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JC Dragons' Den winner picks up James Dyson award

By Jennifer Lipman, September 6, 2011

A former winner of the JC's Dragons' Den competition has gone on to claim victory in a prestigious innovation and design award.

Michael Korn was named the winner of this year's UK James Dyson award for his KwickScreen invention, which gives hospital patients privacy even in shared wards.


Liza Minnelli the headliner for Holocaust Centre event

By Simon Rocker, September 5, 2011

Liza Minnelli is to give a one-off performance in London on September 25 to help raise money for Britain's first Holocaust Museum.

The star of the film Cabaret will appear at the White Rose Ball in aid of the Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire.

Ms Minelli said she was "thrilled and so happy to lend my support to such a worthy and splendid cause".


Rabbi disguise for EDL leader

By Marcus Dysch, September 5, 2011

The leader of the English Defence League disguised himself as a rabbi to address supporters during a demonstration in east London on Saturday.

Stephen Lennon – known as Tommy Robinson – donned the outfit, which included a black hat and fake beard, in an apparent attempt to evade the police.


Complaints to BBC over Proms disruption

September 5, 2011

The BBC received 22 complaints about the disruption to its broadcasting of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's performance at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms.

A dozen people unfurled a banner reading "Free Palestine" and sang about "Israeli apartheid" as the IPO began the concert. They were removed by security guards as the orchestra, conducted by Zubin Mehta, played on.


The view from inside the Albert Hall

By Gloria Tessler, September 2, 2011

It seemed peaceful enough outside. Jewish groups waving Israeli flags were joined by pro-Israel Christian supporters outside the Albert Hall last night as they welcomed the Israeli Philharmonic prom.


Orphaned by war, I spent 60 years not knowing I had a family

By Jennifer Lipman, September 2, 2011

First cousins from opposite sides of the world, who believed no other members of their family had survived the Holocaust, met for the first time this week in London after 60 years of unanswered questions.


Anti-Israel protesters disrupt BBC Proms

By Marcus Dysch, September 2, 2011

Anti-Israel protesters repeatedly disrupted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's performance at the Royal Albert Hall last night, causing the BBC to abandon its live broadcast of the prom.


BBC cut broadcast from Israel Philharmonic Prom

September 1, 2011

Tonight's Israel Philharmonic Prom broadcast on Radio 3 has been suspended by the BBC as a result of demonstrations in the Royal Albert Hall.Around a dozen protestors are thought to have been involved.


Edinburgh Council bans SDL marchers

By Marcus Dysch, September 1, 2011

The Scottish Defence League has been banned from marching through Edinburgh the day before the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

The off-shoot of the far-right anti-Islamic fundamentalism English Defence League had hoped to protest through the city centre on September 10.

But last Friday, Edinburgh City Council unanimously turned down the SDL's application, on public safety groun


Richmond rabbi uses Israeli knowhow to aid the world

By Simon Rocker, September 1, 2011

There are probably not many rabbis helping to provide cleaner water in Myanmar (Burma) or first-aid training to wildlife rangers in Kenya.

But Rabbi Yossi Ives, the minister of Richmond Synagogue, is doing just that through the organisation he has founded to put Jewish humanitarian values into practice.

His enterprise, Tag International Development, supports social action and community-build