Media

YouTube invite brings in 80,000 barmitzvah guests

By Katie Taylor, November 5, 2010

A barmitzvah invitation which assumed a life of its own on the Internet has gone to more than 80,000 people — and the numbers are still rising.

Michael and Jacqui Goodman, formerly of Edgware, north London, decided to send out a different kind of invitation to the barmitzvah of their son, Eyal.

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Ofcom rejects complaint againt Channel Four investigation into Islamic group

By Simon Rocker, October 25, 2010

The television watchdog Ofcom has rejected complaints against an investigation into an Islamic group broadcast by Channel Four’s Dispatches earlier this year.

The programme, presented by journalist Andrew Gilligan, looked at the Islamic Forum for Europe which it described as a “fundamentalist” group that had “secretly infiltrated” the Labour party and was “exerting influence” over Tower Hamlets Council in East London.

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Chief Rabbi is YouTube hit

By Simon Rocker, October 25, 2010

A video of the Chief Rabbi singing Oseh Shalom has just received its millionth Youtube visitor.

The song, set in a new version by Shabbaton choir director Stephen Levey, was recorded by leading producer Trevor Horn and featured three chazzans as well as children from the Moriah Jewish Day School.

“I’m delighted it has touched so many people,” said Lord Sacks. “It’s a piece of music that has lifted people’s spirits.”

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Jewish journalists sweep media awards

By Jennifer Lipman, October 21, 2010

Journalist and JC columnist Daniel Finkelstein has been named political commentator of the year.

Mr Finkelstein, the executive editor of The Times, received the prize at the Editorial Intelligence comment awards 2010 on Thursday morning.

The FT columnist Gideon Rachman won the award for best foreign commentator, while Christopher Hitchens was named magazine commentator of the year.

The Independent editor Simon Kelner, who is launching a new youth title for the paper next week, was awarded the Chair’s Choice prize.

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Danny Cohen named as new BBC One controller

By Jennifer Lipman, October 15, 2010

Danny Cohen has been appointed as the new controller of BBC One.

The 36-year-old has been controller of its sister channel, BBC3, since 2007 and overseen a rise in the digital channel’s audience.

Under his leadership BBC3 was twice named Digital Channel of the Year at the Edinburgh TV Festival

Mr Cohen, whose partner is economist and writer Professor Noreena Hertz, is from Edgware in north London, and studied at Oxford University.

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Natasha Kaplinsky to leave Channel 5

By Jennifer Lipman, October 14, 2010

Newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky is to leave her job at Channel 5 at the end of the year.

The presenter, reportedly one of the highest paid in Britain, has been part of the channel’s news team since February 2008.

Prior to that she worked at the BBC, where she was the third woman to present the flagship Ten o’Clock News programme.

Her departure is one of a number of changes being made by Jewish media mogul Richard Desmond, who bought Channel 5 in July.

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Hamas 'target journalists' in Gaza

By Jennifer Lipman, October 13, 2010

Hamas has closed down the offices of the Palestinian Journalists Union in the Gaza Strip.

Members of the terrorist organisation raided the Fatah-dominated union’s headquarters and announced that it would be closed until further notice.

Abdelnasser al-Najar, the head of the union, said more than 20 media organisations had been shut down since Hamas took power in Gaza in 2007.

He said this was the latest in a series of "violations of the rights of the media".

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Fury as Jewish paper pulls same-sex marriage announcements

By Jennifer Lipman, October 6, 2010

The publisher of a Jewish newspaper has said a controversial decision to stop printing same-sex marriage announcements may have been made “too quickly”.

The New Jersey Jewish Standard had published a piece on its “Lifecycles page” marking the engagement of Avichai David Smolen, 23, and Justin Taylor Rosen, 24, in the September 24 edition of the New Jersey weekly.

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Hall of Fame: Michael Bloomberg

September 28, 2010



"Happy 12th birthday Google. Looking forward to celebrating your Bar Mitzvah next year!"






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On this day: Happy birthday Google

By Jennifer Lipman, September 27, 2010

Can it really be only 12 years since Google began? The search engine was developed by Stanford University students Larry Page, of Jewish descent, and Sergey Brin, the son of Russian Jews who emigrated to America in 1979.

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