Rosa Doherty

Ehud Olmert begins prison sentence following bribery conviction

By Rosa Doherty, February 15, 2016

Ehud Olmert has started his 19 month prison sentence, becoming the first former Israeli prime minister to go to jail.

He began the sentence on Wing 10 of Ma’asiyahu Prison on Monday following his conviction for bribery and obstruction of justice in the Holyland case, relating to the years he was mayor of Jerusalem between 1992 and 2003.

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Long-distance love for couple that met on Jewish app

By Rosa Doherty, February 11, 2016

Distance was no obstacle for love when Michael Buskin and Olga Bukhman from Ukraine matched on the dating app JCrush.

The couple have become the first UK match to get engaged after "meeting" on the Jewish app.

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Culture Secretary John Whittingdale 'totally opposed' to boycotts

By Rosa Doherty, February 4, 2016

Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has expressed his condemnation of cultural boycotts of Israel, saying he was “totally opposed” to them.

Mr Whittingdale made the remark during a meeting with Board of Deputies leaders to discuss the Jewish community’s cultural scene, and dialogue and exchange between the UK and Israel.

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I wonder who I’m praying for

By Rosa Doherty, February 4, 2016

To be a ‘‘believer’’ to me, until recently, had closer meaning to a phrase used to describe a giddy teenager in awe of a chart-topping pop star. But as life has a habit of doing, (thanks to what a family friend described as me being served a ‘‘sh*t sandwich’’ this year) I’ve found myself humbled and in need of ‘‘faith’’.

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Kindertransport survivor calls on government to do more for child refugees

By Rosa Doherty, February 3, 2016

One of the 669 children rescued by Sir Nicholas Winton on the Kindertransport is to present an amendment to the immigration bill calling on the government to do more to help unaccompanied child refugees.

Labour Peer Alf Dubs is expected to make an amendment to the bill today recommending that the UK take in 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Europe.

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Jews are below national average for happiness, official data shows

By Rosa Doherty, February 2, 2016

Jews are one of the unhappiest religious groups, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

The data which measures personal wellbeing shows that Jews have an “happiness rating” of 7.37 out of 10, compared to a UK average of 7.38.

Of all the faith groups, only Muslims were more miserable, with a rating of 7.33.

Hindus were most cheerful, scoring 7.57.

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Jewish group says David Cameron’s plan to take in refugee children ‘lacks boldness of Kinderstransport’

By Rosa Doherty, February 1, 2016

The Jewish Council for Racial Equality has complained that David Cameron’s proposal to take unaccompanied refugee children into the UK does not go far enough, calling it underwhelming and disappointing.

The UK is to accept more unaccompanied child refugees from Syria and other conflict zones, but the government has not said how many.

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‘I saw my mother shot — if I screamed it was internal’

By Rosa Doherty, January 28, 2016

Hannah Lewis fought back tears as she recounted seeing her mother killed by the Nazis in 1943.

Before an audience including Boris Johnson and other MPs, Mrs Lewis told her story to the annual HMD ceremony at City Hall.

She was six when her family was moved to a work camp in Adampol, a Polish village a few miles from her hometown of Wlodawa.

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Ex-kibbutznik who is Corbyn’s left-hand man

By Rosa Doherty, January 28, 2016

He is credited with being one of the key figures behind Jeremy Corbyn's election as leader of the Labour Party - the driving force behind an increasingly influential hard-left movement.

So it is a surprise to find Jon Lansman sitting at a desk in a run-down office, where, instead of aides bustling around him, there are sparsely populated meeting rooms and eerily quiet corridors.

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Police investigate antisemitic abuse on a London bus

By Rosa Doherty, January 27, 2016

Police have launched an investigation into alleged antisemitic abuse on a London bus – one year after another man was jailed for shouting anti-Jewish attacks on the same route in Golders Green.

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Rescued child finally tells story

By Rosa Doherty, January 27, 2016

Gripping the handkerchief her mother had given her when she left Prague, aged 14, one of the 669 children saved from the Nazis by Sir Nicholas Winton spoke publicly for the first time about her wartime experiences.

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Jewish group calls on Cameron to help lone refugee children

By Rosa Doherty, January 26, 2016

The Jewish Council for Racial Equality has called on David Cameron to allow 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children into the UK.

More than 400 Jewish community members have signed a petition from JCORE calling on the Prime Minister to take in the lone refugee children, who have become separated from their families as a result of the refugee crisis .

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Bercow: ‘You have experienced the worst but retained your humanity’

By Rosa Doherty, January 26, 2016

Commons Speaker John Bercow welcomed more than 100 survivors of the Shoah and other genocides to his official residence on Wednesday for a reception organised by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

“You have experienced the worst atrocities known to mankind, yet have retained your own humanity and rebuilt your lives in Britain, contributing so much to our society,” Mr Bercow told them.

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Emotion-control? Easy

By Rosa Doherty, January 25, 2016

Researchers from Ben Gurion University in Beersheva have discovered a way to positively influence the way we manage negative emotional reactions.

Thanks to simple brain-training exercises on a computer, Noga Cohen, the author of the study, found that people can be taught to ignore irrelevant information, minimising reactions to emotive events.

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Lack of Jewish women leaders attacked

By Rosa Doherty, January 25, 2016

Women must work with communal organisations to secure better representation, a leading group has argued following the inclusion of only one woman in the Jewish Leadership Council's delegation to Downing Street last week.

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Jewish couple take civil partnership battle to High Court

By Rosa Doherty, January 19, 2016

A Jewish couple who want civil partnerships to be available for heterosexuals have launched a legal challenge in the High Court.

Academics Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan decided to challenge the status quo after an official at a register office told them they were not eligible for a civil partnership because they were not the same sex.

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Maya, 10, sings for Syrians

By Rosa Doherty, January 18, 2016

Moved by the plight of Syrian refugees, 10-year-old Maya Wiseman enlisted fellow pupils at Finchley's Martin Primary School to record a charity CD, which has already raised almost £5,000.

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Campaigners ‘very disappointed’ over lack of women in JLC Downing Street delegation

By Rosa Doherty, January 14, 2016

Members of a campaign promoting gender equality in Jewish leadership have said they are “very disappointed” that only one woman was included in the Jewish Leadership Council’s delegation to Downing Street this week.

Union of Jewish Students president Hannah Brady was part of an otherwise all-male team of 12 leaders who held talks with Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday.

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David Cameron stresses importance of security in meeting with Jewish leaders

By Rosa Doherty, January 13, 2016

David Cameron has outlined security and the ongoing terror threat as his top priority for the Jewish community.

During his annual meeting with communal leaders at Number Ten, Mr Cameron also spoke of his intention to mark the centenary of the Balfour Declaration “together” with the Jewish community.

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