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Susie Simons offers support to young adults living with multiple sclerosis

By Candice Krieger, September 19, 2008

Multiple-sclerosis sufferer Susie Simons is determined to help others in a similar position. The 30-year-old mother-of-two was diagnosed with MS - an auto-immune disease that affects the central nervous system - aged 20. She is partially sighted as a result of the condition.

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Alisa Pomeroy brought us the Apprentice. Now she’s planning a family reunion or two — for a new TV documentary

By Candice Krieger, September 12, 2008

Fancy being on TV? Freelance producer/director Alisa Pomeroy hopes so. The 31-year-old is making a documentary for BBC 2 to celebrate the diverse nature of the British family.

The series will follow a selection of British households as they they prepare for and hold family reunions. Ms Pomeroy - a senior producer on the last series of BBC One's The Apprentice - is searching for a Jewish family to take part in one of the episodes, to be screened next year.

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Laura Nathan uses art to bring Israeli and Palestinian teenagers together in America

By Candice Krieger, September 12, 2008

Manchester's Laura Nathan has recently returned from the US where she has been using art to help Israelis and Palestinian teenagers bond over their fears and feelings about the Middle East conflict.

Miss Nathan, 25, was one of several counsellors at the inaugural Artsbridge summer camp in Massachusetts. Founded by art therapist Debbie Nathan, Artsbridge uses art to provides dialogue training for children of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Fifteen Israelis and 15 Palesinians, aged 14-17, took part in the three-week camp, privately-financed.

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Marcus Sheff offers a few tips on dealing with the Press

By Candice Krieger, September 12, 2008

The threat of a nuclear Iran is the biggest issue facing Israel, says Marcus Sheff, executive director of The Israel Project.

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Paul Yarden scores online with his fascination for football trivia

By Candice Krieger, September 12, 2008

Do you know who England's first foreign opponent was? Football fan Paul Yarden does.

London-born, Israel-based Mr Yarden, 50, has set up Thfc6061sportstats.com, which features a range of football facts and stats from across the world, including a section on Israeli football. "I've been interested in football for as long as I can remember and began keeping records of Spurs from a young age," he said. "Over the years, my interest expanded. I found it difficult to find a site which dealt with all aspects of football in a single site."

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Caroline Cosgrove goes into print and shows parents-to-be how to shop around

By Candice Krieger, September 12, 2008

Good news for parents-to-be. Specialist baby-product shopper Caroline Cosgrove has revealed her tricks of the trade in her debut book.

Co-authored with journalist Liat Hughes Joshi, What to buy for your Baby: Choosing the right equipment for you (White Ladder) is a comprehensive guide to buying the best baby equipment. It also includes Mrs Cosgrove's definitive baby shopping list.

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Sophie Reindorp and Adam Romain turn their passion into a profession by setting up their own theatre production company

By Candice Krieger, September 8, 2008

Close friends Adam Romain and Sophie Reindorp love the theatre so much that they have set up their own production company, Magic Hat Productions. Based at the Harrow Arts Centre in Middlesex, the 40-strong group is practising for their forthcoming production of Arthur Miller's The Crucible.

Miss Reindorp, 20, a second-year criminology student at Southampton University, met Mr Romain while they were working on a production of The Wizard of Oz for theatre company, Acorn Players. The duo decided they wanted to be in control of their own productions.

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Jerry Gotel finds the Chinese hungry for his holocaust lessons

By Candice Krieger, September 8, 2008

London-based businessman Jerry Gotel is making sure that Jews all over the world are educated about the Holocaust - particularly those in China.

Mr Gotel, a restaurateur by profession, is director of the overseas division of the London Jewish Cultural Centre's Holocaust and Anti-Racism Education Department. He recently returned from Kunming in the south-western province of Yunnan, where he ran the latest in a number of seminars and workshops on the Holocaust.

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Katie-Louise Shalka-Fisher stars in the West End musical The Sound of Music at the age of 12

By Candice Krieger, September 8, 2008

Twelve-year-old Katie-Louise Shalka-Fisher is staring in Andrew Lloyd Webber's West End production of The Sound of Music at the London Palladium.

Katie-Louise, a pupil at King Solomon High School in Essex, plays Louisa von Trapp, one of the von Trapp family children. "It's really fun and really good," Katie-Louise tells People. She was one of 850 hopefuls to audition for the role. "All the cast are really nice - like one big family. Everyone talks to each other and are all really good friends."

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Simeone Salik exits the Dragon's Den with £40,000

By Candice Krieger, September 8, 2008

Grandmother-of-eight Simeone Salik was £40,000 better off this week after a successful stint on BBC2's reality-TV show Dragons' Den.

During the episode - aired on Monday - Mrs Salik, 67, faced the dragons together with her two business partners. In case you missed it, the trio pitched for investment in their online firm, blindsinabox.co.uk, which sells instant temporary blinds. They secured £40,000 for a 50 per cent stake in the business, with the option to regain 10 per cent if they reach certain targets.

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