Community life

Popping up in Belsize Park

By Simon Rocker, February 11, 2016

You've heard of pop-up restaurants. Now there's the pop-up minyan.

Around 40 people attended an experimental Shabbat morning service in Belsize Park run by Rabbi Naftali and Dina Brawer.

Rabbi Brawer explained that the north-west London gathering grew out of conversations "with a lot of people who said they find davening and, in particular, the Shabbat morning service unfulfilling".

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Lord's dinner answers prayers of special school

By chris, February 11, 2016

Leaders of Hackney special needs school and integrated nursery Side by Side were bowled over by the £230,000 proceeds from a men's dinner at Lord's Cricket Ground in St John's Wood.

The evening included a tour of the ground, taking in the dressing rooms and the famous Long Room.

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Brum role is recognised

February 11, 2016

Rabbi Yossi Jacobs's contribution to the renaissance of Birmingham's Singers Hill Synagogue was highlighted on Sunday with a celebration of his 10th anniversary at the shul.

Just 25 when appointed chief minister, the rabbi and his wife, Rachel, had helped to increase activity "in all areas of our congregation", Singers Hill president Keith Rowe told more than 300 guests.

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York Liberals set fair for Scarborough offshoot

February 11, 2016

In response to local demand, Liberal Judaism will next month hold the first Shabbat service in Scarborough "in living memory".

Scarborough will be an offshoot of the successful York Liberal community launched 18 months ago which is attracting more than 60 people to its fortnightly events.

If demand is maintained, the plan is to hold quarterly services in Scarborough over the next year.

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Audiences are inspired by 'Life' and death issues

February 11, 2016

A Jewish Music Institute-commissioned piece inspired by poems and drawings by children in Theresien-stadt concentration camp has been on tour around the Holocaust Memorial Day period.

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Sturgeon supporting HET's lesson

February 4, 2016

The Scottish Government has announced renewed £280,000 funding for the Holocaust Educational Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz project for students.

It will support the continuation of a programme enabling post-16 pupils from every Scottish school and college to join a one-day visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, attend seminars and hear testimony from survivors.

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Shul rebuild will exceed £12 million

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2016

South Hampstead Synagogue chairman David Turner has pledged that the shul will not borrow money to finance its rebuild, even though the cost is likely to rise beyond the projected
£12 million.

He also promised that there would be no "formal levy" on members to meet any additional outlay.

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School dinner goes down badly with parent of prospective pupil

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2016

North West London Jewish Day School has defended inviting parents who have applied for places for their children this year to a fundraising dinner.

One father said it was "inappropriate" for the state-aided Willesden primary to ask parents to the event while decisions on the offer of places for this autumn were pending.

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Hammerson to take more residents

February 4, 2016

The final plans for the £36 million redevelopment of Nightingale's north London home, Hammerson House, reveal that capacity will increase by more than a third, from 85 to 120 residents. The original proposal was for a 102-resident capacity.

Nightingale Hammerson leaders said this week that the proposed model of care had been shaped by the new wings at the Nightingale home in Clapham.

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Liberals' choice is a Danish

By Simon Rocker, February 4, 2016

Liberal Judaism has recruited another European congregation after approving the membership of the Shir HaTzafon community in Copenhagen.

It will join the Liberal Jewish Community of Amsterdam, which is an associate member, as LJ's second European group outside the UK and Ireland.

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