Community life

Sturgeon assures Scottish community

February 26, 2015

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy are among signatories of a cross-party statement of support to the Jewish community in the wake of rising antisemitism across Europe.

As well as expressing "sadness and concern about the recent antisemitic terrorist murders in Paris and Copenhagen", the political leaders acknowledged that Scotland's "traditionally pos

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Leaders quit over North Hendon split

February 26, 2015

The chairman and around half the board of North Hendon Synagogue have resigned after months of internal friction in the congregation.

Although members remain reluctant to talk about the dispute, one source said that the board members who quit had wanted a more modern outlook.

Two years ago, North Hendon left the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations and dropped "Adath Yisroel" from the syna

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Mayor: 'I'm off on Shabbat'

By John Fisher, February 26, 2015

Leeds' Lord Mayor elect, Councillor Judith Chapman, has already made one stipulation: "I won't be working Friday nights or Saturdays, unless it is at a synagogue."

The Liberal Democrat councillor for Weetwood ward will be the city's first Jewish woman lord mayor when she takes office in May.

She became involved in local politics through her brother Mark, who led the Lib Dems in a joint admin

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1701 shuts at Bevis Marks

By Rosa Doherty, February 19, 2015

Kosher restaurant 1701 has taken its last orders at the historic Bevis Marks Synagogue in the City of London, less than two years after opening.

In a statement, 1701 said "the historical connection with Bevis Marks has been wonderful but unfortunately the location has proved limiting. We now feel it necessary to relocate to realise our full potential.

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'B' prepared

By Rosa Doherty, February 19, 2015

B Kosher has announced the opening of a new branch in Golders Green Road, taking over premises currently occupied by Yarden.

A spokeswoman said the intention was to "add a wide range of food, wine and chocolates for new and existing customers. It is a great place on the high street and has a good passing trade.

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High praise

February 19, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has praised the efforts of Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue rabbinic couple Daniel and Ilana Epstein to involve younger families in synagogue life.

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New Galaxy discovered by kosher food guide

By Naomi Firsht, February 19, 2015

Good news for chocoholics.

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Norwood's outstanding nursery

February 19, 2015

Norwood's nursery based at the Kennedy Leigh Centre in Hendon has been graded outstanding in all aspects by Ofsted inspectors.

They found excellent opportunities for playing and learning, effective leadership and "welcoming and caring staff" who promoted partnership with parents.

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Love stories recounted as wedding exhibition opens

By Naomi Firsht, February 19, 2015

The opening of an exhibition on weddings at the Jewish Museum in Camden afforded those featured the chance to reminisce.

Museum volunteer Rose Bentley, 92, has been married to Gerard for over 70 years and the exhibition includes an audio account of how they got together.

"It is quite exciting really to hear it," she said, before retelling the story for the JC's benefit.

"I was 16 and my f

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Young chefs preparing to be charitable

February 19, 2015

Families have been cooking up a storm during half-term as part of a United Synagogue campaign to support the less fortunate.

Soup, pasta and desserts were prepared at culinary sessions involving mums and children at the Mill Hill, Stanmore and Muswell Hill synagogues for local homeless shelters and vulnerable members of participants' communities.

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