Agent to the oligarchs

By Sandy Rashty, June 23, 2016

Gary Hersham, otherwise known as the estate agent to the super-rich is the man that foreign buyers come to when they want to splash out millions of pounds on a Mayfair mansion. Diamond tycoon Lev Leviev and oligarch Roman Abramovich have him to thank for finding their London homes - and many other properties too.


Rabbi's home cost sparks £1m legal case

By Simon Rocker, June 23, 2016

The S and P Sephardi Community is embroiled in a GPB1 million dispute over the home of its senior rabbi.

The London Sephardi Trust, which has acted on behalf of the community, negotiated a price of nearly £1.75m for the freehold of the house of Senior Rabbi Joseph Dweck, but the freeholders argue they should be paid £2.88m.


Rabbi helps Langdon promote new college

June 17, 2016

A Charedi rabbi whose son has benefited from a Langdon education opened his Tottenham home for a meeting for parents interested in sending their children to Langdon's new Edgware college.

It will operate full-time from September, offering life skills and educational and professional courses to those aged between 16 and 25 with mild-to-moderate learning difficulties.


Barnet backs £10m housing

May 12, 2016

Plans for a £10 million redevelopment of Jewish Care buildings in Hendon to provide 32 one- and two-bedroom independent living apartments for older people have been approved by Barnet Council.

The six-storey Ella and Ridley Jacobs home and the adjacent Sam Beckman dementia day care facility were closed at the end of last year with residents and members relocated to a new facility in the charit


Property firm blocked from developing listed synagogue

By Simon Rocker, May 12, 2016

A judge has blocked plans to develop the synagogoue of the defunct Blackpool United Hebrew Congregation because it would affect the character of the Grade II-listed building.

Thompson Property Investments had applied to build flats at the back of the 100-year-old building, which was deconsecrated in 2012 and sold.

The plan had originally been rejected by the council after objections from His


Fortune of £13 billion makes Reuben brothers UK’s richest

By Rosa Doherty, April 25, 2016

Property and internet tycoons David and Simon Reuben are the UK's wealthiest people with a fortune of over £13 billion, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

Brothers David, 77, and Simon, 74, who are of Iraqi Jewish descent, have a collection of London property which includes Millbank Tower, the John Lewis Partnership HQ in Victoria.


We're all going to Stamford Hill-on-Sea

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2016

Within a few months, Joel Friedman hopes to be an Essex man.

As Stamford Hill's Charedi population continues to rise and house prices soar beyond the reach of ordinary families, the young Orthodox father of six is looking to move to pastures new. He plans to be among the pioneers of a Charedi community about to be set up an hour or so further east - in Canvey Island.


Gaining housing benefits

April 7, 2016

The Industrial Dwellings Society has taken over the Otto Schiff Housing Association in a link-up which IDS chief executive Paul Westbrook believes will signicantly enhance its work.

"Despite being the largest and oldest Jewish-led housing association, IDS has experienced difficulties in prioritising Jewish applicants for our homes," he explained.

"We will benefit from OSHA's rules which spec


Students' capital home-from-home

By Naomi Firsht, May 7, 2015

Jewish students often look to Hillels or Jewish halls of residence to provide a home-from-home experience while at university. Yet in London, hub of the UK community, there are none serving the estimated 2,000 Jewish students.


Housing is hot hustings topic

April 23, 2015

The Leeds Jewish Housing Association chair has warned a Tory general election candidate that the Conservatives' commitment to giving housing association tenants the right to buy would be "the death knell for small housing associations".