UK news

Kosher store blaze is ‘worst nightmare’

By Candice Krieger, September 4, 2008

One of London's largest kosher supermarkets is facing financial uncertainty after its warehouse was ravaged by a fire, causing tens of thousands of pounds' worth of damage.

More than 50 firefighters in 10 fire engines tackled the blaze at the Kosher Kingdom warehouse on Golders Green Road last Thursday. The fire, which started at around 4pm, took almost five hours to put out. All shop-owners and residents in the vicinity were told to leave the area. There were no casualties.


Why I had to say no when Albert Speer asked me to dinner

By Leon Symons, September 4, 2008

It took a few minutes to decipher the writing, but Roman Halter knew what it was as soon as he saw it.
It had lain buried among papers for nearly 30 years and had been forgotten. But the two-page, handwritten letter that Mr Halter found last month evoked memories of a time when he survived the Holocaust while dozens of family and friends were murdered.

The letter - and a second one - that Mr Halter had found were written by Albert Speer, the Nazis' chief architect and, from 1943, the man responsible for armaments in Hitler's Germany.


Kestenbaum: I’m not going with Miliband

By Jenni Frazer, September 4, 2008

A senior figure in business innovation has dismissed reports that he is to become Foreign Secretary David Miliband's chief of staff in a future leadership challenge.

Jonathan Kestenbaum, chief executive of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, said the story in PR Week was "complete fabrication".

The magazine reported that Mr Miliband would find a place "for Jonathan Kestenbaum, the well-connected chief executive of Nesta. Kestenbaum is said to have told friends he would take [the job of] chief of staff."


Court told of JNF cash row and ‘bugging’

By Leon Symons, September 4, 2008

The former chief executive of JNF UK, who is in legal dispute with his ex-employer - and is also suing this newspaper over its reporting of his departure - this week took one of Britain's top law firms to court in a separate action which has brought extraordinary revelations about the charity.

Simon Winters, who left the charity two months ago following the arrival of new chairman Samuel Hayek, is seeking an injunction to stop Mishcon de Reya acting for JNF in his dispute with it over the end of his employment, alleging a conflict of interest.


Gems snatched from jeweller’s car

September 3, 2008

A Hatton Garden jeweller believes he has fallen prey to an audacious thief after he discovered nearly 300 pieces of valuable jewellery had gone missing from his car.


Fire damages London kosher supermarket

By Candice Krieger, August 29, 2008

One of London's most popular kosher supermarkets was ravaged by a fire last Thursday.

More than 50 fire-fighters in ten fire engines tackled the blaze at Kosher Kingdom's warehouse at Russell Parade on Golders Green Road, which started at around 4pm. It took almost five hours to put out. One person suffering from smoke inhalation was led to safety. The fire brigade said there were no casualties.


Rabbis in New Faith School Challenge

By Dana Gloger, August 28, 2008

LEADING Jewish education figures have reacted with outrage on learning that two Progressive rabbis are to lobby the government to prevent state-funded faith schools using a child's or parent's religion in determining admission.


A*-grade for girl of 12 taught by her father

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2008

Among the Jewish students excelling at mainstream schools was 12-year-old Alexandra Evans.

Her A*-grade in maths saw her become one of the youngest pupils in the country to pass a GCSE. Tutored by her father, maths teacher Richard Evans, she started work on the course two years ago and followed in the footsteps of her brother, Jamie, who achieved the same grade at the same age in 2006.


GCSE grades again break records

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2008

Students at Jewish schools across the country have again achieved record-breaking GCSE results.
The majority achieved a 100 per cent pass rate, bettering the national average of 98 per cent.

Pupils at Hasmonean High School in North-West London achieved the school's best-ever results, 94 per cent gaining five or more A*- to C-grades.


Should they refrain? The stars who turned to verse

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2008

A number of Jewish celebrities have revealed their literary skills by writing poems for a charity campaign.

Sir Alan Sugar, Esther Rantzen and Maureen Lipman are among those to have written verses based on the imaginary lives of fruit, vegetables, and in one case bacon, with varying degrees of success.

The creations are part of a campaign due to be launched next month by Rays of Sunshine, an organisation that grants the wishes of children living with serious illnesses.