Community extra

Charities fight Budget change on big donors

By Simon Rocker, March 29, 2012

The Jewish Leadership Council intends to lobby Chancellor George Osborne over plans to reduce tax relief on big donations, which it fears could have a significant impact on Jewish charities.

In last week's Budget, Mr Osborne announced proposals to cap tax relief on charitable contributions at £50,000 or 25 per cent of a person's income - whichever is the higher.

Chief executive Jeremy Newma

More..

Plea to council over school transport cut

By Jennifer Lipman, March 29, 2012

A governor of a Jewish school whose pupils will be seriously affected by a cutback in transport provision from Hertfordshire County Council has appealed in person to councillors for a change of heart.

Hertsmere Jewish Primary's Abigail Silver was allotted a three-minute slot to make her case at Tuesday's full council meeting.

More..

Maitlis: Langdon residents are big news

By Barry Toberman, March 29, 2012

Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis, Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith and Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks were among the speakers at Monday's Langdon dinner at the Savoy.

But the real stars of the show were the Langdon residents who addressed the 350 diners, demonstrating how the charity enables young adults with mild-to-moderate learning difficulties to lead independent and productive lives.

More..

Limmud shows its political influences

By Sue Greenberg, March 22, 2012

Local Labour MPs Louise Ellman and Luciana Berger were star attractions at Sunday's Liverpool Limmud at the new King David campus.

The 400-plus turnout had the choice of more than 40 adult sessions and a further 15 for young people.

Mrs Ellman discussed making Israel's case in Parliament, Ms Berger spoke about her experiences as a young, female, Jewish MP.

More..

Limmud shows its political influences

By Sue Greenberg, March 22, 2012

Local Labour MPs Louise Ellman and Luciana Berger were star attractions at Sunday's Liverpool Limmud at the new King David campus.

The 400-plus turnout had the choice of more than 40 adult sessions and a further 15 for young people.

Mrs Ellman discussed making Israel's case in Parliament, Ms Berger spoke about her experiences as a young, female, Jewish MP.

More..

How to send photos into Faces & Places

November 1, 2011

Please send images in electronic form and DO NOT sent photographic prints. Photography stores can digitise your prints for emailing.

1. Email a high-quality image, preferably 200dpi, in jpeg format and 750k to 2MB in size, to faces&places@thejc.com.

More..

One rabbi and his dog

By Katie Taylor, October 22, 2010

Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg and his dog Mitzpah will be doing a sponsored walk from Frankfurt to Finchley.

The trek is in support of Tikkun Olam – repairing and helping the rest of the world.

The New North London Synagogue rabbi will be raising money to construct libraries in the Galilee, in Northern Israel, and in Malawi.

Donations will also go to a Jewish community centre in the Ukraine and to a mentoring programme to help young people develop social enterprise projects.

The pair plan to cover 250 miles by foot and use public transport for the rest of the distance.

More..

Deli man’s happy Return

February 4, 2010

Entrepreneur Mark Cohen is not one of those who’ll be heading down the motorway to start a new life any time soon. In fact he has made the journey in the opposite direction, returning to his native Glasgow from London, where he worked as an accountant for seven years, to start a kosher deli.

“Glasgow is a nice place. It’s got everything everywhere else has, just not many young Jewish people,” said the 33-year-old, while preparing one of his speciality hot salt beef sandwiches.

More..

Muswell Hill shul Skype with twin

December 3, 2009

Members of Muswell Hill Synagogue got closer to their twin Ukrainian community of Rovno through a Skype link-up during a fundraising evening at the home of Margaret and Stephen Brearley.

Over 70 guests dined Ukrainian style — blintzes, stuffed cabbage and mushroom stroganoff — and there was klezmer music from the Stewart Curtis trio. The £1,150 proceeds will help furnish a computer room at a nursery.

More..

Young Shaare Zedek's comedy night

December 3, 2009

Josh Howie, Steve Weiner and Lee Nelson provided the laughs at Young Shaare Zedek’s comedy night, held in association with the Monkey Business Comedy Club.

Ninety people attended and over £1,800 was raised for Shaare Zedek’s new children’s hospital.

More..