Homeland will not be filmed in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, September 17, 2013

Plans to film the third series of an award-winning US drama show in Israel have now been cancelled due to concerns after the crisis in Syria.


Steven Berkoff’s EastEnder

By Anna Sheinman, September 17, 2013

Writer, director and renowned East Ender Steven Berkoff has teamed up with an EastEnder — actress Gillian Wright, who is starring in five new short plays written by Mr Berkoff about the latent antisemitism he believes still exists in Britain.


One Direction's Harry Styles fasted on Yom Kippur

By Sandy Rashty, September 15, 2013

One Direction fans received a surprise Yom Kippur message from boy band member Harry Styles.

The floppy haired pop star, 19, who is not Jewish, told fans that he planned to fast this year.

Before Kol Nidre came in on Friday night, he tweeted: “Eating as much as I can now. Gonna be a tough 25 hours.

“My problem is I am always hungry straight after kol nidre.


Queen guitarist in badger row

By Anna Sheinman, September 12, 2013

Former Queen guitarist Brian May has been criticised for describing the government’s culling of badgers as “genocide”.

Mr May made the comment during a visit to Gloucestershire, where 5,000 badgers are being killed in order to halt the spread of tuberculosis in cows. He called the cull “genocide in the countryside”.


Lord Saatchi defends brother Charles over Nigella divorce

By Sandy Rashty, September 9, 2013

Lord Saatchi has defended his brother Charles over his high-profile divorce from TV chef Nigella Lawson.

Tory peer Maurice Saatchi, 67, said his elder brother was a victim of “persecution mania”.

Mr Saatchi and Ms Lawson, respectively 70 and 53, divorced after the advertising mogul appeared to be grabbing his wife’s throat outside a Mayfair restaurant in June.


Broadcaster David Jacobs dies

By JC Reporter, September 3, 2013

Broadcaster David Jacobs has died aged 87.

Mr Jacobs, whose career spanned seven decades, died at home "surrounded by his family", the BBC said in a statement.

BBC director general Tony Hall described him as "one of the great broadcast personalities".


It's been quite a year - need a reminder?

By Simon Round , September 3, 2013

September 2012

Drugsline, the only charity working with drug and alcohol addicts within the community, collapses amid acute financial difficulties. Drugsline director Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin says: “I am devastated. The volunteers are calling in, bereft.” It later relaunches in a partnership with Norwood.


Vanessa Feltz and Rachel Riley join Strictly Come Dancing

By Sandy Rashty, September 3, 2013

Broadcaster Vanessa Feltz and TV presenter Rachel Riley are among the 15 celebrities set to compete on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing, it was announced this week.

Ms Feltz said she had agreed to go on the dance-themed reality show to acquire a new skill. She confessed: “I can’t jive, I can’t salsa, I can’t cha cha cha, I can’t waltz — I just can’t dance at all.”


‘Not a bad deal’: Bale agent’s verdict on £86 million transfer

By Josh Jackman, September 3, 2013

Jonathan Barnett has just broken a world record.

After months of negotiations, the football agent this week wrapped up Gareth Bale’s £85.3 million move to Real Madrid, ending the most drawn-up transfer saga of the summer.


JW3 tickets go on sale

By Marcus Dysch, September 3, 2013

Tickets for events at JW3, London’s £50 million Jewish community centre, went on sale on its website this week.

A launch season magazine and events programme has also been produced, featuring details of more than 1,300 events, activities, classes and courses at the Finchley Road, north-west London venue.