Barry Toberman

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UK Jewish Film Festival opens with gala on London’s Southbank

By Barry Toberman, November 7, 2014

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has praised the UK Jewish Film Festival and the Jewish contribution to the movie industry worldwide.

Mr Javid said the festival had for the past two decades “provided a unique platform for hundreds of film-makers telling thousands of stories, stories that provide stimulating and unique views of Jewish and Israeli culture”.

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Turkish respite

By Barry Toberman, November 6, 2014

The fading Star of David on a shop-front façade was an indication that our Istanbul walking tour had entered an area of Jewish interest.

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Raffles

By Barry Toberman, November 6, 2014

When the latest addition to the Raffles luxury chain opened its doors in September, it received a publicity boost that money cannot buy.

In town for a concert was Lady Gaga who checked into the presidential suite and shared the good time she was evidently having with her squillions of followers on social media.

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Mitzvah Day set to reignite links with Muslims

By Barry Toberman, November 6, 2014

Mitzvah Day projects will help rebuild UK Jewish-Muslim relations in the aftermath of the Gaza conflict, its founder and chair Laura Marks believes.

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Interview: Patrick Bruel

By Barry Toberman, September 11, 2014

He's sold 14 million discs, has a string of movie credits and is a champion poker player to boot.

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DVD: Louis-Dreyfus gets the vote for comic timing

By Barry Toberman, August 21, 2014

Veep: Season 2 (HBO)

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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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