Topshop boss Sir Philip Green planning mass store closures

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2011

Sir Philip Green has announced that up to 260 stores in his Arcadia retail empire will close in the next few years after a dramatic fall in profits.

The billionaire entrepreneur, whose group owns chains including Topshop, BhS and Dorothy Perkins, has revealed that the company saw a 38 per cent fall in annual profits.


Succah at Occupy London Stock Exchange

By Jennifer Lipman, October 18, 2011

Protesters at the Occupy London Stock Exchange have been invited to take temporary shelter – in a succah.

Following in the footsteps of Jewish demonstrators in New York, a group of British activists have decided to put up a "protest succah".


Anti-Jewish protesters at Occupy Wall Street

By Jennifer Lipman, October 17, 2011

A conservative group has highlighted incidents of antisemitism and anti-Israel activity at the Occupy Wall Street protest.


Yom Kippur the Occupy Wall Street way

By Jennifer Lipman, October 7, 2011

More than 300 people have said they will attend a Kol Nidre service in the middle of what may be the biggest protest to hit New York City in decades.

The Yom Kippur service at the Occupy Wall Street site has been organised on Facebook by Daniel Sieradski, a digital entrepreneur who founded a website enabling people to customise prayer books and Haggadot.


Defence cuts 'madness' say IDF chiefs

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 27, 2011

The battle for social justice, demanded by hundreds of thousands on the streets of Israel throughout the summer, is swiftly becoming the battle for the defence budget.


Sussex post for scholar

By Simon Rocker, September 22, 2011

An Israeli scholar who has written books on Jews in European sport and on the impact of the economy on Jewish history has joined Sussex University's Centre for German-Jewish Studies as its new director.

Gideon Reuveni - who has a doctorate from the Hebrew University and has taught at universities in Australia and Germany, as well as at Ben Gurion University in the Negev - will also be a reader


Israel moves to reduce power of big business

By Anshel Pfeffer, September 22, 2011

Two high-level government committees are about to change the way Israel's economy functions.

One of the two bodies addressed the issue of cross-ownership in a report issued on Monday. The other, which is due to deliver its initial report next week, will propose new priorities for the government's budget.


George Soros says goodbye to hedge fund career

By Jennifer Lipman, July 27, 2011

Billionaire George Soros is to retire from his lengthy hedge-fund career.

Nearly 20 years after he made some £1 billion betting against the Bank of England on Black Wednesday, the 80-year-old businessman has decided to retire, save for the management of personal assets.


Struass-Kahn quits IMF to focus on assault case

By Jennifer Lipman, May 19, 2011

Dominique Strauss-Kahn has resigned from the International Monetary Fund.

It comes after the former IMF chief was accused of sexual assault by a hotel maid in Manhattan. He was arrested and taken to Riker's Island jail. He is set to appear in court on Friday.

The French politician, 62, said in a statement that he was leaving to "protect the institution."


Pesach aid rises as slump bites

By Simon Rocker, March 31, 2011

The United Synagogue is sending out more Pesach food and voucher parcels than it budgeted for because of economic conditions.

David Kaplan, US community services director, said 570 parcels were being distributed compared to the 400 it had originally allowed for.