Community life

Our next game? We're away to Manchester City

March 19, 2015

Langdon footballers will soon be taking on the likes of Manchester City - or at least the Premier League champions' learning disability team.

The charity, helping young adults with learning difficulties to live independently, has set up a seven-a-side team with the support of Maccabi GB.

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Joined-up thinking

March 19, 2015

Following mergers between Orthodox congregations in the Redbridge area, two local Liberal communities are taking the first steps towards amalgamation.

Officers from Bet Tikvah, in Newbury Park, and the Woodford Liberal synagogues have agreed that preliminary merger negotiations should take place.

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It's food for thought on poverty

By Sandy Rashty, March 19, 2015

Israel has one of the world's strongest economies, yet 20 per cent of its citizens live below the poverty line, more than 250 guests were told at a Mayfair dinner which raised £200,000-plus for a food aid charity.

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100-year-old drives to his JDA party

March 19, 2015

David Stellman has become the first member of the UK Jewish deaf community to celebrate a 100th birthday, according to the Jewish Deaf Association.

The JDA member drove himself and his partner, Joan Weinberg, 85, to the association's Finchley centre for a party with friends, staff and volunteers.

Mr Stellman worked in his father's Hatton Garden jewellery business.

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Joseph stars for Stamford Hill audience

March 19, 2015

Lesley Joseph gave a bravura performance when she visited Jewish Care's Brenner Centre in Stamford Hill on Tuesday.

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Let's drink to better disabled access

March 12, 2015

A campaign by a Jewish Care resident to make Golders Green shops more accessible for wheelchair users has led to the local Starbucks providing full disabled access after a renovation.

Matthew Kayne, 31, who lives at the charity's Rela Goldhill Lodge, said disabled customers had difficulty accessing stores in Golders Green Road.

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Survivor's debt to centre

March 12, 2015

Auschwitz survivor Freddie Knoller received a standing ovation from guests at Jewish Care's young patrons dinner as he explained how the Holocaust Survivors Centre had changed his life.

"For 35 years, I never spoke a word about what had happened to me in the Holocaust," Mr Knoller, 93, recalled. "My children asked what they were supposed to say to my grandchildren. So I began to tell them.

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Camp Simcha to aid more sick children

By Rosa Doherty, March 12, 2015

Plans to expand the work of children's charity Camp Simcha were revealed at its 20th anniversary dinner on Sunday, which raised a record £1.7 million.

Addressing the 1,100 guests at Grosvenor House in London's West End, Camp Simcha chief executive, Neville Goldschneider, said that in addition to working with children with life-threatening illness and their families, the charity would also now

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JBD launches pioneering advisory service

March 12, 2015

A ground-breaking advisory service for those with physical disability, memory issues or visual impairment has been launched by Jewish Blind & Disabled.

Available on the JBD website, Empowering Ability was set up "to offer information and support to enable people to live independently", explained chief executive, Hazel Kaye.

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Purim arrest and gripes

By Sandy Rashty, March 12, 2015

A man has been arrested on suspicion of racial harassment after allegedly verbally abusing a boy celebrating Purim in Golders Green Road.

The 27-year-old was bailed to a date later this month pending further inquiries, police said.

Barnet police have also received complaints about over-zealous Purim fundraisers.

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