Ambassador's villa in Israel up for sale

By Anshel Pfeffer and Marcus Dysch, September 22, 2011

The residence of Britain's ambassador to Israel is to be sold, amid plans to move the diplomat to a more modern, accessible property.

The Foreign Office has put the luxurious villa on the market following spending cuts.


Salford campaigner forces referendum

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 9, 2011

A Prestwich campaigner for lower council tax has forced Salford Council to spend £150,000 on a referendum over whether to have an elected mayor.

Geoffrey Berg, 56, collected 10,000 signatures for a petition forcing the referendum within six months.


Leeds housing

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 9, 2011

The first of five fashionable apartments in a project geared towards enticing young Jewish professionals to live in Leeds is ready for occupation.

Leeds Jewish Housing Association will be charging £90 per week, significantly under market rents, for newly modernised one-bedroom flats in its Moortown Highmoor Close complex.


Erdogan hands back confiscated property

By Sami Kohen, September 1, 2011

The Turkish government has decided to return all confiscated property belonging to the country's non-Muslim communities, including Jews.


Fury over construction on site of cemetery

By Jessica Elgot, August 25, 2011

Strictly Orthodox leaders have pledged to organise mass protests against plans by Queen Mary, University of London, to build on the site of a Jewish cemetery in Mile End Road, east London.

The Committee for the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries in Europe is leading the campaign against the development of the Novo Sephardic cemetery, which now belongs to the university.


Leeds supporting Spanish transfer deal

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2011

Browsing the JC website in their Valencia home, Dovrat Levy and her husband Jorge Jaroslavsky were intrigued by a story on the efforts of Leeds Jewry development worker Susie Gordon to encourage newcomers.

Last week, the couple put that commitment to the test by starting a new life in England with 12-year-old son Daniel.


Businessmen fight fire with fire over hotel site

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2011

A showdown between two of Manchester's most powerful Jewish business figures ended on Wednesday, with the last day of a public inquiry to decide the fate of one of Manchester's most iconic buildings.

Eric Pickles, the Communities and Local Government Secretary, must now decide between Manchester City Council chief Sir Howard Bernstein, and the Hale-based Britannia hotelier Alex Langsam, for the


Israelis camp out in house price protest

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 21, 2011

July is a usually month in which Tel Avivians seek refuge from the sweltering heat in air-conditioned havens.
This time around, however, hundreds of students and young people have decided to sleep under the sky, erecting a couple of hundred tents along the well-to-do Rothschild Boulevard in protest over the rising housing and rent prices.


Claims Conference turns down Deputies

By Simon Rocker, July 21, 2011

The Claims Conference, the international body which distributes compensation to Nazi victims, has rejected a request from the Board of Deputies to reopen claims for former Jewish properties in East Germany.

The conference, which uses assets from previously unclaimed properties to fund welfare programmes for Holocaust survivors, closed its compensation scheme for heirs in March 2004.


The union, the names and the care homes...

By Jennifer Lipman, June 16, 2011

The GMB union has highlighted a number of Israeli and Jewish landlords who own Southern Cross care homes around the UK as part of its campaign in support of the employees of the failing company.

In the past fortnight, the GMB has sent press releases highlighting five of the 80 Southern Cross landlords.