Jewish life

'Spice girl' wows Odessa

August 11, 2011

When Bertha Pogrebinsky left Odessa 100 years ago, a silver havdalah box was among treasured possessions she took with her.

Now the spice box has been returned to the Odessa community by her granddaughter Sue Finer during a fact-finding trip to the city by 11 Edgware Reform Synagogue members.


Conversion hailed in Monmouth

August 11, 2011

The first Herefordshire Jewish Community service held in Monmouth also marked the official acceptance into Judaism of Andrea Berry-Ottaway, the long-serving HJC secretary.

Former members of the community from all over the country were among the congregation and the service was led by Rabbi Aaron Goldstein, who supported Ms Berry-Ottaway throughout her conversion process.

The Herefordshire co


Ravenswood looks to improve

August 11, 2011

Norwood has launched a consultation process with residents of its Ravenswood facility in Berkshire and their families to assess how best to use vacant buildings and land and enhance the living environment.

The charity - which runs the residential community for adults with learning disabilities - estimates that 20 acres of land is no longer in use and could deteriorate over time.

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David Lewis, face of Eilat tourism mourned

By Simon Rocker, August 11, 2011

David Lewis, the Anglo-Jewish entrepeneur who turned Eilat into an international holiday destination, died at his London home on Tuesday aged 87.

His Isrotel group, which brought five-star luxury to the desert resort with the opening of the King Solomon's Palace in 1984, now owns a dozen hotels and spas across Israel.

Rafi Shalev, director of the Israel Government Tourist Office in London, s


Israel, Jewish world marks 9th of Av

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2011

Thousands of people have visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem today to mark the sombre fast of the 9th of Av.

The 25 hour fast is observed in memory of a number of tragic events in Jewish history, including the destruction of both temples and the Babylonian exile, the collapse of the Bar Kochba revolt and the start of the Spanish Inquisition.


Leeds' fresh chapter

August 8, 2011

Fifty people attended the inaugural lecture at a refurbished Jewish library in Leeds.

The Blema Lorie Library has been rehoused in north Leeds' Lubavitch Centre.

It is dedicated to the memory of the mother of the current Leeds Jewish Representative Council president, Hilton Lorie. Blema Lorie was noted for her voluntary work for Jewish organisations.


EastEnders star Dot cottons on to her Jewish roots

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

Actress June Brown has discovered that her ancestors were Sephardi Jews expelled from Africa during the Spanish inquisition.

The EastEnders star, who has played Albert Square gossip Dot Cotton since 1985, is the latest celebrity to learn more about her Jewish heritage on the BBC series Who Do You Think You Are?


Farewell to one of the last Cochin Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, August 1, 2011

The Jewish population of the Indian town of Mattancherry has dropped to single figures.

The funeral of Isaac Judah Ashkenazi, an 83-year-old Jewish resident of the town, was held on Sunday.

Mattancherry, in the Kochi region (formerly known as Cochin), was once home to a small but solid Jewish population of 250. A community was first recorded there in the 15th century.


Merseyside police appoint first Jewish chaplain

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 29, 2011

Merseyside Police's chief constable has welcomed the force's first Jewish chaplain who may be called upon to support officers on traumatic crime scenes.


IVF couple's last-ditch baby plea

By Jessica Elgot, July 28, 2011

A couple who have spent seven years trying for a baby, spending £35,000 on IVF treatment, have been told that egg donation could be their last chance for a family.

The couple, who have chosen to stay anonymous, have gone through seven bouts of IVF after the husband was told he had a low sperm count. In April, the wife became pregnant, but miscarried a month later.