Dorien on the dancefloor? Lesley Joseph is set for Strictly

By Charlotte Oliver, July 19, 2016

Lesley Joseph could become Strictly Come Dancing’s oldest female participant, according to reports.

The actress, best known for her role as Dorien in TV sitcom Birds of a Feather, is said to be taking to the ballroom in this year’s series, which kicks off in September.


Cowell's blessing for yeshivah beat

July 7, 2016

Yeshiva University student Ilan Swartz-Brownstein and Josh Leviton from New York charmed Simon Cowell and his fellow-judges as they sailed into the next round of America's Got Talent with their beatbox version of Meghan Trainor's All About That Bass.


This is the Hebrew Billy Elliot - and he's making Israelis cry

By Nathan Jeffay, June 9, 2016

Margaret Thatcher is speaking Hebrew. Striking miners are mockingly wishing her "chag sameach". And cross-dressing kids are singing a line from the Mishna.

It is the opening night of Billy Elliot the Musical in Israel.


The Hollywood star who still teaches at cheder

By Josh Jackman, May 26, 2016

When she isn't filming with acting royalty in Barcelona and Budapest for the new TV series Emerald City, Roxy Sternberg is teaching cheder classes.

The 27-year-old has been chosen to star in an American TV prequel to The Wizard of Oz, also featuring Joely Richardson and Jurassic World actor Vincent D'Onofrio.


Why clueless Oscar panel got it wrong over Alicia

By Josh Jackman, May 12, 2016

It has taken 21 years but Alicia Silverstone has finally won a best-actress Oscar for her role in the 1995 film, Clueless. Well, almost.

The Jewish star was due to be honoured at the Vintage Film Award this week, a new set of prizes aimed at retrospectively correcting Oscar judges' decisions.


Fortune of £13 billion makes Reuben brothers UK’s richest

By Rosa Doherty, April 25, 2016

Property and internet tycoons David and Simon Reuben are the UK's wealthiest people with a fortune of over £13 billion, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

Brothers David, 77, and Simon, 74, who are of Iraqi Jewish descent, have a collection of London property which includes Millbank Tower, the John Lewis Partnership HQ in Victoria.


Film buffs roll out the red carpet for festival

March 17, 2016

Israeli Film and TV festival Seret 2016 was launched at an event attended by Dan Golan, the Minister for Cultural Affairs at the Israeli Embassy in London, and Israeli consul Rachel Shani.

Co-founders of Seret International, Odelia Haroush, Anat Koren and Patty Hochmann, spoke of their pride in the way that the festival has grown: "Now in our fifth year, we have grown in ways that we couldn't p


Outstanding contribution Bafta for Angels costume firm

By Rosa Doherty, February 15, 2016

A family-run costume business has won a Bafta for “outstanding contribution to British film” after dressing stars for seven generations.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts awarded Hendon-based Angels Costumes with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award at London’s Royal Opera House on Sunday evening.


Doctor 'over the moon' to have helped NHS choir beat Justin Bieber to Christmas Number One

By Charlotte Oliver, December 29, 2015

A doctor whose online campaign helped an NHS choir beat Justin Bieber to Christmas Number One has said she is “over the moon” with the result – and added that the choir are now hoping the pop star will join them for a concert.


Mission possible as friends win jobs after appearing in TV reality show

By Marcus Dysch, December 3, 2015

It was billed as a mission impossible, but two contestants in a reality TV show have proved the doubters wrong.

Annalie Huberman-Hertz and Sarah Merriman feared their Down's Syndrome could hold them back from working in the hospitality industry.