Zoe Winograd

In New York, 20,000 Orthodox protest against draft

By Zoe Winograd, June 10, 2013

Thousands of Charedim gathered in New York yesterday to protest against the Israeli government’s moves to force the Orthodox to join the army.

The New York City police reported that 20,000 Charedim filled Foley Square in lower Manhattan holding banners which read “freedom of religion” and “Orthodox Jews will proudly go to jail rather than join the Zionist army.”

More..

Boris a big seller in photo auction

By Zoe Winograd, June 10, 2013

Encouraging bidders at an auction of images of the Jewish East End from the 1970s, Boris Johnson told guests at Forman’s Fish Island Gallery in Hackney: “These are historical photographs.”

More..

Danon says Israel opposes two-state solution

By Zoe Winograd, June 10, 2013

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon has “given up” on Deputy Defence Minister Danny Danon after he told reporters that the Israeli government opposes a two-state solution.

Last week, Mr Danon told the Times of Israel: “Look at the government, there was never a government discussion, resolution or vote about the two-state solution.”

More..

Mayor Morris is all Herts

By Zoe Winograd, June 5, 2013

Bushey Synagogue member Paul Morris has been elected mayor of Hertsmere — “the second of my two major public highlights,” he said. The first was the OBE he was awarded in 2011 for services to the Finsbury Park community.

One of his mayoral charities will be Langdon, which supports young Jewish adults with moderate learning difficulties. Rabbi Meir Salasnik will be his mayoral chaplain.

More..

Israel releases conscientious objector

By Zoe Winograd, June 4, 2013

An Israeli conscientious objector has been released after five and a half months in jail.

Natan Blanc, 20, refused to serve in the Israel Defence Forces because of his opposition to the occupation and spent 178 days in prison.

Members of his family and Yesh Gvul – an organisation which supports conscientious objectors – greeted Mr Blanc when he was released earlier today.

More..

Last chance for peace, says Kerry

By Zoe Winograd, June 4, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry told American Jewry that “we may not get another chance” to establish peace in Israel.

At Monday’s annual American Jewish Committee global forum in Washington, Mr Kerry implored the committee to show their support for a two-state solution in Israel.

More..

Israel's education minister cracks-up during Knesset speech

By Zoe Winograd, June 4, 2013
Education Minister Shai Piron suffered an uncontrollable laughing fit at the Knesset plenum while trying to deliver a speech explaining the penalties for the "penetration of" cell phones in jails.

More..

New Palestinian Prime Minister appointed

By Zoe Winograd, June 3, 2013

On Sunday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced that Rami Hamdallah would take the position of prime minister.

More..

Yossi Benayoun: antisemitism from Chelsea fans was 'worse'

By Zoe Winograd, May 31, 2013

Chelsea footballer Yossi Benayoun has revealed that the antisemitic abuse directed at him by the club’s own fans was the worst he has ever experienced in his 20 year career.

The Israel international described how at an away match against Liverpool last month Chelsea supporters yelled “Jew and other stuff that was worse” as he came on as a late substitute.

More..

Google helps probe into online hate

By Zoe Winograd, May 31, 2013

The Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Antisemitism (ICCA) has published the results of a two-year investigation into hate on the internet.

An ICCA sub-committee called the Internet Hate Task Force presented its findings in Jerusalem this week.

More..

‘Syrians want to take on Israel’, says Assad

By Zoe Winograd, May 31, 2013

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has told a Lebanese TV station that there is popular support for opening up a new front against Israel.

In an interview with Al-Manar television, Mr Assad said: “There is pressure by the people to open a new front in the Golan, and even in the Arab world there is readiness to join the fight against Israel.”

More..

Gallery aims to attract strictly Orthodox to Lithuania exhibition

By Zoe Winograd, May 31, 2013

An art gallery is mounting an exhibition by a Jewish artist that it hopes will attract local strictly Orthodox Jews.

The Shipley Art Gallery in Gateshead is displaying prints by Naomi Alexander exploring her Jewish roots in eastern Europe. The exhibition, which is called Once Upon a Time in Lithuania, consists of over 70 works.

More..

Break down China’s wall against Jews

By Zoe Winograd, May 31, 2013

A leading Reform rabbi has launched a campaign to get the Chinese government to recognise Judaism as a faith.

Rabbi Jonathan Romain has written to the Chinese ambassador in the UK, requesting that Judaism be added to the list of religions officially acknowledged by China, and has asked Foreign Secretary William Hague for his support.

More..

A healthy Bupa running total for Camp Simcha

By Zoe Winograd, May 30, 2013

Camp Simcha supporters have raised £18,000 by taking part in the Bupa 10 kilometre run in London .

The efforts of the 18 runners will help the Hendon-based charity support children with serious or life threatening illnesses and their families .

More..

Heroic Jewish spy honoured in Torquay

By Zoe Winograd, May 30, 2013

A Jewish agent who spied for Britain during the Second World War is to be honoured with a blue plaque at her childhood home in Torquay.

Muriel Tamara Byck, a fluent French speaker, was recruited into the Special Operations Executive in July 1943 and completed several missions in France. She died in 1944 after contracting meningitis.

More..

Israeli cabinet approves punishments for Orthodox draft-dodgers

By Zoe Winograd, May 29, 2013

An Israeli ministerial committee has approved a new law which includes criminal sanctions against Orthodox men who dodge the draft.

The legislation was approved on Wednesday following two days of fiery exchanges between members of Knesset.

More..

Francesca Segal wins $100,000 prize for The Innocents

By Zoe Winograd, May 29, 2013

British author Francesca Segal has won the prestigious Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish literature in fiction for her debut novel The Innocents.

The prize, which is awarded by the New York Jewish Book Council , is worth $100,000 (£66,000).

More..

Israel condemns Russian missile shipment to Syria

By Zoe Winograd, May 28, 2013

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister has confirmed that Moscow will provide Syria with defence missiles.

Sergei Ryabkov told the press today that Russia plans to ship long-range S-300 air defence missiles to Syria in order to prevent foreign intervention by “hotheads”.

Israeli Minister of Intelligence, International Relations and Strategic Affairs Yuval Steinitz condemned the deal.

More..

Israeli coalition crisis over Orthodox draft

By Zoe Winograd, May 28, 2013

Serious tensions have surfaced within the Israeli government over legislation on military enlistment for the Orthodox.

At a Peri Committee meeting held on Sunday and Monday, Science and Technology Minister Yaakov Peri and Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon argued over a proposal to imprison Orthodox men who avoid conscription.

More..

London diners tuck into Gefiltefest

By Zoe Winograd, May 24, 2013

Jewish food festival Gefiltefest served up a special day for more than 600 foodies, from six months old to 93, who gathered at the London Jewish Cultural Centre in Golders Green to eat, drink, learn and enjoy a cornucopia of Jewish heritage and gastronomic delight. (Photo credits: Steven Ingram, Anna Sheinman and Zoe Winograd)

Images: 
guest list 1.JPG
guest list 2.JPG
guest list 3.JPG
guest list 4.JPG
guest list 5.JPG
guest list 6.JPG
guest list 7.JPG
guest list 8.JPG
guest list 9.JPG
guest list 10.JPG
guest list 11.JPG
guest list 12.JPG

More..