Lord Lester exclusive

Lord Lester for JC by Jenni Frazer November 2018 The peer at the centre of a controversial sexual harassment storm has told the Jewish Chronicle that he was “completely devastated” by the claims made against him by Jasvinder Sanghera. Lord Lester of Herne Hill,QC, often described as the father of Britain’s Human Rights Act, was […]

  • 18 November, 2018

In JW3 they wept for the victims of Pittsburgh shootings

Pittsburgh vigil for JN Oct 29 2018 by Jenni Frazer Jessica Weinberg Neiss is not a familiar name to British Jews — or any part of British society. And yet it was she who drew both applause and tears on Monday night, at a vigil attended by hundreds of people, Jews and members of Christian, […]

  • 2 November, 2018

Secrets and spies

For the JC by Jenni Frazer The actress Helen Lederer knew from the age of 10 that she wanted to act and perform. In a programme to be shown as part of the BBC’s Remembrance Week, she learns two remarkable wartime stories of her family — her grandfather, Arnost, who was a “secret spy”, and […]

  • 2 November, 2018

Rabbi Rich at odds with community over Labour

Danny Rich by Jenni Frazer Oct 2018 One of the community’s most senior rabbis, Danny Rich, has warned that the Jewish community needs to find a way of working with the Labour Party, adding that Anglo-Jewry “is in danger of being accused of only desiring regime change in the Labour Party — and there is […]

  • 23 October, 2018

The Jewish world’s hidden gem

For the Jewish News posted Oct 18 2018 Jonathan Brent, executive director of YIVO, reckons he has the best job in the world. And, after a short time with this genial academic, it’s hard not to agree. YIVO – Yiddisher Visnshaftlekher Institut, or Yiddish Scientific Institute, now more formally known as the YIVO Institute for […]

  • 18 October, 2018

When enough really is enough

For Jewish News September 17 2018 Home Secretary Sajid Javid sent a message of support and solidarity to Sunday’s Manchester #EnoughisEnough rally, telling the Jewish community: “You are not alone”. It was a heartfelt message echoed by the city’s mayor, Andy Burnham, whose deputy, Baroness Hughes, joined a huge crowd of 2,500 from all over […]

  • 18 September, 2018

UK charity inspired by Holocaust stories launches fertility campaign

For Jewish News posted September 18 2018 A survivor’s tragic story, retold in Auschwitz-Birkenau, the inspirational memory of doctor Gisella Perl and the work of a reproductive specialist have all come together to create a remarkable campaign launched this week — Life For A Life. It is a fundraising campaign designed to help young Jewish […]

  • 18 September, 2018

Fraudster Freddy David gets six years for £14.5m swindle

For the Jewish News July 30 2018 Freddy David, the disgraced managing director of the now defunct HBFS wealth management company, was sentenced to six years in prison for fraud on Monday. But furious victims of his Ponzi scheme, members of the Jewish community in Borehamwood, Elstree, Wembley and elsewhere, left Southwark Crown Court insisting […]

  • 31 July, 2018

Survivor’s poignant memory of AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires

For the Jewish News July 18 2018 July 18 was the 24th anniversary of the Buenos Aires AMIA bombing, in which 85 people died and hundreds more were injured. A meeting at the House of Lords to mark the anniversary was dedicated to the so-called “86th victim” — Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman, who was murdered […]

  • 23 July, 2018

Ceasefire — but there was none

Ceasefire event JW3 for JN July 2018 A UJIA-sponsored attempt to broker dialogue between two opposing sides of the community on how best to support Israel, at times descended into a bad-tempered shouting match between right and left wingers — and ended with both sides apparently as far apart as ever. “Ceasefire” was the optimistically-entitled […]

  • 19 July, 2018