Community life

Samantha Cameron hails Kisharon at Downing Street charity event

By Sandy Rashty, April 3, 2014

Samantha Cameron spoke from the heart when hailing "amazing" special needs charity Kisharon at a Number 10 reception on Tuesday.


School makes it official

By John Fisher, March 31, 2014

The official opening of Leeds Jewish Free School gave community members the opportunity to view its state-of-the art facilities and learn about the educational resources on offer.

LJFS head Jeremy Dunford said its facilities were "comparable to the best available in the country".

In September, the school took in its initial cohort of eight pupils and teaching partners from the Rodillian Acad


Kosher lunch at mosque

By Adam Henderson, March 31, 2014

A new dawn for Jewish-Muslim relations was signalled as Glasgow Jewish Representative Council president Paul Morron led a group of community members which toured Glasgow Central Mosque as guests of its leadership committee.

A kosher lunch was provided for the visitors and mosque vice-president Mohammed Kauser said: "I am really delighted we had such a successful meeting.


Shul's olive branch to rabbi

By Sandy Rashty, March 31, 2014

Cardiff Reform Synagogue has set up a five-person committee to rebuild "cordial relations" with Rabbi Charles Middleburgh, who resigned suddenly last month after a dispute with shul executives.

"Our synagogue has had a blip, no one could deny that," said congregant Barbara Michaels, who edits the local Jewish journal, Bimah. "But we haven't fallen into a dark hole.


We're souped up for charity

March 31, 2014

To mark the relaunch of the UK branch of Israeli hunger charity Meir Panim as Manna, 50 supporters took part in a sponsored "soup walk" through the Jewish East End on Sunday.

The themed walk reflected the number of soup kitchens which operated in the area at the turn of the last century feeding thousands of Jews every day.


Singer on song in Belfast

By Joe Cohen, March 31, 2014

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was in Ireland at the weekend to induct Rabbi David Singer as minister of Belfast Jewry.

Former Olympic golden girl Mary Peters, now the city's Lord Lieutenant, and ex-Northern Ireland First Minister David Trimble were among a congregation of 220 at Belfast Synagogue.


Library lends itself to a fresh breed of browsers

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 31, 2014

Two hundred years of Jewish archives are being housed in new vaults following the £50 million refurbishment of Manchester Central Library, the UK's second largest.


A lot of love for Pixie - but survivor steals show

By Sandy Rashty, March 31, 2014

Pixie Lott was the star attraction but the ovation of the night at the Jewish Care young patrons dinner went to Holocaust survivor Renee Salt.

The 350 diners at the Marriott Grosvenor Square fell silent as an emotional Mrs Salt recalled harrowing encounters with Nazi officers.


Shalit comes to London to support Israeli welfare

By Charlotte Oliver, March 31, 2014

Accepting a volunteering award at a British Friends of Shalva dinner in central London, Gilad Shalit likened his time in captivity to the "challenges that Shalva families face on a daily basis".

Shalva supports Israelis of any denomination whose children have a mental or physical disability and the 250 guests were given a flavour of its work.


Women's aid charity appoints new first lady

March 31, 2014

Naomi Dickson will be the new Jewish Women's Aid executive director, succeeding Emma Bell, whose family is relocating to America.

With a background in charitable housing, Ms Dickson has been involved with JWA for many years, initially as a volunteer and then as a staff member.

She has run its refuge service and is currently communications and training co-ordinator.