Candice Krieger

A bomb? No, a load of rubbish

By Candice Krieger, July 17, 2008

Barnet police carried out a controlled explosion near the Community Security Trust’s head offices in Hendon, North-West London, this week when a CST employee reported seeing a suspect package while travelling to work.

The suspicious-looking suitcase had been left on Harmony Way, off Brent Street, on Tuesday morning. Police were called to the scene, where a cordon was put in place around Victoria Road and Brent Street and a controlled explosion was carried out.

However, the suitcase was in fact a bag of rubbish.

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Wagamama and wireless: students to get a kosher upgrade from UJS-Hillel

By Candice Krieger, July 17, 2008

UJS-Hillel is opening a landmark new student centre in London to meet the growing needs of Jewish students.

The centre — a 4,000 sq ft state-of-the-art premises on the corner of Euston Road and Upper Woburn Place — will replace the existing Hillel House site on Endsleigh Street, which has been sold to University College London for an undisclosed sum.

There are around 1,500 Jewish students in London. The new centre, scheduled to open in September, will aim to engage an increasing number of students in communal activities.

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Crunch counselling from a property pro

By Candice Krieger, July 17, 2008

As the UK property market continues to fall foul of the credit crunch, one of the industry’s most influential agents has some advice: brace yourself, be patient — and take a longer holiday.

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Alex Rinsler prepares to perform an explosive fire-spinning stunt

By Candice Krieger, July 17, 2008

Don’t play with fire? Not advice that Alex Rinsler would live by.

Mr Rinsler, 26, is the creator of FireWorks — a company of fire spinners that puts on shows across the UK. The group is getting ready for its biggest and most difficult gig yet. They are performing at next weekend’s Secret Garden Party festival, where they will build a 40ft pirate ship in the middle of a lake in Cambridgeshire, have 100 performers spinning fire simultaneously around it, and then burn it down in what Mr Rinser calls a “spectacular” fashion. 

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Valerie Goldston reveals how her parents helped catch Martin Luther King’s assassin

By Candice Krieger, July 17, 2008

Valerie Goldston’s parents inadvertently helped catch Martin Luther King’s killer by fighting him off when he tried to rob their London jewellery shop. Now, 40 years on, she has closed the shop where the incident took place.

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Rachel Erdos is one of the world’s most talented choreographers

By Candice Krieger, July 17, 2008

Tel Aviv based choreographer Rachel Erdos is making her move on the international dance circuit.

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James Charles lends his design skills to a new engineering project in Antarctica

By Candice Krieger, July 17, 2008

Aspiring mechanical engineer James Charles is helping to build a British research station in Antarctica.

Mr Charles, a second-year engineering student at Nottingham University, has landed a placement at the St Albans-based engineering consultancy Faber Maunsell — the company responsible for developing the new base for the British Antarctic Survey.

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Alec Bloom wins an award for his work to fight heart disease

By Candice Krieger, July 17, 2008

Former heart patient Alec Bloom, who set up a charity to fight against heart disease, has been honoured for his efforts.

In 1990, Leeds-based Mr Bloom founded the Heartbeat Appeal which has raised more than £2.5 million for hospitals across Yorkshire. He was recently awarded the Order of Mercy medal, which recognises the voluntary work in healthcare. He founded the charity one year before he underwent open-heart surgery.

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Oliver Sanders limbers up for a 14-hour running, swimming and cycling race

By Candice Krieger, July 10, 2008

Fitness fanatic Oliver Sanders is about to take on the biggest — and longest — challenge of his life. On Sunday, Mr Sanders, a 39-year-old father-of-three, will compete in the Forestman — a 4km swim, 180km cycle ride and 42km run. He hopes to complete it in less than 14 hours.

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PM to unveil new UK-Israel academic links

By Candice Krieger, July 10, 2008

Gordon Brown is to announce a groundbreaking initiative between the UK and Israel when he visits the country in 10 days’ time.

The JC has learned that the Prime Minister is due to reveal plans for an academic research and exchange programme administered by the British Council and supported by a range of partners, governmental, non-governmental and philanthropic.

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After five years, one call frees an agunah

By Candice Krieger, July 10, 2008

A woman who has been trying to obtain a get — a religious divorce — from her estranged British-born husband was finally granted one this week after a five-year battle.

Orly Zigdon, 36, from Netanya, was declared an agunah (a chained wife) by the Israeli rabbinate. She had been seeking a get since 2003, after she separated from British-born Anthony Kurrant.

