Centre makes Brighton rock

By Cecily Woolf, March 22, 2012

Brighton and Hove Albion football club chairman Tony Bloom officially opened the new Hillel student centre in Brighton.

Around 60 people attended the event at the revamped centre at the city's Middle Street Synagogue.

Mr Bloom welcomed the new facility and said it was important for students to have somewhere to turn for help during difficult times on campus.

The centre has been refurbishe


Blooms asbestos pay-out

By James Brewster, March 22, 2012

The daughter of a waiter who died from asbestos-related cancer after 30 years working in Bloom's kosher restaurant has settled a damages claim against her late father's employers for £70,000.

Miltiades Charalambous, known as Milton, emigrated from Cyprus to Finsbury Park in the mid-1960s. He worked as a waiter at Bloom's, on Whitechapel High Street, between 1967 and 1996.


Scottish Jewry: Hiding our identity 'to avoid abuse'

By Marcus Dysch, March 22, 2012

Scottish Jews hide their religious identity to avoid abuse and attack, a wide-ranging survey has found.

Israelis living in the country reported that they often pretended to be French or Turkish to "avoid uncomfortable situations".

Being Jewish in Scotland was compiled by the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities.


Case settled over asbestos-related death of former waiter at Bloom's

By James Brewster, March 20, 2012

The daughter of a waiter who died from asbestos-related cancer after 30 years working in a Kosher restaurant today settled her damages claim against her late father's employers for £70,000.


Organic chickens to go on sale in March

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 24, 2012

Kosher organic chickens will go on sale in Britain next month.

Barnet-based Biblical Foods has been campaigning to get organic certifiers to recognise shechitah as a humane method of slaughter.


A flexible friend aids restaurants

By Simon Rocker, February 23, 2012

Harsh economic conditions and increased competition have made life tougher for kosher restaurants over the past few years.

But owners have at least been able to benefit from the London Beth Din's greater flexibility in supervision policies.

The authority does not insist that all licensees must employ a full-time shomer (supervisor) on the premises.

"It is difficult to generalise regarding


Food, glorious food, and the state of kashrut from plate to consumer

By Marcus Dysch, February 23, 2012

Tributes flowed around the world when the iconic Bloom's restaurant in Golders Green finally closed its doors in 2010.

But while the likes of Steven Berkoff, Maureen Lipman and Giles Coren mourned its demise, others questioned how such a supposedly popular eaterie, which first opened in Whitechapel in 1920, could end up going into liquidation.


Kosher in small communities

By Marcus Dysch, February 16, 2012

No kosher butcher, no kosher baker, and not even any Shabbat candles for sale.

What do you do when you want to keep kosher but your nearest kashrut-friendly store is three hours away by car?


Raising a glass to growing sales

February 9, 2012

More than 600 people came in from the cold in central London on Monday evening for a warming taste of the best in kosher wine and spirits.

The drinks were on Kedem Europe, which hosted the Kosher Food and Wine Experience at the Park Lane Hotel.


Keeping kosher is good for us

By Cari Rosen, February 3, 2012

When it comes to food fads, life can be terribly confusing. One minute the doctors are telling us that eating butter will blow our cholesterol sky high and we must avoid it like the plague. The next? Butter is hailed as a hero in a world of margarine scare stories.