Brent Cross will stage mass challah-baking

By Simon Rocker, June 9, 2014

For one day later this year, Brent Cross shopping centre will become the country’s largest Jewish bakery.

It will be the venue for a mass challah-making event to prepare for Shabbat UK, the national celebration launched by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

The aim is to encourage as many Jews as possible to observe the day of rest over October 24 and 25.


Shabbat email kept me off missing Malaysia plane

By Lauren Davidson, March 13, 2014

A man has claimed he decided not to take the Malaysia Airlines flight that disappeared last Saturday because of a “miraculous” intervention by his observant travel agent.

The man, known only as Andy, said he had asked the agent to book him a seat on flight MH370, which vanished with 239 passengers and crew on board.


My beautiful Shabbat

By Maureen Lipman, February 13, 2014

For once I’m ahead of myself. The table is set for ten, the chicken is pre-casseroled, the one vegetarian – bah, humbug – has been catered for and the high chair is out, even though the grandchild won’t actually sit in it. All that’s required is a dash to the deli for veg, fruit and challah.


Government issues new Shabbat guidelines in benefits row

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 13, 2014

The Department for Work and Pensions has issued special “Shabbat” guidelines to ensure observant Jews are not denied benefit for refusing to work on Saturdays.

An internal memo entitled The Jewish Sabbath, seen by the JC, has been distributed to Jobcentres across the country.

It tells staff that the laws and customs of the “Jewish holy day” include “resting from work.”


Families reap benefit of new eruv

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 16, 2014

Residents in Manchester have given the thumbs up to the city’s eruv, after it went live last weekend.

The largest such project in the country with a perimeter of 13 miles, it had attracted criticism when it was first mooted, with some Mancunians questioning its halachic credentials.

But after just one Shabbat in operation, locals could clearly see its benefits.


Appeal defeat boosts workers’ Shabbat rights

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 20, 2013

An appeal Court ruling that a Christian woman must work on Sundays against her religious belief has, surprisingly, given Shabbat-observant Jews better legal protection, according to lawyers.

Devout Christian Celestina Mba lost her Court of Appeal case in which she claimed that South London’s Merton Council had discriminated against her by refusing to give her Sundays off.


Property mogul avoids a huge tax bill, and still enjoys Shabbat

November 28, 2013

A retired property mogul almost lost out on a £5.5 million tax break — because of his wife’s “great cooking”.

James Glyn insisted he was resident in Monaco when he received a £29 million dividend from selling off his family property portfolio.


Race-hate gang attack Shabbat-stroll family

By Dan Goldberg, October 31, 2013

A family were viciously attacked by a gang of thugs as they strolled home after midnight after a Shabbat dinner.

The group, one woman and four men, all wearing kippot, were approached by eight teenagers in the Bondi area of Sydney on Friday and subjected to a volley of racist abuse.


Swarm of wasps makes Succot congregation take flight

By Simon Rocker, September 25, 2013

Worshippers were forced to flee Shabbat morning service when hundreds of wasps swarmed down from the roof of their shul.

The congregants, many elderly, came under attack as they arrived at the little Orthodox Machzikei Hadas synagogue in Dublin. Chazan Terry Walsh was stung before he could escape.


Shabbat still holy for alleged drug dealers

By Josh Jackman, September 11, 2013

A group of alleged drug dealers, charged this week by New York police, would stop selling their wares on Shabbat.

The men, who were arrested in April for selling heroin and prescription painkillers from their Brooklyn base, reportedly alerted customers to their observance via text.