Federation adds three butchers to controversial new meat label

By Simon Rocker, September 4, 2015

The Federation of Synagogues has increased its presence in the kosher market by signing three butcher shops to its controversial new meat label.

Shefa Mehadrin, which has two shops in Manchester and one in Golders Green, this week agreed to come under Federation supervision.


Children teach parents better eating habits, says celebrity chef

By Sandy Rashty, August 11, 2015

The tables have turned.

Children are now scolding their parents about healthy eating as a result of better food education in schools, according to a study by celebrity chef Annabel Karmel.

And Ms Karmel, a member of West London Synagogue, believes that keeping kosher is no excuse for stocking up on stodgy goods.


Students attack NUS president over failure to implement Israel boycott

By Sandy Rashty, July 20, 2015

The National Union of Students has criticised its president over her “failure” to fully implement its Israel boycott policy.

At a National Executive Committee meeting on Monday, NUS chiefs backed a motion to censure president Megan Dunn after she allowed Coca Cola to sponsor the NUS awards this month.


Record crowd turns out for Gefiltefest

By Jessica Weinstein, June 28, 2015

Over 1,100 people attended Gefiltefest, the annual celebration of Jewish food, on Sunday.

The figure was a record for the festival, which has been running for six years, and a record for JW3, the Jewish community centre, which hosted Gefiltefest for the first time this year.


"Biggest ever" Gefiltefest this Sunday

By JC Reporter, June 26, 2015

Gefiltefest, the annual celebration of Jewish food, is set to take place this Sunday, with organisers expecting the biggest crowds in its six-year history.

Over 600 tickets have been sold for the festival so far, which takes place this year at JW3, the Jewish community centre, for the first time.


Nepal trekker repaying debt to guide

By Sandy Rashty, May 18, 2015

When the first earthquake shook Nepal, Jonty Hikmet was on a trek in the Himalayan Tsum Valley."It was really scary," recalled the 25-year-old former JFS pupil, who had been travelling around the region, delivering key supplies and giving massages in local villages.


Leeds chefs making a meal of their training

By John Fisher, May 14, 2015

The visit of Israeli chef Yossi Elud from award-winning Soho restaurant, The Palomar, to Leeds' MAZ community centre inspired eight amateur chefs to cook up a storm.

Under the tutelage of Mr Elud, Chloe Mitchell, Sara Graham, Rebecca Manning, Michele Jackson, Mike Sheaf, Andrew Lewis, Ayala Graham and Sarah Gould put their culinary skills to the test.


IDF hospital giving hope to Nepal

By Nathan Jeffay, May 7, 2015

Israel's field hospital in Nepal has now treated almost 1,000 patients and is acquiring a reputation as the best place for the injured to come for care.

"Because of the good care that Israelis are giving, injured people from my village want to transfer here," said 18-year-old Dawa Bohola, sitting in the orthopaedics tent with his injured foot in a treatment bath.

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Finally! A gourmet guide

By Rosa Doherty, May 7, 2015

It is one of the favourite talking points for British Jews - where are the best places to buy and eat kosher food in this country?

A musician believes he can provide the answer. Daniel Biro has launched a website which promises to review gourmet kosher products and restaurants across Britain and Europe.


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.