Awards and prizes

Queen's Award for trade is something to drink to

By Anna Sheinman, October 25, 2012

Italian Beverage Company founder Sheldon Flax is celebrating the announcement of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade.

Based in Borehamwood, the company’s product lines range from hot chocolate to smoothies, and also produces juices, syrups and milk shakes. Morrisons, Pret a Manger and Costa Coffee are among the major high-street chains it supplies.

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US academic Alvin Roth wins Nobel prize for economics

By Anna Sheinman, October 16, 2012

US Jewish academic Alvin Roth has won the 2012 Nobel Prize for economics along with Lloyd Shapley, whose theories on resource allocation he developed.

The prestigious prize was awarded for their work on the “theory of stable allocations and practice of market design".

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Jewish group: Nobel Peace Prize winner EU has made Europe 'haven of peace'

By Jennifer Lipman, October 12, 2012

The decision to award the prestigious Nobel peace Prize to the European Union has been greeted with shock and raised eyebrows in some corners, but the president of the World Jewish Congress said it should be warmly welcomed.

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Iran 'may boycott Oscars' in response to Mohammed film

By Jennifer Lipman, September 25, 2012

After triumphing over Israel to win the country's first Oscar, one would have expected Iran's filmmakers to embrace the Academy Awards once again next year.

But according to reports in the Iranian media, the head of the government-controlled cinema agency has called for a boycott of February's ceremony because of the outcry over a film denigrating the prophet Mohammed.

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Homeland's Israeli writer wins Emmy award

By Jennifer Lipman, September 24, 2012

The Israeli writer behind the hit television series Homeland has won the most prestigious award in US television for his work.

Gideon Raff was awarded the Emmy for best writing in a drama series for his work on the show, along with Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon.

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Deborah Levy up against Hilary Mantel for Man Booker

By Jennifer Lipman, September 11, 2012

British Jewish writer Deborah Levy could scoop up the Man Booker prize this year after her name appeared on the shortlist for the prestigious prize.

She is joined on the six-strong list of finalists by satirical novelist Will Self

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Sacha Baron Cohen GQ comedian of the year

By Anna Sheinman, September 6, 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen was named comedian of the year at GQ Magazine’s man of the year awards on Tuesday.

This year saw the release of his third character film, The Dictator, in which he played Admiral General Haffaz Aladeen, leader of fictional country North African Republic of Wadiya.

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Israeli storyteller wins prize at Edinburgh Festival

By Jennifer Lipman, August 28, 2012

An Israeli performer triumphed in an international storytelling contest held as part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – despite having no experience in the genre.

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Galliano stripped of Legion d’Honneur

By Anna Sheinman, August 28, 2012

British fashion designer John Galliano has been stripped of his Legion d’Honneur for his racist and antisemitic behaviour, it emerged on Monday.

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Deborah Levy's Swimming Home up for Man Booker

By Jennifer Lipman, July 26, 2012

Bookmakers have given a Jewish author's musing on depression and loyalty 14:1 to win the Man Booker prize.

The longlist for the prestigious literary award, which comes with a £50,000 prize, was announced yesterday, bringing it into its 44th year.

Deborah Levy has been included on the list for the first time, for her novel "Swimming Home". Ms Levy has written more than a dozen books,

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