Slash business rates to save out high street

By Alex Brummer, September 26, 2013

Outside of Britain’s biggest city centres, the high street is dying on its feet.

Governments, both national and local, do not seem to recognise that we are still a “nation of shopkeepers”. Indeed, the sector comprises around 95,000 firms, uses £326bn of gross assets and borrows £65bn each year.


Succah built in Brent Cross in show of interfaith

By Sandy Rashty, September 23, 2013

Brent Cross was the location for an example of festive inter-faith co-operation this week, as Jews and Somalis came together to build a succah in the shopping centre.

The booth was erected by members of the Finchley Reform (FRS) and New North London synagogues with the Muslim Bravanese community.


Charedim flock to Ikea

By Ben Hartman, July 18, 2013

Long referred to — jokingly — as one of the country’s main pilgrimage sites for secular Israeli families, Ikea is now also a destination for large groups of Charedi shoppers looking to snap up home supplies and furniture.


We'll drink to Glasgow addition

By Adam Henderson, July 15, 2013

The drinks are on Lubavitch of Scotland, which has opened a new kosher wine shop and café at its Giffnock, Glasgow, premises.

Rabbi Chaim Jacobs — who runs the group along with wife Sora — said the move was a means “to help enhance Jewish observance. Seven years ago, there was no kosher eaterie in the community and we started a kosher restaurant.


A Cinema, hotels and parking charges: Brent Cross in 2020?

By Sandy Rashty, June 19, 2013

This is what Brent Cross Shopping Centre could look like by 2020, if a £4 billion expansion scheme is granted planning permission.

Brent Cross co-owners Standard Life Investments and Hammerson released this computer-generated image this week showing the proposed development, which will include two hotels and a cinema complex.


New app reveals secrets of London’s diamond geezers

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2013

New light is being shed on the London’s diamond trade, and the role played in it by Orthodox Jews.

Following the publication last year of Diamond Street — the Secret History of Hatton Garden, author Rachel Lichtenstein has now devised an app that uses film, photographs and text to take people on a virtual tour of London’s historic jewellery area.


Seders, suits and sartorial savvy: the rabbi who has it all sewn up

By Zoe Winograd, April 4, 2013

Jewish religious teachers are better known for their disapproval of contemporary fashions — but Rabbi Yosel Tiefenbrun is at the cutting edge of London’s sartorial scene.

Rabbi Tiefenbrun, who is also an apprentice at Savile Row tailor Maurice Sedwell, was so well-dressed at the Golden Shears Awards ceremony last month that GQ magazine named him “best in show”.


Les Mis fashion

By Brigit Grant, January 10, 2013
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Fashion legend Lea Gottlieb dies at 94

By Zoe Winograd, November 19, 2012

Israeli fashion great Lea Gottlieb died on Saturday evening in Tel Aviv at the age of 94.


Tesco's troubles can turn around

By Alex Brummer, March 29, 2012

Tesco may have run out of Jewish chief executives but as a supermarket group it has remained true to its roots.