Nose-job video 'offensive'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2012

A supposedly comical ditty about rhinoplasty, performed by a Jewish musician, has raised questions about body image and religious stereotypes in the US.

The trouble started after a Miami plastic surgeon nicknamed "Dr Schnoz" commissioned Jewish punk rock group The Groggers to help him use social media to reach Jews between the ages of 15 and 30.

But it subsequently emerged that in return for


Sir Martin Gilbert wins prestigious Israeli prize

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2012

The British historian Sir Martin Gilbert has won a prestigious Israeli prize honouring achievements of outstanding scientific, technological, cultural or social impact.

Sir Martin, the official biographer of Winston Churchill and the author of 80 studies including of Israeli and Jewish history, was named as the recipient of the $1 million Dan David prize earlier today.


How UK feared and fawned over Mubarak

By Bernard Josephs, December 29, 2011

A frank Foreign Office assessment of Hosni Mubarak appears in a 1980 document just released by the National Archive.

Mr Mubarak, then Egypt's vice president, is described as a "friendly and cheerful" personality but the Foreign Office warned that his "affable exterior concealed a degree of ruthlessness".

Mr Mubarak was considered by British officials to be the most likely successor to Presi


Anniversary marked at Mumbai synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, December 22, 2011

The Jewish community of Mumbai has marked 150 years since the founding of a synagogue by Jews from Baghdad.

The Magen David Synagogue in Byculla was built in 1861 by the former leader of the Baghdadi Jewish community and is one of the oldest in the country.


Stone-setting for 1843 death

By Jonathan Kalmus, October 10, 2011

A stone-setting for a man who died penniless in 1843 will be the first ceremony for more than 80 years at Liverpool's historic Deane Road Cemetery.

No gravestone was erected for Dutch immigrant optician Lyon Samson, who had been supported by donations from the then Liverpool Old Hebrew Congregation.


Heritage plea over care site

By Jessica Elgot, October 6, 2011

The Jewish Heritage UK director has joined the campaign to stop the total demolition of the former Jewish Maternity Hospital site in a Tower Hamlets housing project.

Sharman Kadish this week wrote to developers the Peabody Trust, arguing that the "the historic significance to the Jewish community has not been fully appreciated".

She suggested the developers "accommodate retention of the well


Cable Street march remembered 75 years on

By Jessica Elgot, October 4, 2011

More than 1,000 people joined a march from Aldgate to the Cable Street mural last week to mark 75 years since the famous march against the fascists in the East End.


The battle of Cable Street: original footage

By Jennifer Lipman, October 4, 2011

On October 4 1936, Jews, Communists and trade unionists vowed not to let Oswald Mosley and his fascists pass. Watch footage from that historic day.


Cable Street memories: The day that every horse went down

By Jessica Elgot, September 27, 2011

For Cable Street veteran, Michael Sherbourne, the famous battle against the fascists in Whitechapel, 75 years ago next Tuesday, was a foregone conclusion.

"It was a deliberate provocation. We knew we were going to stop them."


Online, after a mere 400 years

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2011

Part of one of the most important texts in the Jewish canon is to be made available online for the first time, fulfilling a request by its previous owner.

The first two books of the Mishneh Torah, the comprehensive code of Jewish law written in the 12th century by Moses Maimonides, the Rambam, were acquired by Oxford University's Bodleian Library around 400 years ago.