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A woman's charitable drive to bank time

By Sandy Rashty, August 29, 2014

Pass a Morrisons or Sainsbury’s supermarket in Harrow and you might spot Leonie Lewis shaking a donation tin outside.

For years, she has braved British weather collecting for a charity which supports people with learning disabilities.

Lewis, the director of the Jewish Volunteering Network, and a senior collector for Mencap, has always led by example.

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Raising the voice of Reform Judaism

By Sandy Rashty, August 22, 2014

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner is one of the most media-savvy rabbis in the UK.

A radio panellist and self-described “broadcaster”, she regularly tweets on issues of public interest and is rarely without her iPad and mobile phone.

As the senior rabbi to the Movement for Reform Judaism, which is made up of 40 communities and two affiliate synagogues, she sees it as her job.

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Shimon Cohen, the Sultan of Spin

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2014

Shimon Cohen describes himself as a “spin-consultant”.

Along with his 18-strong team, Cohen is trusted to manage the scandals and promote the work of 70 groups — including communal organisations from the United Synagogue to the Holocaust Educational Trust and Aish UK.

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The steady head at the helm of the United Synagogue

By Simon Rocker, August 8, 2014

No communal leader manages to appear as unruffled as Stephen Pack, the president of the United Synagogue. His calm and affable presence will remain at the helm of British Jewry’s largest religious organisation for a further three years, after his unopposed election for a second term last month.

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Jewish Interactive: I’m teaching schools to app their game

By Sandy Rashty, July 18, 2014

As a teacher, Chana Kanzen did her best to bring Jewish studies into the modern age.

Frustrated with photocopy hand-outs, worksheets and textbooks, she spent hours designing PowerPoint presentations to mirror the methods used to teach mainstream subjects.

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Paul Charney: forever waving Israel's flag

By Marcus Dysch, July 7, 2014

Paul Charney has never been one to shy away from a fight.

As a former tank commander for the Israel Defence Forces and current chairman of the Zionist Federation, he says he has always had to stand strong in his ongoing battle against anti-Israel activists — both on and off the field.

Charney, 42, confidently says: “I’ve got thick skin and broad shoulders.

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Lord Young: the powerhouse of innovation at 82

By Sandy Rashty, June 30, 2014

David Young, formally known as Lord Young of Graffham, was this week described as a traditional English gentleman with a passion for Israeli technology.

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Rabbi Naftali Schiff: Aish UK's wonderwall

By Sandy Rashty, June 12, 2014

The executive director of Aish UK is running on just three hours sleep.

Rabbi Naftali Schiff had left his office at 4.30am - hours before we met - to prepare for the Jewish education charity's first major fundraiser in a decade.

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Jewish Care charity chair steps out of the shadows

By Sandy Rashty, June 6, 2014

Steven Lewis, the chairman of Jewish Care and a trustee of the Jewish Leadership Council, does not like the limelight - he never has.

But after an "off-the-record" chat at a fundraiser and a nudge from his press representative, he agrees to an interview at the charity's flagship campus in Golders Green, north-west London.

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Dame Stephanie survived the Holocaust to make an IT fortune - then gave it away

By Sandy Rashty, May 30, 2014

Stephanie Shirley has had a remarkable life. She came to Britain as a five-year-old refugee from Nazi persecution in 1939; she had a nervous breakdown and considered suicide after her only son was diagnosed with severe autism — and now she has donated 90 per cent of her multi-million pound technology empire to more than 100 charitable projects.

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