Royal family

Shooting the royal couple

By Simon Rocker, April 21, 2011

When Kate Middleton walks down the aisle next week, David Coleman will be watching more intently than most. He will be in charge of directing live TV coverage of the ceremony for ITV and Sky News from the time guests file into the abbey.

A few days later the Stanmore Synagogue member will be on communal duty when he films the Chief Rabbi's Yom Hashoah service in Ilford.


The Jew who could be Prince William

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2011

A student from Stanmore could be flying to Tel Aviv for free if he triumphs in a contest to find a lookalike for Prince William ahead of the Royal Wedding.

Daniel Tannenbaum, 21, is currently at number five in the ranking for EasyJet's international lookalikes competition. The top ten hopefuls will be given free flights over the weekend of the wedding at the end of April.


Could this Jewish prince charm Kate Middleton?

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2011

A Manchester-born Jew living in Israel has decided he has looks to match the future king.

Budget airline EasyJet is marking the upcoming nuptials of Prince William and Kate Middleton with an international lookalikes search.

The prize for the top ten hopefuls who submit their photos is a free trip to London to coincide with the Royal wedding on April 29.


Prince Charles backing World Jewish Relief

By Jessica Elgot, March 17, 2011

Prince Charles is to become patron of World Jewish Relief's poverty relief project for families in the Ukraine.

The prince will support the WJR Ukrainian Livelihood Development Programme for the next four years.

WJR chair Nigel Layton said: "The Ukrainian Jewish community has suffered unimaginable hardship over the centuries.


William and Kate will smash glass at wedding

March 17, 2011

The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will take place at Westminster Abbey amid the normal pomp of the Anglican ceremony.

But this time there will be crucial differences - including a traditional Jewish wedding practice.


William and Kate's Royal Ketubah

By Jennifer Lipman, March 10, 2011

British-born Israeli calligrapher Michael Horton has "de-koshered" a traditional ketubah text for the Royal couple.

Photos: Jeff Newman / British Embassy



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.