Marcus Dysch

Four to fight ‘Yom Kippur’ council seat

By Marcus Dysch, December 16, 2008

Four Jewish candidates are standing for election to a council which held a poll on Yom Kippur.

The four, together with a fifth candidate who is not Jewish, will compete for a seat on London's Haringey Council, following the death of Seven Sisters ward incumbent Fred Knight in November.

The ward is to the north of Stamford Hill and is home to a large number of strictly Orthodox residents.

In October the authority caused outrage among Jewish voters after scheduling a by-election in Alexandra ward on the holiest day of the year.

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Bagel boss caught on camera chewing over price-fixing deal

By Marcus Dysch, December 11, 2008

Britain’s two biggest bagel companies are at war after the boss of one was secretly filmed at a kosher restaurant allegedly suggesting a price-fixing arrangement.

Peter Maycock, of New York Bagel Company, was clandestinely filmed by Paul Kahalani at Met Su Yan in Golders Green as they discussed a possible buyout of Mr Kahalani’s firm, The Bagel Group. The companies supply almost all of the 200 million bagels sold in UK supermarkets annually, with New York Bagel accounting for 90 per cent of the market.

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Champion of ‘just and open Judaism’ dies

By Marcus Dysch, December 11, 2008

Rabbi Dr Michael Rosen, founder of Yakar, the alternative Jewish community centre, died this week.

He was in his late 50s and had suffered from a degenerative neurological disorder for some time. He was injured in a fall last month and died on Sunday night in Israel, where he had lived since 1993 with his wife, Gila, and their six children.

More than 1,000 people attended his funeral, which was held in Jerusalem on Monday.

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Bamber feted on distinctive role

By Marcus Dysch, December 11, 2008

A veteran human rights champion is this year’s Jewish Care Woman of Distinction.

Helen Bamber received the award from clinical psychologist and TV presenter Dr Tania Byron at a lunch at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall on Monday before an audience of 180 women.

Ms Bamber, 83, recalls growing up in the 1930s “at a time of great deprivation, unemployment and hardship. The Jewish community was very much the scapegoat.

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Closing time at Hounslow synagogue

By Marcus Dysch, December 11, 2008

Sixty years of West London history were recalled on Sunday as 150 past and current members attended a valedictory service at Hounslow, Heathrow and District Synagogue. The service was led by Reverend Alan Greenbat, who had served the congregation as visiting minister.

At one time, the shul ran a cheder, youth club and study group. But membership numbers dwindled, making it difficult to attract regular minyanim. Yomtov services have not been held at the shul in Staines Road, Hounslow, for the past two years.

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Briton who survived the Oberoi slaughter

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2008

A businesswoman has recalled the chilling details of her ordeal in the Oberoi Hotel in Mumbai.

Toni Nagel was rescued by Indian commandos after 18 hours barricaded with a friend as terrorists killed three guests in neighbouring rooms.
Thirty-two people were killed at the luxury hotel, with 135 others evacuated.

“The shooting started while I was in the lift,” said Ms Nagel, who was in Mumbai on business. “By the time I got out the atrium was deserted. There was senseless shooting going on in the lobby.

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Scientists the toast of Society

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2008

Two world-renowned scientists have received prestigious awards from the Royal Society.

Sir Alan Fersht and Sir Philip Cohen were presented with the Royal Medals at a ceremony on Monday which marked the 350th anniversary of the Royal Society.

Only three of the silver gilt medals, also known as the Queen’s Medals, are awarded each year to those working within the Commonwealth.

Sir Alan, a Cambridge University professor, was given the accolade for his work in protein engineering.

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Traders attack CCTV ‘snub’

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2008

Shop owners targeted in a series of robberies have reacted angrily after a senior police officer rejected their calls for CCTV cameras to protect businesses.

A number of Jewish businesses in Temple Fortune, North-West London, have been hit by ram raiders and gangs stealing expensive items, such as designer handbags and sunglasses.

In the most recent incident, Lorretta Paterson, who runs gift shop Temptations, was severely beaten by a gang which stole her car.

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Carol service discord stuns vicar

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2008

A vicar whose church hosted an alternative carol concert for an anti-Israel group has admitted that he would have to “think hard” if asked to host a similar event in the future.

The Reverend Charles Hedley, rector of St James’s, Piccadilly, was criticised by both Jewish and Christian groups following the performance on Wednesday last week.

The service was organised by Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (JBIG).

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Youths taunt pub staff in sale row

By Marcus Dysch, December 4, 2008

Staff at a pub which is due to be turned into a synagogue say they have been harassed by Jewish youths shouting “burn in hell” and “it’s our pub now”.

