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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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Staying power up north

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 10, 2012

UJIA is running a recruitment assistance project for Jewish students in Manchester in an effort to keep them in the city after their studies.

The Manchester Jewish Interns scheme identifies intern and employment options in local companies. It has already landed three postgraduates positions in marketing and human resources.

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It's a twin-win situation for visiting Ghanaians

May 10, 2012

An educational twinning scheme run by international aid charity Tzedek brought three Ghanaian teachers to London to talk about their experiences and to lead lessons at Jewish schools.

Tzedek's Learning Together scheme has provided an interactive forum for pupils in the UK and Ghana to develop an understanding of the world and their role within it.

The programme lasts an academic year and les

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Charity founder aims to make audible difference

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2012

A hearing aid charity founded by a Golders Green audiologist has started out by giving life-changing assistance to a Georgian refugee in London.

Nathan Gluck set up Shema Hearing Support last month to help those in financial difficulty.

Early beneficiaries include Sam, a father in his 40s who could no longer talk on the phone and Lada, whose poor hearing had hindered her job search.

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