Jewish life

Natalie Joel: NW London, Israel and now a maid in Chelsea

By Sandy Rashty, July 23, 2015

You might recognise Natalie Joel from Channel 4's award-winning reality TV show, Made in Chelsea.

She walked into the show, which follows the lives of south-west London's trendy folk in their twenties, as the 5ft 2ins girlfriend of the much taller show favourite Hugo Taylor, who towers above her at 6ft 3ins.

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Exclusive: Reform rabbis approve streamlined conversion process

By Sandy Rashty, July 14, 2015

People with a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother will no longer have to undergo a full conversion process, the UK Assembly of Reform Rabbis has decided today.

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Grassroots plus establishment equals strength to face challenges

By Fiona Sharpe, July 9, 2015

Grassroots organisations came to the forefront last summer at the height of the Gaza conflict. It seemed that new pro-Israel, anti-establishment groups were popping up daily.

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UK rabbis urge support for Beth Alexander in custody battle

By Tal Fox, July 7, 2015

A group of leading British rabbis have criticised the Austrian Jewish community for its treatment of a British woman involved in a custody battle with her Austrian ex-husband.

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World Jewish population reaches pre-Holocaust level at 16.5 million, report says

By Sandy Rashty, June 29, 2015

The number of Jewish people in the world is almost the same as it was before the Holocaust, according to Israeli think-tank, the Jewish People Policy Institute.

Before the Holocaust – in which six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis – there were 16.5 million Jews in the world.

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Leading food industry figure Sir Harry Solomon honoured at British Israeli Business awards

By Sandy Rashty, June 8, 2015

Sir Harry Solomon was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Israeli Business Awards on Monday night.

He told the 250-strong audience that he was "truly flattered and honoured to have been given the award".

The 78-year-old is best known for founding one of Europe’s largest food businesses in the 1976, Hillsdown Holdings.

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Patek Philippe and the Sterns: A Jewish question

By Sandy Rashty, June 4, 2015

There we stood, a group of four, gormlessly peering into a glass cabinet which contained the Patek Philippe exhibition’s crowning glory.

The Grandmaster Chime – which is now being displayed at the Saatchi Gallery on London’s King’s Road – is the most complicated wristwatch the luxury Swiss firm has ever made.

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We thought the end was near, says Farhud survivor

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2015

A British Jewish group has called on David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission to include the Farhud in its memorial project.

On 1-2 June 1941 – 74 years ago today - a Nazi-inspired mob rose up and attacked Iraq's Jewish community, which numbered 140,000 at the time.

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Meet the new Mad Men

By Sandy Rashty, May 11, 2015

Picture this. Two Jewish film-makers sit down for a meal at boulangerie chain Le Pain Quotidien. It is Pesach, so Adam Baroukh and Eddie Sternberg are sifting through the menu for bread-free options.

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Leading Italian rabbi Elio Toaff dies aged 99

By Sandy Rashty, April 22, 2015

Rome’s Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff – who fought the Nazis and strengthened relations between the Italian Jewish community and Catholic Church after centuries of mistrust – died on Sunday.

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