Community life

'My troubled son attempted to take his life'

March 10, 2016

On January 15 2013, Michelle Broomer answered the door to two police officers.

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Youth Aliyah success story comes to dinner

March 10, 2016

A graduate of Youth Aliyah's Mechina project in northern Israel was among the 450 guests at the Youth Aliyah Child Rescue gala dinner in central London on Tuesday.

Ethiopian-born Solomon Lawee went on to become a high ranking IDF officer, in charge of 120 soldiers.

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Care campus celebrates £17m facelift

By Barry Toberman, March 3, 2016

Social Care Minister Alistair Burt has praised Jewish Care's latest major project, describing it as a model in its field.

Before addressing the formal opening of the Betty and Asher Loftus Centre in Friern Barnet, Mr Burt was shown around the campus by charity chiefs.

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IPO plays the palace at 80

March 3, 2016

A Kensington Palace dinner and concert featuring violinist Pinchas Zukerman launched the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's 80th anniversary celebrations and raised well over £300,000.

Hosted by the British Friends, the Ottolenghi-catered event attracted IPO supporters from Europe, America and Israel.

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Boxing very clever

March 3, 2016

David Baddiel added some comic punch to a boxing dinner in central London which raised £160,000 that Norwood and the Paskin Children's Trust will share.

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Leap year lady times 100th nicely

March 3, 2016

Born on February 29, 1916, north Londoner Minnie Allsuch was able to celebrate her 100th birthday on the correct date. Mrs Allsuch, who lives in Winchmore Hill, maintains an independent lifestyle and was dancing at her birthday party.

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Seed funding dinners

March 3, 2016

Seed dinners in London and Manchester this week attracted more than 1,000 guests and raised £500,000 for the educational charity's efforts to nurture Judaism in modern family life.

Reviewing the past year, national director Rabbi Joey Grunfeld highlighted a successful pilot scheme to place parent educators in Jewish primary schools.

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Improving life for Nightingale residents is kids' stuff

By Barry Toberman, March 3, 2016

Sipping coffee at a Nightingale House café window table overlooking the south London home's vast and verdant outdoor space, Nightingale Hammerson chief executive Helen Simmons points to a building in the garden area.

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Cancer-risk mum raises awareness of gene mutation threat to Ashkenazim

By Josh Jackman, March 3, 2016

After discovering that she had a BRCA gene mutation, making her more likely to develop breast and ovarian cancer, Emma Simons organised a BRCA awareness evening at Cockfosters and North Southgate Synagogue that was attended by 130 people.

"This is a conversation we should be having," Mrs Simons, 41, said. "It shouldn't be an unknown, especially as we are at a higher risk of having this gene."

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Helping French integrate 'will be in US's interest'

By Sandy Rashty, March 3, 2016

The influx of French Jews to Britain could dramatically change the way synagogues and schools are run, the French-born Hendon United Synagogue chairman has claimed.

Marc Meyer estimates that more than 10,000 French Jews have moved to the UK over the past decade. "They have come because they sense the opportunity and quality of life within the Jewish community here that is offered to them.

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