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Tea parties boost infertility charity

By Sandy Rashty, December 14, 2012

An international fundraising event led by a Jewish charity providing support for couples with infertility problems was supported by 1,150 people from London to Switzerland.

Tea-ember – a transatlantic tea party initiative hosted in December – raised £15,000 for Chana by encouraging people to hold events and make a charitable donation.

One-hundred tea parties were held.

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Police roadshow for stolen property

By Anna Sheinman, December 7, 2012

Do you recognise these stolen goods?

These items and many others have been recovered by police and are thought to have been taken from properties in the NW2, NW11 and NW4 areas between January 2011 and July 2012.

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Chabad event brings 800 people to Edmonton

By Sandy Rashty, December 7, 2012

A Chabad-inspired music and discussion event was attended by 850 people at The Prince and Princess Banqueting Hall in Edmonton.

“Everyone got up and danced," said Chabad Wimbledon's Rabbi Daniel Saunders, one of the organisers. "It was an evening of people coming together.”

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North London couple receive retailer award

By Sandy Rashty, November 15, 2012

Jason and Rachel Heller, from Hampstead Garden Suburb, have won the Best New Retailer honour at the annual Nursery Industry Awards.

The couple run north London-based Huggle, a baby product and service provider.

"We are thrilled to have been recognised by the industry. We both did the right thing investing in the growth of this business," Mr Heller said.

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The Israeli ambassador's Glasgow breakfast

By Sandy Rashty, November 2, 2012

Israeli Ambassador Daniel Taub attended a breakfast with members of the Glasgow Jewish community last Thursday.

Stanley Lovatt, Israel’s honorary consul in Scotland, organised a breakfast with 80 guests on Thursday morning at the Glasgow Hilton hotel.

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Teenage duo release song to raise money for cancer awareness

By Sandy Rashty, October 18, 2012

A teenage musical duo have raised £1100 for four cancer charities.

Max Gray, 15, and Francesca Harris, 14, recorded a song, I Can't Handle It, in support of Cure Cancer at UCL, Macmillan, Breast Cancer Care and the Teenage Cancer Trust.

Max and Francesca were moved by the plight of Sandra Hamilton, 53, who has terminal non-hodgkins lymphoma.

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'We don’t want to forget our heritage': Iraqi Jews raise funds for Babylonian centre

By Sandy Rashty, October 18, 2012

An evening of traditional Babylonian-inspired music was attended by 150 members of the Iraqi-Jewish community at Lauderdale Road Synagogue, Maida Vale.

“It’s a way to revitalise our past and promote Moreshet Babel music in the old Iraqi way,” explained synagogue elder Sabah Gabbay, who left Iraq more than 50 years ago. “We don’t want to forget our heritage.”

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Jewellery designer raises funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital

By Sandy Rashty, October 18, 2012

A new line from a Hampstead jeweller is helping to raise funds for London's Great Ormond Street Hospital, where her daughter underwent life-saving treatment.

Annabel Bartfeld has raised £500 by donating £10 from each purchase from the jewellery range, whose pieces incorporate personalised photos and for which prices start at £95.

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Wayne Sleep judges charity dance contest at West London Synagogue

By Sandy Rashty, October 12, 2012

Wayne Sleep was among the judges at a Strictly Come Dancing-style contest at the West London Synagogue which raised £8,000 for charity.

Contestants aged from 30-73 took the floor in disciplines ranging from the tango to the rumba and quickstep. Francesca Canty and dance partner Toby Hine won the competition with their quickstep routine.

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Girls on song for Open Mic UK contest

By Sandy Rashty, October 5, 2012

Two aspiring singer-songwriters have reached the regional finals of the Open Mic UK 2012 talent competition.

North London Collegiate GCSE student Hannah Kessler, 15, will compete against 25 other singers in the under-16 category.

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