Tribute to Shimon Peres

There will be countless tributes to Shimon Peres over the coming days, but I fear that few, if any, will adequately capture the palpable sense of collective grief felt across the world, nor do justice to the memory of a true giant amongst men. It is true that Shimon Peres …

Sephardi Voices

Jews have lived in North Africa, the Middle East, and Iran for millennia. In the aftermath of World War Two and the founding of the State of Israel, Jews were displaced from their native lands and scattered throughout the world. Their experience is rarely documented, their plight ignored, and their …

Wedding Rabbi Zev Saunders

Southport’s Rabbi, Zeev Saunders, has wed Floridian Erica Korman. The wedding took place at the synagogue of the groom’s father, Rabbi Arnold Saunders, Crumpsall in north Manchester. The Southport congregation will miss their young rabbi, as he seeks a career in America. But they will welcome him back should the …

Laurence Brass Interview Row

Laurence Brass was elected Treasurer to the Board of Deputies of British Jews in May 2009. So when he visited Southport, to give the keynote speech at the AJEX presentation evening, I interviewed him for the Jewish Hour on BBC Radio Manchester. The interview aired the following Monday, 30th Nov… …

BBC Jewish Hour

“News & Views from the Jews” You can hear me, Ed Horwich, interviewing most weeks on the long-running Jewish Hour radio programme. Every Monday 7.00 – 8.00pm BBC Radio Manchester 95.1 FM & DAB digital radio (BBC Manc) BBC iPlayer: http://bbc.co.uk/manchester Listen Live or click Listen Again and choose Jewish …

Jewish community fades in Sunderland

In 2001, 114 actively practising Jews lived in Sunderland, but the number has since fallen. Sonia and Charles Slater are two of the remaining Jewish worshippers in the Sunderland area. Charles, who was once the leader of Sunderland Council for almost two decades, talks about the congregation’s demise: “Many of …

Russian Eurovision Star

Ivan Urgant is not just a hansom Jewish boy, he is also presenter of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest and one of today’s most popular Russian TV personalities.

Chief Rabbi Blackpool Feb 09

The Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, addressed the Jewish Small Communities meeting in Blackpool on 8 February at the Blackpool Hebrew Congregation. His complete speech is available in 4 segments. Please click this link to view the complete speech [link]

Nudes in the Attic

Remarkable drawings in a ‘new’ form by the veteran artist Hannah Frank have been discovered just before her centenary exhibition opens on her 100th birthday – 23 August. Visitors to the ‘Hannah Frank, A Glasgow Artist 100th Birthday Exhibition’ now have a chance to see this significant new discovery of …