Barry Toberman

Survivor musician film shortlisted for Oscar

By Barry Toberman, October 17, 2013

A film about a London-based 109-year-old Holocaust survivor has reached the final eight in the Oscar selection process for the documentary short category.

The Lady in Number Six: Music Saved My Life tells the story of Prague-born musician and teacher Alice Herz-Sommer, who was sent to Theresienstadt.


Arsene Wenger, David Bernstein and David Pleat team up for Four Four Jew opening

By Barry Toberman, October 10, 2013

Arsene Wenger and David Dein were the Arsenal stars, David Pleat came from Spurs, former FA chairman David Bernstein flew the flag for Manchester City, David Gold represented West Ham and ex-Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier gave a Merseyside flavour to the hottest footballing ticket in town - the launch of Four Four Jew at the Jewish Museum in Camden.


Museum is all set for the big kick-off

By Barry Toberman, October 3, 2013

Joanne Rosenthal fits the cynical profile of the Manchester United fan. She lives in London — although she was raised in Salford — and rarely attends games. But she is a pivotal player in the upcoming Jewish Museum, Camden, exhibition showcasing the Jewish contribution to football, on and off the pitch, and the influence the beautiful game has exerted on Jewish life in this country.


Seventeenth UK Jewish Film festival covers all bases

By Barry Toberman, September 24, 2013

From a documentary on the quintessential party song to an “extreme horror” flick from Israel, the 17th UK Jewish Film Festival covers all the cinematic bases.

Unveiling the programme for 2013, festival executive director Judy Ironside said the line-up of screenings represented “a significantly good year”.


Booking in at Mansion House

By Barry Toberman, June 21, 2013

Over 100 supporters of Israeli art gathered in the sumptuous surrounds of London’s Mansion House last Friday lunchtime for the official launch of the UK publication of a pictorial history.


Sandé sings for record-breaking £4.2m Jewish Care dinner

By Barry Toberman, June 20, 2013

A short closing set by British pop sensation Emeli Sandé sent the 1,200 guests at Jewish Care’s campaign dinner home with a song in their hearts. But the greatest hit for the welfare charity’s chiefs was the subsequent announcement of record £4.2 million proceeds from the event, held at Grosvenor House in London’s Park Lane.


Art House in the frame

By Barry Toberman, June 5, 2013

There is even greater incentive for creative talents to enter this year’s Art House contest run by the London Jewish Cultural Centre in Golders Green.

For not only will the best entries be part of a seven-week exhibit at LJCC — the three pieces selected as the pick of the crop will earn the artists prizes of £2,000, £1,000 and £500.


Sorry Heston, the beef is off for cookbook

By Barry Toberman, May 27, 2013

Few would dare to send back a Heston Blumenthal culinary creation. But a Maidenhead Synagogue group did just that after the three-starred Michelin chef mixed milk and meat in a recipe for a fundraising cookbook.


Dementia care takes a trip down memory lane

By Barry Toberman, May 6, 2013

Reminiscence work is an integral part of the programme at Jewish Care’s Sam Beckman day centre in Hendon for people with dementia. Now through the latest technology, centre members Miriam Gould and Dorit Nass can draw upon a lifetime of memories wherever they are.


Israel engagement — it’s Closer than you think

By Barry Toberman, April 16, 2013

A year-long initiative to increase British Jews’ engagement with Israel is being launched to coincide with Yom Ha’atzmaut.


Hammerson unveils £16m expansion scheme

By Barry Toberman, March 18, 2013

The Hammerson House care home in East Finchley has unveiled plans for a £16.5 million expansion and redevelopment project.

Hammerson — which last year merged with the Nightingale home in Clapham — will complete the scheme in two parts. A refurbishment of the property in The Bishops Avenue starts in May and is expected to take a year. The main building work will be from 2016-18.


Ahrens claims third pro win

By Barry Toberman, February 7, 2013

Light-middleweight Danny “Kid” Ahrens described his victory over Andrew Patterson in Peterborough as “my best performance to date”.

Although his journeyman opponent was furious when the referee stopped the four-rounder midway through the second, he had taken a battering from the first bell.


Care providers attack 'unrealistic' cut in nursing funds from NHS

By Barry Toberman, February 7, 2013

The two major providers of Jewish residential nursing care in the capital have attacked the imposition of a reduced upper limit for NHS London-funded clients.


Drinking in atmosphere at kosher wine showcase

By Barry Toberman, February 4, 2013

Glasses were raised to Kedem Europe in central London on Monday as 800 people ate, drank and were socially merry at its annual Kosher Food and Wine Experience.


Cameron: Learn lessons of the Holocaust

By Barry Toberman, January 24, 2013

Penning his contribution to the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment against prejudice and racism on Monday, David Cameron warmly recalled how he had originally become aware of the HET’s activities.


Southend care home takeover

By Barry Toberman, November 29, 2012

Agreement has been reached on the sale of Jewish Care’s Southend residential home, Raymond House, to a local care provider.

The loss-making home had been under threat of closure but concerned local supporters urged the charity to look for a buyer.

On Tuesday, Jewish Care announced that Raymond House had been purchased by Javed Rashid, whose family runs two homes in the area.


Ahrens claims second pro win

By Barry Toberman, November 29, 2012

Israeli prospect Danny “Kid” Ahrens impressed a predominantly Jewish crowd with an accomplished second professional win in central London on Monday.


Buyer found for closure-threatened Southend care home

By Barry Toberman, September 14, 2012

Jewish Care’s Southend residential home, Raymond House, looks set to be saved.


Students celebrate bumper year for A-Level results

By Barry Toberman, August 16, 2012

The A-level results of Immanuel College pupils have given outgoing head Philip Skelker the perfect send-off.

In a performance digest issued on Wednesday, the Bushey school reported that more than a third of the 66 exam students achieved three A* or A grades, with eight attaining three or more A*s.


Norwood shops get an Arcadia makeover

By Barry Toberman, July 26, 2012

Norwood hopes to become a bigger player on the high street through the makeover of its eight charity shops by a team of experts from Sir Philip Green’s Arcadia Group.

The first refit was at one of the two stores in Golders Green Road, effecting what Norwood chief executive Elaine Kerr described as “a remarkable transformation”.