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Council switches festival from Shabbat

By Jay Grenby, April 6, 2012

Borehamwood Town Council has voted to move Families Day - a highlight of the annual two-week civic festival - from a Saturday to Sunday "to allow families from the Jewish community to enjoy the day, as many observe the Sabbath on the Saturday".

As a trial, Families Day will this year be held on Sunday, July 1.

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Manchester leaders get royal date

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 29, 2012

Manchester Jewish communal personalities were guests at a royal lunch during the Queen's visit to the city on her diamond jubilee tour.

In addition to Manchester City Council chief executive Sir Howard Bernstein, diners included Jeremy Myers, who has championed pride in the city since organising a major clean-up following last summer's riots.

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El Al boss makes flying visit

By Simon Rocker, March 29, 2012

The head of El Al, General Eliezer Shkedi, has said in London that the airline should not fly on Shabbat and should continue to serve kosher meals, despite the cost.

As "the civil wings of Israel and of the Jewish nation", it was not just "a regular airline," he declared.

General Shkedi became president and chief executive of El Al in 2009 after serving for five years as Commander of the Isr

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Borts quits Newcastle Reform

By Cathy Forman, March 29, 2012

Newcastle Reform's Rabbi Barbara Borts has resigned because she "wants to move on".

Rabbi Borts has given six months' notice to the 150-member congregation she has served on a part-time basis since 2008.

"I have had a good time here," she said. "They are a great bunch of people. If they need help I will continue to help them. I am not leaving them in the lurch."

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Satmars told to demolish shul in family home

By Jessica Elgot, March 29, 2012

A planning inspector has ruled that a Satmar synagogue built in a family home in Stamford Hill must be demolished.

Satmar leaders must also pay Hackney Council the costs of a public inquiry into the planning violation because the appeal was "unreasonable".

The Bethune Road property had been extended and converted without planning permission.

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Liverpool mourns Malits

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 29, 2012

Tributes from communal and interfaith leaders have been paid to Malcolm Malits, emeritus rabbi of Liverpool's Allerton Hebrew Congregation, who died on Monday night, aged 93.

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Bloody start to dialogue with bereaved mothers

By Jessica Elgot, March 29, 2012

Working with bereaved Palestinian and Israeli mothers was always going to be challenging for New Israel Fund fellow Elinor Tamir.

But the 25-year-old ex-JFS pupil, who was previously with the Three Faiths Forum, did not realise her first task at the Parents Circle Family Forum would be to give blood.

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Leeds dance-off is Strictly for charity

By John Fisher, March 29, 2012

There were sequins and fake tan aplenty at Leeds Grammar School on Sunday as a Dancing Strictly contest was held in aid of charities including the Zone youth club, Leeds Jewish Welfare Board, Brodetsky Primary and the Donisthorpe home.

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MDA treats community to first aid instruction

March 29, 2012

In Israel Magen David Adom is responsible for all first aid training. Now new MDA UK chair Henry Ejdelbaum wants the charity to assume responsibility for first aid instruction within the community.

"Charities are good at taking," he said. "Raising money is what we do best.

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Blind mum banking on talking cash

By Jay Grenby, March 29, 2012

A blind mother-of-two from Mill Hill is fronting a drive to get banks to provide talking cash machines.

Suzie Simons, 33, who lost her sight seven years ago, wants the banks to install headphone sockets allowing ATMs to be used by the visually-impaired to withdraw money, check their balances and top up their mobiles. She says the technology is deployed widely in America.

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