Community life

Fight harder against BDS, Dershowitz tells diners

By Josh Jackman, September 22, 2016

Alan Dershowitz has warned UJIA dinner guests that British Jewry is "failing to combat the main mission of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign - to miseducate people".


Ex-JFS head lands new job

September 21, 2016

The former JFS headteacher who resigned in May after a “leave of absence” is the new London School of Jewish Studies executive director.


Javid tells rabbis to increase interfaith dialogue

September 16, 2016

Interfaith dialogue is "absolutely vital", Sajid Javid told an audience of Orthodox rabbis in north London this week.

Addressing the Chief Rabbi's pre-festivals conference, the Communities Secretary said: "If we're going to live with each other, work with each other and tolerate each other, we have to understand each other.

"It needs to be about more than the Chief Rabbi talking to the Archb


Station sweethearts celebrate 70th

September 16, 2016

A couple who first met at Brighton railway station in 1946 celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary at the local Jewish Care Hyman Fine home.

Pearl and Lionel Winston were joined by fellow residents, staff and volunteers and Brighton Mayor Councillor Pete West.

The train station encounter took place two days after Mr Winston had returned from military service in the Middle East.


Fight to retain health centre

By Josh Jackman, September 16, 2016

Manchester Jewish Representative Council is opposing plans to close an important health centre for the community.

Bury Clinical Commissioning Group is proposing to shut the walk-in centre in Prestwich, eight months after an NHS-funded survey highlighted its benefits to the Charedi community and even recommended the opening of an additional walk-in clinic in Salford.

Rep council chair Jonny W


Kay's closes in Suburb

By Daniel Sugarman, September 16, 2016

The minister of Hampstead Garden Suburb Synagogue has urged congregants to be more supportive of kosher shops after the closure of the local branch of Kay's, which a store spokesperson attributed to insufficient trade.

Rabbi Dov Kaplan said the closure meant "the closest store to do any kind of kosher shopping is in Golders Green".


Rudd praises the 'extraordinary' work of Emunah

By Marcus Dysch, September 16, 2016

Amber Rudd hailed the work of British Emunah at the charity's annual gala dinner, going on to pledge to fight antisemitism across the country.

Attending her first Jewish communal event in her new role, the Home Secretary said the social welfare group - which helps more than 12,000 children in schools, homes and therapy centres in Israel - was going from "strength to strength".

Ms Rudd told t


'Everybody is at fault' as contentious Hale eruv proposal is withdrawn

By Josh Jackman, September 16, 2016

Plans for an eruv in Hale, Greater Manchester, have been withdrawn following widespread opposition.

A representative of the Hale Eruv Project Trust said on Wednesday that the decision had been taken "in the interests of communal unity".

The JC reported last week that Trafford Council had received nearly 1,000 objections and barely 100 messages of support for the plans during a consultation p


Uniform action aids refugees

September 16, 2016

The Liberal Jewish Synagogue Drop-in for Asylum Seeker Families and Uniform4Kids joined forces for a project to provide school uniforms for the children of asylum seekers.

Staff members at the Uniform4Kids store in Finchley Road promoted the initiative and Mitzvah Day and synagogue volunteers transported boxes of donated new uniforms to the LJS premises.

Since the drop-in was established in


Southend hopes Charedi influx will turn the tide

By Josh Jackman, September 16, 2016

Representatives of Charedim planning to settle on the Essex coast - a move which could revitalise the Southend and Westcliff community - addressed more than 250 people at a meeting at the local Orthodox shul on Sunday.

Soaring house prices in Stamford Hill have prompted Charedi families to consider the seaside resort as an alternative.