Community life

Mum's the word for MDA donor

April 20, 2015

To celebrate the 100th birthday of his mother, Magen David Adom UK’s vice-president, Irving Carter, dedicated his 11th ambulance to MDA at a Tel Aviv ceremony attended by family and friends. The event also included the dedication of a bomb shelter by Maurice and Frances Berman.

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'Don't stand by' is next HMD theme

April 20, 2015

A Woman rescued as a child from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia by Sir Nicholas Winton was among speakers at the Manchester launch of the theme for next year’s Holocaust Memorial Day, Don’t Stand By.

Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines said that the title encapsulated the efforts of people like Sir Nicholas, who did not stand by but took action.

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Birthright - now open to past tour members

April 8, 2015

For the first time, a free Birthright programme in the Holy Land will be available to young professionals who took an Israel tour in their teens.

Previously, the 10-day tours were open only to those who had never been on an organised programme.

The Young UJIA tour is being organised by Frankie Stanton, who said the aim was to attract 21-to-26-year-olds who had become distanced from the commu

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Eruv alterations prompt protest

By Josh Jackman, April 8, 2015

Revised eruv plans for Bushey passed by Hertsmere Borough Council have attracted local condemnation.

Although the eruv was green-lighted in 2013, amendments for two extra pole sites were passed unanimously at a council meeting a fortnight ago.

But the Bushey Residents Group has now amassed 450 signatures for an anti-eruv petition.

After the latest council decision, group spokesperson Gay

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The road to ruin? JW3 attacks plans to cut bus route from Golders Green

By Josh Jackman, April 8, 2015

A proposal to scrap a bus route which links Golders Green to the JW3 centre in Finchley Road has been criticised by communal chiefs.

Transport for London has run a public consultation, closing this Friday, over dropping the number 13 bus, along with its nocturnal equivalent, the N13. To soften the blow, TfL has suggested making the 82, which covers the same route, a 24-hour service.

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Cardiff starts its rabbinical search after lengthy 'mourning period'

By Josh Jackman, April 8, 2015

Cardiff Reform Synagogue expects to fill its longstanding rabbincal vacancy by Rosh Hashanah.

After the sudden resignation of Rabbi Charles Middleburgh a year ago, the shul waited nine months to begin a search for his successor.

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Alyth's Friday Night fever is a crowd-puller

By Simon Rocker, April 8, 2015

Some synagogues struggle to muster a Friday night minyan. But not Alyth - the North Western Reform Synagogue in Golders Green - which has doubled attendances over the past year or so.

"We've always had a big Friday night service with 100 to 150 people," said Rabbi Mark Goldsmith.

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Big remembrance

April 8, 2015

More than 2,000 tickets have already been booked for the UK's main Yom HaShoah commemoration, being held in Barnet on April 19.

Remember Together - We Are One also marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of death camps and the event is being supported by well over 100 communal organisations.

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Nightingale takes charge at Bushey care home

April 8, 2015

Nightingale Hammerson will take over the administration of the Abbeyfield Camden Jewish Society's Belmont Lodge home in Bushey from the beginning of next month. It will also work to increase occupancy at the 12-flat home, which currently has five residents.

As previously reported, ACJS has been in talks with Nightingale over the future of the property.

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Enhancing the 'emotional health' of the community

By Barry Toberman, April 8, 2015

Relationship problems, bereavement, illness, unemployment, low self-esteem, sexuality and gender - all are issues which can adversely impact on emotional well-being. For more than 35 years, a Jewish counselling service, Raphael, has helped clients from London and the Home Counties deal with these and other "emotional health" matters.

At the outset, its counsellors saw 100 people a month.

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