House prices leaving most Israelis for dust

By Nathan Jeffay, June 10, 2011

It's the worry that is playing on the minds of government officials and Bank of Israel economists.


Mamlock House sold to housing group

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 18, 2011

A major Jewish social housing development is to be built in the heart of the north Manchester community on the site of the former Zionist headquarters Mamlock House.


Making the case for Leeds' staying power

By Jessica Elgot, January 20, 2011

Leeds Jewry's new development executive Susie Gordon is adamant that young people can be persuaded to ditch the bright lights of London in favour of life in the north. They just need some encouragement to tempt them up the M1, she feels.

"Once they are here, they have every reason to stay. This is a really successful community and I think you can have a better quality of life."

Mrs Gordon is developing a three-year strategic plan to both reverse the trend of young people leaving the community and strengthen its demographic base.


Tycoon property war erupts in Jerusalem

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 13, 2011

Jewish, Israeli and Palestinian millionaires are trying to go beyond politics and decide the future of east Jerusalem using their money and business acumen to wage real-estate battles against each other.

This week the demolition of the Shepherd's Hotel in Sheikh Jarrah, owned by the settlers' patron, American millionaire Irwin Moskowitz, made headlines around the world.

But another tug-of-war has been fought behind the scenes over a planned Jewish neighbourhood in east Jerusalem.


Ealing is building for the future

January 6, 2011

A major redevelopment project has started at Ealing Synagogue, where the community centre building is being transformed into a modern synagogue and centre tailored to the needs of the current congregation.

Features will include a functions hall with movable partitions, allowing increased capacity for prayer services. There will also be new offices for the rabbi and administrator, meeting rooms and kitchen and an area reserved for the disabled.

Merging the old with the new, the synagogue's original stained glass windows will be showcased in wall-mounted light boxes.


Anti-Arab ruling sparks fury

By Michal Levertov, December 16, 2010

A rabbinical edict which prohibits Jews from renting and selling homes to non-Jews has provoked uproar across Israel.

The ruling, which has been signed by over 200 chief rabbis, is to be examined by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, who is looking into bringing charges of incitement.

The Abraham Fund, an Israeli Jewish-Arab co-existence organisation, said that the authorities' slow response to a similar decree issued by Safed's chief rabbi, Shmuel Elyiahu, six weeks ago, encouraged this group of rabbis to make their provocative opinions known.


Hip flats to woo youth

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 16, 2010

A novel plan to offer fashionable and affordable housing targeted at young professionals in Leeds is to be launched in a bid to attract young people to the community.

The idea has come from Leeds' newly hired Jewish community development executive, Susie Gordon, who is developing a three-year strategic plan to reverse the numbers of young people leaving the community and strengthen its demographic base. She believes traditional community plans which rely on running events for young people is not enough.


Guess who's wowing the property world

By Candice Krieger, October 22, 2010

Who would have thought it? Israel has emerged as an unlikely force in the world’s property market, becoming one of the fastest growing nations. Global Property Guide, a trade magazine that monitors the housing market, reports that Israeli house prices in the second quarter of 2010 rose sixth-fastest out of 36 countries. Four of the top five, including Singapore and Latvia, were rebounding from sharp price drops. And over the past two years, Israeli prices have shot up faster than anywhere else in the world.


Appeal over school building

By Robyn Rosen, August 19, 2010

Developers Berkeley homes will appeal against a Hackney Council decision to stop a former school site being turned into luxury homes.

In March, hackney's planning subcommittee voted 5-4 against the proposal to demolish the old Skinners' School site in Stamford hill. Members of the Belz, Satmar and Lubavitch communities campaigned against the housing proposal and campaign leader and yesodey hatorah Schools' principal rabbi Avraham pinter considered the appeal "ill-advised. They don't have a chance of success."

The hearing is set for october.


FBI arrest Orthodox 'fraudster'

By Paul Berger, August 19, 2010

An American property developer who allegedly defrauded British Jews out of millions of pounds has been arrested by the FBI.

Eliyahu Weinstein, 35, lost a civil case earlier this month against London property tycoon Berish Berger, who had been swindled out of £23 million.

At least two members of Stamford Hill's Jewish community continue to pursue multi-million pound lawsuits against Weinstein in the US, following property deals that went sour.

Last week, FBI agents arrested Weinstein, who lives in the Orthodox enclave of Lakewood, New Jersey.