On the air with Topol and Golda

By Michael Freedland, June 6, 2012

The old expression has it that it's a hard life being a Jew. That being so, try running a Jewish radio programme. Manchester's Jews are discovering this with the threatened closure of their 20-year-old show: Jewish Hour.


Money saving expert Martin Lewis sells website for £87 million

By Marcus Dysch, June 1, 2012

Consumer expert and JC columnist Martin Lewis has sold his popular money saving website for a staggering £87 million.

Mr Lewis set up for just £100 in 2003 and has agreed a deal with the Moneysupermarket brand.


New Statesman goes to the shtetl

By Simon Rocker, May 24, 2012

The left-wing New Statesman magazine put a kippah on the cover this week for a 72-page special issue on British Jewry, which was due to go on sale yesterday.


PCC backs Guardian over Jerusalem

By Marcus Dysch, May 24, 2012

The Press Complaints Commission has backed the Guardian after the newspaper refused to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

A picture of passengers on the city’s light railway observing a minute’s silence during the country’s Holocaust Memorial Day appeared in the Guardian’s centre pages, and on its website, last month.


Guardian pulls 'ghetto wall' letter

By Jessica Elgot, April 19, 2012

A letter which suggested Jewish identity was defined by "the ghetto wall" has been pulled from the Guardian's website after complaints.

The letter, written by Guardian reader Niels Engelsted, claimed that Israel was building the security barrier along the West Bank border as "protective wall building", creating conditions akin to living in a ghetto.


Time names Netanyahu one of top 100 most influential

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2012

The Israeli Prime Minister has been included in Time Magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world for the second consecutive year.

Benjamin Netanyahu was described as an iconic Israeli in a biography written for the magazine by Eric Cantor, the House Majority leader and the only Jewish Republican in congress.


The 500-member shul which cannot afford a full-time rabbi

April 6, 2012

Rabbi Charles Wallach has brought forward his retirement at cash-strapped Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue.

Chairman Michael Harris has informed members that the minister will leave his full-time employment at the end of April, although he will act as consultant rabbi on a freelance basis.

Although the shul has 500 adult members, many are elderly and 150 pay reduced subscription rates.


Ed Miliband lookalike tweeter loses PCC appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

A Twitter user and former professional Ed Miliband lookalike who was alleged to have posted antisemitic and threatening messages has lost his appeal to the Press Complaints Commission.

Shereef Abdallah went to the watchdog after details of tirades against Jewish or pro-Israel users, made under his name, were revealed in the Jewish Chronicle and three other newspapers in January.


Britain's basketball olympian

By Simon Rocker, March 29, 2012

Among those selected to carry the Olympic Torch across the country is one particularly apt choice, 85-year-old Lionel Price.

He is a veteran of the last London Olympics of 1948, where he represented Britain at basketball (and was, said the JC at the time, one of the team's "most effective players").


Leeds dance-off is Strictly for charity

By John Fisher, March 29, 2012

There were sequins and fake tan aplenty at Leeds Grammar School on Sunday as a Dancing Strictly contest was held in aid of charities including the Zone youth club, Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, Brodetsky Primary and the Donisthorpe home.