Jewish life

Book this machzor

By Simon Rocker, March 25, 2013

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has published his edition of the Pesach Machzor — the third in his planned series of prayer books to cover the five major festivals.

Produced by Jerusalem publishers Koren, the books are set to become the standard machzorim for the modern Orthodox English-speaking world.


Nightingale House unveils new kitchen

By Zoe Winograd, March 25, 2013

With 200 residents, 300 members of staff and non-stop opening hours 365 days a year, Nightingale House could be the biggest kosher catering operation in the country. As a result, last October the Clapham Jewish care home opened a new £900,000 kosher kitchen to cater for its large residential community.


Time for a Sephardi revolution?

By Reuven Shirazi, March 22, 2013

A prominent Jewish leader came to speak to the Jewish Society in Cambridge recently. In his speech, he outlined how essential Israel is for Jewish continuity, noting how it had absorbed refugees from Europe (after the Holocaust), India, Ethiopia, and later the former Soviet Union.


Family in a viral spiral

By Sipora Levy, March 22, 2013

Helen Schulman’s fifth novel, This Beautiful Life, (Atlantic, £7.99), set in contemporary Manhattan, is a bold exploration of a family at breaking point, with themes of sex, love and morality.


What we were doing last time Pesach was this early, back in 1899

By Jennifer Lipman, March 22, 2013

The last time we sat down to Seder so early in the year, the country had not long before celebrated a diamond jubilee and the community was deep in discussion about international antisemitism and the views of a pope.


‘No other pope has been so engaged with Jews’

By Ed Kessler, March 22, 2013

As the first Argentine Pope, Francis I comes from a country where there are 230,000 Jews in a country of 37 million, of whom 80 per cent are Catholic.

The new Pope is likely to follow in the footsteps of John Paul II and Benedict XVI. He was appointed cardinal by John Paul II in 2001 and is a Latin American with Italian roots, who studied in Germany. His spoken English is good.


Ukrainian community: boycott us

By Anna Sheinman, March 21, 2013

Leaders of the Ukrainian Jewish community have asked the Jewish Agency (Jafi) to boycott the Ukraine by cancelling its board of governors meeting due to be held in Kiev this June.


Learning to collaborate in Elstree

By Jay Grenby, March 18, 2013

For the fourth year running, the Elstree area Orthodox communities came together for an educational event organised jointly by the Hertfordshire Learning Experience and Seed.

Close on 100 members of the United, Federation and Sephardi shuls attended the pre-Pesach seminar at Yavneh College featuring a keynote address by Rabbi Dr Akiva Tatz.


Fowl play as new chicken line is launched

By Simon Rocker, March 18, 2013

A new line of chickens aimed at strictly Orthodox consumers was due to reach shops in London this week as an alternative to the Kedassia brand.

Oif Mehadrin chickens — oif is Yiddish for poultry, mehadrin describes a stricter standard of inspection — are being distributed by wholesalers Lewco Pak under the label of the London Board for Shechita.


Banking on JSoc growth at Canary Wharf

By Sandy Rashty, March 11, 2013

JSocs are spreading into the corporate arena, allowing Jewish employees at major financial and law firms In Canary Wharf to get together for social, cultural and religious activities.