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Singer who's the voice of the grassroots

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2014

She is the singer-songwriter hoping to set the record straight on Israel by leading grassroots activists in a series of rallies to counter the boycotters.

Ilana Katz spent part of the summer performing in Nashville, Tennessee, but at the height of the Gaza conflict in July she decided more had to be done to put forward Israel's case.


Israeli cake fails to please judges on BBC’s Great British Bake Off

By Sophie Lipton, September 11, 2014

Israeli cuisine made a surprise appearance on The Great British Bake Off last night when one contestant came up with an imaginative response when asked to make a European-inspired cake.

Kate Henry, a 41 furniture restorer from Brighton, prepared an Israeli babka for the judges on the BBC 1 reality cooking show.


Davis is the No 1 macher

By Charlotte Oliver, September 11, 2014

The wait is over. After four weeks of counting down, the top 10 of the JC Power 100 is revealed today. And there is a new man in pole position - Jewish Leadership Council chairman Mick Davis.

The 56-year-old South African is placed ahead of philanthropist Trevor Pears at number two; two chief rabbis; charity heads; a baroness; a dame and a 350-strong cohort of Limmud volunteers.


Boycott recalls Nazism, says Gove

By Daniel Easterman, September 11, 2014

Tory Chief Whip Michael Gove has compared the campaign to boycott Israeli goods with the first stages of the Nazi move against Jews in the 1930s.


Board issues 2015 election manifesto

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2014

An election manifesto with a difference has been launched by the Board of Deputies.

Aimed at giving prospective MPs a better understanding of the Jewish community's interests, 2015 General Election: A Jewish Manifesto covers issues including Holocaust education, welfare concerns and cemetery maintenance.


'Divisive' vote on Yachad is postponed once again

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 11, 2014

The Board of Deputies has confirmed that it has again postponed a vote on whether to accept a left-leaning Israel advocacy group as a member.

Deputies were due to decide on whether to admit Yachad in July but the debate was abandoned at the last minute.

It was rescheduled for a meeting later this month, but this week a Board spokesperson confirmed it would not take place.


How Gwyneth is recoupling with her faith

September 11, 2014

Gwyneth Paltrow is embracing Judaism with a new vigour following her split with pop star Chris Martin.

The daughter of Jewish film producer Bruce Paltrow and Christian actress Blythe Danner, has been a follower of Kabbalah for some time.


Hammond rejects sanctions

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2014

Israel should not face economic or military sanctions following its campaign in Gaza, according to British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

But Mr Hammond accepted that the UK government had risked its reputation in refusing to take a stronger line against Operation Protective Edge.


TUC urges Israel arms ban

By Marcus Dysch, September 11, 2014

The Trades Union Congress has called on the government to end arms sales to Israel, but stopped short of potentially more significant measures at its annual conference.


J is for Jacobson as writer Howard nominated again

By Rosa Doherty, September 11, 2014

Howard Jacobson is one of six shortlisted authors for the 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, it was announced Tuesday. He has been nominated for his novel, J, along with Joshua Ferris, Richard Flanagan, Karen Joy Fowler, Neel Mukherjee and Ali Smith.

Mr Jacobson (pictured) who won the prize in 2010 with The Finkler Question said he was "delighted" that J has been shortlisted.