More than just a dip

By Victoria Prever, July 24, 2014

Hummus has become part of our national diet.

While it is not the staple food it is in Israel, supermarket fridges up and down the UK brim with the chickpea-packed paste.

However, according to Christian Mouysset and Ronen Givon — owners of Hummus Bros Levantine Kitchen — what we can buy here is a far cry from the real deal.


It's shwarmaggedon as Solly's closes down

By Simon Rocker, June 6, 2014

The Mediterranean might have been far away and the double-decker buses cruising past the awnings would have reminded you that you were not in Israel. But for 24 years Solly's brought a taste of Tel Aviv to Golders Green.

Now the shwarma towers have turned for the last time as one of London's first kosher Israeli restaurants closed this week, prompting laments from loyal customers.


Huge blaze halts Jewish charity dinner

By Rosa Doherty, May 20, 2014

A Jewish charity fundraising dinner came to an abrupt end when a fire broke out at Camden Stables Market , north London, last night.

Langdon, an organisation which helps people with learning difficulties, was hosting a young professionals dinner for 110 guests at Shaka Zulu restaurant when a blaze was discovered at 8pm.


Kosher store goes bust owing £150,000

By Sandy Rashty, May 12, 2014

A kosher grocer and butcher with stores in north and east London and Hertfordshire has gone into liquidation after 14 years in business. But a new company will be set up to continue trading.

Just Koshered Limited owes around £150,000, according to owner Avi Hotter, who insisted that creditors “will be paid”.


I ventured away from Brent Cross and survived

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2014

For a Jewish girl who has lived in London her whole life, all my shopping, sporting and general out-and-about activities have been confined to the north-west of the capital.

Like many members of the community, I prefer to spend my free time in local areas where there is parking, rather than travelling to places that may be just a few tube-stops away.


In praise of smoked salmon

By David Robson, May 9, 2014

I was distressed by the state of her. I would have needed a heart solid as klops not to be. Her distress was unmissable, her face was white as cream cheese, she seemed as downtrodden as the women in A View From The Bridge, though in her case it was a view from the bridge roll.


Singapore is a tiny, booming state — and loves Israel

By Zaki Cooper, May 9, 2014

When the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, visited the Jewish community centre for the inauguration of its new building in June 2012, he closed his remarks with the familiar refrain, “next year in Jerusalem”, adding, “but this year in Singapore”.


Why I can't give up roast chicken

By Gloria Tessler, May 2, 2014

Many people experience an epiphany at least once. For me, it was a sermon by Hendon Reform’s Rabbi Steven Katz, on shechita. I thought I was about to endure yet another justification for religious slaughter, but then realised he was not going down that road at all.


How an Israeli restaurant owner and a Gazan Arab found food for thought - in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 24, 2014

As Israel-Arab negotiations continue to founder, an unlikely meeting in Manchester between an Israeli and a Palestinian offers a positive reminder that harmony is possible — outside the political sphere at least.


Rabbis call for action on hunger

By Daniel Easterman, April 17, 2014

A cross-communal group of 30 rabbis is calling on political leaders to take urgent measures to help people who cannot afford to feed themselves.