Community life

Spreading the mitzvah

May 18, 2015

The impact of Mitzvah Day in the wider community was highlighted by the founder of its Muslim equivalent at an interfaith tea for supporters hosted by Daniela and Trevor Pears on Sunday.

Facebook's European vice-president, Nicola Mendelsohn, was among guests who heard Julie Siddiqi, who recently launched the Muslim Sadaqa Day, tell how its Jewish precursor had inspired her.


Sharing VE Day stories in London and Leeds

By Jay Grenby, May 18, 2015

Harrow's Mosaic Reform community marked the 70th anniversary of VE Day with a themed Shabbat morning service led by Rabbi Kathleen de Magtige-Middleton.


Sacked rabbi reinstated by popular demand

By Josh Jackman, May 15, 2015

Southend and Westcliff Hebrew Congregation's Rabbi Binyamin Bar, who was dismissed for alleged gross misconduct but has continued leading services at the behest of members, has been formally reappointed by the shul's new board.

Rabbi Bar accepted the contract handed to him by the lay leaders, who took office unopposed at Sunday's AGM.


Survivors meet the Queen at garden party

By JCReporter, May 15, 2015

Holocaust survivors were invited to a Buckingham Palace garden party in recognition of their contribution to Shoah education.

Two of the group, Cirla Lewis and Susan Pollack, met the Queen.

Ms Lewis, a "hidden child", said it had been "an honour to tell her about my story. What a marvellous country we live in."


Members save rabbi's job - now he might leave

By Josh Jackman, May 15, 2015

Liverpool's Childwall Hebrew Congregation has raised more than £30,000 to keep its rabbi. But he is considering leaving the community.

After discovering that it would have to find £25,000 to balance its books by the end of 2016, the cash-strapped synagogue reached a redundancy agreement in February with Rabbi Mordechai Wollenberg, who has served it full-time for two years.


They're winning the vote in the regions

May 14, 2015

In the local elections held outside London on general election day, seven Hertsmere Jewish Tories were re-elected, including last year's mayor, Paul Morris, and the council leader, Morris Bright. New faces on the council are Rabbi Alan Plancey - who is already a Hertfordshire county councillor - and Gary Silver.


Leeds chefs making a meal of their training

By John Fisher, May 14, 2015

The visit of Israeli chef Yossi Elud from award-winning Soho restaurant, The Palomar, to Leeds' MAZ community centre inspired eight amateur chefs to cook up a storm.

Under the tutelage of Mr Elud, Chloe Mitchell, Sara Graham, Rebecca Manning, Michele Jackson, Mike Sheaf, Andrew Lewis, Ayala Graham and Sarah Gould put their culinary skills to the test.


Gosh, you've grown into a fundraising sensation

By Sandy Rashty, May 7, 2015

First there was the "no make-up selfies" social media campaign that raised £8 million for Cancer Research UK. Then came the global "ALS ice bucket challenge", which generated £65 million for research into the neurodegenerative disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

Now two Jewish friends have started the #thenandnow campaign to raise funds for London's Great Ormond Street Hospital (Gosh).


Norwood celebrates its royal double century of patronage

May 7, 2015

Two hundred years ago, Norwood's earliest incarnation, the Jews' Hospital, became the first Jewish charity to have a royal patron.


Toon fans support 60th

By Jay Grenby, May 7, 2015

There is little to commend being a Newcastle United FC supporter at present. But a group of "sad" Newcastle fans belonging to Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue put aside their footballing misery to sponsor a kiddush for the shul's 60th anniversary.