Candice Krieger

Adam Hahn produces portraits that are blurred... for a reason

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

What if your view of the world was always blurred? That is what North London artist Adam Hahn wants visitors to his new show to ponder. Launched last week, the portrait exhibition aims to convey how people with macular degeneration (MD) — a condition which causes seriously blurred vision and blindness — see through a foggy haze.

Mr Hahn, 29, has spent the past year talking to sufferers and his exhibition features portraits of them as they would see themselves. He created the show to promote awareness of the degenerative eye condition in memory of his grandmother.

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Jane Eisner re-writes history to become the first female editor of the Forward

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

Jane Eisner has just become the first woman editor-in-chief at the Forward, the national American Jewish news weekly based in New York. The paper, founded in 1897, has an august heritage: previous employees included the likes of Isaac Bashevis Singer and Elie Wiesel, before they won their Nobel Prizes.

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We do business with Iran…

By Candice Krieger, June 20, 2008

And Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Sudan, Qatar… Meet the Jews who have overcome political and religious divides to trade successfully with both liberal and hardline Muslim states.


Lloyd Dorfman
Travelex

Lloyd Dorfman is the chairman of Travelex, the world’s largest foreign-exchange specialist. The group provides international payment services for commercial and personal customers, in addition to money services to financial institutions and travel agencies.

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David Sye believes that yoga can lift the Middle East out of conflict

By Candice Krieger, June 13, 2008

Yoga instructor David Sye is hoping that its power can bring peace to the Middle East. Mr Sye, the founder of Yogabeats — his own brand of yoga, driven by music and rhythms — has recently launched a Yogabeats conflict project (www.yogabeats.com).

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John Burns is a big deal in property

By Candice Krieger, June 13, 2008

Property crisis? Not for industry chief John Burns, the managing director of Derwent London, a property development and investment company. Last week, Mr Burns, 64, was credited with doing the “deal of the year” at the Norwood property awards.

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Avril Mills grants terminally ill children some magical wishes

By Candice Krieger, June 13, 2008

Former actress Avril Mills has launched a charity to grant wishes for terminally ill children. The Dream Factory was set up by Miss Mills in memory of her son Oliver, who died from leukaemia in 1999, aged nine.

Founded earlier this year, the charity also grants wishes for young adults and people with severe disabilities.  This week, it launched its website: www.yourdreamfactory.org, to coincide with what would have been Oliver’s birthday. He would have turned 18 today.

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Patsy Bloom earns a place in the veterinary world’s hall of fame

By Candice Krieger, June 13, 2008

Patsy Bloom, the founder of pet insurers Petplan and the Petplan Charitable Trust, has been made an honorary associate of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons — the highest honour for a non-member. Ms Bloom, 67, was recognised for her support across the veterinary profession.


She tells People: “It’s an unbelievable recognition from your peer group. It’s a great compliment to the company and the trust.”

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Randy Klinger creates a million-pound art centre in Scotland — complete with shul

By Candice Krieger, June 13, 2008

US-born artist Randy Klinger, who describes himself as a “bacon-cheeseburger Jew,” has developed a million-pound, carbon-neutral, visual-arts centre in rural Scotland. Mr Klinger, 51, moved to Moray in Scotland 16 years ago and has devoted the past ten years to developing and fundraising for the centre and its gallery.

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The Arab envoy... who’s Jewish

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

A woman believed to be the Arab world’s first Jewish ambassador, Houda Nonoo, was named this week as Bahrain’s ambassador to Washington. And according to her former headmaster, the British-educated envoy was the perfect student.



Houda Nonoo, educated in Britain

Ms Nonoo, 43, came to london aged 13 to better her education. she boarded at Carmel College, oxfordshire, together with her younger brother, Abraham.

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Beauties battle it out for England

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

Two Jewish women will battle for the Miss England crown next month.

Leah Green, 22, made it to the final by winning the Miss London title. She will be joined by runner-up Samantha Freedman, 19, who got there by winning the Miss ModelZed final in Leicester at the weekend.

