Royal family

William and Kate to have a 'ketubah' for the wedding

By Nathan Jeffay, March 10, 2011

Prince William and Kate Middleton are to receive a ketubah-style document to mark their wedding.

Michael Horton, a British-born calligrapher who lives in Jerusalem, took a traditional ketubah text and "de-koshered" it so that it would be suitable to honour a church wedding. He also removed the husband-to-wife obligations outlined in a ketubah, so that his text could be purely commemorative.


Lord Sacks on Royal Wedding guest list

By Simon Rocker, March 9, 2011

The Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks is to attend the wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton which will take place shortly after Pesach.

His office confirmed this week that he had accepted an invitation to next month’s event.

Other guests will include Reform movement president Rabbi Tony Bayfield.


Reform's royal invitation

By Simon Rocker, March 3, 2011

Recently retired Reform head Rabbi Tony Bayfield is certainly in royal favour. Having collected his CBE from Buckingham Palace last week, he has been invited to dine with the Queen and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle early in April. At the end of the month he will join them again, this time in Westminster Abbey for the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton.


Nazi controversy threat to King's Speech Oscar chances

By Jennifer Lipman, January 18, 2011

The award-winning film about Britain’s wartime king has been condemned for whitewashing history by an anonymous critic who some suggest is seeking to upset the film’s Oscar chances.

The King’s Speech, which stars Colin Firth as King George VI, follows the monarch as he ascended to the throne in 1936 and attempted to conquer his life-long speech impediment.

The film ends with the king’s powerful speech as Britain entered the Second World War, but in general makes few mentions of the Nazi threat.


No royal wedding holiday for King David pupils

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 13, 2011

Pupils at Manchester King David High School will have to attend classes on the royal wedding bank holiday.

Instead of having the day off, pupils will be celebrating April 29 in school uniform behind their desks while most other schoolchildren in the country are enjoying an extra day off.


Prince Harry meets Holocaust survivor in Germany

By Jennifer Lipman, December 20, 2010

Prince Harry has visited the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin.

Only five years ago the then 21-year-old prince was forced to issue apologies after a furore when he dressed as a Nazi, complete with swastika armband, at a London fancy-dress party.

But this week, during a visit to Germany for a charity gala at which he was honoured for his humanitarian work, Prince Harry was able directly to pay his respects to victims of the Holocaust.

He spent time with a Holocaust survivor who works at the Berlin museum, and spent at least an hour viewing the exhibits.


Prince lifts the lid on museum's revamp

By Jessica Elgot, December 16, 2010

Prince Charles paid tribute to the "enormous contribution" of British Jewry at the "royal opening" of the Jewish Museum in Camden on Tuesday.

The prince – a patron of the museum since 2008 – was impressed by its £10 million refurbishment, which was completed in March.


Mazeltov, your maj

By Simon Rocker, November 26, 2010

When Board of Deputies leaders popped in to see the Queen at Windsor Castle leader, they asked chief exec Jon Benjamin to get a large card in Hebrew to wish her mazeltov on grandson William's engagement.

But the card he bought was in Yiddish rather than Hebrew and so thought unsuitable to present. Perhaps they should have sent it to her machetunim, the Middletons.


Board tells Queen mazal tov during Castle visit

By Robyn Rosen, November 18, 2010

A board of Deputies delegation visited the Queen this week to wish her mazal tov on her grandson's engagement and discuss its 250th anniversary.

Board president, Vivian Wineman, senior vice president, Jonathan Arkush, treasurer, Laurence Brass, vice presidents Paul Edlin and Jerry Lewis and chief executive Jon Benjamin were accompanied by the president of the Elders of the Spanish and Portuguese Congregation, Alfred Magnus to a private audience with the Queen at
Windsor Castle on Wednesday.


Princess Diana’s designer Elizabeth Emanuel tipped for royal wedding

By Jennifer Lipman, November 17, 2010

The Jewish fashion designer behind Princess Diana’s wedding dress has been tipped to create one for Kate Middleton.

Paddy Power has odds of 5 to 1 that Elizabeth Emanuel will make the gown in which the future queen will walk down the aisle.

Ms Emanuel, who designed Diana's dress with her her husband David Emanuel, set up the couture wedding and evening-wear salon Art of Being in 2005.

Not only did she create the princess’s outfit for the 1981 royal wedding, she also designed the black taffeta dress in which the then Lady Diana Spencer made her flashbulb debut.