Community life

Yesodey Hatorah head dies

By Charlotte Oliver, March 24, 2014

Tributes have been paid to Yesodey Hatorah Girls' High School head Rachel Pinter, who died last Thursday, aged 67.

A teacher for more than 40 years, Mrs Pinter had headed the strictly Orthodox Yesodey Hatorah since 2005, overseeing its transition to a state-aided school rated "outstanding" by Ofsted. She was awarded an OBE for services to education in 2008.


Rosh Pinah calls in outside help following period of unrest

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2014

Edgware's Rosh Pinah Primary has entered new territory by calling in a private educational group to oversee change.

The move follows disputes between parents and governors in the previous academic year.

A trio of executive teachers from Lilac Sky Schools - which has worked with 70 schools over the past four years and has sponsored academies - will assume the Rosh Pinah reins in June.



Purim wait angers UJIA party people

By Sandy Rashty, March 24, 2014

It was billed as the ultimate London Purim party for young professionals, with tickets sold out and 1,000 people attending.

But guests at the Young UJIA event have complained of having to wait for over an hour-and-a-half for admittance to the venue, the Revolution Leadenhall club.


Emunah's highly prized musical youth

March 17, 2014

A JFS girl who “gets shy singing in front of her family” wowed the audience and judges to become Emunah’s Young Singer of the Year on Sunday.

Emma Sherrard — who sang Electricity from Billy Elliot before a crowd of 350 at the Royal Academy of Music in Marylebone — says she was shocked when her name was announced as the winner and added: “I thought it must have been a mistake.”


Zilli is a recipe for success at Child's Day

By Charlotte Oliver, March 4, 2014

Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli turned the spotlight on food waste in support of Jewish Child's Day on Tuesday night.

Addressing 200 guests at JCD's third annual dinner, held at the Avenue ballroom on Regent's Park Road, Mr Zilli recounted his own poverty-stricken upbringing in Italy.

"No child deserves to go hungry like I did," he said.


It's wine, it's kosher and we think we'll have another

By Charlotte Oliver, March 4, 2014

The drinks were on Kedem at the Park Lane Sheraton as 800 people road tested some highly agreeable tipples at the company's annual Kosher Food and Wine Experience.

Kedem Europe is the UK's largest importer of kosher wine and this year's event offered wines, spirits and liqueurs from 14 countries for sampling, with prices ranging from a tenner to an eye-popping £240 for the Batard Montrachet 20


Manchester's £11m care village plans revealed

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 4, 2014

Plans for an £11 million Jewish care village in south Manchester have been unveiled.

The currently closed Morris Feinmann home in Didsbury will become the Morris Feinmann Belong Village, comprising a cluster of mini-care homes around communal facilities.


US hopes to recruit more shuls from the regions

By Simon Rocker, March 4, 2014

United Synagogue president Stephen Pack wants more regional Orthodox congregations to follow Sheffield and join the London-based organisation.

He revealed this week that discussions had been taking place between the US and a number of congregations across the country over the past year or so.


Respite for care parents

March 4, 2014

Camp Simcha's long weekend retreat for seriously ill children and their families attracted 250 participants from around the UK.

They spent four days at Alexandra House in Swindon enjoying a programme including magicians, climbing and ice skating.


Tide turns for Kingston

By Jay Grenby, March 4, 2014

"Kingston is an exciting place to be at the moment - and not just because of our proximity to the rising waters of the Thames," says Kingston Synagogue chair Dr Martin Wolfson.