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Plen sees double as Masorti looks to buck trend

By Barry Toberman, April 19, 2012

Matt Plen fully intends to return permanently to Israel with his family one day, having lived there for 10 years from 1998.


Just itching for a WJR bagel

April 19, 2012

A descendant of a World Jewish Relief founder has reprised a famous movie image in the cause of boosting "box office" for the charity's annual Big Bagel campaign.

Hannah Layton dressed up as Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch, albeit with a culinary addition. Her great-great uncle Lt-Colonel Julian Layton helped launch the Central British Fund, which eventually became WJR.


Candidate claims Jewish areas are unfairly favoured

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 19, 2012

The Lib-Dem candidate for Salford's first mayoral election has claimed that Salford Jewish neighbourhoods have been favoured for millions of pounds of investment while other local areas remain derelict.


Tzedek's fortune tellers

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2012

International development charity Tzedek had people in a spin in Euston as it highlighted the challenges faced by women in poor countries.

Its "Missfortune" event, organised in conjunction with fellows of Tony Blair's Faith Foundation, involved passers-by being invited to turn a "wheel of fortune", higlighting gender inequality.

More than 250 people spun the wheel, whose sections offered inf


Tesco's festival faux pas

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2012

Tesco shoppers have complained that matzah meal in its Pesach section is not certified for the festival.

Lesley Morris bought two packets from the Borehamwood store, discovering only after returning home that one was not kosher for Passover.

Another woman encountered the same problem with an online order from the Borehamwood branch and a customer at Tesco in Brent Cross also reported finding


Sinai pupils cook up cash

April 11, 2012

Pupils at the Sinai School in Kenton have raised £560 for Jewish Blind and Disabled from a raffle and bake sale.

The seven boys and girls, led by sisters Anabelle and Amber-Rose Levene, also arranged for JBD volunteer Louise White and her guide dog Pippin to visit the school for an assembly explaining the work of JBD.

With the help of Parkway Patisserie, they sold 200 cupcakes, iced in the


Boris Johnson scatters reds in Redbridge

By Cathy Forman, April 11, 2012

Boris Johnson travelled by bus - Jewish Care-style - to a mayoral election campaign stop at Redbridge Jewish Community Centre last Thursday morning.

Having taken the Central Line to Redbridge station, Mr Johnson was met by centre manager Richard Shone and local Tory MP Lee Scott, who offered him a ride in the centre's new care bus - the first of a fleet of 20 which will benefit Jewish Care clie


In a league of their own for cancer care

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 11, 2012

Two years ago, League of Jewish Women volunteers providing confidence-boosting headwear for women being treated at Manchester's Christie cancer hospital ran their service from cardboard and plastic boxes on a table.


Norwood story has an appealing finale

April 11, 2012

The story of how Norwood helped a man with severe physical and behavioural difficulties has been the focus of the Pesach appeal by the children and families charity, which has a £100,000 target.

Yitzchok grew up in a large family and his parents found it increasingly difficult to care for him.

In desperation, they approached their local council, which found him a place at Ravenswood, Norwoo


Boris Johnson enjoys a Hill start with Charedi voters. . .

April 11, 2012

The kosher takeaways and bread shops of Stamford Hill were doing a brisk trade as locals got their last taste of pre-Pesach bread when Boris Johnson arrived for his walkabout.

His flaxen dome was as prominent among the growing entourage of Charedi black hats and kippot as the moon in the night sky.

First port of call was Jewish Care's Brenner Community Centre where, in his most sonorous Chur