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The former chairman and chief executive of supermarket chain Sainsbury's, Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover, has died aged 94, the company has announced.  During his 40-year career with the firm he covered several roles, becoming a director in 1958 before being promoted to lead the business in 1969.  Lord Sainsbury retired from the company in 1992, becoming its life president.

Sainsbury's current CEO Simon Roberts described him as "one of the great retailers of his time".  He added he was "a shopkeeper to his core" and "was ambitious for the company and led Sainsbury's through an unprecedented period of growth; he was a truly inspirational man".

Martin Scicluna, chairman of Sainsbury's, said he would be "greatly missed" by all his friends and colleagues. John Davan Sainsbury started working in his family's business in 1950, after national service and university, initially taking on a role in the grocery department.His time at Sainsbury's saw the company grow from a regional, middle-sized grocery chain, to a national household name.

Lord Sainsbury became biscuit buyer in 1951 and bacon buyer from 1956, according to The Sainsbury's Archive. A visit to Canada inspired a new method of producing bacon for the new self-service market which he developed and piloted at the abattoir at Haverhill, the archive said. He was also heavily involved in the development of Sainsbury's own range of products, personally approving every packaging design, it said.

Lord Sainsbury led the company through other significant changes, including conversion to scanning, the introduction of debit and credit cards, and energy management, it added.

Lord Sainsbury at a celebration of the company's

centenary on 15 April 1969, Getty Images

John Sainsbury, centre left, at a celebration of the company's

centenary on 15 April 1969

In 1980 he was knighted by the Queen for services to the food retailing industry and with his brothers Simon and Timothy helped transform Sainsbury's. In 1991, former managing director Sir Roy Griffiths said no senior member of a family ever cherished the family traditions more closely than Lord Sainsbury. He added: "No chairman has ever looked after the corporate values so committedly, and nothing has been too much, no generosity too great for people who serve the customer, and by definition the company well."

Lord Sainsbury, whose mantra was "retail is in the detail" retired from his role as chief executive and chairman in 1992. –BBCi



WASHINGTON, DC. – We are relieved that the harrowing hostage situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas ended with all the hostages safe. The four hostages were released unharmed, after being held for some 12 hours.

With synagogue attacks in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Poway, California fresh in our minds, we are well aware of how this could have turned tragic.  We are immensely grateful to local and federal law enforcement for their efforts to peacefully and safely end the situation.

The hostage taker reportedly demanded the release of convicted terrorist and anti-Semite Aafia Siddiqui, who is now serving 86-years for attempted murder and assault of U.S. service members.

Threats and violence against Jews—at places of worship, at restaurants, walking down a street, online—have grown at an alarming pace in recent years. We will continue to work within our communities, with local law enforcement and with state and federal officials to help protect Jews wherever they are.

B’nai B’rith International has advocated for global Jewry and championed the cause of human rights since 1843. B’nai B’rith is recognized as a vital voice in promoting Jewish unity and continuity, a staunch defender of the State of Israel, a tireless advocate on behalf of senior citizens and a leader in disaster relief. With a presence around the world, we are the Global Voice of the Jewish community.




We are grateful that all hostages at Congregation Beth Israel have been released and we send our prayers for peace and healing to them, their families, their congregation, and their community.

During this long day and night, Jewish people across the country have taken comfort in the outpouring of support for our community from our neighbors of Muslim, Christian, and other faiths who stood united in condemning this attack and antisemitism in all forms.

Today we have felt the all too familiar sinking in our hearts, the outrage and horror of witnessing yet another antisemitic attack on a synagogue on Shabbat. Whether we are walking down the streets of our neighborhoods or through the doors of our holy spaces, no one should experience fear or be targeted for their faith.

We worry that in the days ahead there will be those who try to use our community’s pain and trauma to fuel division or incite violence against other communities — we will not let them. We will reject any attempt, rooted in anti-Muslim bigotry, to hold an entire community responsible for the actions of one individual.

We are sending our love to Jewish communities in Colleyville and across the country. We all deserve to be safe in our places of worship and in this country, where every single one of us belongs.


Cantor Samuel Malavsky was born in Russia in 1894. Like so many cantors of his generation, he learned the cantorial trade as a meshorer, or chorister. When he came to the U.S. at age twenty he was taken in by none other than Yossele Rosenblatt, the most famous cantor of the “golden age” and—to many—the supreme exemplar of the Eastern European cantorial tradition. The path laid out for Malavsky could not have been clearer. He had a beautiful voice, an established reputation as one of Europe’s most promising young cantors, and the support of the most famous cantor in the world. That he could become one of America’s most sought-after cantors was a given. But Malavsky came to have something else: six children with voices that matched his own. Under his tutelage, Malavsky’s children developed into fine singers and he eventually formed the Malavsky Family Choir. The family travelled the country singing Samuel Malavsky’s arrangements of Eastern European cantorial music. But because the family included his four daughters, it limited the venues in which they could perform.  Newly available on the Milkin Foundation's website this month is an oral history with three of the Malavsky sisters recounting memorable experiences and reflecting on how their father sacrificed a stable career in order to sing with his family.



COLLEYVILLE, Texas – A man who took four hostages at a synagogue in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, has been identified by the FBI as British citizen Malik Faisal Akram, 44.  The man who interrupted a morning service in Colleyville on Saturday died after a 10-hour standoff with police during which explosions and gunfire could be heard.

