Community life

Volunteering info

June 19, 2014

The Jewish Volunteering Network has revamped its website to cope with increasing demand.

JVN says the online facelift will make it easier for people wishing to do voluntary work to find suitable openings with a charity.

They will now be able to locate opportunities closer to their home, for example.

"A couple of years ago, we had 500-700 visits a week to our website," said JVN director Le

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School leader confident despite low enrolment

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 19, 2014

The founder of Leeds' first Jewish secondary school is confident about its future, despite anticipating another small intake for its second academic year.

Dan Cohen expects another 10 pupils to join the £3.5 million Leeds Jewish Free School in September after the inaugural intake of nine students, two of them non-Jews.

Although the numbers enrolling are only two-thirds of the school's targe

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Mirvis welcomes close Encounters

By Jay Grenby, June 19, 2014

Launching a joint initiative by six Herts and Bedfordshire communities, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis said it was a role model for others.

The Encounters study day at Yavneh College, Borehamwood, was held by the Five of Herts + 1 alliance, comprising the Potters Bar, Shenley, St Albans, Watford, Welwyn Garden City and Luton congregations.

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The Queen and Farage - that's life for Lipman

June 19, 2014

Meetings with the Queen, a run-in with Nigel Farage and hilarious family anecdotes were included in a wide-ranging talk by Maureen Lipman to a World Jewish Relief ladies' lunch in Highgate.

The actress also praised the humanitarian aid charity for supporting those in need in some of the most remote places.

"Who has heard of Zaporozhye or Transnistria?

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Riders' mounting tally

June 19, 2014

Following in the wheels of Tour de France winner Chris Froome, 40 supporters of learning disabilities charity Langdon cycled up the fearsome Mont Ventoux as the climax to a riding challenge in Provence which raised £70,000.

The cyclists, including seven grandparents, rode from Nice to Malaucene, covering around 360 kilometres over four-and-a-half days.

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Artful idea will aid survivors

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 19, 2014

Hundreds of Holocaust survivors and Jewish refugees in financial hardship will benefit from a £150,000 art therapy scheme.

The Six Point Foundation, supporting Jewish refugees, is backing a two-year arts project with survivors who have limited connection to the Jewish community.

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Gefiltefest once again cooks up an appetising foodies' menu

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2014

Israeli food writer Gil Hovav was on hot form. His first session at Sunday's Gefiltefest, the foodie equivalent of Limmud, was on how to make zchug, the fiery Yemeni salsa.

Generous bunches of coriander lay on the table along with heads of garlic, bags of green chilli and assorted spices, alongside hand-held blenders.

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It's a tie as mosque members visit shul

By Adam Henderson, June 19, 2014

Furthering the link between Glasgow Central Mosque and the city's Jewish community, mosque members visited Giffnock Synagogue on Sunday for a tour and discussions on future co-operation.

Glasgow Jewish Representative Council president Paul Morron said: "There are so many areas in which we can work together and I hope to explore these further.

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Pack stays US leader

By Simon Rocker, June 19, 2014

United Synagogue president Stephen Pack is set for a second three-year term of office after being unopposed in next month's election.

Mr Pack, 64, a member of Hadley Wood Synagogue, said the US had "a new chief rabbi, a new chief executive and we're going to have a new strategic plan.

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Backing Glasgow

By Adam Henderson, June 19, 2014

Jewish Leadership Council chief executive Simon Johnson has pledged JLC's support for Glasgow Jewry.

Addressing the AGM of the city's Jewish representative council, which is celebrating its centenary, Mr Johnson said the JLC was keen to do more to assist Glasgow. "We encourage you to think collaboratively and we will support you financially.

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