Awards and prizes

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.


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.


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.


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,


'Jewish Nobel Prize' worth £600,000 established

By Jennifer Lipman, June 26, 2012

A prize worth £600,000 has been established to honour Jews who excel in the arts and sciences and strengthen the identity of the younger generation of Jews.

The Genesis Prize, dubbed the "Jewish Nobel Prize" by organisers, will be funded by the Russian businessman Mikhail Fridman’s Genesis Philanthropy Group.


Queen's Birthday Honours 2012

By Josh Jackman and Zoe Winograd, June 21, 2012

Judge Clive Callman has been knighted for his services to law, education and charity. The judge has been part of the Anglo-Jewish Association since 1956, and is a governor of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is also director of the Jewish Studies Foundation in London.

Another new knight is Sir Brian Pomeroy, honoured for his services to financial inclusion and the voluntary sector.


Pioneer journalist's 'delight' at OBE

By Josh Jackman, June 20, 2012

Felicity Green has expressed her delight at being honoured with the “remarkable” award of an OBE for services to journalism.


Queen's Award for Solihull and Glasgow charity

June 14, 2012

The Solihull Hebrew Congregation Thursday Club and Jewish Care Scotland’s Social Care Agency have received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service — the MBE for volunteer groups.

Run by Rabbi Yehuda and Dinie Pink, the Thursday Club was recognised for providing support and a social hub for the local elderly.


Eric Pickles praises caring nature of Yoni Jesner award winners

June 14, 2012

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles heard pupils from six Jewish schools discuss their good deeds at the 2012 Yoni Jesner Awards ceremony at the Camden Centre on Monday.


Israeli's Holocaust novel shortlisted for foreign fiction award

By Jennifer Lipman, April 24, 2012

An Israeli author is in the running to win a fiction prize worth £10,000.

Aharon Appelfeld’s novel, Blooms of Darkness, is one of six titles shortlisted for the 2012 Independent Foreign Fiction Award.

The book, translated by Jeffrey M Green, tells the story of the relationship between a Jewish boy and a prostitute at a brothel where he hides from the Nazis.