Business

Now they're putting a Torah on the moon

By Nathan Jeffay, May 7, 2015

The moon could have its own holy ark and Sefer Torah within three years, thanks to a crowd-funded initiative to land a sacred scroll on the lunar surface.

The Torah on the Moon project is asking people worldwide, Jewish and non-Jewish, to "buy" a letter in the specially-designed, 5in Torah, which will be launched in an unmanned spacecraft and left on the moon in a special capsule-like ark.

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Music man Len Blavatnik tops Rich List with £13 billion

By JC Reporter, April 26, 2015

Investor Len Blavatnik is the UK's wealthiest person with a fortune of over £13 billion, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

The 57-year-old, who owns Warner Music and has investments ranging from oil to publishing and digital music, tops the annual survey of the country’s 1,000 richest people, up from fourth last year.

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Baron David de Rothschild warns over terrorism and internet hate

By Sandy Rashty, April 23, 2015

Baron David de Rothschild has warned about the threat of terrorism and spread of hate messages on the internet.

Speaking to a 280-strong audience at the UJIA charity’s Yom Ha’atzmaut business breakfast on Thursday, the banker and senior figure in the French Jewish community warned about the rise of people engaging in terrorist activities in Western countries.

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Ros Altmann: 'Orthodox Jewish women can take leadership roles'

By Sandy Rashty, April 21, 2015

Ros Altmann will take up a ministerial position “at the heart of government” if the Conservatives are elected to power, the prime minister has announced.

Dr Altmann, who will sit as minister with responsibility for financial consumer protection and financial education, will also be made a Tory peer irrespective of the election outcome on May 7.

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Shimon Peres in hospital for checks after “feeling unwell”

By Sandy Rashty, April 20, 2015

Shimon Peres pulled out of a business event on Monday after complaining of feeling unwell.

According to Israeli journalist Niv Elis, the 91-year-old former Israeli president was taken to hospital for checks.

Mr Peres was due to speak at an event for start-up company KamaTech which brings Orthodox engineers into the Israeli high-tech sector.

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Alan Sugar plans major factory investment in Bolton

By Sandy Rashty, March 11, 2015

British Jewish businessman Lord Sugar has unveiled new plans to build a 20,000 sq ft factory in Bolton.

The plan to build the plant, which will form part of his Amscreen technology group, was announced yesterday.

The British Jewish businessman tweeted: “Excited for Amscreen investment in new Bolton manufacturing plant - engaging w local businesses & bringing new jobs.”

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Israeli financial technology companies pitch for British business

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

Israeli companies specialising in financial technology are set to pitch their products to British business leaders next week.

The 14 companies – specialising in mobile banking, anti-fraud software and risk-management solutions - were selected from 45 companies who applied for the British Embassy in Israel’s UK Israel Tech Exchange programme this year.

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Nikki Gewirtz, the Duchess of Cambridge's favourite Jewish princess

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

Nikki Gewirtz never wanted a career, but this week the designer behind a multi-million pound business received an MBE for services to jewellery design.

“Not bad for a girl who never wanted to go to school or work — from being a normal Jewish Princessy type of girl, I now have to deal with legal letters.”

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Israel companies profit from popularity on London Stock Exchange

By Sandy Rashty, February 26, 2015

More Israeli companies were listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) than from any other foreign country in 2014, it was announced this week.

UK investors attending a summit at the LSE on Monday were told that interest in Israeli companies had grown steadily.

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‘Jews were scapegoats’ in Guinness scandal, claims peer

By Sandy Rashty, February 3, 2015

Lord Mandelson has backed a call for a public inquiry into the Guinness scandal, arguing that the Jewish businessmen jailed over the affair were scapegoats.

In 1990, Ernest Saunders, Tony Parnes, Sir Jack Lyons and Gerald Ronson were found guilty of criminal offences in inflating the value of Guinness shares and all, except Sir Jack, were jailed.

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