London Marathon: Oldest runner goes under the Hammers

By Josh Jackman, April 30, 2015

Not many marathon men get to do their training with Premier League stars. But then 90-year-old Paul Freedman is not your average marathon entrant.

Once again the oldest participant this year, the West Ham fan spent a morning working out with the team in advance of his 24th London Marathon.


They are the forgotten heroes of global Jewry. It is our duty to remember them

By Colin Shindler, April 30, 2015

Last week saw the passing of two former Soviet Jewish refuseniks, Vladimir Slepak and Vladimir Prestin, who were not permitted to leave the USSR for almost 20 years. It was only when Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in 1985 that the gates were finally opened for a small group of long-term Moscow activists.


Israeli artist shortlisted for BP Portrait Award

By Sandy Rashty, April 29, 2015

An Israeli painter is in the running to winning a prestigious award worth £35,000.

Matan Ben-Cnaan is one of three artists shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award.

He was chosen for his oil painting Annabelle and Guy, inspired by the biblical story of Jephthah


Their art is in the right place in Leeds

By John Fisher, April 20, 2015

An exhibition in the reception area of Leeds care home Donisthorpe Hall is the result of a project with the In The Moment charity for residents with dementia.

Led by professional artists Becky Cherriman and Beverly Haines, it involved exploring a range of textures, images and sounds to prompt personal reflections and creative expression.


Gaza man says he was tricked into selling Banksy work for £120

By Sandy Rashty, April 1, 2015

A work by British graffiti artist Banksy was sold for less than £120 after a family from Gaza underestimated its worth.

The mural of a Greek goddess Niobe was painted on a door by Banksy during a visit to Gaza City in February. The image was made to highlight the destruction of buildings and homes in Gaza after Operation Protective Edge last summer.


Jewish Care and Nightingale benefit as Wohl Legacy hands out £20 million grant

By Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2015

One of the Jewish community’s leading charitable foundations marked its 50th anniversary by handing out £20million to leading organisations in the UK and Israel.

The Wohl Legacy said it was splitting £6.5 million between welfare groups Jewish Care and Nightingale Hammerson, and TrainE TraidE, a Jewish employment charity.


It is life's greatest losses that most inspire creativity

By Dominic Bliss, December 4, 2014

Every new Stasha art exhibition includes among its works a paint-spattered pair of Timberland boots. She buys new ones each time she starts on a series of paintings and then, once the collection is complete, hangs them somewhere in the gallery alongside the art. They've become a sort of trademark.


Bettina Caro brings Morocco to north London

By Julia Weiner, December 1, 2014

Bettina Caro’s paintings bring a burst of North African heat and colour to the cold and grey of a north London winter.

Caro grew up in the Moroccan city of Tangiers and works inspired by her memories of childhood are currently on show at the London Jewish Cultural Centre.


Lost art masterpiece spotted in film

By Rosa Doherty, December 1, 2014

A painting has returned to Hungary after nine decades because it was spotted being used in Hollywood film ‘Stuart Little’.

A sharp-eyed art researcher at Hungary’s National Gallery noticed the painting, Sleeping Lady with Black Vase by Robert Bereny, in the 1999 children’s movie while watching it with his daughter, Lola.


Swiss museum accepts art from son of Nazi-era dealer

By Toby Axelrod, November 25, 2014

Jewish groups are cautiously positive about Monday’s German-Swiss announcement on the fate of the sensational collection of German art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt.

After months of consideration, the Kunstmuseum Bern announced that it would accept the collection as a bequest from Gurlitt - but reject any Nazi-looted works.