But for the past two years, his whereabouts have been unknown.

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How Rosie beat tragedy and conquered the Dragons’ Den

By Candice Krieger, July 10, 2008

Five hopeful entrepreneurs faced the judges in a Dragons’ Den-style event this week, run in partnership with the London Jewish Cultural Centre. The winner: single mum Rosie Ben-Shushan and her natural-food business


Former secretary Rosie Ben-Shushan has won the Dragons’ Den-style competition run by the JC and London Jewish Cultural Centre with her novel kosher food range. It has been a remarkable journey for the single mother who overcame family tragedy to establish her business.

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Gil Cohen-Alloro has a laugh at Jewish humour in a new comedy

By Candice Krieger, July 9, 2008

Israeli actor Gil Cohen-Alloro has worked with Madonna and Samuel L Jackson. But it is his latest project that is giving him a buzz.

Mr Cohen-Alloro is currently staring in Star Power, a comedy about a group of actors trying to make the big time, which opened at the Landor Theatre in London last week. He plays Nick, a neurotic playwright.

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Emily Langford is singing her way to the top of her profession — aged 14

By Candice Krieger, July 9, 2008

Fourteen-year-old Welsh singing sensation Emily Langford is a step closer to achieving her dream of turning professional. Currently “singer of the year” in the Vale of Glamorgan, Emily, who lives in Cowbridge, South Wales, has picked up the title for South Glamorgan too — her biggest accolade yet. 

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Naomi Alexander showcases her shul paintings in Lithuania

By Candice Krieger, July 9, 2008

Artist Naomi Alexander has recently returned from Lithuania, where she is exhibiting her work at the Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum in Vilnius. The opening was attended by the United States ambassador to Lithuania, John Cloud.


The exhibition features a collection of paintings of Lithuanian Jewish homes and synagogues, which Ms Alexander has completed over the past six years.

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Jeremy Issacharoff and Mark Sofer go from being best friends at Hasmonean to diplomatic ambassadors for Israel

By Candice Krieger, July 9, 2008

Jeremy Issacharoff and Mark Sofer were childhood friends in London. They both rose to be senior Israeli diplomats —- and both have now been promoted to the personal rank of ambassador, the top position in the diplomatic hierarchy.

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Sir Trevor’s big plans to transform London

By Candice Krieger, July 4, 2008

Businessman and philanthropist Sir Trevor Chinn tells us in a rare interview that his experience in Israel will help him revive London’s deprived boroughs

When Mayor of London Boris Johnson was contemplating who would be the best man to head up his new committee aimed at tackling London’s social problems, you might not have expected a major Labour supporter to be top of his wish-list. But then Sir Trevor Chinn, a serial philanthropist and multi-millionaire businessman, has a lot to offer.

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Woman’s Aid chief to head new ethics body

By Candice Krieger, July 4, 2008

Abigail Morris, chief executive of Jewish Women’s Aid, is leaving to become director of the new Jewish ethics body, ResponsAbility.

The planned cross-communal agency will focus on business and medical ethics, in addition to human rights and the environment.

Tony Blair’s wife, Cherie Booth, is on the advisory council, together with former interfaith adviser to the government, John Battle MP, and Oxfam chief executive Barbara Stocking.

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Motorist outraged over £100 fine for ‘for sale’ sign on his car

By Candice Krieger, July 4, 2008

A retired property manager is fighting Barnet Council, in North London, over a parking ticket he was given for putting a for-sale note on his car.

Victor Abrahams, 67, was shocked when he returned to his parked Ford Escort Cabriolet on Bibsworth Road, Finchley, North London, to find a penalty notice. “There was a £100 fine on the window screen. When I called the council, they said I was ‘offering goods for sale in a parking place’, which is illegal. I had no idea that I couldn’t advertise my own car for sale. Loads of people do it.

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Solomon Levy makes history to become the Mayor of Gibraltar

By Candice Krieger, July 4, 2008

Grandfather-of-twenty Solomon Levy has been made Mayor of Gibraltar.

Mr Levy, who has written for the JC, is believed to be the first non-political candidate to receive the accolade. “I adore Gibraltar, and to me this is the greatest honour I could ever get,” Mr Levy, 71, tells People. “I intend to put Gibraltar on the map as much as possible.” He is the third Jew to be Mayor of Gibraltar. The first was his uncle, the late Sir Joshua Hassan.

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