Community life

Songs of Praise gets a taste of collaborative work

By Rosa Doherty, November 12, 2015

In front of a camera crew from BBC's Songs of Praise, Christians and Jews cooked for the homeless in an early Mitzvah Day activity at JW3's Finchley Road premises.

Respective favourites such as mince pies and apple strudel were on the menu and participants swapped cookery tips.

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Highgate rebuilds for growing congregation

November 12, 2015

Highgate Synagogue is being rebuilt in a £2 million-plus project to provide modern, environmentally friendly premises for a membership that has almost tripled to 400 over the past three decades.

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Lammy tells Langdon of his debt to Jewish backers

By Josh Jackman, November 12, 2015

Tottenham MP David Lammy has told Langdon supporters of his debt to the Jewish community.

Addressing 200 supporters at a business breakfast at the Park Lane Hotel, Mr Lammy recalled that a group of Jewish lawyers had funded his $40,000 (£26,000) entry into Harvard Law School.

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MPs display the 'write' stuff for social action

November 12, 2015

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, Tory Party deputy chair Robert Halfon and shadow health minister Luciana Berger were among MPs who took part in a Mitzvah Day social action project in a packed Commons committee room.

The MPs wrote cards to staff at various charities, thanking them for their contribution to society.

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IDS is taken with JBD

November 12, 2015

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith visited Jewish Blind and Disabled's Milne Court property in South Woodford, meeting tenants in communal areas and their flats, designed to allow independent living.

"It was fantastic to meet tenants and see the number of improvements that are being made to the building," Mr Duncan Smith said.

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CST highlights its help to Danes

November 12, 2015

The Community Security Trust's support to Danish Jewry in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on Copenhagen's Great Synagogue in February was highlighted at the CST's northern dinner in Manchester on Monday.

Northern regional director Amanda Bomsztyk briefed the 250 guests on the attack, in which local security volunteer Dan Uzan was murdered.

She also introduced an emotive film made by th

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Prized young volunteer

November 12, 2015

Yavneh College student Keshet Dor has won a Yopey award recognising teenagers "who are positive role models".

Keshet, 13, was selected for the Hertfordshire area award after marking her batmitzvah by donating £300 to buy software helping clients of educational needs charity Kisharon to communicate.

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Leeds hails welfare head

November 12, 2015

Local MP Fabian Hamilton led the tributes to Edward Ziff at a party on Tuesday marking his retirement as Leeds Jewish Welfare Board president.

Praising Mr Ziff for his "wonderful work" for the welfare board and the wider community, Mr Hamilton told him that his "contribution has been immense".

Lord Sacks featured in a video tribute, pointing out that Mr Ziff had helped the welfare board "thr

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Towering climb raises £200K for Israeli children's charity Shalva

By Cathy Forman, November 5, 2015

A global gathering of 30 climbers from Israel, the UK, US, Canada, France and Switzerland spent 10 days surrounded by some of the world's most beautiful scenery on their way to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to benefit Israeli children's charity Shalva.

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