Community life

Here, bear, everywhere - the time they took Teddy on tour

August 28, 2014

In 2006, 18-year-old Cassie Matus set off on her Israel gap year with Habonim Dror with an unusual companion - a teddy bear dressed rather similarly to her. "My mum gave her to me as a mascot. It was basically a bear version of me," she recalled.

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Leeds rabbi's sudden departure

By John Fisher, August 28, 2014

The United Hebrew Congregation in Leeds has announced the sudden departure of its minister of almost 15 years, Rabbi Daniel Levy. He will leave after tomorrow's Shabbat service.

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Love? Actually, they've been married 80 years

By Michael Freedland, August 28, 2014

When Helen and Maurice Kaye married at the old Borough Synagogue in south London, Britain was in the grip of the Depression, Edward Prince of Wales was beginning his dalliance with Wallis Simpson and Oswald Mosley was filling arenas with supporters of his British Union of Fascists.

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Bringing the eco-friendly into Limmud tent

By Marcus Dysch, August 28, 2014

"It's a fallacy that Jews don't camp and this proves it." So said Limmud in the Woods co-chair Jon Pam after more than 300 supporters spent a wet and windy Bank Holiday weekend in tents pitched in the Oxfordshire countryside engaging in panel discussions, prayer sessions and community-building activities.

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JLGB receives cash boost from the Chancellor

August 28, 2014

Chancellor George Osborne has announced a major six-figure grant to the Jewish Lads' and Girls' Brigade to be used towards getting more young Jews involved in social action.

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Survivor stories on show

By Adam Henderson, August 28, 2014

Holocaust survivor stories collated through a Scottish initiative are being exhibited at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Thirty-seven survivors were interviewed through the Gathering the Voices project for the exhibition, which will be made available to other educational institutions.

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US chooses VPs

August 21, 2014

Leonie Lewis and Russell Kett have been chosen as the new vice-presidents of the United Synagogue.

Until July, the posts were directly elected by members of the US council but, following constitutional changes introduced for last month's election, the vice-presidents are selected by their fellow trustees.

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Fifty and out

August 21, 2014

The rabbi of the Hendon Adath Yisroel Synagogue is retiring in January after nearly 50 years at its head.

Members have been told that a search committee has been set up to find a successor to Rabbi Pinchas Roberts, a member of the presiding rabbinate of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations.

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Butcher's shop makes the cut as monument

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 21, 2014

The frontage of a former kosher butcher's shop that supplied the Titanic is set to be preserved as a monument in Liverpool's city centre.

A £1.5 million redevelopment proposal by the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, which bought the Galkoff's site, includes plans to painstakingly remove the shop-front's iconic green tiles and ironwork and reconstruct them as a free-standing sculpture.

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Stamford Hill school scores well with Ofsted inspectors

By Simon Rocker, August 21, 2014

A Chasidic girls' primary school in Stamford Hill has impressed Ofsted inspectors.

Bnos Zion of Bobov, an independent school for 158 girls aged from three to 12 serving the Bobov Chasidic community, was rated good after a visit from Ofsted, with the behaviour and care of pupils found to be outstanding.

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