Awards and prizes

Claire Bloom: ‘I’ve tried to do good things’

By Jennifer Lipman, June 20, 2013

After a glittering career in stage and film, a CBE is “the icing on the cake”, actress Claire Bloom said this week.

Speaking from Cornwall, where she is filming for the television series Doc Martin, the 82-year-old star said she was “thrilled. It’s certainly lovely news. It is a very nice feeling to be recognised. I have worked hard and tried to do good things.”

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Queen's Birthday Honours 2013: Thank you, ma’am — we are honoured

By Jennifer Lipman, June 20, 2013

The contribution of British Jews to the nation’s cultural life was recognised as the director of Tate Modern, the sculptor Anish Kapoor, actress Claire Bloom and the founder of the Jewish Film festival were included in the annual Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

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Wiener Library gets £1 million Lottery grant

By Anna Sheinman, June 13, 2013

One million pounds of National Lottery money has been granted to the Wiener Library, Europe’s premier Holocaust archive.

The money, from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), is to form part of an endowment that will allow the library to expand its provision of school workshops, lectures and exhibitions.

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AM Homes beats Hilary Mantel to Women's Prize for Fiction

By Jennifer Lipman, June 5, 2013

American Jewish novelist AM Homes has won this year's Women's Prize for Fiction, beating favourite Hilary Mantel.

She was awarded the £30,000 prize for her novel May We Be Forgiven, about the relationship between two brothers. Its main character Harry is Jewish and the novel deals at times with questions of religion.

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Francesca Segal wins $100,000 prize for The Innocents

By Zoe Winograd, May 29, 2013

British author Francesca Segal has won the prestigious Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature in fiction for her debut novel The Innocents.

The prize, which is awarded by the New York Jewish Book Council , is worth $100,000 (£66,000).

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Angela Merkel honoured for opposing antisemitism

By Zoe Winograd, May 23, 2013

German chancellor Angela Merkel has been awarded the Lord Jakobovits Prize for European Jewry by the Conference of European Rabbis.

At a ceremony in Brussels on Wednesday Ms Merkel was honoured for her support of the German Jewish community and her outspoken denunciation of anti s emitism throughout Europe.

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Recession? What recession? Billionaires getting richer

By Jennifer Lipman, April 19, 2013

Britain’s Jewish billionaires, including Sir Philip Green and Sir Martin Sorrell, have seen their wealth rise this year despite continued economic gloom, according to the findings of the annual Sunday Times Rich List.

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Herzog play for London

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2013

The play that put a Jewish-American writer in the running for a Pulitzer Prize, will be staged in London next month.

Amy Herzog was named as a finalist for the most prestigious award in American culture this week, for 4000 Miles, her drama about the reunion between a communist grandmother and her 21-year-old grandson.

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Revealed: the UK’s best young writers

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2013

A rabbi's son and the author of a book about a rabbi's daughter have been named as two of the most promising novelists in the country.

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Women's Prize for Fiction: AM Homes on shortlist

By Jennifer Lipman, April 16, 2013

Jewish novelist AM Homes remains in the running for the annual Women's Prize for Fiction following the shortlist announcement this morning.

The author is shortlisted for the £30,000 prize – formerly the Orange Prize – for her novel May We Be Forgiven, of which JC critic Madeleine Kingsley wrote: "I would not lose a word of her whip-sharp wit or unerring dialogue".

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