Zoe Winograd

The highs and lows of Israeli life in Britain

By Zoe Winograd, September 1, 2013

For Iris Margolis, life in the UK is good.

The 28-year-old from Tel Aviv is studying for an MBA at the London Business School, a course she says “is regarded as one of the best in the world.

“I wanted to gain international experience and I wanted to learn among the best,” she explains. “London offers a great opportunity to scale-up professionally.”

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Cross removed from Jewish pilot's Second World War grave

By Zoe Winograd, August 30, 2013

This week marks the end of a two-year campaign by the family of Second World War hero pilot Cyril Anekstein to have a cross removed from his grave and replaced by a star of David.

Squadron Leader Anekstein was killed during a RAF bombing mission over Germany in August 1943 and buried in the Rheinberg cemetery.

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Ariella, 12, scores a home win

By Zoe Winograd, August 26, 2013

Twelve-year-old Ariella Raz from Stanmore “exceeded her expectations” in recording a 98 per cent score in her AS level maths exam.

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Record results from the JFS A level pass masters

By Zoe Winograd, August 26, 2013

Anxiety over her A-level results roused JFS pupil Sophie Learman from her sleep at 4.30 in the morning. By 10.30 she could breathe more easily as she discovered that she had achieved the results she required to study linguistics at Leeds.

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‘WW1 Victoria Cross winner should be honoured like other heroes’

By Zoe Winograd, August 23, 2013

The honorary president of the Jewish Military Museum, Henry Morris, has said that the government is wrong in denying a tribute to a Jewish Victoria Cross winner because he was not born in Britain.

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Israeli air force strikes terror target in Lebanon

By Zoe Winograd, August 23, 2013

The Israeli Air Force has attacked a terror site in Lebanon.

According to an IDF spokesman, the raid took place early on Friday morning in retaliation to the two rockets launched from Lebanon on Thursday.

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Rosh Hashanah wishes from the PM

By Zoe Winograd, August 23, 2013

The Jewish community has received early Rosh Hashanah greetings from British political leaders.

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The Book Thief

By Zoe Winograd, August 23, 2013
An early peak at the film adaptation of Markus Zusak's best selling novel, The Book Thief. In the film, Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson play the central characters who hide a Jewish man from the Nazis during the Second World War. Published in 2006, The Book Thief was listed on the The New York Times best seller list for over 230 weeks.

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ADL accuse Roger Waters over boycott call

By Zoe Winograd, August 23, 2013

The Anti-Defamation League has accused rock musician Roger Waters of 'anti-Jewish sentiment' in his call for a boycott of Israel.

In an open letter to the Pink Floyd guitarist published on the organisation's website, ADL national director wrote that Mr Waters' recent statements were "colored by offensive and dangerous undercurrents of anti-Jewish sentiment".

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My barmitzvah? I had six million viewers

By Zoe Winograd, August 22, 2013

Texan 13-year-old Sam Horowitz did not appear content with the 500,000 hits his glitzy barmitzvah show garnered on YouTube.

Last week, Sam took the show to Times Square and performed the routine with backing dancers on Good Morning America — which has average viewing figures of 5.5 million.

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Mystery buyer saves Jerusalem tapestries

By Zoe Winograd, August 22, 2013

Rare silk hangings depicting scenes from the Temple in Jerusalem have been saved for the nation by a mystery buyer who has paid £120,000 to stop them going abroad.

The seven hand-embroidered tapestries, made in the 18th century, probably in Italy or Holland, have belonged to a private owner in Britain for the past 50 years.

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Merkel defended over ‘tasteless’ Dachau decision

By Zoe Winograd, August 21, 2013

The Conference of European Rabbis has backed German chancellor Angela Merkel who has been criticised for speaking at an election rally in Dachau on the same day that she visited the town’s Second World War concentration camp.

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Topless model photo shoot at Jewish cemetery

By Zoe Winograd, August 20, 2013

A Polish photographer has been criticised for using a half-naked model in a photo shoot at a Jewish cemetery.

Photographer Lukasz Szczygielski asked a topless model wearing a necklace with a cross to pose against headstones in an attempt to bring attention to the neglected cemetery in Checiny.

“The cemetery is forgotten,” he told Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza.

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Erdogan blames Israel for Egypt coup

By Zoe Winograd, August 20, 2013

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan has accused Israel of being behind the coup in Egypt.

According to Turkish sources, Mr Erdogan met members of his party on Tuesday and said: "Israel is behind the coup in Egypt, we have evidence."

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Leeds professor rejects Polish award over antisemitic slurs

By Zoe Winograd, August 20, 2013

The former chair of sociology at the University of Leeds has rejected an honorary doctorate from a Polish university, blaming antisemitic attacks against him.

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Chief Rabbi: multiculturalism has 'had its day'

By Zoe Winograd, August 19, 2013

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has said that multi-culturalism in the UK has “had its day” and has criticised the government for not doing enough to encourage marriage.

In an interview with The Times, he said that multiculturalism had caused "segregation and inward-looking communities.

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JFS A stars achieve record results

By Zoe Winograd, August 16, 2013

JFS A-level students achieved record results with 83 per cent of exams passed with grades between A*-B. Almost 15 per cent of pupils received at least one A*.

Gil Reich was one of the top achievers with A*s in biology, chemistry and physics. “I’m elated, it’s difficult to believe,” said Gil, who hopes to study biology at Oxford.

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Dead cyclist was due to meet his grandchild for first time

By Zoe Winograd, August 15, 2013

A cyclist died after being hit by a lorry only days before he was due to meet his granddaughter for the first time.

Retired GP Clive Richards suffered a heart attack after he was struck by a lorry on Archway Road in Highgate last week.

The 67-year-old grandfather, from Whetstone, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. No arrests have been made.

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Jewish gay groups back Stephen Fry over Russian anti-gay law

By Zoe Winograd, August 15, 2013

Jewish Gays and lesbians have praised Stephen Fry over his stand against the Russian anti-gay law.

The actor caused controversy when he highlighted the Moscow government’s recent decision to impose heavy fines for anyone providing information about homosexuality to people under 18.

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‘Mass killing’ by Egyptian soldiers

By Zoe Winograd, August 14, 2013

Egyptian security forces have allegedly killed hundreds of protesters staging a sit-in in Cairo.

A spokesman from the Muslim Brotherhood said on Wednesday morning that the Egyptian military had fired at a crowd of demonstrators showing their support for deposed president Mohamed Morsi.

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