Ms Green, a member of Belsize Square Synagogue who has been told she is the wrong size to be a regular model, will use the contest as an opportunity to promote curvier models.

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How a puncture on the A40 caught a rapist on the run

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

A convicted rapist who fled Israel before he could be jailed for a sex attack on an underage boy was caught last week when police stopped to help him change a wheel on a busy road.

Nachman Stal, 37, is understood to have been living in secret among the Charedi community of Stamford Hill, North London, since skipping the country two years ago.

But he was recaptured last Wednesday when his car had a puncture on the Westway stretch of the A40 in Ladbroke Grove, West London.

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He invented the YouTube-ready camera — and sold a million

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

When you next view a video on YouTube or Facebook, you may well be watching Jonathan Kaplan’s technology business expand its reach. His privately owned company, Pure Digital Technologies, has developed a new pocket-sized digital camcorder, which comes with built-in software that connects directly to a personal computer or Mac for instant video uploading.

Stanley Fink steps down from Man Group to pursue philanthropy

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

What next for Stanley Fink? The City hedge-fund veteran has decided to retire from Man Group, the industry giant he helped create — and he has no shortage of plans.

Mr Fink, 50, has spent more than two decades at Man Group, the world’s largest publicly listed hedge-fund group. He served as chief executive from 2000 to 2007, and became non-executive deputy chairman last year. Mr Fink will bow out altogether at the company’s annual meeting in July.

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Nori Graham offers some advice to those coping with relatives who have Alzheimer’s

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

The Alzheimer’s Society forecasts that more than a million people in the UK will have dementia by 2025. Can anything be done to limit the impact of this debilitating condition?

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Lee Petar goes from Bicom to doing PR for the Sheikh of Dubai

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

When Lee Petar, the former director of communications at Bicom, left to set up his own PR firm, he probably did not envisage that one of his first major deals would involve advising the emirate of Dubai.

Mr Petar, who co-founded Tetra Strategy seven months ago, recently won the account to advise the emirate — one of the United Arab Emirates — on strategic communications and reputation management. The deal, reportedly worth around £500,000, is one of the biggest PR deals this year. “It’s a real communications challenge and a real opportunity for me,” Mr Petar tells People.

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Lauren Waterman is named one of Britain’s top volunteers

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

Medical student Lauren Waterman, 19, has been crowned Hertfordshire’s top volunteer. She took the top £2,000 prize at the recent Young People of the Year and Youth Community Safety Awards.


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Marc Sidney muscles his way to a new British record

By Candice Krieger, June 6, 2008

Weightlifter Marc Sidney has set a new British bench-press record at the Midlands championship.

North London-based Mr Sidney, 45, has been bench-pressing competitively for the past two years. At last month’s championship, he lifted 170kg — one-and-a-half times his own bodyweight of 115kg — or, as he puts it, the equivalent of 375 bags of sugar or two large men.


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Synagogue didn’t dig deep for my wages, claims cemetery worker

By Candice Krieger, May 30, 2008

A Jewish cemetery worker is accusing the United Synagogue of racial discrimination, claiming that non-Jewish workers were paid more than him for working at Christmas.

Peter Sollosi, 48, who was employed by the US as part of its chevrah kadisha (burial committee), said he felt “bullied” by the US which, he claims, made unlawful deductions from his wages.

He alleges that though he was paid double his daily salary for Christmas Day 2006, non-Jewish workers were paid five times their normal rate.

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Why the Travelex chief executive is converting his cash into culture

By Candice Krieger, May 30, 2008

Don’t mix business with pleasure? Lloyd Dorfman, the chief executive of Travelex, might just disagree.

Mr Dorfman, 55, famous for running the world’s largest foreign-exchange specialist, and worth an estimated £480 million, according to last month’s Sunday Times Rich List, is using his business prowess to invest in other interests.

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David Appletree battles Nazis and Shoah-deniers on Facebook

By Candice Krieger, May 30, 2008

Activist David Appletree is taking a stand against the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish groups that are cropping up on Facebook, the social-networking website.

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