Community urged to lobby MPs on climate change

By Naomi Firsht, October 2, 2015

Community members have been urged to lobby their local MPs over climate change.

The call came at the Board of Deputies’ first ever forum on the issue.

Synagogue members were also urged to raise climate change at meetings of their shul boards.


Honey sweetens Women's Week pot

May 18, 2015

The face of this year's Wizo UK Jewish Women's Week collection campaign is Yossi, who struggled at school because of severe learning difficulties, but was given the opportunity through Wizo to train as a chef in Israel. He now manages a trendy Jerusalem restaurant.


Netanyahu closes on right-wing coalition

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Six weeks after winning the election and only a few days before the final deadline to present his cabinet to the president, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed coalition agreements with two parties, with three other parties close to doing a deal.

For now, Labour will remain in opposition and the new Likud government will be backed by 67 Knesset members.


Cancer victim honoured

By Rosa Doherty, April 24, 2014

A family has raised £300,000 for a new cancer unit named in memory of their son who died from the disease at the age of 19.
Rob's Day Unit was opened as part of a new £12 million Young Oncology Unit at The Christie hospital in Manchester.

Robert Broude was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer when he was only 17 years old.


The fruits of shmittah do not only grow on trees

By Rabbi Jeremy Gordon, March 23, 2014

A twig once delivered an epiphany. One warm Jerusalem evening I was part of an outdoor Friday evening prayer service. I felt a branch, from the tree next to me, brushing against my shoulder. I went to snap it off and stopped. It was Shabbat. On Shabbat I move and the twig lives to bud another day.


Queen's Brian May hits back in badger genocide row

By Anna Sheinman, September 13, 2013

Former Queen guitarist Brian May has claimed that the Jewish community’s outrage over his description of the culling of badgers as a ‘genocide’ was a ‘manufactured’ smear by the ‘pro-cull lobby’.

Mr May, a campaigner for animal rights, had called the government-ordered killing of 5,000 badgers in the West Country a ‘genocide in the countryside’.


Green MP Caroline Lucas in Israel meter row

By Marcus Dysch, August 16, 2013

The Green Party’s only MP has been criticised after she backed campaigners calling for a boycott of an Israeli eco-friendly company.

Caroline Lucas has lobbied Southern Water over its deal with Arad Technologies, one of the world’s leading producers of hi-tech water meters.


Israeli clean tech car firm folds

By Anna Sheinman, May 30, 2013

Better Place, the electric car company that was once a poster child for the Israeli clean-tech industry, went into liquidation this week.

Founded in 2007 by Shai Agassi, a former executive at leading software firm SAP, the company raised over £500 million in investments, but did not see the sales it expected.


The man putting the cycling into recycling

By Zoe Winograd, May 17, 2013

Every year, over 27,000 bicycles are abandoned in London. Most are turned into scrap metal but, thanks to a former Habonim Dror member, some are now being salvaged as part of a scheme to help refugees.


I’ll make Tel Aviv greener (and pinker)

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 17, 2013

If Nitzan Horowitz wins Tel Aviv’s municipal election in October, the city will be able to mark a double first.