Jewish life

Barack Obama understands Jack Lew's religious identity

By Dan Friedman, January 24, 2013

When evening draws near on a Friday night, President Barack Obama makes sure that his Chief of Staff, Jack Lew, knows it is time for him to get home for Shabbat.

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Jewish burial for Michael Winner

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2013

Food writer and film director Michael Winner has been buried at a Jewish cemetery.

The 77-year-old, who died on Monday after being diagnosed with liver disease last summer, was buried at Willesden Jewish Cemetery.

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Newcomers who built Britain’s future

By Derek Taylor, January 22, 2013

Not long ago I was talking to a social worker from Manchester. She was complaining that in her city there were families with three generations who were unemployed; grandfather, father and son. I said that wasn’t really a problem; the youngster should go where there was work and when he’d made enough money, send back for his father and grandfather.

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M&S finds new market at site of founder's stall

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 21, 2013

Marks & Spencer is going back to its Jewish roots with a heritage market stall and coffee shop in Leeds, where M&S founder Michael Marks began trading.

These will open in March at Kirkgate Market, where Mr Marks had his penny bazaar stall from 1884. In 1894, he entered into partnership with Tom Spencer and the brand was born.

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A study in family and freedom

By David Robson, January 18, 2013

He died aged 93. A big, handsome, positive-minded man, his last years brought ill health. His memory failed and speaking became difficult. But on Friday night just before his death, there was one thing that animated him — kiddush. He joined in and was word-perfect. Last Pesach, when he hardly had the ability to ask, let alone understand the answer, he still knew Ma nishtana.

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Hearing impaired asked to assist research project

By Zoe Winograd, January 17, 2013

British Jews with hearing impairment are being invited to assist research by the Action on Hearing Loss charity.

The charity wants people to participate in focus group interviews and online surveys geared to improving understanding of how deafness affects those from ethnic minorities.

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He's the toast of his profession

By Zoe Winograd, January 11, 2013

Toastmaster Jonathan Waterman is a regional winner in the 2013 Wedding Industry Awards.

The Ilford Synagogue member was honoured in the "special touch" category. “I tie guests' cravats and join in the dancing ," he said. “It’s all about the couple . When I see my bride and groom are happy , then it makes me smile.”

Mr Waterman, 41, was voted for by his clients.

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After Hurricane Sandy a sheitel donor comes to the rescue

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2013

Three months after superstorm Sandy hit the United States, a New Jersey businesswoman has found an unusual way to come to the aid of strictly Orthodox residents whose homes were devastated.

Flora Shepelsky has donated more than 60 sheitels to women who saw their hairpieces damaged when flooding hit Seagate, a coastal town near Coney Island.

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Norwood in talks to rescue Drugsline

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

Drugsline, the UK’s only Jewish substance abuse charity, which closed its doors in September, is to be resurrected by leading Jewish charity Norwood.

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Community politics are not ghetto politics

By Martin Bright, January 10, 2013

One of the first meetings I had when I took the job as political editor of the JC was with the Board of Deputies of British Jews. The chief executive and president were curious to know why a gentile had taken the job and who I believed I was writing for. At the time, I thought this a rather peculiar question as I thought one clue at least lay in the title of the newspaper.

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