Community life

Respite home is back on track

By Charlotte Oliver, April 28, 2014

An injection of funding has enabled building work to resume on Stamford Hill children's respite care home, Bayis Sheli.
Construction was restarted last month on the £6.3 million project, supporting strictly Orthodox children across the UK with severe disabilities.

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Winchester campaigners lobby for place in history

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 28, 2014

A newly formed group of academics and local Jews is campaigning to highlight the neglected Jewish history of Winchester.
The group was formed following concerns that there was no official mention of what was one of England's most important medieval communities prior to the expulsion in 1290.

Until that point, the Winchester community was prominent - there was a Jewry Street in the city and a J

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Borehamwood nursery 'outstanding'

By JCReporter, April 28, 2014

The Little Bicks nursery operating from Ohr Yisrael Synagogue in Borehamwood has been rated as outstanding in all categories by Ofsted inspectors.

They found that children were "happy and busy" with easy access "to a range of excellent learning opportunities".

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Scot charity chief departs to save services

By Daniel Easterman, April 28, 2014

Jewish Care Scotland chairman George Hecht has pledged there will be no cuts to frontline services after the charity announced the "mutually agreed" departure of chief executive Suzanne Neville in order to balance the books.
"Our community is suffering at the moment," Mr Hecht said.

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Interfaith Pesach

By JCReporter, April 28, 2014

North-west London's newest Jewish community, Mosaic, enjoyed an interfaith Pesach period.
Before the festival, more than 40 Mosaic members attended a service at Harrow Mosque also involving the Methodist community.

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London Marathon entrants run into money for charity

April 17, 2014

Hundreds of runners managed to raise thousands of pounds for communal causes at Sunday’s Virgin Money London Marathon.

Leading the way were Norwood’s 22 runners who pulled in around £80,000 for the charity. Among them was Nicky Stewart who fulfilled her ambition to run the 26.2 mile distance.

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So what's cooking? 48,000 Pesach meals

By Rosa Doherty, April 11, 2014

Richard Munns is the man behind 48,000 meals this Pesach and he isn't even Jewish.

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Pesach Gift drive helps the needy

April 11, 2014

Gift's annual pre-Pesach food drive has brought in £10,000 worth of supplies, which will be distributed to struggling families.

On Sunday, collections were held outside Kosher Kingdom in Golders Green, the Brenner Community Centre in Stamford Hill and at the charity's Hendon and Manchester warehouses. More than 50 young volunteers helped to sort the vast quantities of donated items.

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MDA appeals beyond Israel

By Sandy Rashty, April 11, 2014

Magen David Adom UK has dedicated part of its Pesach appeal to fundraising outside of Israel for the first time in a bid to attract younger donors.

MDA UK chief executive Daniel Burger said that those who were not core supporters were more likely to donate to causes other than Israel.

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Norwood adopts merger venture

By Simon Round, April 11, 2014

Norwood is merging its adoption services with children's charity Coram.

The move has been made in response to new legislation intended to speed up the adoption process. This had created a problem for Norwood, chief executive Elaine Kerr explained. "Our team is very small and if we were to keep pace with the new legislation we would need a much larger number of people to respond appropriately.

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