Barry Toberman

Away from the beaches of Lanzarote

By Barry Toberman, November 3, 2011

Sun, sand, sea, Sangria. Lanzarote has them all in spades.


Norwood chief seeks to preserve services

By Barry Toberman, September 27, 2011

At a time of restricted finances, new Norwood chief executive Elaine Kerr will bring to the role invaluable experience of getting the utmost out of a budget.

During her five years in the top job at Chai Cancer Care, the charity has expanded services and experienced almost a four-fold increase in clientele, yet spending has risen only by around 50 per cent.


JBD digs deep for disabled housing scheme

By Barry Toberman, July 21, 2011

There was relief, as well as evident satisfaction, as Jewish Blind and Disabled chief executive Hazel Kaye donned hard hat and fluorescent security jacket on Tuesday at the site of its £10 million project in Bushey.


The Crane

By Barry Toberman, July 21, 2011

In the heart of a tropical paradise, we are seated in an intimate booth of an exquisite Asian restaurant savouring some of the best sushi we have ever tasted. Can life get much better?


Bowled over by Barbados

By Barry Toberman, July 21, 2011

Rain stopped play - three words to dampen the spirits of any cricket aficionado.


Anne Frank story moves Osborne to tears

By Barry Toberman, June 10, 2011

George Osborne paid tribute to the enduring emotional appeal of Anne Frank's story as the Anne Frank Trust UK celebrated its 20th anniversary with a reception at 11 Downing Street.

Chatting to key figures from the trust, the Chancellor revealed that he had visited Anne Frank House in Amsterdam three times, most recently last year.


Cancer charity's pioneering care collaboration

By Barry Toberman, June 2, 2011

Chai Cancer Care is expanding its services with a pioneering rehabilitation and palliative outpatients clinic at its Hendon premises.


Ukrainian dream realised in presence of WJR backers

By Barry Toberman, April 7, 2011

Sixty World Jewish Relief supporters joined the opening celebrations of a Ukrainian community centre which will transform provision for the 40,000-plus Jews in Kharkov, many living in heart-rending poverty.

British donors contributed $3 million towards the $5.3 million (£3.3 million) Wohl Centre, launched with great fanfare and excitement with speeches from civic and Jewish dignitaries.


All par for the course on the Spanish coast

By Barry Toberman, March 17, 2011

Fairway to heaven or a good walk spoiled?

Golf can divide opinion to the point where a keen clubber's paradise is their partner's purgatory.

But on the southern Spanish coast, the 148-roomed NH Almenara Golf Hotel and Spa in Sotogrande is endeavouring to appeal to both the tee-time set and those for whom greens more readily conjure up images of


The Maldives measure up for relaxation

By Barry Toberman, November 25, 2010

Looking out from the privacy of our villa terrace at Coco Palm Bodu Hithi, the view is almost exclusively sun, near cloudless sky and sea, punctuated on rare occasion by a fellow guest snorkelling in the lagoon. Other than the waves of the Indian Ocean lapping against the stilts on which our secluded villa stands, barely a sound intrudes.


Cilla Black honours 'fifth Beatle'

By Barry Toberman, September 28, 2010

The cultural contribution of Brian Epstein has been saluted in central London with the unveiling of a heritage plaque by Cilla Black outside the former management office of “the fifth Beatle”.

In 1963, Epstein moved his NEMS administrative operation from Liverpool to 13 Monmouth Street, in the Seven Dials area between Covent Garden and Leicester Square and worked from there until the following year.


Take a stroll on Wisteria Lane

By Barry Toberman, February 11, 2010

Day one in Los Angeles had been full of surprises, not all of them pleasant. On the debit side, an unremitting downpour and the discovery that there is more nightlife in Frinton than in parts of downtown LA.

For our 20-year-old daughter, there was compensation in initial retail therapy (we did not chance on LA’s three Urban Outfitters branches until later in the trip) and for us both, an evening of glorious spectacle watching the LA Kings ice hockey team at the Staples Centre.


Poll: BNP leader Nick Griffin 'lied' over Holocaust

By Barry Toberman, October 29, 2009

More than two in three Britons believe Nick Griffin is a Holocaust denier despite the BNP leader’s claim to the contrary during his controversial Question Time appearance.

In a poll conducted exclusively for the JC by YouGov this week, 1,409 adults were asked if they were convinced by Griffin’s belated acceptance of the Holocaust. Sixty-nine per cent responded that “Griffin is still at heart a Holocaust denier and only pretends to have changed his views to make the BNP appear more moderate”.


Quiet New Year on the security front

By Barry Toberman, September 22, 2009

The Community Security Trust has reported an almost trouble-free Rosh Hashanah at British synagogues.

Only a small number of minor incidents were recorded, mostly abuse being shouted from cars at congregants walking to or from shuls in London, Hertfordshire and Manchester.

CST communications director Mark Gardner said that while the incidents were “disturbing for the victims, overall it was a peaceful weekend”.


Tal Ben Haim moves to Portsmouth

By Barry Toberman, September 1, 2009

Israeli international defender Tal Ben Haim has completed a move from Manchester City to Portsmouth on transfer deadline day.

Ben Haim, 27, has signed a four-year deal with the Premier League strugglers and could make his debut on September 12 against Bolton, his first English club. It was the player’s three successful years at Bolton that prompted Chelsea to bring him to Stamford Bridge in 2007. But he failed to hold down a regular place with the Blues and joined City a year later.


Champions League draw: Maccabi Haifa

By Barry Toberman, August 28, 2009

Maccabi Haifa will have their work cut out to progress beyond the Champions League group stage having been drawn to face Bayern Munich, Juventus and Bordeaux.

The Israeli champions – who qualified for the group stage with a 5-1 aggregate victory over Red Bull Salzburg – start their group campaign by hosting Bayern on September 15. Although missing out on the Bundesliga title last season, Germany’s richest club reached the Champions League quarter-finals and include French megastar Franck Ribery among a formidable line-up.


The three good causes we urge you to support

By Barry Toberman, September 26, 2008

For the second year, we are urging readers to donate to charities, nominated by you, that might otherwise be overlooked in the High Holy-Day season. Here are this year's beneficiaries

University Jewish Chaplaincy, Chai Cancer Care and Jewish Women's Aid are the beneficiaries of the second JC Charity Appeal.


Roman in ruins

By Barry Toberman, September 4, 2008

A chastened Roman Greenberg is looking to restore his reputation after the first professional defeat of his 28-fight career.

Greenberg was pummelled to a second round stoppage by veteran Cedric Boswell in an IBF North American heavyweight title bout in Atlanta, Georgia, last Friday.

A devastating right put the UK-based Israeli in trouble and the referee stepped in after Boswell, 39, unleashed some ferocious punches.


Greenberg’s fighting chance

By Barry Toberman, August 14, 2008

Roman Greenberg will be heading for the big time if wins his IBF North American heavyweight title bout against American Cedric Boswell in Atlanta on August 29.

Maidenhead-based Greenberg has been out of the ring since he stretched his 100 per cent record to 27 victories with a points win over Colin Kenna in London last October.

His absence has been partly due to surgery on a troublesome right hand, which Greenberg said had been successful. "I can really punch with it now."