Josh Jackman


Registered: 11 June 2012



Hunt for grave finally ends after 20 years

By Josh Jackman, March 26, 2015

A Jewish Care volunteer has found the unmarked grave of her aunt, killed in a First World War Zeppelin attack, after a 20-year-long search.

Janet Foster, a retired civil servant, plans to place a plaque at the burial site on June 3, the 100th anniversary of Leah Lehrman's death.

Ms Lehrman was 16 when she died in June 1915, on her way to work as a tailor in central London.


Cameron gives £3m for shul security after JC campaign

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

The Prime Minister has praised the JC's Secure Our Shuls campaign and announced that it has secured £3 million a year in extra funding for synagogue security.

Speaking at the annual Community Security Trust dinner on Wednesday, David Cameron said: "CST, the Jewish Chronicle and the All-Party Parliamentary Group have all highlighted the risk to synagogues and other potentially vulnerable Jewish


Opponents agree over shechita

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

Representatives of all the main political parties except Ukip voiced their opposition to a boycott of Israel and a ban on shechita at a Board of Deputies hustings.

Conservative cabinet minister Sajid Javid joined figures from Labour, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party in telling the audience of 100 deputies that the government must maintain the rights of the Jewish community.


Online 'ammunition'

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

An Israel advocacy group is enabling activists across the globe to have information about the Palestinian Authority at their fingertips.

Palestinian Media Watch has created the online tool, which will offer Israel supporters information on PA policies and activities which are anti-Israel, complete with links to videos.

Itamar Marcus, who founded the 19-year-old organisation, will launch the


Essex girl set for the Universe

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

Former King Solomon High School student Jessica Simmons has made the British final of this year's Miss Universe competition.

Miss Simmons, 24, beat hundreds of contestants to secure the spot in June's three-day final, which will see her compete against 39 other women for the crown.

The dance teacher, who attends New Gants Hill Menorah Synagogue in Essex, said dancing and modelling had helped


Lego creator is bricking it for Pesach

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

Children have played with Lego for decades, but now they can add a Jewish element to their fun, with a Seder plate, tzedakah box and IDF soldier (right) all on offer.

Yitzy Kasowitz, a professional Lego builder from Minnesota in the United States, is selling the models as part of his Jbrick project.


Watch it! App helps prayer

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

It has not even gone on sale yet, but the new Apple Watch has already attracted the attention of a software producer rushing to make the first Jewish app for the device.

New York-based technology firm RustyBrick is preparing to launch an app which will alert wearers of the watch to prayer times and the where-abouts of kosher restaurants.


Simples, says the man revolutionising Twitter

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

An Israeli-developed live-streaming app could revolutionise the way Twitter is used, according to its creator.

Meerkat has accrued almost £3 million of venture capital investment since it was launched by Israeli firm Life on Air at the end of February.

In its first 11 days the app attracted 80,000 users and has now topped the 100,000 mark.


Rabbi rejects contract

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

The Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation minister who was sacked for alleged "gross misconduct" but retains the support of members has refused an offer of "new employment" with the synagogue.

Since Rabbi Binyamin Bar's dismissal in January, he has continued to conduct services at the behest of congregants, who overwhelmingly backed his reinstatement at an EGM.

He has also now resumed o


Minister waits anxiously to learn if his job is saved

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

The Merseyside rabbi whose job has been under threat because of his Childwall congregation's financial problems has spoken about the stress the uncertainty has caused him and his family.

Childwall members rallied around Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg after the shul announced that it would have to let him go or face exhausting its financial reserves.

Although the groundswell of support persuaded


I do not support shechita ban, says Nigel Farage

By Josh Jackman, March 17, 2015

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has said he has never supported a ban on shechita, and neither has his party.

Speaking on the BBC’s Daily Politics show on Tuesday, Mr Farage responded to questions about his party’s confused approach by saying that the anti-shechita policy announced on the Ukip website last month was not the party’s stance.


Shechita is safe with us say Tories, Labour, Lib Dems and Greens

By Josh Jackman, March 15, 2015

Representatives of all the main political parties except Ukip have expressed their opposition to a ban on shechita.

At a Board of Deputies hustings on Sunday, politicians from Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and the Green party told an audience of around 100 that the government must respect the right of religious slaughter.


Is it really that bad? Football figures at odds over hate

By Josh Jackman, March 12, 2015

Leading Jewish figures in football are at odds over the level of antisemitism in the game.

Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out reported last week that there were more antisemitic incidents in the first half of this season than during the entire 2013/14 campaign.

Lawyer Jonathan Metliss, who was a member of Kick It Out's advisory group for more than a decade, said the figures show that raci


PayPal buys Israel cyber security firm for £40 million

By Josh Jackman, March 10, 2015

Multibillion-pound online payment service PayPal has announced that it will open a major cyber security hub in Tel Aviv, after acquiring Israeli firm CyActive for a figure believed to be around £40 million.