Community life

Disabled charity cannot satisfy demand from the regions

August 12, 2016

Jewish Blind & Disabled has decided against expanding into the regions despite evidence of high demand for its services.

The charity - which has properties in Redbridge, north London and the Hertfordshire suburbs - provides independent living for those with physical problems or vision impairment.

JBD has found that one-in-three users of its online advice resource, Empowering Ability, are fro

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Lottery funds heritage centre in Scotland

By Lianne Kolirin, August 12, 2016

Marion Camrass and her family fled the Nazis after the invasion of Poland in 1939. Although they reached Russia, they were sent to Siberia as suspected enemy aliens, before moving on to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.

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Revamped in Liverpool

August 12, 2016

A major refurbishment of Merseyside Jewish Community Care's Shifrin House was celebrated at the reopening ceremony.

It was the fulfilment of "a dream to create something special for our community", guests were told by Howard Winik, the MJCC president.

The renovated premises "will secure the welfare needs of the people we look after for decades to come and will help people to lead better and

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Memories that are so touching for residents

August 12, 2016

A photo album can showcase a treasure trove of memories. But with Sheree Charalampous's textured photo books, the compilation process is just as important.

Ms Charalampous has been working with residents of Jewish Care's Vi and John Rubens (Redbridge) and Clore Manor (Hendon) homes to produce tactile albums as part of the charity's creative arts development programme.

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JLGB uses imagination to create dream camp

August 12, 2016

JLGB's biggest summer camp in 20 years attracted 500 young people from across the UK and abroad to the Essex venue for a programme based on the theme of "imagine".

The free-thinking participants developed skills in cookery, music, arts and crafts and debating.

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Flood delays term start

August 12, 2016

Hertsmere Jewish Primary pupils will enjoy an extra week's holiday after the start of the new academic year was postponed because of flood damage repairs.

Parents were informed by headteacher Steven Isaacs this week that the extent of the damage caused by flash floods in Hertfordshire in June had only recently become clear.

Restoration consultants had advised earlier this month that Septembe

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Cycling rabbi goes the distance on fast day

By Josh Jackman, August 5, 2016

Kingston Synagogue's minister is saddle sore but satisfied after cycling 100 miles to raise more than £3,000 which will be split between Jewish Care and mental health charity Jami.

Rabbi Samuel Landau completed the Prudential Ride London-Surrey 100 in a shade over five hours. The time would have been even better had he not crashed half-an-hour into the event.

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Essex group looks online for growth

August 5, 2016

Chelmsford Jewish Community has invested in its online presence to increase awareness of its existence among Jews living in the city and the surrounding areas.

Addressing the AGM and garden party of the non-affiliated Essex congregation, which welcomes people of all shades of observance, chairman Stan Keller outlined grounds for optimism.

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He's so highly motivated

August 5, 2016

A Western Marble Arch Synagogue member who has less than five per cent vision has raised almost £12,000 for charity by scaling Mount Kilimanjaro.

Jonathan Abro did the climb in support of RP Fighting Blindness, which is attempting to find a cure for retinitus pigmentosa, the condition he has.

"It's been a dream to do the climb for a very long time," said Mr Abro, who was joined on the fundr

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Twin peaks of exchange

August 5, 2016

Ten UK children and their families spent four days in Israel as part of UJIA's Ethiopian bar/batmitzvah "living bridge" programme, supporting 30 Ethiopian immigrant children in the northern town of Kiriyat Bialik.

Some of the visitors joined their Israeli counterparts for a bar/batmitzvah ceremony in Jerusalem.

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