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What the rich list doesn't tell you

By Anna Sheinman, April 25, 2013

Anita Zabludowicz and her husband Poju may now be number 48 on the rich list, but perhaps more excitingly in December 1973 Anita was one of three girls presented with an Eshet Chayil certificate at the Gosforth and Kenton Synagogue for passing the examinations of the Hebrew Classes of the United Hebrew Congregation of Newcastle, set by the headmaster Rabbi M M Baddiel.


The top 10 participants’ comments at Limmud

By Anna Sheinman, December 27, 2012

The best thing about Limmud is not the presenters, or the sessions they give, it’s the questions the participants ask afterwards, what they say later on in the bar or let slip over breakfast. Here are my favourites so far:

1) Over breakfast: “Did you go to the rebbetzin’s disco?”


10 things that could only happen at Limmud

By Anna Sheinman, December 25, 2012

1. One 20-something girl goes up to a 20-something guy in the cafeteria: “Sorry to bother you, I think you lead me on tour?”

2. Matisyahu, a rabbi and an artist hold an in-depth conversation at 1am about God’s sphincter muscle and ask – is it different from ours?


The ally you never knew Israel had: Micronesia

By Anna Sheinman, November 30, 2012

The inevitable has happened. The PA has been upgraded in the UN General Assembly with a huge majority vote.

Israel was against the motion, as was its eternal ally the US, and Canada presumably does as it’s told. The traditionally pro-Israel Czech Republic also said nay.


YomKipTopTips - Top tips for the fast from the JC

By Anna Sheinman, September 25, 2012

The fast is never easy. To make it that bit more bearable, I’ve asked those bastions of Jewish knowledge – the JC staff – to share their top tips on how to make it through. Here’s what they came up with.

Jennifer Lipman, comment editor @JenLipman: