Jewish life

Grandma goes to jail every month

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 21, 2011

Getting in and out of one of the UK's highest security prisons is not easy, even for the innocent. But regular fingerprinting, photographing and a body, shoe and belongings search do not faze 76-year-old Trudy Barres, the last remaining League of Jewish Women volunteer working at HMP Manchester.


Sefton Samuels captures the North in print

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 15, 2011

Iconic photographs of northern Jews are included in a new 200-page book by one of northern England's most successful photographers.
Sefton Samuels was invited exclusively to a rare photo session on Coronation Street's 1960's set, at other times it was a casual stroll past George Best's clothes shop which afforded the opportunity to take pictures which were to make their way to the National Portra


Strictly Kosher: I give it two sequins

By Simon Round, July 14, 2011

It was called Strictly Kosher but if you were taking all your information from this documentary you would probably conclude that Manchester Jewry was a cross between Glee and Fiddler on the Roof.

We saw the community through the eyes of three main characters - or should that be caricatures?

Joel owns a clothes shop frequented by women who are never knowingly under-sequinned.


Strictly Kosher: Fun, and strictly true to life

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 14, 2011

When a Jewish mother walked into a packed Brackman's, north Manchester's most well-known kosher bakery, on Tuesday, she received celebrity treatment.


Fight to save Suburb library

By Jessica Elgot, July 7, 2011

Leaders of a campaign to save Hampstead Garden Suburb's library are calling for support from the Jewish community, which accounts for more than 40 per cent of borrowers.

Some 2,500 signatures have been collected for a petition opposing Barnet Council's plan to close the library in September.

A letter from Kerem Primary School is among a number sent to the relevant Barnet officials.



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.