More families ask for help to pay their Pesach bills

By Jessica Elgot, March 22, 2012

Record numbers of people are approaching welfare organisations for financial help to meet the cost of keeping Pesach.

Around 550 United Synagogue congregants have requested assistance.


Pesach comes early to Tesco shelves

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 23, 2012

Shoppers are bemused but in pocket over Tesco's early launch of its Pesach range.

Kosher for Passover dried goods were on the shelves in Tesco branches in major Jewish areas at the beginning of the month.


Fowl play

By Cathy Forman, February 16, 2012

Kedassia, the kashrut arm of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, is to cut the cost of poultry by 50p a kilo in the four weeks before Pesach.

"We want to relieve the heavy financial burden on families," said UOHC executive co-ordinator Chanoch Kesselman. "The bills run up as families buy in more.


American literary heavyweights produce radical new haggadah

By Gerald Jacobs, December 16, 2011

A great many Seder tables next Pesach could feature an imaginative presentation of the Passover story in the form of the New American Haggadah, which will be published in the UK in February.


Manischewitz makes massive Monster Matzah

By Anna Slater, June 15, 2011

The global leaders in matzah production have celebrated the opening of new headquarters by baking a giant version of the product.

The "Monster Matzah" was baked for the opening ceremony of Manischewitz's new Newark office.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker did the honours and measured the matzah, which was nearly 42 inches wide and weighed about 25 pounds - the equivalent of 330 regular matzot.


Campus notebook: Vote for your representatives

May 19, 2011

● Elections for the new Northern Region Jewish Students' committee are due to close this weekend. Students can vote at The site contains details of all the candidates running for positions, which include president, treasurer, secretary, PR officer and Scotland representative.


Enjoying Pesach at 30,000ft

By Venetia Thompson, May 6, 2011

Excuse me, madam? Excuse me?"

I opened my eyes to see a burly BA stewardess standing over me, her wrists buckling under the weight of two giant trays.

"Here are your special meals."


In celebration of bread

By Jennifer Lipman, April 27, 2011

With Pesach over for another year, a look at what we've all been missing



Even the matzah is different

By David Robson, April 21, 2011

We always had two Seders at home, the second rather shorter than the first. It was my parents, my brothers and me - a small affair.


Pesach celebrates the liberation of God, too

By Mordechai Beck, April 21, 2011

The dramatic telling of the biblical story of the Exodus from Egypt is interrupted by a seemingly unrelated command, to follow a new calendar: "God said to Moses and to Aaron, 'This month shall be for you the first month – the premier one among all the months of the year'"(Exodus 12: 1-2).