Village feels like home

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2012

The Village Shul has received permanent approval from Camden Council to continue operating from the former premises of Hampstead's New End Theatre.

The congregation - which started off with services in a private home - took over the New End site just after Rosh Hashanah.


Another string to cellist's bow

March 8, 2012

It was a case of "if at first you don't succeed, try again" for the 2012 Emunah Young Musician of the Year - Golders Green cellist Anoushka Sharp.

The 12-year-old North London Collegiate pupil was runner-up last year.


Rome arrival lifts Catford

March 8, 2012

Rev David Gideon Rome will be "coming home" when he joins Catford and Bromley Synagogue as minister next month. For his grandfather Rabbi Judah Rockman served the south London shul for more than 40 years.

Mr Rome, 25, is a qualified chazan and a soloist with the London Cantorial Singers.


Changes delay eruv

By Jay Grenby, March 8, 2012

A planning application for a Mill Hill eruv is being resubmitted to Barnet Council in the light of small-scale amendments.

Conditional planning consent for the religious boundary, enabling the observant to push or carry items on Shabbat, was granted in July. But a number of relatively minor alterations to the route required a full re-submission of the proposal.


Dachau survivor's art show

By Jennifer Lipman, February 23, 2012

The artwork of one of the last surviving prisoners interned in Dachau has gone on display at the Austrian Cultural Forum in London.

Ernst Eisenmayer, who is 92, has worked as a sculptor and painter since the end of the Second World War.

Mr Eisenmayer, who was born in Vienna, was sent to prison at the age of 18 before the war began when the Nazis caught him trying to flee to Switzerland.



Auschwitz survivor Roman Halter dies at 85

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2012

Holocaust survivor Roman Halter has died at the age of 85.

Mr Halter, who moved to Britain after the war and worked as an architect and artist, lost all his family in the Holocaust.

Born in Chodecz in Poland, he was sent to the Lodz ghetto, where he worked in a metal factory, as a young teenager.


How to turn a page without moving

By Jennifer Lipman, January 17, 2012

Kinetic artist Joseph Herscher from Brooklyn designed this clever contraption to help him turn a page of his newspaper without leaving the table. The soundtrack is by The Jews Brothers Band.


Young artist puts on Shoah exhibit

January 12, 2012

A striking series of artworks by a former pupil of the King Solomon High School in Redbridge are on exhibition at the London Jewish Cultural Centre to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Ela Ward, 18, produced the exhibition, My Jewish Roots, as her commitment to "each new generation ensuring that the atrocities of the Holocaust are not forgotten".

Now studying painting at Nottingham Trent Universi


Rare Chagall paintings sold in New York

By Jennifer Lipman, December 15, 2011

Three rare paintings by Russian Jewish artist Marc Chagall have been sold for a total of £1.5 million at a Sotheby’s Judaica auction in New York.

Chagall, a prolific painter known for his dreamlike scenes of European Jewish life, died in 1985.


Two new women rock Jewish music and art worlds

November 24, 2011

Sophie Solomon, the Oxford University-educated violinist who helped make klezmer cool in the UK, is to be the new director of the Jewish Music Institute.

A founder member of Jewish roots band Oi Va Voi, Ms Solomon, 32, will succeed Geraldine Auerbach, who steps down next year as founding director after 28 years.

Mrs Auerbach said: "We could not have dreamed up a more excellent person to tak