Awards and prizes

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.

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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.

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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.

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Jessie Ware is Brit awards nominee

By Sandy Rashty, January 11, 2013

Singer-songwriter Jessie Ware has been nominated for two Brit awards.

The former JC intern, 26, is up for Best Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.

Ms Ware, who has received worldwide support for her Devotion album, said: “Canny believe it – very happy to be up for two [awards].”

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Israeli documentary makers and Spielberg win Oscar nominations

By Sarah Pilchick, January 10, 2013

Two Israeli documentaries and a number of Jewish entertainers are among the nominees for the 85th-annual Academy Awards.

Steven Spielberg was nominated for Best Director for the eighth time for Lincoln, his biographical portrait of US President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln was nominated for 12 Oscars overall.

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Awards recognition for Spielberg’s Lincoln bodes well for Oscars

By Anna Sheinman, January 9, 2013

Steven Spielberg’s US civil war drama Lincoln has dominated the nominations for this month's Bafta awards.

It was announced today that the film has received the most Bafta nominations, 10, including best film and best actor for Daniel Day Lewis.

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Jewish love story 'The Innocents' up for Costa Book Award

By Jennifer Lipman, January 3, 2013

A novel about life and love in the Jewish community of North West London has been shortlisted for a prestigious book award.

Francesca Segal's The Innocents is in the running to scoop up the Costa Book Award, a £25,000 prize. On Wednesday it was named best first novel, giving it a place on the shortlist for the overall Costa prize.

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Italian Jewish Nobel winner dies at 103

By Jennifer Lipman, December 31, 2012

Tributes have been paid to an Italian scientist who won a Nobel Prize in spite of her career being hampered by antisemitism.

Rita Levi-Montalcini, who was 103 when she died on Sunday, received the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1986, along with her Jewish colleague Stanley Cohen. The pair had made significant progress in the field of nerve growth factor.

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Celebrating: New Year honorees 2013

By Sandy Rashty and Jennifer Lipman , December 29, 2012

A headteacher, a rabbi, an Oxford professor and charity fundraisers have been recognised in the 2013 New Year’s Honours List.

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North London couple receive retailer award

By Sandy Rashty, November 15, 2012

Jason and Rachel Heller, from Hampstead Garden Suburb, have won the Best New Retailer honour at the annual Nursery Industry Awards.

The couple run north London-based Huggle, a baby product and service provider.

"We are thrilled to have been recognised by the industry. We both did the right thing investing in the growth of this business," Mr Heller said.

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