Community life

At the peak of his trekking, but wellie boots beckon

By Corinne Rein, December 11, 2014

Three years ago pensioner Richard Saunders climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for World Jewish Relief.

But that wasn't enough of a challenge for the 67-year-old who has recently returned from a 14-day 136 kilometre trek to Everest Base Camp and a climb to the nearby peak of Kala Pattar, raising £6,500 for the Israel Sport Centre for the Disabled.

Mr Saunders, part of a group of 10 cli


Kosher Komedy? It paid

December 11, 2014

Laughter was on the agenda for the 140 guests at JNF UK's annual Kosher Komedy Night at the Gatehouse, Highgate Village.

The sell-out crowd was entertained by Joe Bor, Penelope Solomon, Sol Bernstein and Steve Best - four of the biggest names on the Jewish comedy circuit.


Care home staff scoop awards

By John Fisher, December 11, 2014

Forget the Oscars, Donisthorpe Hall care home has handed out its own brand of honours - the Doni - to its dedicated members of staff.

The Doni gong got the awards season off to a glittering start at the care home's annual festive party, where accolades were given across the board, covering the whole spectrum of services and nursing care that Donisthorpe Hall offers, including clinical, non-clin


Shop pays at Wolfson

By Jay Grenby, December 11, 2014

A one-day charity shop set up and run by pupils at Wolfson-Hillel primary school raised nearly £1,000 for Jewish Blind and Disabled and the British Heart Foundation, as well as going towards a new school playground.

The idea for the shop emerged when the 60 children in year four at the Southgate school, who had been learning about charity and kindness in their topic lessons, decided they want


Wizo Week cash boost

December 11, 2014

Wizo's annual Jewish Women's Week campaign has this year raised almost £250,000 for the charity's welfare work in Israel. One thousand volunteers made the collections in Jewish neighbourhoods throughout the country.

In its 67th year, Jewish Women's Week is the only Jewish charity project with government authorisation for a door-to-door collection.


Fresh face for Florence

By Yael Breuer, December 11, 2014

Volunteers have rallied round to clean up a neglectd old Jewish cemetery at Florence Place in Brighton.

The initiative was organised by Hove Hebrew Congregation member Adam Bomzer. "I came across a photo of the cemetery on a Facebook page called Brighton through the Ages.


The party's over - Royal Majestic to close in 2015

By Rosa Doherty, December 4, 2014

The owner of a popular wedding and barmitzvah venue running for more than 40 years has announced that it will close in spring.

The Royal Majestic Banqueting Suite in Willesden will host its last simchah in April following the decision of owner Helen Goide to retire.

She said: "It has been in the family for four generations and it's time for me to stop.


Pryce is right for Norwood debate

December 4, 2014

Economist Vicky Pryce and solicitor Nick "Mr Loophole" Freeman discussed "Are celebrities above the law?" at a Young Norwood legal event.

Speaking about the case of Ms Pryce - who was convicted for accepting driving penalty points on her licence for then husband and government minister Chris Huhne - Mr Freeman argued that if she had not been in the public eye, "she would have been prosecuted by


Supporters raise a toast as Jami comes of age

By Josh Jackman, December 4, 2014

The Jewish Association for the Mentally Ill celebrated the start of its 25th year in style, raising £200,000 with a champagne tea at the Savoy Hotel.

Shadow public health minister Luciana Berger, told the audience: "Mental health is an issue I am so passionate about.


Seaside special splash

December 4, 2014

Waves were made when Blackpool Reform attracted nearly 80 participants to its first northern Reform communities Shabbat.

The Shabbat service was led by student rabbi Kath Vardi. It was followed by a shared lunch and a study session and discussion led by Ms Vardi.

Spirits weren't dampened when an incoming tide meant a planned havdallah on the beach was relocated to Blackpool's promenade.