Shopping

'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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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eBay issues apology for Nazi memorabilia sold on its site

By Charlotte Oliver, November 4, 2013

Online auction site eBay issued an apology yesterday, after it was revealed that its users were trading Nazi Holocaust memorabilia.

Among the offensive items uncovered by the Mail on Sunday were yellow Star of David armbands, shoes thought to have belonged to concentration camp victims, and an Auschwitz prisoner uniform.

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Man dressed as Nazi thrown out of Asda

By Charlotte Oliver, November 1, 2013

A man was thrown out of Asda in Cambridge yesterday after browsing the aisles dressed in full Nazi uniform.

Horrified shoppers spotted Paul Dutton, 48, wandering around in a black SS uniform with a cap and red armband and alerted the store manager, who asked him to leave.

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Security checks after Nairobi shopping centre attack

By Sandy Rashty, October 4, 2013

Security at Westfield shopping centres is being monitored in the wake last month’s terrorist attack in Kenya.

At least 60 people were killed after al-Shabaab Islamists conducted a siege at the Israeli-owned Westgate Mall.

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