Community extra

A fundraiser in four million

By Jessica Elgot, May 3, 2012

The stars came out for a Cancer Research UK lunch at Fortnum and Mason on Monday organised by an Edgware woman who has helped to raise £4 million over 50 years.

Barbara Freedman, 72 - a Cancer Research UK honorary fellow and ambassador - said she wanted "to do this last one" to mark the anniversary.

Impressionist Jon Culshaw and broadcaster Gloria Hunniford were among the speakers at the lu


Artist drawn to support restored East End shul

By Jessica Elgot, May 3, 2012

An illustration of a historic East End synagogue is set to earn £20,000 for its restoration fund.

Illustrator Lucinda Rogers - who has worked for newspapers including the Guardian and the Daily Telegraph - produced the orange, red and pink image of Sandys Row Synagogue last year.

"I wanted her to record the moment just before the synagogue went for its £500,000 restoration," Sandys Row boa


Loss-making Southend care home to close

By Jessica Elgot and Cathy Forman, May 3, 2012

Jewish Care's Raymond House residential home in Southend is to close as soon as places can be found elsewhere for its 25 residents.


Vice-presidency race hots up at the Board

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

At least five candidates will contest the three Board of Deputies vice-president posts at elections on Sunday fortnight.

But Board president Vivian Wineman is not expected to face a challenge for a second three-year term when nominations close today.

While serving vice-presidents Jonathan Arkush and Jerry Lewis seek re-election, Daily Mail city editor Alex Brummer, family solicitor Denise Le


Nightingale merger formalised

May 3, 2012

The merger of the Nightingale and Hammerson care homes was formalised on Monday.


Mental illness charity joins forces with Jewish Care

By Simon Rocker, May 3, 2012

The Jewish Association for Mental Illness is to merge with the community's largest social services provider, Jewish Care, in September, resulting in what both charities believe will be an improved mental health provision.

Golders Green-based JAMI "will not be swallowed up", its chief executive Laurie Rackind insisted. It would retain its name, operating as an agency of Jewish Care.


Langdon gets £400k windfall

April 27, 2012

A memorial fund for a British and world Maccabi leader has distributed £650,000 to improve the lives of young adults and children with disabilities.

Landgon - supporting young adults with moderate learning difficulties - has received £400,000 from the Pierre Gildesgame Memorial Fund.


Blackpool shul sells for £100k

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 27, 2012

The Blackpool Synagogue building has been sold for in excess of £100,000, exceeding estimates.

Overlooked by Blackpool Tower, the 1916 Grade II-listed synagogue had been expected to fetch between £50,000 and £75,000 at auction last Thursday.

However, the auction was called off when an unidentified buyer submitted a higher prior offer.


Liberals make a push for growth

April 27, 2012

Liberal Judaism is set to become "less polite and more pushy" about its achievements in its efforts to reach both Jews and non-Jews.

The commitment was made by chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich to the movement's biennial conference in Gloucestershire at the weekend, attended by more than 260 members.

Leaders aim to convey Liberal Jewish values and practices with greater clarity across its 35


How deaf and blind Yossi found his voice

By Jessica Elgot, April 27, 2012

Yossi Samuels is a current affairs devotee, a qualified wine-taster and an expert on cars.

But the 35-year-old Israeli is also blind, deaf and largely confined to a wheelchair, able to communicate only through sounds and by outlining Hebrew letters on his brother's palm.