Community extra

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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Care chiefs press Cameron over welfare reform delays

By Jessica Elgot, May 10, 2012

Fundamental reforms to address a crisis in the care of the elderly have been delayed again, despite pleas from charity chiefs.

The Jewish Care and Nightingale Hammerson chief executives, Simon Morris and Leon Smith, were among the 78 signatories of a letter to David Cameron this week, calling on him to urgently address "the devastating impact of years of failure to reform".

The letter contin

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Charities losing out on Gift Aid

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2012

Many communal charities are missing out on thousands of pounds a year because of a failure to claim Gift Aid on donations.

The lost income was revealed in a survey conducted by the Achisomoch Aid Company, which runs one of the largest charity voucher schemes within the Jewish community.

AAC trustee Michael Hackenbroch said: "It shows that not enough people are aware of the benefits of donati

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Etz Chaim saves sea cadets from sinking

By Jay Grenby, May 10, 2012

Governors of the Etz Chaim Primary in Mill Hill have come to the rescue of the local Sea Cadets.

The cadets have been based for more than half-a-century at the school's temporary premises in Daws Lane.

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School angry at missing the bus on funding

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2012

A Hertsmere Jewish Primary governor has expressed fears for its future after Hertfordshire County Council and Education Secretary Michael Gove rejected pleas to retain free or concessionary transport for pupils.

More than 200 of the 480 HJPS pupils use the council-run transport service, which is being abolished at the end of the academic year due to budget cuts.

Governor Abigail Silver said

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Yavneh's late lobby on primary plan

By Jay Grenby, May 10, 2012

Yavneh College issued a last-ditch plea to supporters to lobby Hertfordshire councillors for a change of heart over a £4 million grant application for a primary section.

Members of Hertfordshire's Education and Skills Cabinet were due yesterday to discuss the proposal, which county council officers have recommended be rejected.

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Wolfson Hillel anticipates a head start

May 10, 2012

An experienced educator who led a London-wide strategies forum set up by the Department for Education is the new head of the Wolfson Hillel Primary in Southgate.

Kirsten Jowett will take up the post in September, succeeding acting head Rick Barnes.

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Norwood retains its star quality

By Simon Rocker, May 10, 2012

For some 50 years, passengers arriving at West Norwood station in south London might have spotted a large yellow Magen David on a nearby building.

The distinctive emblem stood out from the wall of the synagogue of Norwood Hall, the orphanage which was once home to up to 400 Jewish children.

That building will be demolished next Wednesday.

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Southend seeking a buyer to save home

By Jessica Elgot, May 10, 2012

Families of residents at the Southend home Jewish Care plans to close are pinning their hopes on finding a buyer.

Fifty relatives and community members attended a meeting last week with senior Jewish Care staff to discuss the future of Raymond House.

Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation vice-president Stephen Salt said afterwards that he was working with president Alan Gershlick to att

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Share deal will pay dividends for four shuls

By Jay Grenby, May 10, 2012

A "trail-blazing" initiative will see the merger of neighbouring Harrow Reform congregations and the sharing of premises and other resources with the local Liberal and Masorti communities.

The chairmen of the Middlesex New and Kol Chai Reform synagogues, Harrow and Wembley Progressive and Hatch End Masorti have signed an accord, backed by their congregations, ministers and movements.

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