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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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Chief hope visiting UK

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2012

A leading American rabbi who has been mentioned as a possible successor to Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks is due to visit two London communities this weekend.

Rabbi Dr Michael Broyde will be scholar-in-residence at Edgware Adath Yisroel Congregation and will also speak at the Alei Tzion community in Hendon on Sunday.

The rabbi is a professor of law at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia and a dayan o

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Relishing a leading role

May 10, 2012

Eddy Arram is the new Mayor of Croydon - the first Jew to hold the post. The south London borough's second-longest serving councillor has represented the Tories for 32 years. He said it would be "a very proud moment when the robes go on".

Councillor Arram, 64, is a case worker for Croydon Central MP Gavin Barwell.

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Ort aids tribute to an ex-pupil who died alone

By Jessica Elgot, May 10, 2012

Long-lost family of a German-Jewish refugee who died alone in his Maida Vale flat will gather on Sunday for the stone-setting.

In December 2010, British Ort was contacted by police searching for relatives of Franz Joseph Nebel, whose body had been found some months earlier.

British Ort executive director Dr Noga Zivan said police had found a reference to Ort at the flat - Mr Nebel had attend

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Rain causes synagogue ceiling collapse

By Cathy Forman, May 10, 2012

A large part of the ceiling at South West Essex and Settlement Reform Synagogue has collapsed, leaving rainwater to pour through a gaping hole in the 20-year-old prayer hall, flooding the floor and drenching seats. Scrolls, prayer books and other portable items were removed undamaged.

"The shul, sadly, is unusable," said congregation chair Jan Mortlock.

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Brighton learning to co-operate

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2012

A cross-communal adult education programme involving Orthodox, Reform and Liberal rabbis launched in Brighton yesterday, marking the festival of Lag b'Omer.

With sessions ranging from first century Judaism to antidotes to antisemitism, the eight-week venture is a spin-off from last year's one-day Sussex Limmud.

Scheduled to take part in the programme at the Ralli Hall community centre are Ra

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Couple's joy at return of photos

May 10, 2012

Jewish Care has assisted the return of treasured family photographs Barbara and Peter Wiseman feared had been lost forever.

The charity was contacted by David Sumray - a family historian and a keen collector of Victorian photo albums - after he paid £3 for an album containing pictures spanning more than 50 years from the North London Hospice charity shop in Finchley.

"When I saw the album I

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Candidates face Board hustings

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2012

The way is clear for Board of Deputies president Vivian Wineman to serve a second three-year term after nominations closed last Friday without a challenger.

But, as predicted in the JC, there will be five candidates contesting the three vice-presidential posts - sitting officers Jonathan Arkush and Jerry Lewis will be up against Laura Marks, Alex Brummer and Denise Lester.

Treasurer Laurence

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