Art

Art dealer's 'ambulance chasers' Holocaust restitution jibe criticised

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2015

A leading art dealer has been criticised for comparing the restitution of art looted by the Nazis during the Holocaust to “ambulance chasing”.

Julian Agnew, former chairman of the Society of London Art Dealers, said the campaign was comparable to lawyers who encourage victims to take litigious action.

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Mark Gertler painting sells for £542,000, a world record for the artist

By JC Reporter, June 26, 2015

A new world record price for a painting by Jewish artist Mark Gertler was set when his work The Violinist sold for £542,000.

The painting was auctioned by Christie’s at a sale in London. The previous record for the artist was £74,500 set in 2014.

The buyer is understood to be a British private collector.

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First painting from Gurlitt stash of Nazi-looted art auctioned for £1.9m

By Rosa Doherty, June 25, 2015

A painting stolen from a Jewish family has become the first work from Cornelius Gurlitt’s collection of looted art to be sold at auction.

Two Riders on a Beach by German-Jewish artist Max Liebermann fetched £1.9 million at a sale at Sotheby’s in London.

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Nicole Farhi: fashion means nothing, sculpture's my passion

By Sandy Rashty, June 4, 2015

Nicole Farhi and I are in her Hampstead sitting room playing with our hair, literally.

She's giving me some tips – and there is no one else I would rather take hair-care lessons from.

Aged 25, she stopped straightening her trademark fiery curls. "I decided, 'that's enough!'" she says in her distinctive French accent.

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Nepal trekker repaying debt to guide

By Sandy Rashty, May 18, 2015

When the first earthquake shook Nepal, Jonty Hikmet was on a trek in the Himalayan Tsum Valley."It was really scary," recalled the 25-year-old former JFS pupil, who had been travelling around the region, delivering key supplies and giving massages in local villages.

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Honey sweetens Women's Week pot

May 18, 2015

The face of this year's Wizo UK Jewish Women's Week collection campaign is Yossi, who struggled at school because of severe learning difficulties, but was given the opportunity through Wizo to train as a chef in Israel. He now manages a trendy Jerusalem restaurant.

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Sharing VE Day stories in London and Leeds

By Jay Grenby, May 18, 2015

Harrow's Mosaic Reform community marked the 70th anniversary of VE Day with a themed Shabbat morning service led by Rabbi Kathleen de Magtige-Middleton.

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The Siege not anti-Israel, says communal leader

By Naomi Firsht, May 15, 2015

A Jewish communal leader has dampened down concerns over a Palestinian play feared to be anti-Israel .

Sharon Bannister, president of the Manchester Jewish Representative Council, was present as The Siege began its UK tour this week.

The play focuses on an episode during the Second Intifada and has led one Jewish group to claim that it glorifies violence against Israel.

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Dig starts for Tel Aviv Tube

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 14, 2015

The preliminary engineering works on Tel Aviv's new underground rail system began on Sunday.

The first stage of the Red Line is to have seven stations in southern and central Tel Aviv and neighbouring Ramat Gan, and is scheduled to start operating in 2021.

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Israeli coalition collapse averted

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 14, 2015

Seven weeks since the elections, on Wednesday afternoon, the Knesset removed the final obstacle to Benjamin Netanyahu's fourth government when it narrowly passed an amendment that allowed him to appoint more than 18 ministers to his new cabinet.

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