Community life

JW3 experiencing a post-merger numbers boom

By Simon Rocker, September 24, 2015

JW3 chief executive Raymond Simonson says it has begun to reap the rewards of its merger with the London Jewish Cultural Centre earlier this year.

Whereas JW3 was recording an average of 4,000 visits a week before the two organisations united in April, that number has risen to around 4,500 in the succeeding months.

Bookings for films, shows and other events during the April to August period


RAF veteran joins tribute to Canadians

By John Fisher, September 24, 2015

The bodies of seven young Canadian Jewish airmen were buried in the Commonwealth war cemetery at Stonefall, near Harrogate, more than 70 years ago. In an annual act of remembrance, a contingent of Leeds Ajex and Harrogate Hebrew Congregation members visit their graves, each marked by a Star of David on the tombstone.


Well-trained pair cash in

September 24, 2015

Two north London teenagers have journeyed into Camp Simcha's good books after completing a sponsored ride through every London Underground station.

Starting at Chesham at 5.15am, Daniel Sassoon and Aaron Rudolph, both 19, completed their 270-station trip at Heathrow in just under 18 hours 18 minutes.


Tube walkers celebrate their very own Jubilee

By Naomi Firsht, September 24, 2015

Six young Londoners walked the length of the Jubilee Line in a joint fundraising endeavour with some counterparts in Belarus.

The Together Plan event saw the "Jewbilee Liners" take 12 hours to cover the 30 miles.


Horovitz tells UJIA: Don't let the Israel haters win

By Josh Jackman, September 24, 2015

Times of Israel website founding editor David Horovitz told more than 800 guests at Monday's UJIA annual dinner that another Gaza war was inevitable and that people should be prepared to stand up for Israel.

Mr Horovitz warned that Hamas and other groups were in the midst of a "third phase" of efforts to destroy Israel, using terrorism alongside attempts to instigate international condemnation


Refugee crisis link as well-wisher says it with flowers for Kindertransport

By Rosa Doherty, September 24, 2015

World Jewish Relief has applauded the "random act of kindness" that saw a Kindertransport statue covered with flowers.

Kindertransport - the Arrival is sited at Liverpool Street station, the arrival point for the trains that brought child refugees who were fleeing the Nazis to Britain.


It's getting better for heritage shuls

By Naomi Firsht, September 21, 2015

Historic synagogues are in better shape than was the case five years ago, a Jewish Heritage report has found.


Jewish Blind and Disabled recognised for dementia awareness

September 21, 2015

Jewish Blind & Disabled has become the first housing provider in the UK to receive dementia awareness accreditation through the worldwide Purple Angel Campaign.

Staff completed an “understanding dementia knowledge paper” as part of the process and the charity’s chief executive, Hazel Kaye, said it would form “an integral part of our new house manager induction programme”.


York Liberals recruit their first rabbi

September 21, 2015

The new Liberal community in York has appointed a student minister, Daniel Lichman, to lead services, organise educational, social and cultural events and care for members’ pastoral needs over the next year.


Brighton rejects Reform change on Jewish status

By Simon Rocker, September 17, 2015

Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue has rejected the Reform movement's new policy to recognise the Jewish status of the children of Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers.

Reform rabbis voted in July to accept patrilineal Jews on the recommendation of the person's local rabbi.

But Brighton chairman Michael Harris said this week that "we have decided we won't be following the policy.