Candice Krieger

Neil Shestopal takes his passion for opera into cyberspace

By Candice Krieger, April 4, 2008

Veteran Chazan Neil Shestopal is mad about opera: so much so that he has created a website devoted to the art.


Operalovers.net targets those who share a passion for opera. It features podcasts, interviews and discussions, in addition to performances and production information. “I was surprised, but there is nothing else like it on the web,” Mr Shestopal, 63, tells People.

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Dani Landau gets a taste of success with an award for his film about Jewish pastries

By Candice Krieger, April 4, 2008

Actor and filmmaker Dani Landau has won an international online film competition — and pocketed a £500 prize. His winning creation, Blessed be the Burekas, is about one man’s mission to spread the word of God in England through burekas — traditional Jewish pastries filled with cheese. The competition was organised by Jeneration.org, the Reform Movement’s social-networking website.

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Sarah Brown pledges PM’s help for Israel

By Candice Krieger, April 4, 2008

Gordon Brown will continue to work for peace and security for Israel, his wife Sarah assured Emunah members in North London on Wednesday.

Addressing around 200 women at Emunah’s 75th anniversary lunch at the Hendon Hall Hotel, Mrs Brown highlighted the family’s “strong ties with Israel”, adding: “Gordon’s father is the chairman of the Church of Scotland’s Israel committee and growing up, Gordon learned about the tribulations and struggle of the Jewish people and the sacrifices to establish the State of Israel.

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The banana-picker who collects hotels

By 2008-03-06, April 3, 2008

Fifteen years ago, Ilik Rozanski’s main business was selling bananas on a kibbutz in Israel. Today, he runs a major property company with a net asset value of £700m and is thought to be Israel’s highest-paid businessman. But, as Mr Rozanski puts it, business is business, whatever the scale.

The 48-year-old Israeli is the president and chief executive of AIM-listed Delek Group Real Estate (DGRE), a subsidiary of the Delek Group, an Israeli investment company with a market capital of $3bn. It owns some of the most sought-after properties in the UK.

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What a high shekel means for you

By Candice Krieger, March 28, 2008

The Bank of Israel cut its interest rates by 0.5 per cent to 3.25 per cent this week — its lowest ever — in an attempt to curb the shekel’s appreciation against some of the world’s major currencies. But what does this mean for Israel’s economy — and for the many British businesses and tourists with links to Israel?

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My secrets of success, by Mr JDate

By Candice Krieger, March 19, 2008

Facebook fans may wish to avert their eyes. Alon Carmel, the founder and former chairman of JDate — the world’s largest online Jewish dating site — says the days of social-networking-cum-dating sites could soon be numbered. Mr Carmel believes such sites are putting themselves at risk by trying to do too much.

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It’ll get tougher, warns City veteran

By Candice Krieger, March 13, 2008

Investors take heed. More financial turmoil is heading our way as the sub-prime crisis continues to impact upon the global money markets. The warning is sounded by veteran stockbroker Elissa Bayer. One of the first women to become a member of the London Stock Exchange, Mrs Bayer, 55, is director of private clients at investment bank Insinger de Beaufort. She says the effects of the credit crunch are far from over. “The fallout from the sub-prime crisis will take at least another 18 months to sort out and we will get different problems,” she tells JC Business.

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The new e-grocer on the block

By Candice Krieger, February 21, 2008

Internet entrepreneur Johnny Stern is not alone in seeing the potential of his online grocery price-comparison website mySupermarket.co.uk. Greylock, the venture-capital firm that backed Facebook, now holds a stake in the business. Launched just over a year ago by Mr Stern, 35, mySupermarket compares the cost of products among the big four online supermarkets — Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Ocado (Waitrose) — and lets users cost their baskets as they shop. It has secured around £3 million in funding from Greylock and from Israeli venture-capital fund Pitango.

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Interview: Vincent Tchenguiz

By Candice Krieger, September 6, 2007

Vincent Tchenguiz is rarely out of the headlines - and recent weeks have been no exception.

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Sir Martin Sorrell clicks with Google

By Candice Krieger, June 28, 2007

WPP boss explains why his firm is forging an alliance with a major competitor Advertising-industry leader Sir Martin Sorrell is keeping his friends close but his enemies closer.

With online advertising posing an increasing threat to the communications business, the WPP boss is forming an alliance with arguably the market's major nemesis, Google.

As the biggest web-search provider, Google's power and influence has been the focus of mounting paranoia within the advertising world as it expands into new formats.

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