Hotplate inspection shows risk

By Sandy Rashty, April 2, 2015

An emergency services group has urged community members to buy "only the latest models of hotplates" after a mass pre-Pesach inspection found that close on 40 per cent were a fire hazard.

British Friends of Zaka recruited firemen and electricians to examine 1,150 hotplates in London and Essex homes in the wake of the death of seven children in a Brooklyn fire ignited by a faulty hotplate last w


Chabad's Pesach food aid

April 2, 2015

Israel social services organisation Colel Chabad is helping thousands of poor families around Israel prepare for Pesach.

The charity has been sending food packages to 17,500 families, and will provide an additional 15,000 people with full Seder meals at Chabad houses around the country.

The Israeli government chose Colel Chabad to implement the national food security project.


Pesach proves 'justice and human dignity will prevail', says Ed Miliband

By Rosa Doherty, April 1, 2015

Ed Miliband has said he is inspired by the Jewish community and is proud to be a part of it in his Pesach message.

In a letter to British Jews the Labour leader said: “I want to send my warmest good wishes to the entire British Jewish community.


Edinburgh students union accused of antisemitism over pre-Pesach boycott vote

By Naomi Firsht, March 31, 2015

The president of Edinburgh Jewish Society has accused the student union of antisemitism for refusing to postpone a vote on boycotting Israel to be held the day before Pesach.

Emma Dubin, Edinburgh JSoc president, found out on Monday that a motion proposing a commercial and cultural boycott of Israel was on the agenda for the last student council meeting before the Easter holidays on Thursday.


Passover story gives hope to today’s oppressed peoples, says David Cameron

By Marcus Dysch, March 30, 2015

The story of Pesach can give hope to those who are oppressed around the world, David Cameron has said.

In his Passover message to British Jews, the Prime Minister called for increased efforts to bring peace to areas of conflict.

Mr Cameron said: “In so many countries, families and friends will be coming together to celebrate the freedom of their ancestors.


Passover bagels

By Nir Elkayam, March 19, 2015

This salmon and cream cheese bagel, complete with a hard crust and fluffy inside makes a great brunch dish for Pesach.

Makes about 20 bagels

400ml water
100ml oil (vegetable) or 100g margarine
30g sugar
10g salt
400g matzah cake meal
8 eggs
1 egg mixed with little water for glazing bagels
Optional: sea salt or crushed walnuts for sprinkling over the bagels


Lego creator is bricking it for Pesach

By Josh Jackman, March 19, 2015

Children have played with Lego for decades, but now they can add a Jewish element to their fun, with a Seder plate, tzedakah box and IDF soldier (right) all on offer.

Yitzy Kasowitz, a professional Lego builder from Minnesota in the United States, is selling the models as part of his Jbrick project.


'I cannot understand why prices are so high'

By Naomi Firsht, March 19, 2015

Shoppers preparing for Pesach in Golders Green are resigned to an eye-watering till receipt. It is not uncommon for those entertaining during the festival to spend a four-figure amount on food and drink.


Rabbi says shoppers are being exploited

By Naomi Firsht, March 19, 2015

The principal rabbi of a major north-London Reform community attributes the high cost of Pesach items to Jews exploiting their brethren, arguing that the message of the festival is being lost amid the retail frenzy.

"I think a lot of people get lost in the consumerism of Pesach and forget the essence of it," says Finchley Reform's Rabbi Miriam Berger.

"If we're meant to be remembering the bi