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Maurice Hatter deep-sea dives at the grand age of 80

By Candice Krieger, November 26, 2009

Businessman and philanthropist Sir Maurice Hatter loves deep sea diving — he’s been doing it for 30 years with Haifa university’s department of maritime civilisations.

Sir Maurice, chairman of electronics component company IMO Precision Controls, has pulled up several artefacts now on display in the university museum, where he has served as governor and head of the student committee.

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Ami Wynbourne is running a gym that frum women want to use

By Candice Krieger, November 26, 2009

It has just become a whole lot easier for Orthodox women in Britain to work out.

Fitness fan Ami Wynbourne recently introduced to London a ladies-only gym chain, aimed specifically at the frum Jewish community. And he is now keen to expand across the country.

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Martin Chaplin gets over his stroke and gets publishing - at 89

By Candice Krieger, November 18, 2009

He may be a stroke and cancer survivor approaching his 90th birthday, but that does not mean Martin Chaplin is ready to retire.

Only a few months after moving into Nightingale — a care home for older members of the Jewish community — the former chairman of West London Synagogue has started collecting anecdotes and poems from his fellow residents and publishing them in a regular newsletter.

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Samantha Check invites mums and daughters to tea

By Candice Krieger, November 18, 2009

Businesswoman Samantha Check likes tea so much that she has named her new company, Tea Party, after it.

Mrs Check, 39, sets up private tea parties for groups of girls and women who, as she puts it, range from 8 to 109. Mrs Check hosts them at a tea room in Finchley, north London, where they are served traditional tea on vintage china.

She tells People: “I used to work in recruitment but when I went back to work after having my daughter I got made redundant. I thought about how much I like teas and that not many people do them so I decided to set up a venture that does.”

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Cyndy Lessing says that if you want to feel good, wear colours

By Candice Krieger, November 18, 2009

Wearing bright colours can improve the way you feel about yourself, says an award-winning image consultant.

Mrs Lessing, 60, was recently crowned Scholar of the Year at the annual Spirit of Inspiration Awards by the International Federation of Image Consultants (IFIC) in recognition of her services and level of training.

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Adam Cohen creates a calendar of nice, normal Jewish men. They may not be Brad Pitt, but at least your mother would approve

By Candice Krieger, November 18, 2009

Girls, take note. California-based television producer Adam Cohen has come up with a must-have accessory for next year — the 2010 Nice Jewish Guys calendar.

The calendar, which includes both Jewish and secular holidays, features 12 “nice Jewish guys”, or, as Mr Cohen puts it: “guys who are non-threatening, nice to a fault, trustworthy and just very normal-looking”.

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Steven Brinberg spends his time trying to be someone else. Can you guess who?

By Candice Krieger, November 18, 2009

Does this person remind you of anyone? Barbra Streisand fanatic Steven Brinberg has devoted his professional
career to impersonating the US-based diva.

An award-winning performer, Mr Brinberg is now credited as being the number one Barbra Streisand impressionist. His show, Simply Barbra, has earned international acclaim. Even the US singer herself approves — her manager hired him to sing at her close friend Donna Karan’s birthday party.

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Mark Ross celebrates three years spent transforming British-Israeli business links

By Candice Krieger, November 12, 2009

Mark Ross, the Executive Director of the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce (B-ICC), is stepping down after transforming it into the premier business group promoting bilateral trade between Britain and Israel.

He will be leaving the B-ICC next week to return to the private sector, where he will work as a management consultant in the Business Advisory Services/Consulting practice at Ernst & Young LLP.

Mr Ross, 28, tells People: “I have had an excellent three years and have worked with some outstanding individuals. I have learnt a lot from helping their businesses.

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Lee Bibring wheels out a new business - luxury cycling trips

By Candice Krieger, November 12, 2009

Avid cyclist Lee Bibring has turned his passion into a profession with a unique new cycling venture.

Launched this month, Love Velo offers luxury cycling holidays throughout Mediterranean Europe. The debut five-day trip takes place in Majorca in March 2010 and will be led by Tour de France stage winner Marcel Wüst.

A lawyer, Mr Bibring, 28, spent four years at a top City firm before deciding that he “didn’t want to sit behind a desk any more”.

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Hannah Sherrard gets a lead role on the big screen - aged 12

By Candice Krieger, November 12, 2009

Thirteen-year-old Hannah Sherrard made her debut film appearance this week starring as the lead in Minkie Spiro’s I Am Ruthie Segal, Hear Me Roar. She was 12 when selected for the part.

The musical comedy, which premiered at the UK Jewish Film Festival on Sunday, tells the story of a Ruthie Segal, a batmitzvah girl who takes the opportunity of her moment on the bimah to tell the congregation what she really thinks about the ceremony.

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