Candice Krieger

Coren launches his own assault on Poland

By Candice Krieger, August 14, 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 7, 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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Outrage at market stall’s Nazi sale

By Candice Krieger, August 7, 2008

An Irish MP has called for an investigation into the selling of Nazi memorabilia at an Irish market.

A stall at Balbriggan Market, in North Co. Dublin, is openly selling a selection of antisemitic DVDs in addition to Nazi uniforms, swastikas and ashtrays. Ruairi Quinn, the Labour TD (MP) for Dublin South East, said the material on sale may be in breach of Irish law.

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Saul Magrill is 94 and still hot property in the business world

By Candice Krieger, August 7, 2008

Surely, 94-year-old Saul Magrill is the oldest man in property? Cardiff-based Mr Magrill, who started his career 77 years ago, still works part-time as a commercial property consultant at Chris John & Partners.

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Ros Goodman is set to cruise back to fame in a new BBC show

By Candice Krieger, August 7, 2008

Ros Goodman is about to star in a new BBC Two documentary, Return to the Cruise. The show, which starts next week, is one of a series of programmes that revisits hit television shows.

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Mehri Niknam receives the Fulbright Scholarship to boost interfaith relations

By Candice Krieger, August 7, 2008

North London's Mehri Niknam, the executive director of the Joseph Interfaith Foundation and an expert on Muslim-Jewish relations, has been awarded a scholarship to continue her interfaith work in the United States. She received the Fulbright Scholarship and is thought to be the only British person to do so this year. Considered America's flagship international academic exchange program, the Fulbright grant is awarded by the US government to people on the basis of their academic or professional achievements and demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

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Danny Burkeman creates a new siddur to help you through the synagogue service

By Candice Krieger, August 7, 2008

Rabbinic student Rabbi Danny Burkeman has created a novel reference guide for those leading synagogue services.

Mr Burkeman, 29, has come up with a handbook to accompany the new British Reform siddur. The publication, entitled Leading a Community in Prayer, explains different parts of the synagogue service and provides guidance for lay readers on the Torah passages.

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Ruth Breckman composes a traveller’s guide to opera in all arias

By Candice Krieger, August 7, 2008

Ruth Breckman loves opera so much that she has written a book on it. Her debut publication, Selected Opera Houses for Everyone Around the World (Athena Press) is a 65-page travel guide exploring some of the world's greatest opera houses and their heritage. "I always felt opera was an elitist passion but it doesn't have to be like that," Mrs Breckman, 69, tells People. "People interested in architecture or painting can enjoy these amazing opera houses as well, not just opera bods."

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Norman Terret gets a job advising Somaliland on how to develop good relations with the world — and especially Israel

By Candice Krieger, July 31, 2008

Fancy a trip to Somaliland? Scottish-born businessman Norman Terret would certainly recommend it.

Mr Terret, chairman of the Jewish Lads' & Girls' Brigade (JLGB), has been appointed senior adviser to the Somaliland government.

On the eastern horn of Africa, Somaliland, which shares controlled borders with Somalia and Ethiopia, is a predominantly Muslim state with a democratic government. It has a population of around four million and significant oil and mineral resources.

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Abigail Mann races to cross the Pennines in time for her next hospital appointment

By Candice Krieger, July 31, 2008

Hertfordshire solicitor Abigail Mann has climbed in the Himalayas and hiked across Iceland. But she is currently taking on her "toughest challenge yet" - a 268-mile walk along the Pennine Way.

Ms Mann, who suffers from primary immunodeficiency, a disorder of the immune system, began the challenge 12 days ago. She must complete the route, from the Peak District in Derbyshire to the Scottish Borders, in less than three weeks - before her next treatment session at the Helen Donald hematology unit in Hemel Hempstead Hospital on Tuesday.

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Adam Green gets nominated for a top international literary prize

By Candice Krieger, July 31, 2008

Former stand-up comic Adam Green has been long-listed for the Dylan Thomas literary prize for his debut publication, Satsuma Sun Mover. The £60,000 Dylan Thomas prize is one of the world's most sought-after - and highest-paying - international literary awards.

