Jewish life

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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”.