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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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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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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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