Rosa Doherty

Historic haggadah found in Manchester sells for £210,000

By Rosa Doherty, November 22, 2013

An 18th-century haggadah, discovered in a cardboard box, has sold at auction for £210,000.

The Hebrew manuscript, dating from 1726, fetched £60,000 more than had been expected.

The buyer is an Austrian Jewish collector who wanted to remain anonymous.

Bill Forrest of Adam Partridge Auctioneers confirmed: “The buyer wanted his identity to be kept secret.

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Herzog replaces Yachimovich as leader of Israel’s Labour Party

By Rosa Doherty, November 22, 2013

Isaac Herzog has been elected new chairman of Israel's Labour Party with 58 per cent of the votes.

Mr Herzog replaces Shelly Yachimovich as the leader of the largest opposition party in the country.

Mrs Yachimovich has led the party since 2011.

He said: "We are embarking today on the real journey to change the face of the state."

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Nuclear deal with Iran fading

By Rosa Doherty, November 22, 2013

World powers are struggling to reach a provisional deal with Iran to limit its nuclear programme.

As talks in Geneva moved into a third day, Iran insisted it would not sign an agreement that did not have specific guarantees of its right to enrich uranium.

Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araqchi, said: “We are working on narrowing the gaps but the gaps are still there.”

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Babette Wasserman: The jewel behind the global brand

By Rosa Doherty, November 21, 2013

When it comes to launching a top retail brand in London — innovation, social media and celebrities are key to success.

So goes the advice of top businesswoman Babette Wasserman, who launched her jewellery line over 15 years ago.

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Prince salutes heroes as youngsters join up with veterans at Ajex parade

By Rosa Doherty, November 21, 2013

For the first time in seven years, there was a royal presence at the Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women parade, as Prince Michael of Kent laid a wreath at the Cenotaph in memory of fallen Jewish soldiers in two world wars.

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Children to return to Britain after mother wins court ruling in Russia

By Rosa Doherty, November 21, 2013

London mother Rachel Neustadt has won a ruling to get her children back from Russia after they were abducted by their father.

A Moscow City Court ruled that her two sons Daniel and Jonathan had been illegally kept in Russia in breach of a UK High Court order and ordered they be flown home with their mother, according to the BBC.

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Kerry postpones Israel visit but ties still strong, says US

By Rosa Doherty, November 20, 2013

American Secretary of State John Kerry has postponed a trip to Israel ahead of the talks with Iran that are due to be held in Geneva this week.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had announced that Mr Kerry would arrive in Israel on November 22 to discuss the proposed nuclear agreement with Iran as well as the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations.

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‘Rabbi’ who believes in Jesus is teaching Jewish studies

By Rosa Doherty, November 15, 2013

Community leaders in Norwich have expressed concern over a messianic “rabbi” who is teaching Jewish studies in local schools.

Binyamin Sheldrake, a member of the Adat Yeshua group, has been teaching the subject to children in primary and secondary schools across the city, after being approved for the role by the national Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education (Sacre).

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Girl who forced Bibi u-turn on migrants

By Rosa Doherty, November 8, 2013

Rotem Ilan, the young activist who played a key role in persuading the Israeli government not to deport 1,200 children of migrant workers three years ago, has told the JC that the country still operates a “revolving door” policy on immigration.

In 2010, Ms Ilan sent a letter to President Shimon Peres alerting him to the impending deportation.

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Comedians fool David Cameron, but fail to trick Israeli embassy

By Rosa Doherty, November 8, 2013

They tricked David Cameron and workers at the International Criminal Court, but comedians Jolyon Rubinstein and Heydon Prowse were not so successful when it came to security staff at the Israeli embassy in London.

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The corn snake? It flew budget too

By Rosa Doherty, November 7, 2013

Passengers were shocked to discover a snake on board an easyJet flight from Tel Aviv to London last week.

Adam Gubbay, a former Hasmonean student, had smuggled the non-poisonous corn snake onto the aircraft in his hand luggage.

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Anger over Berlusconi’s Nazi comparison

By Rosa Doherty, November 7, 2013

Silvio Berlusconi has sparked anger by comparing his legal travails to Jewish suffering under the Nazi regime.

In an interview with Italian journalist Bruno Vespa, which was reported by the BBC, the former Italian prime minister said his children “feel like the families of Jews under Hitler’s regime”.

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How the dating guru found love of her own

By Rosa Doherty, November 7, 2013

The queen of Jewish online dating has found love at last — thanks to a rival website.

And ironically, JDate vice president Daniella Perlstein was not even looking for a date. Her new man spotted her by chance in a picture on her friend’s profile.

The 38-year-old entrepreneur spoke of her own match made in heaven when she arrived in London to launch a new dating web tool.

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Our voluntary CSR work pays dividends

By Rosa Doherty, November 4, 2013

Amy Woolf neatly places her heels under her desk. She is leaving the office to volunteer at Jewish Care’s resident Rubens House for people with dementia.

Her employer, corporate auditor KPMG, is one of many UK companies encouraging employees to set aside working hours to volunteer at charities of their choice as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility drive (CSR).

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Game on for leadership prospects

By Rosa Doherty, November 4, 2013

A year-long programme for some of the brightest leadership talents is being hailed as “the most important development in communal leadership for 20 years”.

Being run through Lead, a division of the JLC, Gamechangers will train 24 people in their 30s and 40s with senior leadership potential.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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