Pesach

Design a Matzah Cover competition winners

By Libby Galvin, April 4, 2011

Five-year-old Saskia Berger has been announced the overall winner of last month's competition to design a matzah cover. She has been awarded a personalised matzah cover of her own plus £250 worth of Hobbycraft vouchers for her school, and £50 worth of Hobbycraft vouchers for herself.

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Pesach aid rises as slump bites

By Simon Rocker, March 31, 2011

The United Synagogue is sending out more Pesach food and voucher parcels than it budgeted for because of economic conditions.

David Kaplan, US community services director, said 570 parcels were being distributed compared to the 400 it had originally allowed for.

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Are you still a Pesach slave?

By Gita Conn, March 25, 2011

We may have only just enjoyed Purim but the tyranny that is Pesach already looms over the minds, muscles - and budgets - of observant women. As it is written in Exodus, "there shall be no leaven found in your houses; for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel."

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Tweet your way from Passover to Easter

By Jennifer Lipman, March 9, 2011

Posting messages on Twitter throughout the meal might not make for the most relaxing family Seder, but a new scheme wants users of the social networking site to Tweet the Easter story staring with Pesach in Jerusalem.

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Tesco's big Manchester Pesach push

March 4, 2011

Tesco has fired the first shots in a Pesach price war by unveiling a record 500-plus Passover items, including 12 own label lines and many special offers.

And Manchester's Prestwich and Cheetham Hill stores will be among those carrying the biggest ranges.

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Manchester families cook up funds for the Fed

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 11, 2011

Eighty-five Manchester families have cooked up a tidy sum for Federation of Jewish Services' welfare projects from the charity's third annual Fed Friday appeal.

The idea is that families raise money by hosting a Friday night dinner and asking guests to make a donation to the Fed rather than buying the hosts a gift. Hosts also had the chance of winning a four-course catered Friday night dinner for 12 in a raffle.

Federation of Jewish Services marketing officer Joyce Khan said £5,000 had been raised with the prospect of more to come.

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The rise and rise of the Jewish loaf

By Bernard Josephs, April 15, 2010

It takes the end of Pesach to remind us just how important bread is in the Jewish diet.

With the last box of matzah resigned to tooth grinding memory, normality is at last returned to our digestive tracts. Let's face it, although matzah has its charms there is nothing like bread to bring on that feeling of nourishment and wellbeing.

Artisan bakers have always played an indispensable role in Jewish life. Take a look at any Jewish area in London. You will find a cornucopia of bakeries where the dough is kneaded day and night.

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What if Moses had an iPhone...

By Jessica Elgot, April 1, 2010
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The 10 plagues - reimagined if Moses had an iPhone app...

Hat Tip: Tablet.

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Which is better, Pesach or Easter?

By Simon Round, April 1, 2010

This weekend, Easter and Pesach coincide. This gives us the welcome opportunity to compare and contrast the two festivals and come to a firm conclusion about whether Christians or Jews have the better time.

On the surface the assumption is that the Christians win hands down. They get to eat chocolate eggs whereas our eggs are hard-boiled… and have salt water over poured over them for good measure. Plus they get chocolate bunnies and we don't get any bunnies at all, even with salt water on.

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Reform rabbi: Jews should think of Palestine during Seder

By Simon Rocker, March 25, 2010

The head of BBC's religion and ethics asked whether Jews think of Palestinian suffering at Pesach during a demonstration Seder last week.

Aaqil Ahmed was among a select group of journalists who attended the event organised by the Reform movement.

According to The Tablet, the Catholic magazine, guests were discussing "plagues of the modern world" when Mr Ahmed asked: "Not speaking personally, but journalistically, I would ask, do people remember the plight of those people today who suffer oppression at the hands of the Israelis?"

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