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Katy Lipson and Giles Howe stage a new London musical about Kaddish-singing rabbis, Turkish Jews… and murder

By Candice Krieger, July 31, 2008

Composers Katy Lipson and Giles Howe have written an unusual musical set to strike a chord with Jewish audiences. Their creation, Turkish Delight, features Kaddish-singing rabbis and middle-aged Turkish Jews.

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Hannah Rendell celebrates the Israeli desert in her art

By Candice Krieger, July 31, 2008

If you are off to Israel this summer, you may like to pop by Beer Sheva, where British painter and sculptor Hannah Rendell is exhibiting her latest works.

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Oberman did not write play, says co-author

By Candice Krieger, July 24, 2008

A simmering dispute between actress Tracy-Ann Oberman and playwright Diane Samuels broke dramatically into the open this week, when Ms Samuels spoke out against the former EastEnders star for appearing to claim sole authorship of a play to which they have joint credits. Ms Oberman in turn consulted her lawyers when the JC put Ms Samuels’s concerns to her.

The women are named as co-writers of a version of Chekhov’s Three Sisters, re-named 3 Sisters on Hope Street, staged earlier this year at London’s Hampstead Theatre.

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Fury over deposit-box delay

By Candice Krieger, July 24, 2008

Owners of safety-deposit boxes seized in London police raids earlier this year are still waiting for their return and angry at lack of police action.

Officers raided nearly 7,000 boxes from Hampstead, Mayfair and Edgware in June, as part of Operation Rize.

Many of those taken belonged to innocent people who are still awaiting the return of their possessions. A restoration centre has been set up for the return of goods seized during the raid, but many people still feel they are being kept in the dark.

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Eric Weiner tells you where to go if you want to find happiness

By Candice Krieger, July 24, 2008

Searching for happiness? You may have to travel further than you think, according to self-confessed grump Eric Weiner.

Mr Weiner, a veteran correspondent for US National Public Radio, has spent a year searching for the happiest nations in the world.

And where are they? Iceland, Qatar and the Himalayan country of Bhutan are pretty happy places to be.

Mr Weiner, 45, has chronicled his findings in his new book, In the Geography of Bliss: One Grump’s Search for the Happiest Places in the World (Black Swan).

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Frances Greenberg makes aliyah at 88 — after 61 years of trying

By Candice Krieger, July 24, 2008

Frances Greenberg arrived in Israel this week, completing the journey she began 61 years ago. Eighty-eight-year-old Ms Greenberg was first turned back as a passenger on the Exodus ship in 1947. But on Tuesday, she was one of more than 200 North-American olim who arrived on an aliyah flight organised by Nefesh B’Nefesh, an organisation that helps Jews from Western countries move to Israel.

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Lawrence Landau receives the National Order of Benin

By Candice Krieger, July 24, 2008

It is a long way from North London to Benin, but Lawrence Landau has been awarded the West-African country’s National Order.

Mr Landau, 78, has held the position of Benin’s Honorary Consul in the UK
for more than 40 years.

“Even in my time of life, it is very good for the ego to be addressed as ‘excellency,” Mr Landau tells People.

The former managing director of a shipping company, he says he became consul by chance after travelling to Benin at the age of 28 for work purposes.

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Rebecca Wittler marks her son’s death with a rare painting and moving twist of fate

By Candice Krieger, July 24, 2008
Rebecca Wittler's son was kidnapped and murdered by Hamas 14 years ago. Now the Essex-based British artist is to exhibit her work for the first time in England on the anniversary of his death - albeit coincidentally.

Arik Frankenthal died in 1994, aged 19, after he was abducted and then killed by Hamas activists. His father, and Ms Wittler's ex-husband, Yitzhak Frankenthal, subsequently founded the Bereaved Families' Forum, an organisation of Israeli and Palestinian parents who have lost children to terrorism.

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Robert Halfon volunteers to teach in Rwanda — on a Conservative Party scheme

By Candice Krieger, July 24, 2008
Prospective Tory MP for Harlow Robert Halfon is taking a break from his political duties to volunteer in Rwanda.

Mr Halfon, 39, is currently in the Rwandan capital of Kigali teaching English to English teachers as part of Project Umubano - a social-action scheme launched by the Conservative Party to help bridge the gap between the world's richest and poorest nations. More than 100 people, including shadow ministers, MPs and professionals, are taking part in the initiative, which is being led by Shadow International Development Minister Andrew Mitchell.

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