Jewish life

New Year Honours for Esther Rantzen, Joan Collins and Lord Young

By Sandy Rashty, December 30, 2014

A Hollywood actress, a television personality, a rabbi and at least two jewellers were among the 1,164 people who were recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, which was released this week.

TV presenter Esther Rantzen, who has described her Jewishness as a “central part of my identity”, was made a Dame.


Limmud 2014: Chief says take pride in Judaism and reach out to others

By Josh Jackman, December 30, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis arrived at his second Limmud with a message that Jews should take pride in their religion.

Rabbi Mirvis, the first UK chief rabbi to attend the cross-communal event last year, told a large audience that Judaism could be preserved by Jews helping others in a spirit of tikkun olam — healing the world.


The Bletchley codebreakers who never cracked

By Josh Jackman, December 24, 2014

Most daughters keep secrets from their mothers, but not usually because they are a matter of national security.

During the Second World War, Ruth Bourne, from Birmingham, worked at the codebreaking base at Bletchley Park as one of the team helping Alan Turing crack the Germans’ Enigma code.


Tel Aviv inspired to launch its own event

By Simon Rocker, December 23, 2014

One guest from abroad will be taking a particular interest in events at Warwick this year.

Israeli Tal Grunspan is chairman of the inaugural Limmud Tel Aviv, which is scheduled to take place over two days at a college in Jaffa next May.


Feeding Limmudniks is like catering biggest simchah ever

By Marcus Dysch, December 23, 2014

One of the biggest logistical challenges at the Limmud conference is the task of feeding thousands of people three times a day.

Satisfying hungry Limmudniks requires the largest kosher catering contract in Europe.


Michael Bublé helps former JFS student propose to his girlfriend

By Sandy Rashty, December 17, 2014
When former JFS student Anthony Goldman took his girlfriend Louisa Kremer to a Michael Bublé concert he planned more than a backstage meeting with the award-winning Canadian performer.

The nervous 25-year-old took the opportunity to interrupt Mr Bublé mid-song, got down on one knee and proposed to a shocked Ms Kremer.


Merger between JW3 and LJCC agreed

By JC Reporter, December 16, 2014

Agreement has been reached over the merger between JW3, the £50 million community centre, and the London Jewish Cultural Centre, it was announced today.

The two organisations will occupy a single site – at JW3 in Finchley Road, north-west London – from August 1 2015, when LJCC’s building, Ivy House in Golders Green, will close.


Regulator rules King David High School must change admissions policy

By Josh Jackman, December 15, 2014

King David High School in Manchester has become the latest Jewish school to be ordered to change its admissions policy.

The Office of Schools Adjudicator decided on Monday that admissions arrangements for September 2014 and 2015 “do not conform with the requirements,” and must be revised “as quickly as possible”.


UK Jewish Film Festival opens with gala on London’s Southbank

By Barry Toberman, November 7, 2014

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has praised the UK Jewish Film Festival and the Jewish contribution to the movie industry worldwide.

Mr Javid said the festival had for the past two decades “provided a unique platform for hundreds of film-makers telling thousands of stories, stories that provide stimulating and unique views of Jewish and Israeli culture”.


My barmitzvah inspired the Martian invasion...

By Angela Epstein, November 6, 2014

The year was 1979. And, as secret peace negotiations were thrashed out at Camp David, Israeli television ran rolling coverage and analysis of the ground-breaking meeting that, it was hoped, would lead to peace with Egypt. Expectations were mixed.