Community life

Norwood home is rated among top 1 per cent

January 29, 2016

VA Norwood care home in Stanmore has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, putting it among the top 1 per cent of establishments the CQC inspects.

30 Old Church Lane - home to eight people with learning disabilities - received an unannounced inspection in November.


Raising Progressive voice on Israel is rabbi’s desk job

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2016

Rabbi Charley Baginsky is leaving Kingston Liberal Synagogue after 10 years to establish an Israel desk for the Alliance for Progressive Judaism.

The co-operation agreement between Liberal Judaism and the Movement for Reform Judaism was announced in September 2014. But as Rabbi Baginsky admits, it has had limited impact to date.


Minyan group gets bigger say at Borehamwood

By Jay Grenby, January 29, 2016

Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue members who attend its Southside minyan at Yavneh College are to be given a greater say in the shul’s governance.

A new BES management structure will see the current team of five honorary officers plus the senior rabbi augmented by two officers whose prime responsibility will be to represent the interests of the Southsiders.


‘I saw my mother shot — if I screamed it was internal’

By Rosa Doherty, January 28, 2016

Hannah Lewis fought back tears as she recounted seeing her mother killed by the Nazis in 1943.

Before an audience including Boris Johnson and other MPs, Mrs Lewis told her story to the annual HMD ceremony at City Hall.

She was six when her family was moved to a work camp in Adampol, a Polish village a few miles from her hometown of Wlodawa.


Chief Rabbi joins Camden students to hear Holocaust survivor's story

January 27, 2016

Students at the William Ellis School in Camden heard the story of Freda Wineman, who survived death camps including Auschwitz-Birkenau and Bergen-Belsen, at an HMD assembly on Tuesday.

The assembly also involved Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and Holborn and St Pancras MP and former Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Keir Starmer.


Chief inspired by what survivors achieved

January 26, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has told survivors that he took inspiration from “how you have led your lives after all that you have gone through”.

Visiting Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors’ Centre in Hendon on Tuesday, Rabbi Mirvis was struck by “the laughter and joy that goes with the activities here”.


Bercow: ‘You have experienced the worst but retained your humanity’

By Rosa Doherty, January 26, 2016

Commons Speaker John Bercow welcomed more than 100 survivors of the Shoah and other genocides to his official residence on Wednesday for a reception organised by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

“You have experienced the worst atrocities known to mankind, yet have retained your own humanity and rebuilt your lives in Britain, contributing so much to our society,” Mr Bercow told them.


Salford school returns to favour with Ofsted

By Simon Rocker, January 26, 2016

A state-aided Charedi girls’ high school is back in Ofsted inspectors’ good books less than 18 months after being ranked as inadequate — the lowest grade.

Beis Yaakov academy in Salford, which has 279 girls aged from 11 to 16, has “improved rapidly and significantly” since its last inspection and is now rated a good school, according to a report published this week.


Record programme reflects nationwide support for HMD

By Josh Jackman, January 26, 2016

Holocaust Memorial Day will be marked at venues from prisons to Westminster Bridge with a record number of events.

Previewing this year’s programme, HMD Trust chief executive Olivia Marks-Woldman said communities had built on the 3,614 activities arranged in 2015.


Ayalon: ‘Be truthful with Israel’

By Leon Symons, January 26, 2016

The former head of Israeli security agency Shin Bet has said in London that diaspora Jews have a duty to tell Israel “exactly what you think [of us]”.

Addressing a Muswell Hill Synagogue meeting on Monday, Ami Ayalon said that Israel saw “only one piece of the picture. We have our own narrative.”