Zoe Winograd

Passover candle fire

By Zoe Winograd, April 5, 2013

A Stamford Hill family with nine children escaped a blaze on Tuesday morning after a Pesach candle fell and set their house alight.

According to the London Fire Brigade, the family was woken by a smoke alarm after the candle fell from its holder and landed on a table.

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Seders, suits and sartorial savvy: the rabbi who has it all sewn up

By Zoe Winograd, April 4, 2013

Jewish religious teachers are better known for their disapproval of contemporary fashions — but Rabbi Yosel Tiefenbrun is at the cutting edge of London’s sartorial scene.

Rabbi Tiefenbrun, who is also an apprentice at Savile Row tailor Maurice Sedwell, was so well-dressed at the Golden Shears Awards ceremony last month that GQ magazine named him “best in show”.

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This year’s Yom Hashoah theme is ‘defiance’

By Zoe Winograd, April 3, 2013

The tagline for this year’s International Holocaust Memorial Day, Yom Hashoah, is ‘Defiance and Rebellion during the Holocaust: 70 years since the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising’.

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Police investigate allegations of sex abuse at Carmel College

By Zoe Winograd, March 28, 2013

Thames Valley police have confirmed that they are conducting an investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at Carmel College, the now closed Jewish public school.

Former Carmel students have claimed that they were sexually abused while they were at the school.

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Big rise in single-sex education in Israel

By Zoe Winograd, March 28, 2013

According to a recent study there has been a 40 per cent rise in gender-segregated learning in Israeli state religious schools.

Ariel Finkelshtain, a researcher for the religious Zionist organisation Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah, used data from the Education Ministry website to put together an analysis on the subject.

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Minister blocks export of rare temple wall hangings

By Zoe Winograd, March 27, 2013

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey has placed an export ban on rare 18th century silk hangings due to “their outstanding significance for the study of Jewish ritual art”.

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Bug hits Mathilda Marks Kennedy School

By Zoe Winograd, March 25, 2013

Mathilda Marks Kennedy School in Mill Hill closed last Friday (March 15) due to an outbreak of norovirus. Head teacher Jillian Dunstan said: “We were advised by the Health Inspection Agency to close the school to prevent further spread of the virus.” The school, which has 220 pupils from nursery to year six, was reopened on Monday.

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Extending traditional Seder tables

By Zoe Winograd, March 25, 2013

World Jewish Relief, Tsedek, Gefiltefest and the Jewish Social Action Forum have come together to publish a haggadah supplement that brings awareness to the national Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign.

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Nightingale House unveils new kitchen

By Zoe Winograd, March 25, 2013

With 200 residents, 300 members of staff and non-stop opening hours 365 days a year, Nightingale House could be the biggest kosher catering operation in the country. As a result, last October the Clapham Jewish care home opened a new £900,000 kosher kitchen to cater for its large residential community.

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WWII film The Monuments Men to be directed by George Clooney

By Zoe Winograd, March 21, 2013

George Clooney has signed a long list of celebrities — including Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman and Jean Dujardin — to star in his new film about heroic art scholars who retrieved stolen artefacts in the Second World War, entitled The Monuments Men.

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Rare concert tour for Barbra Streisand

By Zoe Winograd, March 20, 2013

Barbra Streisand has announced a European tour which will mark seven years since the notoriously anxious performer took to the stage in Europe.

The 70-year-old singer and actress, who recently starred as a Jewish mother in the film Guilt Trip, will commence her Barbra Streisand Live tour in London at the 02 Arena on June 1.

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George Clooney and Daniel Craig to star in looted art film

By Zoe Winograd, March 18, 2013

George Clooney and Daniel Craig are set to star in a film telling the story of how Jewish-owned paintings were tracked down after they were stolen during the Second World War.

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Admiring words from Blair at Mill Hill opening

By Zoe Winograd, March 18, 2013

Tony Blair praised “what the Jewish community and faith represents in the world today” when addressing the 640 guests at Sunday’s opening of Mill Hill Synagogue’s £3.2 million community centre.

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Cohen is back as Barnet Mayor

By Zoe Winograd, March 18, 2013

It’s the same again for Councillor Melvin Cohen who has been elected Mayor of Barnet for the second time. He will take office in May.

The Golders Green ward representative, who previously held the post in 2003, will be only the second person in the borough’s history to serve twice.

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Medical man honoured by UCLH

By Zoe Winograd, March 15, 2013

Radlett Synagogue co-founder Professor Tony Goldstone has received the University College London Hospital Chairman’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

The haematology expert - a patron of Chai - said: “I am honoured to have been chosen for this award and thank all my colleagues for their support and encouragement over many years.”

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Women of the Wall chair Anat Hoffman due to speak in UK

By Zoe Winograd, March 15, 2013

Anat Hoffman, Women of the Wall chair and executive director of the Israel Religious Action Centre, says “the bravest feminists in Israel today are Orthodox women who are willing to fight.”

Ms Hoffman praised the Orthodox women “who call us to confront the rabbis who seem to be above the law” and to challenge the “hegemony of strictly Orthodox interpretation of women.”

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Orthodox hope to woo women outside home

By Zoe Winograd, March 15, 2013

An Orthodox Jewish woman threw down an unorthodox challenge this week: “Let’s reclaim the F word.”

But Dina Brawer meant “feminism,” and she wants to make it fashionable.

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Iran plans to sue makers of film Argo

By Zoe Winograd, March 15, 2013

Iranian officials are planning to file a lawsuit against the makers of the Academy Award-winning film, Argo.

According to the Iranian media, French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre, wife of Venezualan terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, plans to lodge a case in an international court arguing that Argo, directed by Ben Affleck, was an “unrealistic portrayal” of the country.

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Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks tells students 'Israel is the role model of hope'

By Zoe Winograd, March 15, 2013

Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks told students in a speech at Tel Hai Academic College that despite the “challenges facing all humanity, Israel is the role model of hope.”

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Death of controversial Manchester rabbi

By Zoe Winograd, March 14, 2013

One of the most controversial rabbis to serve the Manchester community has died in Israel.

Rabbi Ivan Wachmann has died aged 77 . He was the longtime minister of the Holy Law South Broughton Hebrew Congregation, but was dismissed in 1990 after a series of allegations about sexual misconduct.

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