Jewish life

Jury to rule in Salmonella wedding case

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2011

An inquest into the death of a Jewish woman, who allegedly contracted salmonella at a kosher wedding, will also investigate concerns over her hospital treatment.

Last Friday at a pre-inquest hearing, Manchester's coroner confirmed that a jury will be required to decide how and why 82-year-old Rene Kwartz, from Crumpsall, died at North Manchester General Hospital last August.


Death of Stoke Jewish leader

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

The president of the Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire Synagogue has died.

Sydney Morris, who was in his mid 80s, spent nearly 30 years at the helm of the small community but saw it diminish from a congregation of 175 families to just two dozen members.


Manchester Jews will march in city parade

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2011

Manchester's Jewish community will be represented at the city centre Manchester Day Parade with a giant chanuciah after missing out on the inaugural parade last year.

Jewish Representative Council president Lucille Cohen complained that Manchester Jews would be forgotten if they did not take part in the carnival

event which attracted 50,000 people last June.


My big fat Jewish lego wedding

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011
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A traditional Jewish wedding - but with a difference. Watch Lego characters Rachmi and Yudit as they tie the knot, in a film made by Australian Menachem Aron.


Brighton rocks to the beat of Limmud

By Cecily Woolf and Yael Breuer, May 26, 2011

Brighton Limmud organisers Michelle and Gordon Kay said Sunday's event at Sussex University showed "how successful this community can be together".


Model JFS pupil is targeting beauty contest glory

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

A JFS pupil has her eye on the Miss England crown after being shortlisted for the Miss Hertfordshire prize.

Aged 16, Amy Zwirn is the youngest of the 37 hopefuls for the Herts prize of a year's modelling contract.

The El-stree girl confessed that her mum had entered her. "I didn't even know about it until I got an email when I was at school.


US settles beard case

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

The United Synagogue has reached a settlement with a kosher supervisor who sued it for allegedly objecting to the state of his beard.

Jonathan Abrahams, 58, a Lubavitch Chasid from Stamford Hill, North London, was made redundant by the US more than a year ago.

But after applying unsuccessfully for other jobs in the organisation, he filed claims of religious and age discrimination.


London Citizens stand by Islamist hardliner

By Martin Bright, May 26, 2011

A community organising group, feted by politicians across the political spectrum for its grassroots activism, has defended its links to an Islamist hardliner who expressed his support for Hamas terrorist leaders.

London Citizens, currently on a recruitment drive in the Jewish community, models itself on the kind of "community organising" with which Barack Obama made his name in


Marking the ups and downs

By Eylon Aslan-Levy, May 19, 2011

As a Jewish student living away from home, it is during festivals that I miss home the most. But as an Israeli too, Yom Hazikaron is an especially disorientating experience.

Thankfully I didn't feel homesick while organising Oxford JSoc's Yom Hazikaron service, because I have a good Jewish mother and father who schlepped from London to Oxford.


Israelis shocked at life in Britain

By Marcus Dysch, May 19, 2011

A group of Israeli parliamentary advisers say a visit to Britain to learn about pluralism in the Jewish community has revealed a stark contrast to their lives at home.

The fourteen, among them political advisers, Knesset spokespeople and parliamentary journalists, met representatives from all sections of British Jewry during the five-day trip.