Row over tourists' food bill goes viral

September 8, 2016

An Israeli tourism organisation has sparked a debate over dining charges after eight Chinese diners paid more than £3,000 for a meal.

A receipt from a restaurant in the Arab town of Abu Ghosh, outside Jerusalem, went viral on social media this week.

The bill included a charge of around £1,200 for alcohol and £800 for the use of a private room.


Michelin-rated London kosher restaurant shuts down

By JC Reporter, December 27, 2015

The only Michelin-listed kosher restaurant in London has closed.

Bevis Marks The Restaurant, which had been open for 13 years in the City of London, shut on December 24.

In an email to customers, directors Susan and Kenneth Arfin said: “We would have hoped the restaurant would have continued as kosher and it certainly wasn't for the want of trying, but it wasn't to be.


Restaurant owner broke cousin’s jaw in business row

By Josh Jackman, December 8, 2015

A restaurant owner has pleaded guilty to assaulting his cousin on the street outside the business they owned together.

Ariel Levy, 26, of Hamilton Terrace in north-west London, admitted to committing actual bodily harm by twice punching 28-year-old Zion Levy in the face, leaving the victim with a fractured jaw which necessitated a diet of soft foods for six weeks.


Paris mayor: Jewish life is vibrant here

By Nathan Jeffay, May 14, 2015

With her city's Jews still reeling after the Hyper Cacher supermarket murders in January, the Mayor of Paris gave an impassioned speech in Jerusalem this week on her determination to fight antisemitism.

Anne Hidalgo did not limit herself to general statements, but also addressed the thorny topic of whether opposition to Israel is sometimes used to obscure Jew-hatred.


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.


Finally! A gourmet guide

By Rosa Doherty, May 7, 2015

It is one of the favourite talking points for British Jews - where are the best places to buy and eat kosher food in this country?

A musician believes he can provide the answer. Daniel Biro has launched a website which promises to review gourmet kosher products and restaurants across Britain and Europe.


1701 restaurant to move from Bevis Marks

By Rosa Doherty, February 13, 2015

Kosher restaurant 1701 has announced it is shutting up shop on its current site at Bevis Marks Synagogue in the City of London.

A spokesperson for the restaurant, which opened less than two years ago, said that "the historical connection with Bevis Marks has been wonderful but unfortunately the location has proved limiting.


The story of Titanics, the unsinkable kosher deli

October 30, 2014

Stanley Hyman's grandfather, Joseph, established Titanics kosher deli in Manchester in 1913. It went on to become a community institution. Here we publish extracts from Mr Hyman's new book on the story of the shop.

In the beginning


Restaurant's 'false start'

By Rosa Doherty, June 12, 2014

Hertsmere Borough Council is investigating building work at a new kosher restaurant, after local traders complained it had started without permission.

Kosher chain Mr Baker submitted an application to convert a building on the high street in Borehamwood from a retail site to a restaurant.


How an Israeli restaurant owner and a Gazan Arab found food for thought - in Manchester

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 24, 2014

As Israel-Arab negotiations continue to founder, an unlikely meeting in Manchester between an Israeli and a Palestinian offers a positive reminder that harmony is possible — outside the political sphere at least.