Alan Montague

There are fundamental differences between shechita and halal slaughtering

By Alan Montague, March 13, 2014

Whenever religious slaughter makes the headlines, both shechita and dhabihah (the term used for halal slaughter) tend to be considered as two sides of the same coin. Yet there are fundamental differences.

The vast majority of halal meat (between 80 and 90 per cent) is mechanically stunned just as it would be at a conventional slaughterhouse.

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Billionaire trader who funded Mossad buried in Israel

By Alan Montague, June 27, 2013

Glencore founder Marc Rich, one of the most successful commodities traders of all time, has died aged 79.

Mr Rich, who made his estimated fortune of £1 .5 billion partly through selling oil to embargoed nations – most controversially to Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis – was flown from his home in Switzerland to be buried at the Kibbutz Einat cemetery, near Petah Tikvah.

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Chelsea football club to investigate Benayoun abuse

By Alan Montague, April 23, 2013

Chelsea football club is investigating claims that its player Yossi Benayoun was racially abused by the club's own supporters at the weekend.

The Israeli international was the target for boos and antisemitic taunts from a section of the Chelsea fans when he came on as a substitute during the match against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.

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Review: Antony Sher in The Captain of Kopenick

By Alan Montague, February 7, 2013

Categorised by the Nazis as “half Jewish” because his Protestant grandfather was born a Jew, the popular German dramatist Carl Zuckmayer managed to escape the clutches of the Gestapo by moving to America. They got his play though, and banned it in 1933.

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Fitness: How to exercise without stepping out of your front door

By Laurel Alper, February 1, 2013

Exercising at home can help you stick to a regime — you save time and, without gym fees, money too. This workout incorporates all the major muscle groups, with each exercise to last for 30 seconds -1 minute. In between each exercise, spend 30 seconds–1 minute stretching different muscles. (Always consult your doctor before beginning a new programme.)

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About that 'nightmare' Shabbat - the rabbi responds

By Rabbi Elchonon Feldman, January 31, 2013

Rabbis worldwide have formed a secret society and many of us meet together regularly to discuss issues at hand. These include world domination, subliminal messaging and, of course, how much whisky is religiously necessary for a proper traditional kiddush.

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Questions of identity? For us, they're a laughing matter

By Philippa Fordham and Bennett Arron, January 24, 2013

Philippa Fordham writes:

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Fitness: Ready, steady, exercise

By Laurel Alper, January 3, 2013

January is traditionally the time when we set goals and many of us will have decided to begin an exercise programme. That’s the easy bit. Actually starting, and sustaining it, is much tougher. So here are a few facts to bolster your resolve.

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Shin Bet story that evokes John le Carré

By Alan Montague, October 21, 2012

The cover of this novel proclaims it is Israeli espionage in the tradition of John le Carré. This is more than publisher’s hype. Sarid does, like the great British spy writer, portray secret-service work as grubby and mundane interspersed with moments of violence, a world where the prevailing morality is grey. Most of all, it shares le Carré’s great theme of betrayal.

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David Serero: French opera star in London

By Alan Montague, October 11, 2012

French baritone David Serero will be bringing his unique brand of opera to London next week. The singer, who has both performed under the baton of Placido Domingo and dueted with Jermaine Jackson, will be singing a wide range of material at a gala for Israeli food charity Meir Panim followed by a West End concert at the Dominion Theatre on October 18.

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Adi Nes's uneasy images of a changing Israel

By Alan Montague, October 7, 2012

Adi Nes's first exhibition in the UK opens at the Jewish Museum in London on Thursday, October 11. Called The Village, it is a series of large-scale images set in an imagined rural community which seek to capture some of the fault-lines running through Israeli society.

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Art House: gallery

By Alan Montague, September 13, 2012

Over 300 works were submitted to this year's Art House community exhibition. Here's a selection

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Art attack as exhibition gets underway at Ivy House

By Alan Montague, September 7, 2012

Over 200 artists, their families and friends crowded into the London Jewish Cultural Centre for the opening of the second Art House community art exhibition this week.

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Art House: It's show time for artists

By Alan Montague, August 23, 2012

Art House, organised and hosted by the London Jewish Cultural Centre in partnership with the JC, invites amateur and professional artists to submit works for exhibition.
Entries must be submitted to the LJCC at Ivy House on August 30, August 31, September 2 or September 3. Artists must be 16 or older. The entry fee is £10 to submit one work or £25 for a maximum submission of three.

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The doctor's just jumped out of his helicoptor. He'll see you now

By Alan Montague, August 2, 2012

Every weekend, a bunch of people get together in their free-time to fly in helicopters around the country. Tony Bleetman is one of them and he loves it. “You couldn’t pay to have that much fun,” he says.

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Jubilee recipe: raspberry, blueberry and vanilla macaroons

By Alan Montague, May 31, 2012

Makes 36 small macaroons

INGREDIENTS
For the macaroons:

150g ground almonds

180g icing sugar

150g egg whites (approx 4 large egg whites)

60g caster sugar

3 tsp vanilla extract or one large vanilla pod
Red and blue food colouring paste (make sure you do not use liquid colouring)

For the ganache:

250ml double cream

50g unsalted butter

3 vanilla pods

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Sweet fennel tarte tatin

By Joanna Weinberg, May 30, 2012

This is an unusual take on a classic — the fennel turns soft and sweet and deliciously caramelised during cooking.

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS
2 fennel bulbs

3 eating apples

100g butter

120g caster sugar

1 tsp fennel seeds

Flour, for dusting

250g ready-made, ready-rolled all-butter puff pastry, thawed if frozen

1 egg, lightly beaten

1 tsp granulated sugar

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Alice Herz-Sommer: the pianist who's a true survivor

By Amos Witztum, May 22, 2012

Alice Herz-Sommer is 108 years old. She is a true survivor of the 20th century.

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Review: Hope: A Tragedy

By Alan Montague, February 10, 2012

Shalom Auslander
Picador, £16.99

Shalom Auslander's surname means "foreigner" in German, or "outsider". And that is certainly what he seems - a Jewish outsider alienated even from other Jews.

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Review: The New Jew in Film

By Alan Montague, January 13, 2012

By Nathan Abrams
I. B. Tauris, £14.99

Nathan Abrams must have got through an awful lot of popcorn.

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