The Swan, in the heart of London’s strictly Orthodox community in Stamford Hill, was bought by members of the Bobov community in September for around £1 million.

But their plan to turn it into a community centre and shul has been met with opposition from regulars.

Since the sale, staff say they have been intimidated by young members of the Charedi community banging on windows, making obscene gestures and goading regulars.

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Station plays host to 'kinder' play

By Marcus Dysch, December 2, 2008

A play marking the 70th anniversary of the first Kindertransport arrivals in Britain was performed at Liverpool Street Station, in central London, yesterday.

The remembrance event, called 'Suitcase', focuses on the stories of eight people involved in the Kindertransport, including children, foster parents and railway workers.

The first young refugees from Nazi Germany arrived at the station on December 2, 1938.

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The shop protest no one bought

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2008

Protesters from the Palestine Solidarity Campaign received a cool reception this week as they appealed for shoppers to boycott goods produced in West Bank settlements.

Ten protestors, including comedian Alexei Sayle, carried placards and handed out leaflets outside a branch of Waitrose supermarket in Finchley Road, North West London, on Monday.

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Oxford student Jew jibe sparks anger

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2008

An Oxford University newspaper has published a front-page apology after an article advising students how to save money was headlined "Jewish Economic Policy".

Editors of The Newt, run by students at New College, claimed the piece "was intended to be satirical", but apologised for causing offence

following complaints from readers. A fortnight ago, players from the university's under-21 rugby team carried moneybags and wore fake sidelocks) as part of a "bring a fit Jew" party.

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Katie Melua unplugged for Africa aid charity

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2008

Katie Melua is to perform at the launch of a welfare charity whose members were moved by a visit to an Aids orphange during an Aish trip to South Africa.

The singer will play an acoustic set at AfricArt, being staged by the African Social Action Project (ASAP) at the Getty Images Gallery in the West End next month.

"These guys went on a trip, saw a problem and have then gone and created their own charity to help. It is incredible and inspiring," she said.

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MP opens Shoah exhibit

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2008

A travelling exhibition from the world's oldest Holocaust research centre has been launched at the Houses of Parliament.

"Never Again? Thinking about the Holocaust" was created with items from the Wiener Library.

Monday's event was hosted by Justice Minister Shahid Malik, who said he had been moved by a visit to the Wiener's West End premises.

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Private coach for pupils as gangs attack school buses

By Marcus Dysch, November 20, 2008

Parents of pupils at Britain's biggest Jewish school are to pay for private buses following a series of incidents on public transport.

In one attack last week, a gang threatened to stab a JFS pupil travelling home to Golders Green, North West London.

The attack, which included the boy's friends being called "Jewish pigs" and "scum", follows the throwing of stones at bus windows and antisemitic taunts shouted at youngsters.

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President Peres' packed timetable for his London visit

By Marcus Dysch, November 20, 2008

Monday evening November 17 - Mr Peres arrives at Heathrow, he is greeted by Foreign Office officials before travelling to his central London hotel.

Tuesday November 18- 8am - Mr Peres gives media interviews at his hotel, including appearances on the BBC's Today and Hardtalk programmes.

10am - Jewish Lord Mayor of London, Alderman Ian Luder, greets Mr Peres at Mansion House, City of London. He signs the ‘distinguished visitors' guestbook.

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After 70 years, lost paintings come home

By Marcus Dysch, November 20, 2008

The daughter of a renowned anthropologist has been reunited with a collection of his oil paintings which had been lost for almost 70 years.

Leonhard Adam painted the five panels of roses and poppies in 1940 while interned on the Isle of Man. He came to Britain after fleeing Nazi Germany, but was deported to Australia on the infamous Dunera in 1940.

The Dunera left Liverpool for Australia in July 1940, carrying 2,450 men, mostly German Jews Britain had deemed to be "enemy aliens".

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Come to our party, and bring a ‘fit’ Jew

By Marcus Dysch, November 20, 2008

Student party organisers have caused a major row by asking guests to come in fancy dress - and be accompanied by "a fit Jew".

Guests were told to find female students as dates and dress up, complete with money-bags and wear fake peyot (sidelocks).

The event was cancelled following complaints from Jewish students and Oxford University's student union is now carrying out an investigation.

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Oxford rugby club planned ‘bring a Jew’ social night

By Marcus Dysch, November 13, 2008

A university rugby club invited its players to take part in a ‘bring a Jew' night and told them to find female Jewish students as dates.

Members of Oxford University's men's under-21 side were encouraged to ‘dress up as Jews' and carry money bags.

The event, due to take place on Wednesday, was cancelled after complaints from Jewish students, but it is thought some players went ahead with the night out as planned.

Officials from the university and student union had told organisers to cancel the social and are now investigating.

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