Barry Toberman

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Sam Cam praises work of UK Anne Frank charity

By Barry Toberman, July 10, 2014

In the week before Anne Frank Trust UK leaders present their submission to the Prime Minister's Holocaust Commission, the trust was praised as an "amazing charity" by Samantha Cameron at a 10 Downing Street reception.

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Southern comfort from London school's plan

By Barry Toberman, June 2, 2014

With a mixture of pride and excitement, Kate Baum takes visitors through architects’ plans for the permanent home for south London’s first Jewish school, Mosaic.

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The ski chalet where the super rich go to chill out

By Barry Toberman, May 2, 2014

As our car navigates the winding road up towards the Austrian resort of Oberlech, the alpine scenery is breathtaking, the early spring sunshine making inroads into the snow atop the mountain peaks. The stunning panorama is apposite as our destination is the summit of luxury accommodation and service.

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Review: It’s Rextasy as compilation caters for Bolan completists

By Barry Toberman, April 28, 2014

Reissued to coincide with 20th Century Boy, the touring musical inspired by the life of Marc Bolan, these four albums chart the rise of the elfin frontman from underground darling to glamrock god.

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Inury woe for Ahrens

By Barry Toberman, March 7, 2014

The boxing career of Danny “Kid” Ahrens hangs in the balance after just five professional fights because of a hand injury.

The unbeaten London-based Israeli light-middleweight sustained the injury in his fourth pro contest and the problem recurred in his most recent fight. He was seeing a specialist in Israel this week in the latest attempt to find a cure.

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Enjoy a Vegas wedding

By Barry Toberman, February 17, 2014

We do love a simchah. And many also quite enjoy a flutter. So if in Vegas for the latter, why not take in a wedding? Or to be precise, Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding. OK, so the nuptials are fictitious, being the focal point of the long-running show, which is currently playing in Vegas’s Bally’s hotel.

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Scottish life is a picture of interest to Passow

By Barry Toberman, February 17, 2014

London-domiciled Glaswegian Michael Mail wanted to do something to “recognise and celebrate the Scottish Jewish story”. Then he came across the work of award-winning photographer Judah Passow and knew he had found the answer.

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Youth Aliyah's new needs

By Barry Toberman, February 13, 2014

Youth Aliyah Child Rescue gave a generous nod to its past and an emotive look at its present as it celebrated its 80th anniversary with a gala dinner at London's Guildhall on Tuesday.

The past was represented by guest speakers Yisrael Meir Lau, Israel's former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi, and Knesset Member Shimon Solomon.

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JBD's new £10m home from home

By Barry Toberman, December 9, 2013

As Jewish Blind and Disabled chief executive Hazel Kaye stands in the entrance of the charity’s nearly completed £10.6 million development in Bushey, she is passed by a relative of a soon-to-be tenant.

Clearly impressed by what he sees, the relative remarks: “This is more like a hotel than a home.” It is the sort of compliment Ms Kaye is getting used to.

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Sir Tom Jones helps Norwood rock to the tune of £3.2 million

By Barry Toberman, November 14, 2013

Nothing beats a practical demonstration of a charity’s work. And, with a little help from Sir Tom Jones, drummer Saul Zur-Szpiro supplied it to the 1,100 guests at Norwood’s annual dinner on Monday, which raised £3.2 million for its work with children, families and those with learning difficulties.

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I know I can improve and I will, says Ahrens

By Barry Toberman, October 25, 2013

London-based Israeli Danny "Kid" Ahrens continued his winning start to his professional career with a four round points victory over Briton Lewis van Poetsch at a Jewish Care boxing dinner.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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”.

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