Community life

MDA commits to funding £10 million medical facility

By Rosa Doherty, July 15, 2016

In its biggest fundraising drive, Magen David Adom UK has committed to raise £10 million over five years for a new logistics centre in Israel. Professor Eilat Shinar, blood services director of MDA, visited London thisweek to promote the project.

She explained that the existing Tel Aviv centre dated back to the 1980s. "When it was built no one thought war was going to reach Tel Aviv.

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Kidney recipient gets the chance to thank donor

By Charlotte Oliver, July 15, 2016

Stephen Colman and Philip Walters have not known each other for long. But their connection runs deeper than that of the closest of friends.

For less than two months ago, Mr Colman donated a kidney to Mr Walters for a successful transplant at the Royal Free in Hampstead.

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A lot to learn

July 15, 2016

Topics ranging from asylum seekers to the plight of traumatised young Israelis living on the Gaza border were discussed at the first Birmingham area day Limmud, which attracted a turnout of almost 200.

Given that the Limmud was held in the education suite of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, medical matters were also covered, as were traditional favourites such as food, art, literature and music.

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Edgware kehillah now fully involved in the US

July 15, 2016

The Ahavas Yisrael kehillah in Edgware has been awarded full United Synagogue status by the US Council.

Operating from the Langdon charity's Edgware premises, Ahavas Yisrael is led by Dayan Elimelech Vanzetta.

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Promoting innovation

By Simon Rocker, July 15, 2016

The United Synagogue has launched a Community Development Fund to encourage innovation.

It plans to make up to eight grants a year, worth between £5,000 and £20,000 apiece, to stimulate local ventures.

"This is to encourage shuls to do things they might not otherwise have dared to do," said Jo Grose, the US community liaison manager.

The US is currently in a healthy financial position,

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Charedim plan Harlow move

By Simon Rocker, July 15, 2016

A new Charedi community in the Essex town of Harlow is being planned by a group of Stamford Hill activists.

The search for new locations has been prompted by the high cost of housing in inner London.

Project initiator Rabbi Asher Gratt said that given Harlow's proximity to Stamford Hill (23 miles), "I see this as a win-win situation for both communities.

"We are a very enterprising societ

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Young bakers bring in the dough for care provision

July 15, 2016

More than 5,000 people across London and the south east have baked, iced and consumed cake to raise funds for, and awareness of, Jewish Care's services for the elderly.

Those taking part in the charity's fourth Great Jewish Bake Day included pupils from 25 schools and nurseries.

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Bnei Akiva is heading the touring parties

July 8, 2016

Five groups from Bnei Akiva were the first to leave on the 2016 Israel tour programme.

Over the coming weeks, 25 more groups of 16-year-olds from nine other youth organisations will set out on the month-long experience, which will take in the major sights, plus meetings with Israelis from all walks of life and varied educational sessions.

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WJR chief: 'We should do more'

By Josh Jackman, July 8, 2016

During Paul Anticoni's 10 years as World Jewish Relief chief executive, it is estimated that the charity has helped 700,000 people across the globe.

But he is convinced that emergency aid could be improved, saying: "We're not fast enough or good enough when responding to disasters.

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Home still failing says care watchdog

By Josh Jackman, July 8, 2016

Andrew Cohen House in Birmingham is the latest communal residential home to fall below the level considered acceptable by Care Quality Commission inspectors.

In a new report, the CQC has found that the home requires improvement, despite a rise in standards.

A February 2015 report graded the home as inadequate - the CQC's lowest rating - and it was barred from accepting new residents.

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