Jewish life

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.


Ros Altmann: 'Orthodox Jewish women can take leadership roles'

By Sandy Rashty, April 21, 2015

Ros Altmann will take up a ministerial position “at the heart of government” if the Conservatives are elected to power, the prime minister has announced.

Dr Altmann, who will sit as minister with responsibility for financial consumer protection and financial education, will also be made a Tory peer irrespective of the election outcome on May 7.


Looking for love? Your rabbi can help out

By Simon Rocker, April 16, 2015

Reform Senior Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner wants the movement to set up a matchmaking service to help put Jewish couples together.

Rabbis and cantors are well placed, she believes, to take the role of the traditional shadchan and enable prospective soulmates to meet.


Missing Stamford Hill girl found safe

By Sandy Rashty, April 15, 2015

A teenager was tracked down by Jewish security group Shomrim after she went missing yesterday evening.

The 16-year-old from Stamford Hill was described as “high risk” and “special needs”.


BBC documentary maker takes us Inside Harley Street

By Sandy Rashty, April 8, 2015

If you had asked a few years ago what people associated with Harley Street, you would most likely have had very different answers to the same question today.


Couple raises one child Jewish, one Catholic

By Rosa Doherty, April 7, 2015

A mixed-faith couple who raised one child Catholic and one Jewish said they did so to keep both faiths in the family.

The Greenbergs of Pennsylvania raised their daughter, Katie, as a Catholic, and gave their son, Steven, a Jewish upbringing.


Mum’s the word for Facebook hit

By Sandy Rashty, March 27, 2015

“How can I get my son to eat more fruit?” “Where are the best places to buy swimming costumes in winter?” “Which Jewish schools are you applying for?” “Do you know a good Mandarin teacher in north-west London?” “Which Jewish camps are the best?” “How much should I pay my cleaner?” “How much should I pay my nanny?”


Jewish student was ejected from We Believe in Israel conference - and then allowed back in

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2015

A Jewish student was removed from a pro-Israel conference in London on Sunday after distributing anti-Israel material to attendees – and then invited back in to sit on a panel for the Union of Jewish Students.


Tory and Labour frontbenchers join in support for Israel at We Believe conference

By Sandy Rashty, March 23, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu’s win in the Israeli election and the upcoming general election in the UK were at the forefront of people’s minds at the We Believe in Israel conference in London on Sunday.

Around 1,500 people flocked to the event to hear politicians from across the political spectrum and representatives from 58 communal organisations talk about their solidarity with Israel.


Israel activists’ conference set to attract hundreds

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2015

MPs and senior shadow ministers will speak at a pro-Israel conference in central London on Sunday.

Politicians from the Conservative and Labour parties, and representatives from the Liberal Democrats and Ukip, will appear at the We Believe in Israel event, organised by Bicom and other pro-Israel groups.