Community life

WJR seeks extra help for Ukrainian clients

April 11, 2014

World Jewish Relief's Pesach appeal will support around three dozen programmes helping impoverished Ukrainian Jews.

The charity currently assists 16,000 people in Ukraine. Its food cards programme enables clients to purchase essentials.


Keeping memories alive

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2014

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles wants Britons to "keep the memory alive" in next year's Holocaust Memorial Day.

Mr Pickles was joined by MPs, peers and survivors at a Parliamentary event on Monday where he unveiled plans for HMD 2015.

"The fact of remembering people - and not just the numbers - is in itself an act of defiance," he said.


Rep council looks to youth

By Jonathan Kalmus, April 11, 2014

Businesswoman Sharon Bannister aims to cultivate young leadership when she takes over the presidency of Manchester Jewish Representative Council.

The 60-year-old vice-president is expected to succeed Frank Baigel at next month's AGM. She currently runs an online retail business and is a dementia adviser to the Alzheimer's Society.


It's Professor Bayfield

By Simon Rocker, April 11, 2014

Reform president Rabbi Tony Bayfield has joined the elite band of rabbinical professors after being appointed to a chair of modern Jewish theology and thought at London's Leo Baeck College.

It is only the second time the Progressive rabbinic academy has made a professorial appointment since its establishment in 1956.

Rabbi Bayfield, who retired as Reform chief executive at the end of 2010, s


Glasgow must invest in 'people not buildings'

By Adam Henderson, April 11, 2014

Glasgow Jewish Representative Council president Paul Morron has urged the city's shuls to implement radical change and "invest in people rather than buildings".

Mr Morron made the plea at a question time event marking the council's centenary. He said afterwards: "I am telling them to get themselves in order. They need to be looking at modern techniques of engagement like social media.


Lucy loves the talent show limelight

By John Fisher, April 11, 2014

Leeds eight-year-old Lucy Sherman will have a new stage for her singing talents after winning a communal contest that attracted 80 local entertainers.

Lucy, who is currently performing in La Boheme with Leeds-based Opera North, delighted the 800 people in the audiences at the two Strictly Talent shows at the Grammar School at Leeds with her rendition of Wouldn't It Be Loverly?


Atlas moves from Brum

April 11, 2014

Members of Birmingham Central Synagogue and the wider local community gathered for a farewell tea for Rabbi Chanan Atlas, who is leaving the shul with his family after Pesach to take up the pulpit at Manchester's Yeshurun Synagogue.

Shul president Geoffrey Clements said that the minister had presided over a major transformation of the community in the past two years.


Donisthorpe chief starts work

April 11, 2014

Andrew Thornton started work on Monday as chief executive of Leeds residential home Donisthorpe Hall.

Mr Thornton, 50 - who has previously served private and public healthcare organisations - looked forward "to working for an organisation with such a high reputation.


Leeds impresses JLC chief

By John Fisher, April 11, 2014

Jewish leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson has praised the standard of communal leadership in Leeds during a two-day visit to the city.

Mr Johnson said he had encountered "a group of dedicated leaders and professionals who are not prepared to accept demographic decline.


Shisler standing down

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Geoffrey Shisler is standing down as minister of the New West End Synagogue after 14 years' service.

He said he had enjoyed his time with the "fine" central London community and hoped "that this historic congregation will go from strength to strength".

Shul chair Henry Magrill said the rabbi and his wife Anne would be "greatly missed.