Pesach food mark-ups price out thousands

By Josh Jackman, April 14, 2016

Thousands of Jews are relying on charitable support to meet the cost of Pesach, a JC investigation has found. Well over 1,000 families across the country will receive help from synagogues and communal charities this Pesach. Other institutions will support many more and there will be numerous free places at communal Seders.


Shoppers resigned to expense but look for savings

By Josh Jackman, April 14, 2016

Pesach shopping with his wife in Golders Green this week, Harry Ganz anticipated spending at least £600.

"So much choice - too much choice," he said as the couple browsed the Kosher Kingdom shelves. "The prices are always much higher around Pesach. I would think for a lot of people they are restrictively high. But you've got to make Pesach."


Tesco apologises after chocolate bar mix-up

By Rosa Doherty, August 20, 2015

Tesco has apologised after staff placed non-kosher products in the kosher food section in one of its stores.

Customer Rina Sonenthal complained when she discovered the misplaced items in the Tesco branch in Finchley, north London, while shopping last Friday. The goods not carrying a hechsher included bars of chocolate, and packets of wafers and crackers.


'I cannot understand why prices are so high'

By Naomi Firsht, March 19, 2015

Shoppers preparing for Pesach in Golders Green are resigned to an eye-watering till receipt. It is not uncommon for those entertaining during the festival to spend a four-figure amount on food and drink.


Rabbi says shoppers are being exploited

By Naomi Firsht, March 19, 2015

The principal rabbi of a major north-London Reform community attributes the high cost of Pesach items to Jews exploiting their brethren, arguing that the message of the festival is being lost amid the retail frenzy.

"I think a lot of people get lost in the consumerism of Pesach and forget the essence of it," says Finchley Reform's Rabbi Miriam Berger.

"If we're meant to be remembering the bi


The store that defeated Mr Retail

By Alex Brummer, January 29, 2015

More than a decade has passed since retailing entrepreneur Sir Philip Green made the boldest move of his career in the shape of a £9.1 billion bid for Marks & Spencer, financed by the Bank of Scotland.

Mr Green reckoned he had the fashion knowledge to turn around the nation's favourite store chain but was seen off the field of battle by regiments of loyal private investors.


Spread the word: Marmite just isn't kosher any more

By Naomi Firsht, October 14, 2014

Whether you love it or you hate it, you won't be able to buy it - kosher Marmite has disappeared from shops in the UK.

Unilever, the multi-national which owns the Marmite brand, has banned the import of the kosher version of the spread from South Africa.

It says the trade is illegal and infringes its trademark.


Boy London fashion brand rejects concern over ‘Nazi’ logo

By Sandy Rashty, March 5, 2014

An international fashion label has dismissed concerns over the striking resemblance between its logo and the Nazi eagle symbol.


Ebay Shoah seller may face police probe

By Charlotte Oliver, November 14, 2013

An eBay user who tried to auction an Auschwitz prisoner’s uniform online for more than £11,000 has made a public apology to the man’s family — and has offered to return the clothing to them.

Viktor Kempf, a Ukrainian living in Canada, was selling the full concentration camp uniform, which he claimed belonged to Wolf-Gierszon Grundmann, on the online retail site last week.


Relief for Hampstead crêpe stall fans

By Sandy Rashty, November 13, 2013

For more than 30 years, the crêpe stall in Hampstead has been a social landmark for north-west London’s Jewish community.

So reports last week that La Crêperie de Hampstead was finally to close was greeted with disappointment by its many loyal customers.