Candice Krieger

Father dies moments after seeing his daughter marry

By Candice Krieger, August 28, 2008

A leading communal figure died suddenly at his daughter's wedding on Monday evening.

Michael Rosen, 65, from Pinner, Middlesex, was celebrating the marriage of his daughter Lynne to Robert Dyan at the Grove Hotel in Watford, Hertfordshire, when he collapsed from a suspected heart attack.
One guest said: "He seemed 100 per cent fine. Everything was normal and we were returning to our tables after the Israeli dancing when he collapsed. You could see it was serious because the rabbis started praying."

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Russian army robs JC’s man at gunpoint

By Candice Krieger, August 22, 2008

A JC correspondent has been robbed at gunpoint by a Russian soldier while reporting the war in Georgia.

Israel correspondent Anshel Pfeffer, 35, was forced to abandon the hire car he shared with three other Israeli journalists at a checkpoint in the city of Gori when troops began firing shots in the air.

Their Georgian driver fled and one of them was forced from the car as they ran for cover. The soldier then drove away the car, complete with cameras, as they sought refuge in nearby woods.

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This caps it all: free dry-cleaning for your Yomtov kippah

By Candice Krieger, August 22, 2008

Here is a new Yomtov anxiety, to add to cleaning the house for your relatives' approval, and agonising over just the right shul outfit. Is your kippah as clean as it should be?

Now the largest chain of independent dry-cleaners in London is offering a solution to the stress of grubby kippahs. It is offering to dry-clean them for free.

Julian Stone, founder of the American Dry Cleaning Company, says he expects a round 30,000 people to take up his offer on September 1.

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Olivia Lee shows off her Naughty Bits in a new Channel 4 show

By Candice Krieger, August 22, 2008

Recognise this lady? If so, you may have been an unsuspecting victim for her upcoming Channel 4 show,

Olivia Lee's Naughty Bits.

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Mike Mendoza airs his concerns on the future of Jewish radio

By Candice Krieger, August 22, 2008

Former TalkSport radio presenter Mike Mendoza believes there is no future in Jewish radio.

Mr Mendoza co-founded the now defunct Shalom FM in 2002. He has since been publicly critical of other Jewish radio station attempts, notably by JCom (Jewish Communications Limited), which was recently forced to close after it lost a libel case brought by George Galloway MP.

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Barry Schwartz creates a siddur that you can download to your iPhone

By Candice Krieger, August 22, 2008

Calling all iPhone users - particularly those with a penchant for praying. US-based technology buff Barry Schwartz has created an iPhone-friendly siddur - not to be used on Shabbat, of course. The application, which can be downloaded on any iPhone or iPod Touch, acts as a weekly-prayer book. It provides Ashkenazi and Sephardi versions of davening, including weekday Shacharis, Mincha, Ma'ariv, plus standard brachot.

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Philip Jay launches an online version of Asia's first Jewish newspaper

By Candice Krieger, August 22, 2008

Philip Jay is doing his bit to boost Hong Kong's Jewish community.

Two years ago, he launched the Jewish Times Asia - credited as Asia's first Jewish newspaper. He has recently launched the paper's online version, www.jewishtimesasia.org, in an attempt to raise the profile of Hong Kong's Jewish communities. He edits both editions.

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Max Davidoff-Grey plays his way to a dream musical education

By Candice Krieger, August 22, 2008

Piano prodigy Max Davidoff-Grey has won a place at the acclaimed Purcell School of Music. Max, 14, joins Purcell in September in a move which he describes as a dream come true.

Based in Bushey, Hertfordshire, the Purcell School is a boarding school for young musicians. Funded predominantly by the government, the school was awarded the Unesco Mozart Gold Medal in recognition of its contribution to music, education and international culture.

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Fringe benefits in Edinburgh

By Candice Krieger, August 21, 2008

A stand-up comic and a 40-strong wind instruments band were among the performing talents at the local synagogue's annual Edinburgh Festival open day.

Sunday's event, organised by the Jewish Edinburgh Group, was a showcase for Edinburgh fringe acts with a Jewish link.

The line-up included comedian Ivor Dembina, who spoke about his show, This Is Not A Subject For Comedy, the Lavi Youth Wind Band from Jerusalem and the Aluminum Show, devised by Tel Aviv-based dancer Ilan Azriel.

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A million cheers for the Secret Millionaire

By Candice Krieger, August 20, 2008

Did you see last night’s The Secret Millionaire on Channel 4? Property chief Nick Leslau gave away close to £400,000 to worthy causes in Glasgow. He swapped his luxury lifestyle to become an undercover volunteer in one of Glasgow’s most deprived areas.

