Community life

Cycling rabbi goes the distance on fast day

By Josh Jackman, August 5, 2016

Kingston Synagogue's minister is saddle sore but satisfied after cycling 100 miles to raise more than £3,000 which will be split between Jewish Care and mental health charity Jami.

Rabbi Samuel Landau completed the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 in a shade over five hours. The time would have been even better had he not crashed half-an-hour into the event.

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Essex group looks online for growth

August 5, 2016

Chelmsford Jewish Community has invested in its online presence to increase awareness of its existence among Jews living in the city and the surrounding areas.

Addressing the AGM and garden party of the non-affiliated Essex congregation, which welcomes people of all shades of observance, chairman Stan Keller outlined grounds for optimism.

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He's so highly motivated

August 5, 2016

A Western Marble Arch Synagogue member who has less than five per cent vision has raised almost £12,000 for charity by scaling Mount Kilimanjaro.

Jonathan Abro did the climb in support of RP Fighting Blindness, which is attempting to find a cure for retinitus pigmentosa, the condition he has.

"It's been a dream to do the climb for a very long time," said Mr Abro, who was joined on the fundr

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Twin peaks of exchange

August 5, 2016

Ten UK children and their families spent four days in Israel as part of UJIA's Ethiopian bar/batmitzvah "living bridge" programme, supporting 30 Ethiopian immigrant children in the northern town of Kiriyat Bialik.

Some of the visitors joined their Israeli counterparts for a bar/batmitzvah ceremony in Jerusalem.

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The joke is on museum

August 5, 2016

Manchester Jewish Museum is offering free August admission for a month of "experimental" activities.

It is part of a development project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which last year awarded the museum £426,900 towards an extension and restoration work.

During August, different sounds and voices will be played inside the building.

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Plaque marks medieval shul and mikveh site

August 5, 2016

Huntingdon MP Jonathan Djanogly participated in a plaque unveiling commemorating the Cambridgeshire town's medieval synagogue and mikveh.

The ceremony was at a residential development, Muttongate, in the location researcher Mark Harris believes was once a centre of Jewish life.

Local mayor Councillor Daryl Brown was also involved in the ceremony and the 60 guests were addressed by Rabbi Reuv

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Kingsbury goes back to school to prosper

By Daniel Sugarman, August 5, 2016

There was a history lesson for the 250 guests at a garden party on Sunday celebrating Kingsbury United Synagogue's 80th anniversary.

An exhibition covered life at the north London congregation from its early days through to the opening of an Orthodox Jewish primary school for girls, Bnos Beis Yaakov, on the synagogue premises.

Jonathan Brody, the party organiser, said the growth of the schoo

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Hair looms large in Zak's fundraiser

August 5, 2016

v Working as a summer camp madrich for Camp Simcha (America) two years ago, Zak Kanter was saddened to learn that one participant had been bullied at school for losing his hair after undergoing chemotherapy for leukaemia.

The story inspired the north Londoner to set himself a challenge to raise awareness and funds for other children needing medical treatment and emotional support.

Mr Kanter,

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Charity chief takes issue with care watchdog over ratings

August 5, 2016

Jewish Care's chief executive has voiced his frustration at the Care Quality Commission inspection grading system.

Simon Morris was speaking after the release of a CQC report on its Vi and John Rubens home in Redbridge.

Although the home was rated good overall across the five assessment categories, it was reported as "requires improvement" in the effectiveness section.

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£95k aid funds roof work

August 5, 2016

Reading Synagogue has been awarded almost £95,000 towards urgent roof repairs from the government-backed Listed Places of Worship: Roof Repair Fund.
The century-old roof, adorned by an Oriental cupola, is a feature of the Moorish-style structure, which also incorporates impressive stained-glass windows.

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