From City jungle to zoo keeper

By Jennifer Lipman, July 11, 2013

The city of London is often described as a jungle, but for Daniel Simmonds it clearly was not wild enough.

Mr Simmonds gave up his job as an oil trader — and the six -figure salary that went with it — to become a keeper at London Zoo.

Now he is the focus of The Zoo, a three-part ITV1 fly-on-the-cage documentary about life looking after the animals.


No apology from peer for ‘Zionist lobby’ slur

By Marcus Dysch, July 11, 2013

Controversial peer Lord Ahmed has admitted blaming “the Zionist lobby” for the demise of Press TV in Britain.

During an interview with the Iranian-backed channel, he said the “influence of the Zionist lobby” had led to “misunderstanding between civilisations”.


Al-Dura man loses case

By JCReporter, June 27, 2013

A media analyst who accused a French TV network of forging its report on the death of Mohammad al-Dura — a 12-year-old boy killed in Gaza in 2000 who became an icon of the second intifada — has been convicted of defamation by a Paris court after a lengthy legal battle.


Ukip leader Nigel Farage set for Jewish Chronicle debate

June 27, 2013

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage is to take part in a discussion event hosted by the JC.

The MEP will be interviewed by the newspaper’s editor, Stephen Pollard, followed by an open question and answer session.

The event will be held at a venue in north west London on Wednesday July 10.

Places in the audience can be reserved by emailing


Canadian Jewish newspaper not dead yet

By JC reporter, June 21, 2013

The Canadian Jewish News won a reprieve from extinction on June 13 when its board of directors unanimously approved a new business plan to attract new advertisers and subscribers and revamp its structure.

The plan included new editorship and reducing costs by sacking a number of its 50 employees, including three long-time writers.


Disney man animated over fun way to teach Jewish education

By Jennifer Lipman, June 21, 2013

As an animator for Disney, he has worked on films like Pocahontas, Mulan, and Winnie the Pooh. Now Saul Blinkoff is hoping that his cartoons will bring colour and fun to Jewish education.

Mr Blinkoff is on the advisory board of Jewish Interactive, the organisation that develops technology that can be used to teach children about Judaism. It works with nearly 30 Jewish schools in the UK.


Board warns of ‘enemies’ spying on its meetings

By Marcus Dysch, June 14, 2013

Live online broadcasting of Board of Deputies meetings has provided greater scrutiny of the organisation’s work, but could allow “hostile activists” to spy on the community.

A decision on whether to continue the streaming of meetings is due to be taken by deputies this Sunday following a controversial trial of video technology over the past year.


Media’s trail of blood along the rotten path to stardom

By James Inverne, May 31, 2013

The actor had the spotlight. This was the moment, the moment he'd been rehearsing under his breath and in front of the mirror and at every chance he got. And he didn't want to screw it up. He faced his audience, and he began his oration.


Football star’s campaign for murdered journalist

By Jonathan Gilbert, May 23, 2013

A sporting legend is demanding the resignation of Brazil’s football chief for inciting the murder of a Jewish journalist.

Romario, who scored 1,000 goals in a celebrated international career, has accused Jose Maria Marin, the president of the CBF, Brazilian football’s governing body, over the death of former BBC reporter Vladimir Herzog in 1975.


Melanie Phillips sets up her own media empire

By Jennifer Lipman, May 17, 2013

Journalist and political commentator Melanie Phillips has launched her own media company publishing high-brow books as well as selling branded tote bags and mobile phone covers.

Ms Phillips, a high-profile columnist for the Daily Mail and the JC, and a prolific author, has set up EM (short for Electric Media) in an effort, she said, to stand up for the little guy.