Awards and prizes

Shalom Auslander wins Wingate prize

February 28, 2013

American author Shalom Auslander has won British Jewry's top literary award for his Holocaust novel Hope: A Tragedy.

He was awarded the Jewish Quarterly-Wingate Prize at Jewish Book Week on Wednesday evening. Mr Auslander also received £4,000 in prize money.

The book focuses on salesman Solomon Kugel and his discovery that a deformed, elderly Anne Frank is hiding in his attic.


Deech and Van Bueren made honorary QCs

By Anna Sheinman, February 27, 2013

Baroness Deech and Geraldine Van Bueren are two of the eight lawyers who have today been named honorary QCs.

The title Queen’s Counsel Honoris Causa is given to lawyers: “who have made a major contribution to the law of England & Wales outside practice in the courts.”


Seth MacFarlane under fire after Ted sketch at Oscars

By Anna Sheinman, February 26, 2013

Oscars host Seth MacFarlane has been strongly criticised by US Jewish groups after an “offensive” sketch created by the screenwriter was performed at the awards.


Oscar success for Daniel Day-Lewis, Simon Chinn

By Jennifer Lipman, February 25, 2013

A documentary about the hunt for an obscure musician earned a British Jewish producer a place in film history on Sunday evening.

Simon Chinn, the son of businessman Sir Trevor, went home with an Academy Award for the documentary Searching for Sugar Man.

Mr Chinn, a father of three who has been working in the industry since the late 1990s, is no stranger to Oscar success.


Steven Spielberg aims for third Best Director Oscar win for Lincoln

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2013

When Seth MacFarlane opens the 85th Academy Awards late on Sunday evening, a Jewish director will be in the running for another consecutive year to scoop the most coveted prize in cinema.


Facebook founder launches bid to encourage science

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2013

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has revealed plans to sponsor a valuable new award for scientific research.

The scheme, which involves five $3 million awards, will honour pioneering research in the fight against disease. It is described as being "dedicated to advancing breakthrough research, celebrating scientists and generating excitement about the pursuit of science as a career".


TrainE TraidE Business Awards

By Zoe Winograd, February 11, 2013

Award Winners and Sponsors (l to r): Daniel Green - Homesun (Sponsor of Start Up of the Year), Shraga Zaltzman (Managing Director, TrainE-TraidE), Daniel Abrahams and Stefan Litobac - My Currency Transfer (Business Start Up of the Year), Mark Morris (Business Awards Lunch Committee Chairman), Sharon Jaffe - JaffeBlend (Business Person of the Year), Lloyd Dorfman CBE, Jeremy Stern - Promoveritas (B


Trailer: The Gatekeepers

By Anna Sheinman, January 17, 2013

Oscar nominated documentary The Gatekeepers, directed by Israeli Dror Moreh, tells the history of Israel through the stories of six former directors of Shin Bet, Israel’s security service.

The six interviewees led the organisation between 1980 and 2011, and they speak candidly about their experiences in office and fears for Israel’s future direction.


Asteroid named after Israel’s Hebrew University

By Sandy Rashty, January 17, 2013

An asteroid has been named after Israel’s Hebrew University.

The International Astronomical Union named the asteroid ‘Hebrewu’ in honour of the Jerusalem-based university after it was discovered by graduate Canadian astronomer David Levy.

Hebrewu is located on the asteroid belt region between Mars and Jupiter.


More Golden Globe success for Homeland

By Zoe Winograd, January 14, 2013

Television series Homeland, based on the Israeli television show Hatufim, has had another successful year at the Golden Globes, winning Best Television Drama.

At the awards on Sunday night, Homeland’s Damian Lewis and Claire Danes were honoured with the Best Actor and Best Actress awards for their roles in the series.