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Jewish burial for Michael Winner

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2013

Food writer and film director Michael Winner has been buried at a Jewish cemetery.

The 77-year-old, who died on Monday after being diagnosed with liver disease last summer, was buried at Willesden Jewish Cemetery.


British supporters of Israel join Zionist Federation and New Israel Fund election night debates

By Marcus Dysch and Simon Rocker, January 23, 2013

The impact of Israel’s elections on the country’s peace prospects and social cohesion were high on the agenda at special events held by the Zionist Federation and the New Israel Fund on Tuesday night.


Cliff Richard to perform in Tel Aviv

By Sandy Rashty, January 22, 2013

British singer Cliff Richard will perform at a music festival in Tel Aviv this summer.

The Summer Holidays star will perform at the Nokia Arena on July 11.

Sir Cliff, 72, will join a list of international celebrities who have performed in Israel, including Madonna and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers.


Rebbetzin of Hendon Chabad House has died, aged 53

By Anna Sheinman, January 22, 2013

The rebbetzin of Hendon Chabad House has died aged just 53.

Sarah Leah Overlander, wife of Rabbi Gershon Overlander , died on Saturday after a two year battle with cancer.


Lee Jasper: 'Israel is racist oppressor'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 22, 2013

Respect Party politician Lee Jasper has used the upcoming Holocaust Memorial Day to mount an attack on Israel as a "racist oppressor".

Mr Jasper, a former equalities adviser to Ken Livingstone and an activist on race relations issues, made the comments about Israel and the Holocaust on his Facebook page.


Michael Winner has died aged 77

By Anna Sheinman, January 21, 2013

Film director Michael Winner has died aged 77, his wife has said.

Born in Hampstead, north London, in 1935 to a Russian father and a Polish mother, he started writing as a film critic aged just 14. He studied law and economics at Downing College, Cambridge, where he was the first Jewish editor of Cambridge University newspaper Varsity.


Board of Deputies votes in favour of Oxfam project

By Marcus Dysch, January 20, 2013

A controversial joint anti-hunger project between the Board of Deputies and Oxfam will go ahead after deputies voted in favour of the scheme.

The Grow/Tatzmiach programme will bring Jewish campaigners together with experts from the NGO to tackle injustices in the international food system.


Israel’s settlement policy is ‘destroying’ the country

By Simon Rocker, January 18, 2013

A London audience this week voted decisively in favour of a motion that Israel was “destroying itself with its settlement policy”.


Teachers encouraged to join unions to combat anti-Israel rhetoric

By Jennifer Lipman, January 18, 2013

The Board of Deputies and Jewish Leadership Council are backing a drive to encourage Jewish teachers to join or return to unions after years of disillusion, particularly over rhetoric on Israel.


Kosher meat protected from horsemeat scandal

By Marcus Dysch, January 17, 2013

There is no danger of horse DNA being found in kosher meat, consumers have been told following the scandal which hit non-kosher products this week.

Horse DNA and traces of pork were found in beefburgers sold in major British supermarkets, including Tesco, and produced by an Irish abattoir which was once a leading kosher meat facility. Much of the meat was subsequently withdrawn from sale.