All of the hostages at the Congregation Beth Israel were freed unharmed.

US President Joe Biden called the hostage-taking an "act of terror".

UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss condemned the attack as an "act of terrorism and anti-Semitism", adding: "We stand with US in defending the rights and freedoms of our citizens against those who spread hate."

There is currently no indication that others were involved, the FBI in Dallas said. A brother of the attacker issued a statement apologizing to the victims and saying he had been suffering from "mental health issues".

Negotiators had spent hours talking to the assailant during the standoff.  The four people taken hostage included the synagogue's rabbi. One was released after six hours with the other three being led to safety by police several hours later.  The incident began at around 11:00 local time (16:00 GMT) when police were called to the synagogue.  People were evacuated from the area shortly after.  

A live stream of the Shabbat morning service on Facebook captured audio of a man talking loudly. He could be heard saying: "You get my sister on the phone" and "I am gonna die."

He was also heard saying: "There's something wrong with America." The feed was later taken down.

The hostage-taker was heard demanding the release of Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani neuroscientist who is currently serving an 86-year prison term in the US, law enforcement officials told local media.  Siddiqui was convicted of trying to kill US military officers while in custody in Afghanistan.  Thousands took to the streets in Pakistan to protest against her conviction in 2010.

President Biden appeared to confirm the attacker had been seeking her release, saying the Texas attack was related to "someone who was arrested 15 years ago and has been in jail for 10 years".

After the Islamic State (IS) group kidnapped American journalist James Foley in Syria in 2012, they emailed his family demanding the release of Siddiqui.

A lawyer representing Siddiqui told CNN in a statement that the hostage-taker was not her brother, saying Siddiqui's family condemned his "heinous" actions.

The dead man's brother Gulbar issued a statement carried by the Blackburn Muslim Community to confirm the death, saying he had been shot dead. He said he had liaised "with Faisal, the negotiators, FBI etc" during the siege but "there was nothing we could have said to him or done that would have convinced him to surrender".

"We would like to say that we as a family do not condone any of his actions and would like to sincerely apologize wholeheartedly to all the victims involved in the unfortunate incident," Gulbar added. "We would also like to add that any attack on any human being be it a Jew, Christian or Muslim etc is wrong and should always be condemned."

Texas resident Victoria Francis, who was watching the live stream before it cut out, told the Associated Press that she had heard the man rant against America and claim he had a bomb.

"He was pretty irritated and the more irritated he got, he'd make more threats," she said. --BBCi




While many questions remain, this much is clear. The terrorist demanded the release of Dr. Aafia Saddiqui convicted of shooting at American troops in Afghanistan. Dr. Aafia Saddiqui, not only hates Americans, but she is also a raving Jew-hater. At her trial in 2008, Saddiqui made continuous anti-Semitic comments and demanded that no Jew be allowed to serve on the jury.

 This has not stopped the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), Linda Sarsour and other prominent 'activists' to campaign for Saddiqui’s release, casting a criminal as a human rights victim.

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“Our prayers have been answered. The hostages are safe,” said Rabbi Marvin Hier, SWC CEO/Founder and Abraham Cooper, SWC Associate Dean and Director of Global Social Action.

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Why a synagogue? Prominent American Islamists, including a leading official of CAIR, have launched attacks against “Zionist” synagogues and have never been held accountable by leaders of civil society, elected officials, or the media for such incendiary anti-Semitism. Last month, CAIR was listed as #7 on the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Top Ten 2021 worst anti-Semitism list.

Unless and until they are, it is left to Jewish communities to once again have to elevate security measures for our synagogues, Jewish schools, and community centers—not only against neo-Nazis and white supremacists, but Islamists, incited by Jew-hating campaigners and apologists who cynically wrap their hate behind the mask of politics and theology.



With prayers of gratitude, we share our deep relief that those taken hostage yesterday at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, are safe and free after an 11-hour ordeal. Barukh ata Hashem matir asurim. Blessed are you, G[-]d, who releases the imprisoned.

We send love and strength to our colleague Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, who by all accounts remained heroically calm and collected despite the terrifying circumstances, and to the other community members held hostage, their families, and the entire community. We commend the work of law enforcement officials, as well as local interfaith clergy who quickly gathered to offer care and comfort to the families of those trapped inside.

Throughout the generations, Jews have taken risks to worship. In this moment, rabbis and congregants face not only the pandemic fears inherent in gathering but also the dangers of antisemitic attacks like this one. Far too many rabbis and cantors lead services each week wondering if their community will be next.

Violent antisemitic acts continue to threaten the welfare of Jewish Americans, as well as Jews throughout the world. In 2020, the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism tracked 2,024 reported antisemitic incidents in the United States. We must continue to call out and fight antisemitism, as well as hatred and oppression in all their forms.

As facts begin to emerge about what motivated the attacker, some will use these details to stoke hate in our communities, particularly between Jewish and Muslim communities. We urge our fellow Americans not to use this incident as reason for discrimination or violence against any national, ethnic, or religious group. The ministers, priests, imams, and other faith leaders who gathered with the Beth Israel community, who prayed with the Jewish community, and who reached out yesterday to their Jewish colleagues remind us of the power and necessity of a multi-faith community committed to keeping all of us safe.

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