Barry Toberman

Hip hip purée - lookalike meals go to NHS patients

By Barry Toberman, May 12, 2016

Hospital food can appear unappetising at its best.


Tom Watson: 'I am ashamed of Labour antisemitism'

By Barry Toberman, May 8, 2016

Deputy Labour leader Tom Watson has said he is "ashamed of the recent cases of antisemitism in my party".

In a Yom HaShoah message to the Jewish Labour Movement, Mr Watson said he was working with the JLM and the Jewish community "to ensure that racists and antisemites have no place in British politics. Together with many colleagues, I am backing the JLM proposals for tougher rules.


Bournemouth: A calm exterior but fears over an ageing populace

By Barry Toberman, April 14, 2016

If subscribing to the adage that age is relative, Bournemouth is your poster community. Jewish leaders talk of 75 as "not old" and the local representative council chairman describes himself as "just a baby" at 51.


Bournemouth Hilton

By Barry Toberman, March 3, 2016

TV chef Matt Tebbutt is holding court in his restaurant, explaining how interest from the local Jewish community has inspired him to consult Florence Greenberg's legendary Jewish Cookbook for inspiration on kosher-style dishes for his menu.


Care campus celebrates £17m facelift

By Barry Toberman, March 3, 2016

Social Care Minister Alistair Burt has praised Jewish Care's latest major project, describing it as a model in its field.

Before addressing the formal opening of the Betty and Asher Loftus Centre in Friern Barnet, Mr Burt was shown around the campus by charity chiefs.


Improving life for Nightingale residents is kids' stuff

By Barry Toberman, March 3, 2016

Sipping coffee at a Nightingale House café window table overlooking the south London home's vast and verdant outdoor space, Nightingale Hammerson chief executive Helen Simmons points to a building in the garden area.


Pinchas Zukerman to perform at Kensington Palace for Israel Philharmonic’s 80th

By Barry Toberman, February 16, 2016

World renowned violinist Pinchas Zukerman will give a concert at Kensington Palace on Sunday week at a celebratory dinner for the 80th anniversary of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.


Norwood care home is rated among the UK's top one per cent

By Barry Toberman, January 22, 2016

A Norwood care home in Stanmore has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, putting it among the top one per cent of services inspected by the CQC.

30 Old Church Lane - home to eight people with learning disabilities - received an unannounced inspection in November.


Leaders look for sea changes to arrest the slide in population in Brighton

By Barry Toberman, January 15, 2016

Brighton and Hove has a lot going for it. A coastal environment within a reasonable commute of central London; some elegant properties, decent restaurants and centrally located nightlife.


Radisson Blu

By Barry Toberman, December 10, 2015

The Radisson certainly cannot be faulted for location as, for those arriving by train, it is across the road from Glasgow's main station. And leisure visitors are within easy walking reach of major shopping areas and many cultural attractions.


WJR pledges to improve lives of those in 'chronic poverty'

By Barry Toberman, December 3, 2015

World Jewish Relief's work down the generations was reviewed at its annual dinner at London's Guildhall which raised more than £1 million.

And, after the 500-plus diners had heard from Polish-born Harry Olmer, one of "The Boys" rescued by WJR and helped to settle in Britain after the war, chief executive Paul Anticoni stressed that the largest number of survivors and older Jewish community mem


Las Vegas: Worth a gamble

By Barry Toberman, November 26, 2015

Off to Vegas and not a big gambler? The city has a great deal more to offer than the ubiquitous slot machines and gaming tables.

So here are five ways to have fun spending your dollars for a guaranteed return - or even keeping your cash in your pocket.

Enjoy the view

Superficial though the Las Vegas Strip may be, the panorama is spectacular, particularly at night.


It's a perfect 10 as 25,000 join in UK good deeds

By Barry Toberman, November 26, 2015

Mitzvah Day founder and chair Laura Marks concedes that her yearly summation is always "it's the best yet". But with an estimated 40,000 people around the globe participating in the tenth edition - 25,000 in the UK - Ms Marks argues that "it is not only the numbers but the quality of projects" that demonstrate the progression of the day of good deeds.


A weekend in Budapest: Simply the 'Pest

By Barry Toberman, November 19, 2015

There is something both comfortably familiar and appealingly exotic about Budapest. Wander the parliamentary area, whose buildings were inspired by Westminster, the high-end shopping malls that showcase global brands and some of the many museums, and you will feel totally at home.


Charities count cost of 'living wage' pay rises

By Barry Toberman, November 12, 2015

George Osborne's headline-grabbing Budget commitment to a substantially increased national living wage caught charity bosses on the hop. Four months on, Jewish Care chief executive, Simon Morris, can put a price on it in his charity's terms - and it is a high one.


Star-studded opening to UK Jewish Film Festival

By Barry Toberman, November 8, 2015

The 19th UK Jewish Film Festival got off to a glitzy start on Saturday evening as stars of the gala premiere, Closer To The Moon, joined 300 movie fans for a reception and screening at BFI on the Southbank.

Set in Romania in 1958 where antisemitism was rife, the film is based on the true story of a disenchanted group of Jewish friends who plot an audacious bank raid.


Corinthia Hotel

By Barry Toberman, October 8, 2015

It was no coincidence that film director Wes Anderson checked into the Corinthia before shooting The Grand Budapest Hotel. Its ornately mirrored lifts suggest the splendour of a bygone era while also rekindling memories of favourite scenes from the endearingly quirky movie. So, too, does the brasserie and atrium with its lofty vista, and the baroque-style grand ballroom.


Basel: If it's good enough for Herzl

By Barry Toberman, October 1, 2015

If a two, or even three centre holiday is not enough, then how about a three nation afternoon? It's one of the intriguing possibilities thrown up by a short break in Basel. On a walking tour of the pretty, compact city on our opening morning, our guide explains that Germany is just a couple of miles away (a tram takes you there) and France is equally close.


Glasgow: Hopes are high despite declining population

By Barry Toberman, September 24, 2015

Cosgrove Care, supporting those with learning disability and mental health issues, is one of a variety of organisations providing welfare, social and cultural activities for the Glasgow Jewish community.

But only around 30 of its 120 clients are Jewish. "We suffer from a reduced community," admits the charity's treasurer, Paul Shafar. "We could not operate just serving Jewish clients."