and Whitefield , areas in the north of the city that are home to large numbers of Jews.

According to Greater Manchester Police, officers will be carrying out high-visibility patrols to prevent further incidents and provide reassurance to residents.


Student walks out of George Galloway lecture

By Rosa Doherty, October 16, 2013
The tables were turned on George Galloway this week after a student launched a protest and then walked out as the Respect MP gave a lecture to the Oxford Union.


Swiss, Russian scientists disagree over Arafat poisoning

By Rosa Doherty, October 15, 2013

Long awaited results of a Swiss investigation show that when former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat died, suggest his body may have contained higher-than-normal levels of the radioactive element that was used to kill former Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko.


Robert Harris warns curbs on press freedom could lead to more Dreyfus

By Rosa Doherty, October 14, 2013

Best selling author Robert Harris has warned how stricter state regulation of the media could lead to miscarriages of justice similar to the Dreyfus affair.


Drives to boost honours for ethnic community

By Rosa Doherty, October 11, 2013

The government is calling for more members of ethnic communities — including Jews — to be nominated for national honours.

The Cabinet Office, which oversees the process, has organised a drive to boost the numbers of CBEs, MBEs and knighthoods going to members of minority groups.


Federal Reserve Bank chief nomination for Jewish woman

By Rosa Doherty, October 10, 2013

Brooklyn native Janet Yellen was nominated this week by President Barack Obama to take up the most powerful job in the world economy.

If her selection is approved by the Senate, Mrs Yellen, who is Jewish, will become the first woman to head the US Federal Reserve in its 100-year history.


Record David Bomberg auction

By Rosa Doherty, October 10, 2013

The largest collection of works by David Bomberg ever to be auctioned is to go on sale in London next month.

Thirty-two paintings and drawings will be offered by Christies.

They are expected to realise around half-a-million pounds. Proceeds will go to Hadassah, a charity raising funds for the Hadassah Medical Organisation in Jerusalem.


WATCH: Bride's wedding video

By Rosa Doherty, October 10, 2013

WARNING: This video contains language some may find offensive

Watch here the unexpurgated highlights of the footage Anthony Aurelius recorded on Claudia and Stan's big day.

Read the story here


Yellen closing in on biggest job in world economy

By Rosa Doherty, October 9, 2013

Janet Yellen was nominated today by President Barack Obama to head the US Federal Reserve.

If her selection is approved by the Senate, Mrs Yellen, who is Jewish, will become the first woman to head the central bank in its 100-year history.

Mrs Yellen is married to George Akerlof, a Nobel Prize-winning economist and professor emeritus at the University of California.


Tommy Robinson quits as leader of English Defence League

By Rosa Doherty, October 8, 2013

English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson and party co-founder Kevin Carroll have quit the far-right group.

In a shock announcement, counter-extremism think tank Quilliam said the pair had left EDL "because they feel they can no longer keep extremist elements at bay".