Community life

Former Hasmonean student becomes youngest mayor of Barnet

By Josh Jackman, June 1, 2015

The new mayor of Barnet, Mark Shooter, has said his main objective will be engaging disenfranchised citizens in communal activities.

Mr Shooter, a Barnet councillor of five years who at 44 is believed to be the youngest to take the position, told the JC he hoped to "inspire younger people and other parts of the community which aren't involved in civic society".


Manchester museum to revamp thanks to Lottery

May 28, 2015

Manchester Jewish Museum has received a £426,900 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a major development project.


Chief Rabbi launches new shul in Hendon

By Simon Rocker, May 28, 2015

A new United Synagogue congregation is to be launched by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis in Hendon, north-west London, in a fortnight.

Magen Avot, which will hold services at the Hendon Hall Hotel until it finds a permanent home, has been founded mainly by ex-members of North Hendon Synagogue.


First Jewish president of the Commonwealth Dental Association

May 28, 2015

A London dentist has been installed as the first Jewish president of the Commonwealth Dental Association.

Anthony Kravits, who becomes the ninth president of the CDA, qualified at Manchester Dental School in 1966, aged 21. He then worked in general dental practice in north Manchester until he moved to London in 2005.


Stage is set for new festival format in Leeds

By John Fisher, May 28, 2015

After a 15-year run, a drop in audience support for Leeds JFest International, a celebration of Jewish culture, has led to organisers testing new ground with a changed format.

The annual event is now heading in a different direction with a rolling season of varied performances.


Chief Rabbi: yes, sea air has its health benefits

By Corinne Rein, May 28, 2015

Ephraim Mirvis was impressed with the healthy lifestyle of some members of the Bournemouth community when on his first visit to the town since becoming Chief Rabbi.

Hannah Levy House care home was his first engagement where, while chatting to residents with his wife, Valerie, he was introduced to Fay Taylor, who had recently celebrated her 100th birthday.


Hatzolah ambulance service adds Edgware to its duty roster

May 28, 2015

Hatzolah, the Jewish ambulance service, has launched in Edgware, its fifth medical emergency provision in the country.

Its 15 volunteer medics, who will be on a rota to attend to calls 24 hours a day, followed a training programme run by Simon Blackburn, head of clinical training at UK Specialist Ambulance Service, and senior anaesthetic registrar Asher Lewinsohn.


Talk Around It offers speech therapy for stroke survivors

By Carl Nelkin, May 28, 2015

Dubliner Aviva Cohen has received €50,000 (£37,000) from Enterprise Ireland to help families whose loved ones have speech and language difficulties following stroke, brain injury, dementia and other chronic conditions.


A silver shine at St Albans

By Jay Grenby, May 28, 2015

Aiming to make the shul's 25th anniversary as memorable an occasion as possible for all of their more than 200 members, St Albans Masorti Synagogue made sure that every one of them got involved in the celebrations.

On one Friday, 25 member families opened their home to invite another group of members, numbering from two to 20, to a Friday night dinner.


Nottingham Liberals and Muslims open a soup kitchen together

May 28, 2015

Jews and Muslims in Nottingham have united to provide a drop-in kitchen for the some of the city's poorest, most vulnerable people.

Nottingham Liberal Synagogue and not-for-profit Muslim organisation Himmah have launched the Salaam Shalom Kitchen (SaSh) to provide hot meals every Wednesday for the city's needy.