Jewish Chronicle

Hundreds enjoy JC Fun Day

December 9, 2008

Around 700 people braved the cold weather on Sunday to take part in the JC family fun day at Yavneh College in Borehamwood, Herts.

Visitors were greeted by the sight of hundreds of helium balloons that flooded the sports hall. There was bouncy castle, donut decorating, face painting, arts and crafts, hair and nails decorating, candy floss and popcorn.

Maccabi footballers coached some of the boys and the Jewish Princesses were on hands to sign books.

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Peter Levy stands down as JC Chairman

December 9, 2008

Peter Levy, who has been chairman of the Jewish Chronicle for five years, is retiring from the role, the JC announced this week. He will also be stepping down from the board of directors.

Mr Levy said: "It has been an honour and a privilege to chair the JC, but this is an appropriate time for me to step down, with a new editor and hopefully a new era of continued success for the Jewish Chronicle."

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Shalom to a master of foreign reporting

By Simon Rocker, July 18, 2008

Eric Silver, the former Israel correspondent for the JC and The Guardian, died in Jerusalem on Tuesday night aged 73 after a short illness.

The Leeds-born journalist, whose last JC article appeared four weeks ago, worked for The Guardian for 27 years from 1964 and contributed to the JC from 1987. He also wrote for The Independent, Time and Indian and Canadian publications and was the author of a biography of Menachem Begin and a book on non-Jewish saviours of Jews during the Holocaust.

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JC kept to the PCC code

July 11, 2008
The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) has rejected a complaint against the JC by a Jewish internet activist. David Appletree was interviewed in a People page item in May celebrating his work “battl[ing] Nazis and Shoah-deniers on Facebook”. Mr Appletree later took offence to the article describing him as “Texas-based” and in his 30s. He said that this information in itself put him at risk. The PCC said there was no breach of its code.

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Preston Bennett lunch

July 11, 2008

A celebratory lunch was held in the Jewish Chronicle boardroom last Thursday to mark 50 years of continuous advertising in the JC by estate agents Preston Bennett.

At the lunch — attended by Ronald Preston and Peter Bennett, their wives and senior executives — Mr Preston recalled that the first house he sold had been advertised in the JC.

Moreover, he had recently discovered that it was still occupied by the original purchaser.

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JC editor for Condé Nast magazine

July 4, 2008

JC editor David Rowan has been appointed editor of Wired, a national newsstand magazine to be launched by Condé Nast in 2009. He will leave the Jewish Chronicle towards the end of this year.

“I had one of those once-in-a-lifetime unsolicited approaches to create a UK version of America’s most exciting and innovative magazine, and it was too fantastic an opportunity to refuse,” Mr Rowan said.

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JC’s anthrax hoaxer escapes jail

By Dana Gloger, June 27, 2008

A man who sent a letter containing white powder to the JC’s offices escaped jail last week.

Ashraf Ali, 31, pleaded guilty last month to seven offences, five of them religiously aggravated.

Ali was given a nine-month sentence at Portsmouth Crown Court last Friday, but this was suspended for two years. He was also given a two-year supervision order.

The charges related to two offences of blackmail, four counts of racial or religiously aggravated harassment and one count of religiously aggravated intentional harassment.

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Editor’s memorial

June 20, 2008

A celebration of the life of William Frankel, former editor of the Jewish Chronicle, was held last week at the New London Synagogue in St John’s Wood.

His wife, Claire, read an extract from the work of Ralph Waldo Emerson and his son John recounted memories of his father. Mr Frankel’s successor, Geoffrey Paul, spoke about Mr Frankel’s time at the Jewish Chronicle and JC chairman Peter Levy also paid tribute. The 200-strong audience included other members of the family, friends and former colleagues.

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JC wins top design award

May 30, 2008

The Jewish Chronicle’s news section has won a coveted Award of Excellence from the Society of News Design (SND).

SND, an American organisation, has, for the last 28 years, sponsored an annual international competition to recognise excellence in newspaper design.

This year, the JC was one of only four British newspapers to win.

The others were The Guardian, The Observer and the Independent on Sunday.

The JC’s creative director John Belknap was also selected as one of the judges to choose the world’s best-designed newspapers.

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Anthrax 'guilty' plea

By Dana Gloger, May 30, 2008

A man who sent a letter containing powder to the JC’s offices has pleaded guilty to seven offences, five of them religiously aggravated.

The charges faced by Ashraf Ali, who appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court on Wednesday, related to two offences of blackmail, four counts of racial or religiously aggravated harassment and one count of religiously aggravated intentional harassment.

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