Awards and prizes

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.


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".


Naomi Alderman, Benjamin Markovits on 2013 Granta List

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2013

Jewish novelists Naomi Alderman and Benjamin Markovits have been named among the 20 most promising young British writers by Granta on its prestigious once-a-decade list.

The Granta List, which first appeared in 1983, identifies 20 promising wordsmiths under the age of 40.


Palestinian and Israeli children are batting for peace

By Nathan Jeffay, March 28, 2013

A Palestinian boy who plucked up the courage to play cricket with Israelis has won an international prize for the Israel’s biggest cricketing organisation.

Three months ago, Shehadeh Salamin, 16, from the West Bank, entered an International Cricket Council-Europe competition entitled “How cricket has made a difference to your life?”


Medical man honoured by UCLH

By Zoe Winograd, March 15, 2013

Radlett Synagogue co-founder Professor Tony Goldstone has received the University College London Hospital Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The haematology expert - a patron of Chai - said: “I am honoured to have been chosen for this award and thank all my colleagues for their support and encouragement over many years.”


Segal's The Innocents up against Mantel for Women's Prize

By Jennifer Lipman, March 13, 2013

A novelist who brought to life the quirks and peculiarities of Jewish life in north west London is in the running for the top prize given to female writers in the UK.

Francesca Segal is one of 20 novelists shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction – formerly the Orange Prize – which comes with a £30,000 cheque and the chance of increased publicity and book sales.


Youth campaign for Nobel Prize to go to British Schindler

By Jennifer Lipman, March 11, 2013

Campaigners are urging the Nobel Prize Committee to bestow its most important award on a British hero of the Holocaust who saved hundreds of children from almost certain death.

A petition to honour Sir Nicholas Winton , now aged 103, with the Nobel Peace Prize was launched earlier this year by pupils at a school in Prague, and has already attracted more than 173,000 signatures.


Yes, I’m professional — what’s the problem?

By Sandy Rashty, March 8, 2013

Leeds quizzer extraordinaire Barry Simmons has made it through to the finals of BBC Radio 4’s Brain of Britain 2013 – but not everyone is rejoicing.

The BBC confirmed that “there have been five official complaints from people who think it’s unfair that [Mr Simmons] is allowed to compete”.


Success story for Captain Calamity

By Zoe Winograd, March 6, 2013

Dov Citron, aka Captain Calamity, came third in the British Children 's Entertainer National Championships.

The Edgware Synagogue attendee has worked as an entertainer for six years, doing magic, story-telling and music. As well as performing at children’s parties, he has worked at synagogue celebrations and themed events.


From the Gorgeous to the glam

By Tracy-Ann Oberman, March 5, 2013

I have been in Los Angeles this week at the rock face of the entertainment industry having meetings, talking projects but mainly throwing myself on the grenade of endeavour by attending nearly every Oscars party going.