Jewish life

No inner city blues for happy inner city Jews

By Jessica Elgot, July 7, 2011

Synagogues in the heart of the UK's major cities could get a new lease of life as young Jews shun the suburbs in favour of city living.

New city centre apartments in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham are making inner city living more attractive to Jewish professionals.


The schooolboy fooling Penn and Teller

By Candice Krieger, July 7, 2011

Fooling two of the world's most renowned illusionists with a magic trick is no easy feat. But 14-year-old budding magician Daniel Kramer intends to do just that when he appears on new prime-time ITV1 television show Penn & Teller: Fool Us, tomorrow night (July 9).


Hatzola volunteers save Somali toddler

By Robyn Rosen, July 7, 2011

Two strictly Orthodox men and a medic from Hatzola, the Charedi ambulance service, have saved a young London Somali boy from a fire.

Last Thursday Josh Berkovitz ran into a blazing house in Tottenham, north London, next door to his office, Pride Autos, after he heard a mother screaming that her baby was trapped in the building.

He was alerted by colleague Nochem Perlberger, a former paramedi


Jonny, 20, is mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, June 30, 2011

An Oxford University student who was killed in a road accident last weekend was described as a "wonderful" person who made his family very proud.

Jonathan Roberts, 20, was out walking when he was struck by a car.


JCoSS: Don't stop believing, it can happen

By Jennifer Lipman, June 30, 2011

Almost a decade after its founders gathered to discuss the idea, the UK's first cross-communal Jewish secondary school has been officially opened.


Free school entry rules challenged

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2011

The Government has no plans to lift the quota which limits free schools to selecting only half their pupils according to religion.

New draft guidelines on admissions issued by the Department for Education state that when free schools have more applicants than places, "at least 50 per cent of places are to be allocated without reference to faith".

But Rabbi Jonathan Guttentag, chair of the Na


Farewell to Yiddish in London's East End

By Simon Rocker, June 30, 2011

A literary circle dedicated to the preservation of Yiddish for 75 years held its final meeting in the East End of London on Saturday afternoon.

Weekly attendance at the Friends of Yiddish, founded by British Jewry's best-known Yiddish poet, A N Stencl, had dwindled to just a handful, with age and the exodus of the Jewish population from what was once the epicentre of Yiddish London having taken


Manchester parades its contribution

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 24, 2011

A giant menorah and dreidles were among the sights enjoyed by the 70,000 spectators at the Manchester Day Parade as the Jewish community was represented for the first time.


Life on the beat with the Hill street Jews

By Robyn Rosen, June 23, 2011

Sergeant Michael Loebenberg says that being a Jewish police officer in Stamford Hill has its advantages and challenges.

"It's obviously not a traditional job for Jewish people," said the 28-year-old United Synagogue member. "My family were concerned about antisemitism.


East European Jews out and proud, says survey

By Nissan Tzur, June 23, 2011

While the vast majority of Jews in Eastern Europe are concerned about antisemitism, it plays a minor role in the formation of their identity, according to a wide-ranging survey commissioned by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).