Community life

Little Bicks gets bigger

By Jay Grenby, July 23, 2015

Little Bicks will be running a fourth London area nursery from September, having taken over the premises of the nursery at Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue. The group - already operating in Borehamwood, Mill Hill and Ilford - is promising reduced prices and a lower starting age of 18 months.

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Joining the Fed

July 23, 2015

Kehillas Netzach Yisroel in Edgware is to join the Federation of Synagogues as a constituent member after 16 years as an independent congregation.

Established as a Seed Shabbat morning minyan in 1999, Netzach Yisroel has grown from 15 families to 100.

Gateshead-born Rabbi Dovid Roberts has been its spiritual leader since 2001.

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Volunteers get their moment in the spotlight at care awards

July 23, 2015

Presenting awards to some of Jewish Care's star volunteers, comedian and writer Ivor Baddiel paid tribute to those who helped his father, Colin, at the Leonard Sainer Day Centre in Edgware.

The centre supports those with dementia and Mr Baddiel said: "I know first-hand the work you do and the commitment, dedication, thought and, of course, care that goes into it.

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It's closing time for Harold Hill

By Simon Rocker, July 23, 2015

Another Essex Orthodox synagogue is to close its doors.

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Butcher's to become a Mersey museum piece

July 23, 2015

Liverpool City Council has announced that the historic frontage of a butcher's shop which supplied kosher meat to the Titanic will be preserved as a Museum of Liverpool display.

Trading from 1907 to the late 1970s in Pembroke Place, Galkoff's was the city's last kosher butcher.

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Samuel cashes in on his art to give back to supportive Camp Simcha

July 16, 2015

Sessions with a Camp Simcha art teacher are what five-year-old Samuel Van Emden looks forward to between chemotherapy treatments. And as a thank you to the charity, which has supported his Shenley family since his diagnosis with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia last September, Samuel's art was exhibited locally to raise funds.

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Parents praise caring Kisharon at £800,000 meal

July 16, 2015

Kisharon's help for children with special needs was highlighted at its annual dinner by families who have benefited.

The dinner chairs, Nicola and Jeffrey Rubinoff, have a four-year-old girl, Evie, with Down's syndrome who attends Kisharon's Tuffkid nursery.

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Sutton gets Sagal

July 16, 2015

Rabbi Shmuli Sagal has been overwhelmingly endorsed by Sutton Synagogue members as their new minister and will take up the role next month.

Having spent the past year in Israel, he is moving in the opposite direction to his predecessor at the south London congregation, Rabbi Meir Lev, who has made aliyah.

Raised in north-west London, Rabbi Sagal studied at Yeshiva University in New York, ear

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Israeli award winner joins museum crowd

By Julia Weiner, July 16, 2015

The first Israeli to win the BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery, Matan Ben-Cnaan, was among the guests at the British Friends of the Art Museums of Israel lunch.

Mr Ben-Cnaan told the JC how Israeli art museums had kindled his artistic enthusiasm. "As a child, my parents used to take me to the Tel Aviv and Israel museums to see Old Master exhibitions.

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Water worker sparkles for his charitable efforts

July 16, 2015

A West London teenager who has raised nearly £150,000 for WaterAid was presented with an award by Samantha Cameron in Downing Street on Tuesday.

George Rosenfeld, 16, found out about the charity's efforts to provide clean, safe water and sanitation to millions of people worldwide when looking for a cause to support during his barmitzvah year.

Having initially raised £13,000, he successfull

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