Moses defeats Spider-Man over Pesach filming

By Jennifer Lipman, March 21, 2013

A local politician in a heavily Orthodox Jewish area of New York has thanked the producers of Spider-Man for "letting my people park".

The next episode in the Spider-Man franchise, which stars Jewish actor Andrew Garfield as the webbed superhero, is being filmed in Williamsburg.


The Maccabeats: Les Misérable, A Passover Story

By Jennifer Lipman, March 19, 2013

A Pesach tune with a theatrical edge just in time for Pesach.


Doing a brisk Pesach trade in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 18, 2013

Manchester shoppers are taking advantage of the Pesach price war among the major supermarket chains.

Tesco offers the greatest choice of Passover goods and at its Prestwich branch, newly married Ari Spitzer — who will be making his first Passover with his wife — said the community appreciated the efforts of supermarkets to cater for Jewish consumers.


Specialist stores buying in big for Pesach

By Sandy Rashty, March 18, 2013

The perennial Pesach battle between supermarkets and kosher stores has been renewed with vigour.

Significant reductions offered by Tesco and other market leaders have forced kosher stores to “buy in bulk”, according to Joseph Cohen, owner of Hendon shop B Kosher.


Rakusen’s matzah is back at Tesco

By Sandy Rashty, March 18, 2013

Rakusen’s matzahs are once again on the Tesco shelves for Pesach following resolution of a pricing dispute.

At the time of the disagreement back in 2009, Rakusen’s complained that the supermarket was “hammering people all the time over prices. It’s just not viable to stock goods there.”


The way we were — and still are?

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2013

'Those who are acquainted with the requirements of the Passover festival, and the increased price at that period of all provisions… tremble at the additional and indispensable expense which [it] demands."


Quinoa ban for Pesach goes against the grain

By Simon Rocker, March 14, 2013

It was the grain that was thought to beat the Pesach ban.

Quinoa, the South American cereal-like substance that has become fashionable in health food shops, seemed to be the answer to those looking for an acceptable alternative to chametz.

But many rabbinic authorities remain reluctant to give it the all-clear for the festival.


Giles Coren’s Seder with a difference

By Anna Sheinman, March 14, 2013

Some might balk at inviting famously vicious food critic Giles Coren to dinner, so it is just as well that in the BBC’s upcoming programme on Passover, he is the one hosting.

The show sees Mr Coren hold a Seder, attended by the JC’s own Rabbi I have a question columnist Rabbi Naftali Brawer, philosopher Alain de Botton and Reform Movement Rabbi Laura Janner Klausner.


Matzah on the menu at King David for Obama in Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, March 12, 2013

He is one of the most powerful people in the world, but even Barack Obama is unlikely to be able to circumvent Pesach food restrictions when he visits Israel next week.

The US president is due to arrive in the Jewish state on Wednesday March 20, just a few days before the start of Passover.


Pesach chametz collections in Barnet

March 11, 2013

Barnet Council is once again providing a Pesach collection service, enabling residents to dispose of chametz before the start of the festival.

Collections will take place in designated roads on March 24 and 25 and residents are asked to place food waste into black plastic sacks or their black domestic waste container.