Kosher

Harrow halal plan raises Jewish shechitah fears

By Jessica Elgot, August 12, 2010

Shechita UK have expressed concerns over a backlash against kosher meat after parents and animal rights groups protested against the new halal school dinners offered by Harrow Council.

Newspaper reports claimed that residents were worried about "the methods used to slaughter animals in this way".

Parent Sheila Murphy told the Harrow Observer: "The Farm Animal Welfare Council has lobbied the government to get kosher and halal slaughter banned. The method is deemed cruel by some animal-lovers."

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Interim agreement on New Zealand shechitah ban

By Dan Goldberg, August 12, 2010

New Zealand's small Jewish community has won a minor victory in its legal battle against a government ban on kosher slaughtering.

In the High Court in Wellington on Monday, Justice Denis Clifford approved a consent order to permit shechitah until the trial reaches court, which is not expected until next year.

The decision comes as UK Jewish leaders step up efforts to prevent the European Parliament from passing a law that will mean kosher meat must be labelled "meat from slaughter without stunning".

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Kidnappers ‘forced man to issue a get’

By Leon Symons, August 5, 2010

Strictly orthodox rabbis are fighting claims that a woman's marriage is invalid because her husband was forced to issue a get under duress.

Friends of her ex-husband have started a campaign claiming he gave it after he had been kidnapped.

But the Union of Hebrew Congregations dismissed the claims and insisted he had been paid nearly £16,000 to give it.

"This man abandoned his family and now wants to get revenge and stir up trouble," said a UOHC source.

Neither the man or the woman can be identified but he is an American living in New York and she lives in London.

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Israel boycotters pitch up in Waitrose

By Robyn Rosen, August 5, 2010

Security guards were forced to remove protesters who pitched a tent in the aisle of a Waitrose store and spent an hour urging shoppers not to buy Israeli goods.

The protest was organised by Brighton Jordan Valley Solidarity and its supporters included Simon Levin, one of the seven activists cleared last month of damaging an arms factory after successfully claiming they had acted to prevent Israeli "war crimes".

Staff called police after 10 protesters refused to move from the store in Western Road, Brighton.

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Shtetl show for Leeds children

By Jessica Elgot, August 5, 2010

Leeds is opening a Jewish educational centre where children can take a walk through time into a 19th century eastern European shtetl.

The Jewish Heritage Centre for Children, due to open in October, is the brainchild of Leeds Lubavitch education director Shoshana Angyalfi and her project co-ordinator Ruth Bell, who gave the JC a sneak preview of the museum.

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Israel boycotters pitch up in Waitrose

By Robyn Rosen, August 5, 2010

Vsecurity guards were forced to remove protesters who pitched a tent in the aisle of a Waitrose store and spent an hour urging shoppers not to buy Israeli goods.

The protest was organised by Brighton Jordan Valley Solidarity and its supporters included Simon Levin, one of the seven activists cleared last month of damaging an arms factory after successfully claiming they had acted to prevent Israeli "war crimes".

Staff called police after 10 protesters refused to move from the store in Western Road, Brighton.

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Asda store no longer kosher

By Jessica Elgot, July 22, 2010

Asda has stopped retailing kosher food at its Milton Keynes store but says the range may be restored if the demand if demonstrated.

Asda spokeswoman Daniela Hardy said: "We have taken out the kosher range but we value the opinions of our customers, so would consider making it available again if there was a groundswell of support for it in the local area.

"Our full kosher range is still available online and is constantly reviewed."

Earlier this month, we reported that Asda had removed kosher items from its store in Liverpool's Sefton Park, again citing poor sales.

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Mystery over Carole Sobell catering company

By Robyn Rosen, July 22, 2010

A company run by the well-known kosher caterer Carole Sobell - Carole Sobell Limited - has gone into administration.

Paul Whiter of insolvency practitioners B&C Associates said: "They had a demand from the Revenue and Customs to pay a lump sum each month which they couldn't do.

"We will produce a report within eight weeks to send to the creditors about the state of affairs."

Carole Sobell Limited was set up in 1996. The caterer is now trading under the name of Carole Sobell Events, a separate company established in 2007.

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Pledge to fight EU shechita ban

By Robyn Rosen, July 22, 2010

The president of Shechita UK has urged the community to lobby MPs to prevent new EU regulations requiring kosher meat to be labelled "meat from slaughter without stunning".

Last month the European Parliament voted in favour of the amendment to the provision of food information to consumers, just two weeks after New Zealand banned kosher slaughter.

Henry Grunwald QC urged the Board of Deputies on Sunday to contact their MPs before the bill comes back for discussion in September.

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Lineker's kosher craving

By Simon Rocker, July 22, 2010

Returning from presenting World Cup coverage in South Africa, television pundit Gary Lineker was straight back to work this week filminga new advert for Walkers crisps.

He was spotted along with pop star Lionel Richie in Vivian Avenue, Hendon.

Perhaps they were shooting for one of the new exotic World Cup crisp flavours including Yorkshire Pudding and Dutch Edam.

If Mr Lineker is longing for some South African cuisine as inspiration, he could always pop into the Kosher Delicatessen in Brent Street where they now stock beef boerewors.

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