Community life

May gives pledge on fighting extremism

By Josh Jackman, July 2, 2015

Home Secretary Theresa May has called on the Jewish community to help combat the "perverted and twisted ideology" which led to 38 deaths in Tunisia this week.

Addressing the Hasmonean High School's dinner at the Millennium Mayfair on Wednesday, she also vowed that the government would do more to protect Jews from the threat of extremism.

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Muslim speaks from bimah at interfaith Iftar celebration

By Josh Jackman, July 2, 2015

Two London Reform synagogues have held interfaith events to celebrate Iftar, the meal marking the end of daily fasting during Ramadan.

At Alyth in Golders Green, Muslims outnumbered Jews with 60 of the 110 in attendance. Labour MP Sadiq Khan was among the guests and the call to prayer was made from the bimah by Sultan Ahmed, a fundraising manager for Islamic Relief.

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'Inadequate' Birmingham care home is upgraded

By Josh Jackman, July 2, 2015

The Quality Care Commission has this week reported an improvement in standards at Birmingham home Andrew Cohen House, which received the lowest QCC ranking, "inadequate", after a February inspection.

But although the QCC accepted that the home had "taken appropriate actions to meet the legal requirements we looked at," it still "requires improvement".

The commission first raised concern over

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Hackney 'stalwart' Joe Lobenstein is mourned

By Josh Jackman, July 2, 2015

Hackney leaders have paid tribute to the contribution of religious and political figurehead Joe Lobenstein, who died on Sunday, aged 88.

Having arrived in London as a refugee from Nazism, Mr Lobenstein served for 36 years as a councillor - first as a Liberal, then as a Tory - and was elected Hackney Mayor four times in a row.

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Going on tour - with some financial help

July 2, 2015

The Israel tour programme begins on Sunday with the first two groups of 16-year-olds leaving the UK for their month-long trip, organised by the Jewish Agency and supported by UJIA.

FZY members will be the first of 1,145 participants to touch down at Ben Gurion Airport.

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Record number get taste for Gefiltefest

By Simon Rocker, July 2, 2015

JW3's largest single event since its opening 21 months ago had, of course, to be about food.

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Sasha puts her mind to Child Genius challenge

By Rosa Doherty, July 2, 2015

After watching Britain's brainiest children battle it out for Channel 4's Child Genius title last year, 12-year-old Sasha Gordon told her mum: "I think I could give that a go."

Now the Henrietta Barnett pupil is featuring in this year's competition, the first episode of which was broadcast on Tuesday.

Sasha was undeterred by the fact that many of last year's competitors were coached from bir

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Leicester gets share of £1.2m heritage funding

July 2, 2015

Leicester Hebrew Congregation has received almost £82,000 initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for its £1.2 million Sharing Jewish Heritage project.

The aim is to preserve and celebrate the Jewish history of a city where the Orthodox synagogue building has been used for worship and educational purposes since 1897.

Its school rooms will be transformed into a visitors' centre, refl

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Shaw thing for Mizrachi as it recruits US educator

July 2, 2015

United Synagogue educational leader and Stanmore Synagogue community development rabbi, Andrew Shaw, is leaving the US to become Mizrachi UK's CEO.

Rabbi Shaw founded Tribe, the US's youth arm, has been instrumental in Holocaust memorial projects, and is currently director of its education-focused living and learning department.

He sees his move to the religious Zionist organisation as a nat

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Making a quick buck

July 2, 2015

British supporters of Israeli educational charity Shuvu played a key role in an international fundraising challenge against the clock, contributing $250,000 to a $1.7 million total.

Donations made during the 24-hour drive, organised by New York-based body, Charidy, were quadrupled with matching funding from major donors.

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