Community life

Super-size us: Key Reform shuls are talking merger

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2016

The leadership of Hendon Reform Synagogue has recommended a merger with Edgware and District Reform Synagogue to form a super-sized congregation.

Although Hendon still serves around 700 families, it has an ageing profile and little more than 10 per cent of members live in the area.

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It's love actually as the shidduch enters hi-tech age

By Josh Jackman, April 7, 2016

A new service for the strictly Orthodox marries the traditional art of matchmaking with modern technology.

The Shidduch Project, created by Stamford Hill-based Agudas Israel Community Services, allows matchmakers to access a database of Charedim looking for love.

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Planning victory for Federation on headstones

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2016

The Federation of Synagogues has won the right to erect upright headstones in its new Edgware cemetery despite council officers' objections that they would detract from the location's green belt character.

Overriding their officials' recommendations, Barnet Council's planning committee last week voted in favour of the synagogue body.

"We are delighed at the outcome," said Federation presiden

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Gaining housing benefits

April 7, 2016

The Industrial Dwellings Society has taken over the Otto Schiff Housing Association in a link-up which IDS chief executive Paul Westbrook believes will signicantly enhance its work.

"Despite being the largest and oldest Jewish-led housing association, IDS has experienced difficulties in prioritising Jewish applicants for our homes," he explained.

"We will benefit from OSHA's rules which spec

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Mersey congregation beats a path to the US

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2016

Another regional community is exploring the possibility of joining the United Synagogue.

Talks have been ongoing between Childwall Hebrew Congregation in Liverpool and US officials over the past few months.

Sheffield was the first northern congregation to become a member of the US two years ago and Nottingham has been toying with a similar move.

Childwall president Denis Salamon said the

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Gem of a Christie's evening

April 7, 2016

For a diamond anniversary event, it was apt that the Tel Aviv University Trust's auction and champagne cocktails reception at Christie's was sponsored by leading jewellery firm de Grisogono.

It also marked the launch of a student scholarship campaign, which university president Professor Joseph Klafter promoted to more than 250 guests.

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Jacobson adds novel twist to lit festival

By John Fisher, April 7, 2016

Howard Jacobson provided a stirring final chapter to the first Leeds Jewish literary festival, Milim, telling an audience of 200 that his desire to write "a different kind" of book meant that he was 40 when his first novel was published.

"I now realise that I was in some sort of flight from being a northern, working-class Jewish boy," he recalled. "I wanted to be some other kind of boy.

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A new generation gets into the giving mood for welfare

By Sandy Rashty, April 7, 2016

Young Jewish Care supporters have raised a record £175,000 for its mental health services after learning about the growing gulf in giving between generations.

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'Useful' lead in Leeds

April 7, 2016

New Leeds Jewish Representative Council president Laurence Saffer has pledged to be "available, approachable, amenable and affable - but [most] importantly, useful".

Addressing the AGM, held at Leeds Civic Hall, he added: "I am sure that not everyone will agree with everything I do or say.

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Leukaemia girl's mum honoured for work of memorial charity

April 7, 2016

A woman whose daughter died from leukaemia at the age of 23 has received a British Citizen Award in recognition of her efforts to improve hospital conditions for leukaemia patients.

Cambridge-based Sylvia Morris, 69, established the Karen Morris Memorial Trust in 1999 after Karen lost her battle with chronic myeloid leukaemia.

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