Business features

Mark Lewis: Hacking’s like speeding. You know it’s wrong, but you do it

By Sandy Rashty, October 15, 2014

Mark Lewis steps on to a makeshift stage outside the Qatar embassy in central London.

As a lawyer, he is well known for representing more than 120 victims of phone-hacking and exposing the News of the World’s role in the scandal.

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It’s a whole new world as health charity gets down to business

By Candice Krieger, October 10, 2014

Tamara Arbib is one determined mumpreneur — and she’s set on bringing nutrition to the masses.

For five years, she desperately tried to promote healthy eating through her charity, A Team Foundation.

But her efforts were washed out by big businesses looking to do the same.

Arbib, who set up the charity with her husband Ben, believed that their outreach was limited.

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'State cuts have hit us hard but we’ll go on, says Norwood CEO

By Sandy Rashty, October 3, 2014

Every day, Elaine Kerr takes tough decisions that affect some of the most vulnerable people in our community.

As the chief executive of Norwood, her choices impact on the lives of around 8,000 children and adults with learning difficulties who have come to depend on the Jewish charity.

And her job, she says, has never been tougher.

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Car parking guru finds a space in the market

By Candice Krieger, September 19, 2014

Gap-year student Anthony Eskinazi was on his way to a baseball game in san Francisco and couldn’t find anywhere to park.

Frustrated and driving round in circles,he spotted an empty drive metres from the Giants stadium. This was the moment that lay the foundations for his latest enterprise.

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Yachad's Hannah Weisfeld on educating from the grassroots

By Daniel Easterman, September 5, 2014

Hannah Weisfeld turned her back on Middle East politics after studying at Sussex University.

Such was the emotive nature of the Israel-Palestinian debate on campus during the Second Intifada.

“I put the whole thing to bed. I didn’t want to be involved in the debate anymore,” she said.

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A woman's charitable drive to bank time

By Sandy Rashty, August 29, 2014

Pass a Morrisons or Sainsbury’s supermarket in Harrow and you might spot Leonie Lewis shaking a donation tin outside.

For years, she has braved British weather collecting for a charity which supports people with learning disabilities.

Lewis, the director of the Jewish Volunteering Network, and a senior collector for Mencap, has always led by example.

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Raising the voice of Reform Judaism

By Sandy Rashty, August 22, 2014

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner is one of the most media-savvy rabbis in the UK.

A radio panellist and self-described “broadcaster”, she regularly tweets on issues of public interest and is rarely without her iPad and mobile phone.

As the senior rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism, which is made up of 40 communities and two affiliate synagogues, she sees it as her job.

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Shimon Cohen, the Sultan of Spin

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2014

Shimon Cohen describes himself as a “spin-consultant”.

Along with his 18-strong team, Cohen is trusted to manage the scandals and promote the work of 70 groups — including communal organisations from the United Synagogue to the Holocaust Educational Trust and Aish UK.

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The steady head at the helm of the United Synagogue

By Simon Rocker, August 8, 2014

No communal leader manages to appear as unruffled as Stephen Pack, the president of the United Synagogue. His calm and affable presence will remain at the helm of British Jewry’s largest religious organisation for a further three years, after his unopposed election for a second term last month.

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Jewish Interactive: I’m teaching schools to app their game

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2014

As a teacher, Chana Kanzen did her best to bring Jewish studies into the modern age.

Frustrated with photocopy hand-outs, worksheets and textbooks, she spent hours designing PowerPoint presentations to mirror the methods used to teach mainstream subjects.

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