Community life

Nightingale opens its doors to NHS facility

By Barry Toberman, January 28, 2015

South London residential home Nightingale House is easing the pressure on NHS waiting lists by giving over unused space on its Clapham site for an independent unit administered by St George’s Hospital.

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Pardes House scores well with inspectors

By Simon Rocker, January 22, 2015

Finchley strictly Orthodox school Pardes House Grammar has been ranked as good by inspectors.

Pupils "often reach standards that are at least one or two years ahead of their contemporaries," Ofsted reported.

Pardes House has 153 boys aged up to 16 on its roll.

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JLGB makes 120 at Lords

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

The importance of JLGB's work within regional communities was highlighted at its 120th anniversary celebration, held at the House of Lords and attended by government ministers Eric Pickles and Theresa Villiers.

Among more than 100 key volunteers at the Westminster event was Liverpool teacher and third generation JLGB leader Helen Abrams.

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It's a rap for schools

January 22, 2015

A Salford grandmother is the unlikely catalyst behind a national rap competition for Jewish schools.

KosherRap.uk is the brainchild of Manchester King David Primary teacher Bracha Dadash, 49. The donor-funded project will give schools and cheders the resources to compose, record and shoot a video.

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Interfaith aid

January 22, 2015

Mitzvah Day 365 will be expanding its interfaith social action programme thanks to an additional £20,000 in funding from the Pears Foundation. The money will enable the employment of a specialist worker.

Welcoming the support, Mitzvah Day's Laura Marks said it had never been more important "to build strong, personal interfaith relationships.

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School must do better

By Simon Rocker, January 22, 2015

A strictly Orthodox boys' secondary school in Manchester has been told it must make improvements to meet independent school standards.

Arrangements for the welfare, health and safety of the 62 boys at the Mechinoh School were not good enough, Ofsted said.

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Shuvu's backers get a lesson on its work

January 22, 2015

British supporters of Shuvu's network of kindergartens and schools in Israel raised £200,000 from their first gala dinner, held in central London on Sunday.

"Turning dreams into reality" was the evening's theme and the 350-plus guests were told about the expansion plans of Shuvu, which currently educates over 6,000 children, primarily from underprivileged backgrounds.

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Salford cuts threaten charities' services

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

Manchester communal charities fear the impact on services of the swingeing budget cuts proposed by Salford City Council, saying they are "being hit from all angles".

Salford - which has had its government funding reduced by £118 million since 2011 - has announced plans to slash £56 million from its budget over the next two years, includiing a £32.5 million reduction for 2015.

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She's operating well at Donisthorpe

By John Fisher, January 22, 2015

Jo Crossland has been appointed Leeds care home Donisthorpe Hall's first chief operating officer, bringing to the role lengthy experience in the treatment of dementia.

"The more we understand through modern technology about people who have damage to their brains, and the human being behind that deterioration, the possibilities of supporting people continues to be endless," she said.

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Sadness as East End shul shuts

By Simon Rocker, January 22, 2015

Members of one of the last synagogues in London's East End have decided to call it a day.

The Fieldgate Street Great Synagogue - which opened in 1899 and is an affiliate of the Federation of Synagogues - is to be sold.

"It's a sad moment for all of us," said shul president Howard Michaels. "But most of our members are not local and we had trouble getting a minyan.

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