Community life

Limmud draws big crowd - but not the young

By John Fisher, November 5, 2015

Participants in Sunday's Leeds Limmud enjoyed lectures on subjects as diverse as teaching the Holocaust to Muslim pupils and salsa dancing at Buenos Aires barmitzvahs.

The 50 topics also included discrimination towards Ethiopian Jews in Israel and how humour aided Jewish survival.


Hair-raising experience aids Ghana schools' growth

By Josh Jackman, November 5, 2015

Charitable funding has been a hair-raising experience for Essex estate agent Adam Capal, who donned comic wigs every day in October in aid of Onechild Ghana, which supports 14 vocational schools.

His campaign, which to date has raised more than £1,800, took him to Leyton Orient's training ground, where former West Ham skipper Kevin Nolan and some of the League 2 side's players tried on some of


Israel's health minister visits community charities

By Cathy Forman, November 4, 2015

Yakov Litzman, Israel’s Minister of Health saw community charities in action while on a visit to the UK this week.


Chief hails the 'extraordinary' 100,000

By Josh Jackman, October 29, 2015

Organisers of the second annual Shabbat UK weekend claim that more than 100,000 people attended synagogue services or took part in one of the 900 events held in more than 50 communities.


Nursery at home site

October 29, 2015

Nightingale Hammerson is in discussions to provide a second site for Wimbledon Jewish nursery, Apples and Honey, at Nightingale's Clapham premises, furthering a long-time relationship.

Apples and Honey principal, Judith Ish-Horowicz, said: "Over the past 25 years, a generation of children at Apples and Honey Wimbledon have visited residents at Nightingale.


Shul back on Board

October 29, 2015

Catford and Bromley United Synagogue is to rejoin the Board of Deputies seven months after quitting the organisation because it did not think it was "good value".

Chair of the south-London shul, Joe Burchell, said the change of heart had followed discussions with senior Board vice-president Richard Verber, "who clearly appreciated that the Board of Deputies needed to modernise the way it engage


Bond dines out on her royal recollections

By Sandy Rashty, October 29, 2015

As the BBC's royal correspondent, Jennie Bond followed the British monarchy around the world for close on 15 years.

She made the Queen laugh, was scolded by Prince Philip and enjoyed a good relationship with Prince Charles and Princess Di.

So the veteran broadcaster was an apposite choice to address more than 230 guests at a women's lunch in Finchley in aid of Norwood, the one Jewish charity


Glasgow goes big on heritage

October 29, 2015

Regional synagogues and other communal properties of historic and architectural importance drew the crowds during B'nai B'rith UK's annual European days of Jewish culture and heritage.

An open day in Glasgow organised by Garnethill Synagogue Preservation Trust in conjunction with Garnethill Hebrew Congregation and the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre attracted more than 850 visitors.


Masorti shul marks out of five

By Jay Grenby, October 29, 2015

It was a day for high fives as St Albans Masorti Synagogue celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The reminiscences of founder members and those who joined at subsequent five-year intervals were shown on a celebratory video.


Foodies filling up in Leeds

October 29, 2015

After the Shabbat UK challah, Yorkshire food lovers got down to some serious eating on Sunday at the Leeds Big Jewish Nosh Fest. The menu of activities for the 700 visitors to the Etz Chaim Synagogue venue included cookery demonstrations, a variety of food stalls and advice on healthy eating.