Community life

Masorti gets the taste for growth

By Simon Rocker, September 4, 2014

Masorti Judaism is looking to spread its wings with initiatives planned in a number of new locations.

Its chief executive Matt Plen reported that there had been two activities in Muswell Hill, "we're doing an initial activity in Mill Hill and we're also looking at launching a study group in south Manchester".


East End clubbers enjoy final night

By Rosa Doherty, September 4, 2014

Former members of a Jewish boys' club opened in London's East End in 1924 gathered for final reunion dinner in central London this week.

Reunion committee chair Monty Meth, 88, said it was "the end of an era" for those who attended the Cambridge and Bethnal Green Jewish Boys' Club, which closed its doors in 1989.


He's now heading the Fed

By Simon Rocker, September 4, 2014

London Rabbi Avi Lazarus started work this week as the Federation of Synagogues' new chief executive.


Police patrols stepped up in Gateshead after Shabbat robberies

By Jonathan Kalmus, September 4, 2014

Following the jailing of two men for robbing Gateshead Jewish homes left unlocked on Shabbat, Northumbria police have announced increased security measures in the area.

David Fox and Patrick Chambers, who both gave their address as Durham Prison, pleaded guilty at Newcastle Crown Court to burgling four homes. The robberies took place over a 90-minute period in May.


Kerem is top of the class with inspectors

September 4, 2014

Pupils and staff of the Kerem Primary in Hampstead Garden Suburb are back to school on a high following the announcement of an impressive assessment by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

Kerem was adjudged excellent in all eight categories of the report by ISI. The grade is equivalent to "outstanding" in the ratings of Ofsted, whose work ISI mirrors.


Leeds rabbi says goodbye - but not the reason why

By John Fisher, September 4, 2014

Congregants of the United Hebrew Congregation in Leeds who attended the Shabbat morning service hoping to discover the reasons for the sudden departure of Rabbi Daniel Levy left little the wiser.


Here, bear, everywhere - the time they took Teddy on tour

August 28, 2014

In 2006, 18-year-old Cassie Matus set off on her Israel gap year with Habonim Dror with an unusual companion - a teddy bear dressed rather similarly to her. "My mum gave her to me as a mascot. It was basically a bear version of me," she recalled.


Leeds rabbi's sudden departure

By John Fisher, August 28, 2014

The United Hebrew Congregation in Leeds has announced the sudden departure of its minister of almost 15 years, Rabbi Daniel Levy. He will leave after tomorrow's Shabbat service.


Love? Actually, they've been married 80 years

By Michael Freedland, August 28, 2014

When Helen and Maurice Kaye married at the old Borough Synagogue in south London, Britain was in the grip of the Depression, Edward Prince of Wales was beginning his dalliance with Wallis Simpson and Oswald Mosley was filling arenas with supporters of his British Union of Fascists.


Bringing the eco-friendly into Limmud tent

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2014

"It's a fallacy that Jews don't camp and this proves it." So said Limmud in the Woods co-chair Jon Pam after more than 300 supporters spent a wet and windy Bank Holiday weekend in tents pitched in the Oxfordshire countryside engaging in panel discussions, prayer sessions and community-building activities.