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Trinny and Susannah tell Israel what not to wear

By Jessica Elgot, September 17, 2010

For fashionable Brits, Gok Wan may be the flavour of the month. But in Israel, a new show from Trinny and Susannah means they are still the Middle East's fashion queens.

Style gurus Trinny Woodall and Susannah Constantine, who had success with BBC TV programmes, fashion advice books and an underwear range, will tour Israel dispensing fashion advice to the country's worst dressed, for a new TV show.


Analysis: The price one pays for seeking justice

By Efraim Zuroff, September 17, 2010

As someone accustomed to hate mail, death threats, and assorted negative responses to my efforts to help facilitate the prosecution of Nazi war criminals, perhaps I should not have been surprised by what happened to me recently, but I have to say that the immediacy of the attack in question, and its abhorrent content, gave me pause for reflection about my chosen mission in life and the person who inspired me to undertake it.


Hero or faker? Debate over Nazi-hunter Wiesenthal

By Simon Rocker, September 17, 2010

Fresh controversy has erupted over the reputation of the legendary Nazi-hunter, Simon

A new biography of him by Israeli historian Tom Segev was this week dismissed as a "whitewash" by Guy Walters, the British author who challenged Wiesenthal's credibility in his own book Hunting Evil last year.

Mr Walters recently branded Wiesenthal "one of the biggest conmen of the 20th century" for lying about his wartime experiences and exaggerating his role in tracking down war criminals.


Faith trip banned from religious visit

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 17, 2010

An interfaith tour group of 60 people, including a vicar and two uniformed policemen ,were barred from a Manchester synagogue over security concerns.

Members of the group were hoping to get a rare glimpse of Higher Crumpsall and Higher Broughton Synagogue's listed building during a heritage open day on Sunday. The annual multifaith Cheetham Festival saw the synagogue open its doors on Sunday morning together with local churches, mosques and the Manchester Jewish Museum.

But the synagogue said security could not be arranged at short notice for the group's afternoon visit.


Crumpsall in deal to stave off closure

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 17, 2010

A north Manchester synagogue says it will fight financial turmoil and possible shut-down.

Higher Crumpsall Hebrew Congregation has struck a new deal for special needs school Langdon College to hire its hall for drama classes. The warden, Tony Glyn, hopes further arrangements of this sort will generate enough revenue to save it from thousands of pounds of debt. Talks are also underway to house a new minyan for strictly Orthodox young families, to halt declining membership.


Couple killed by car as they walked home after dinner

By Robyn Rosen, September 17, 2010

A couple from north London died after a car collided with them as they walked "arm in arm" along a road in Dorset.

Alan Bernard, 53, and wife Rochelle, 51, members of Northwood United Synagogue, were declared dead at the scene after a silver Mercedes crashed at 10.35pm on Banks Road in Sandbanks, near Poole, on Saturday.


£20 for mum who found bug in Nestlé cereal

By Leon Symons, September 17, 2010

The cereal that Michelle Prevezer bought was Nestlé's Raisins, Oats & More. But the "More" turned out to be more than she bargained for.

Ms Prevezer, 44, a mother of one from Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, had munched her way through about a third of the cereal when she suspected she might have bitten into something she should not have.

An independent analysis showed that the intruders were oryzaephilus surinamensis - saw-toothed grain beetles.


Interview: Lord Carlile

By Martin Bright, September 17, 2010

Before this year's election, Lord Carlile probably had more recent experience of dealing with the business end of government than any other Liberal Democrat in the House of Lords.

As the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation for the past nine years, Alex Carlile QC monitored the Labour government's fight against Islamic extremism at close quarters.


Succah-building goes south

By Leon Symons, September 17, 2010

Succah building preparations get under way in earnest this Sunday - and extend to the farthest reaches of Britain.

The hamlet of Trehaddle, near Truro in Cornwall, could claim the title of the southernmost succah in the country.

Set in a pergola in the garden of Rachel and Iain Brown, it will host members of Kehillat Kernow, affiliated to the Reform Movement.

Mrs Brown said: "This will be the fourth year in our garden and we can take 15 to 20 people.


North needed for shechitah fight

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 17, 2010

Shechita UK has said it cannot succeed without northern Jewish communities joining the fight against proposed EU labelling regulations which could spell the end to kosher meat in Britain.

Launching its northern public campaign in Manchester on Monday night, Shechita UK's campaign director, Shimon Cohen, urged the entire community to "be on the ball" in lobbying MEPs. Earlier, a meeting of 25 Orthodox Manchester rabbis agreed to mobilise their communities to the cause. Special information packs have also been sent to kosher butchers and synagogues in Leeds, Liverpool and Newcastle.