At the end of the ten-day stint, he pledged £100,000 to a riding school for children with special needs, £50,000 to Guide Dogs for the Blind and £225,000 to a disability centre. No biggie for a man worth an estimated £200 million?

Think again.

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A-levels – how much do they really matter?

By Candice Krieger, August 15, 2008

So, it has been another record year for A-levels results. The national pass rate soared above 97 per cent for the first time. Jewish schools in particular were celebrating – Immanuel College achieved a 100 per cent pass rate for the third year running, with students at King David High School in Manchester gaining an average of two A grades and one B each.

Yet let’s not get too excited by all the hype.

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Gina and Mazz Murray take centre stage in the West End

By Candice Krieger, August 15, 2008

Showbiz sisters Gina and Mazz Murray have become regular fixtures on the London West End theatre circuit.

Gina, 34, is playing Mama Morton in musical Chicago, while her younger sister, Mazz, 32, is starring as Killer Queen in We Will Rock You. She is thought to be the longest-serving cast member in the show, having been in the original ensemble when the musical opened in May 2002.

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Nick Leslau makes The Secret Millionaire’s biggest ever donation

By Candice Krieger, August 15, 2008

Property entrepreneur Nick Leslau digs deep into his pockets next week when he makes a generous cash donation to severely disabled people in Glasgow, as part of Channel 4's The Secret Millionaire. Channel 4 says it is the biggest donation yet made on the show, in its third series.

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Rosemary Wenzerul can help you trace your ancestors

By Candice Krieger, August 15, 2008

Genealogy enthusiast Rosemary Wenzerul has spent the past 20 years researching her family roots. She is now helping others to do the same with the publication of her new book.

Titled Tracing Your Jewish Ancestors: A Guide for Family Historians (Pen and Sword), it calls itself a comprehensive guide for those wanting to trace their Jewish ancestors. It includes detailed information about the Jewish holdings of various resource centres throughout the UK.

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Arnold Wagner steps down after 15 years’ service at JFS

By Candice Krieger, August 15, 2008

Businessman Arnold Wagner has retired as a governor at JFS after 15 years in the role - ten of them as chair of governors.

Mr Wagner, 59, took up that post in 1993 - on the day that Ruth Robins, now Dame Ruth Robins, became head teacher. The pair were instrumental in the £35 million development of JFS's new premises in Kenton, Middlesex - one of the biggest projects in Anglo-Jewry.

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Eric Lerner adds character to the Beijing Olympics with his high-tech animation

By Candice Krieger, August 15, 2008

Tel Aviv-based animation director Eric Lerner has already impressed at the Beijing Olympics.

His latest creation - a television advert for Coca-Cola - was aired internationally at last week's opening ceremony. Mr Lerner, 25, was asked by Coca-Cola to design and direct the commercial after the brand's advertising agency, Wieden+Kennedy, saw some of his previous creations online. He tells People: "I was getting all this attention due to my graduation project, which was a series of short films that were pretty popular at the time on the web."

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Why Sex and the City’s jewellery designer wants a piece of London

By Candice Krieger, August 15, 2008

Britain's retail market is suffering as the credit crunch continues to dent consumer confidence. But Roberto Stern, the director of global jewellery empire H Stern, is hoping to buck the trend.

So much so that Mr Stern, whose late father Hans founded the eponymous brand 63 years ago, believes now is a good time to strengthen its UK presence. He recently launched the brand's first flagship store in Harrods as well as eight other H Stern outlets in the UK.

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King David fights drug centre plan

By Candice Krieger, August 15, 2008

Manchester's King David schools are fighting plans to turn a nursing home on the edge of the KD campus into a drug-rehabilitation centre.

Owners of the Westwood private nursing home on Polygon Road, Crumpsall - which has many Jewish residents - want to close it down and redevelop it as a residential drug- and alcohol-rehabilitation centre. Local residents were alerted to the plans at a meeting last Thursday.

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Coren launches his own assault on Poland

By Candice Krieger, August 15, 2008

The Federation of Poles in Great Britain has lodged a complaint against columnist Giles Coren, over what it calls an "insulting" and "ignorant" article he wrote about Polish immigrants.

Mr Coren wrote a story headlined Two waves of immigration, Poles apart, in The Times on July 26. He discussed two kinds of migration: economic and humanitarian.

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Agunah solution?

By Candice Krieger, August 8, 2008

Secret discussions to help women who are refused a get (a religious divorce) by their husband have reportedly been taking place at Manchester University.

According to Ha'aretz, a group of top rabbis and scholars gathered at the University Centre for Jewish Studies last month. In secret proceedings, it was suggested that a clause should be added to the ketubah - the marriage contract - which would make it possible to annul the marriage if a spouse is not granted a get.

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