Community life

Jami pleased by a healthy interest

February 18, 2016

Mental health campaigner Jonny Benjamin - who was talked out of jumping off Waterloo Bridge in 2008 - addressed guests at a screening of The Stranger on the Bridge organised by mental health charity Jami at the Charlotte Street Hotel in central London.

The documentary is about Mr Benjamin's search for the man who persuaded him to abandon his suicide attempt.

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Chai is not so sweet on sugar

February 18, 2016

An expert panel expressed differing views on the proposed sugar tax to young Chai Cancer Care supporters at a forum at the charity's Hendon premises.

During a lively discussion, nutritionist Ian Marber pointed out that sugar was not the sole cause of obesity. "It's that we eat too much and we need to find ways to eat less.

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Charities run into dilemma on marathon involvement

By Josh Jackman, February 11, 2016

Dozens of people will run the London Marathon for Jewish charities, despite the race being staged on the second day of Pesach.

Communal leaders complained when the April 24 date was announced, pointing out that the clash would cost welfare groups desperately needed income. But Jewish Care and Norwood say they are anticipating their normal number of entrants.

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Cork closure is heartbreak for shul's most dedicated member

By Josh Jackman, February 11, 2016

The final Cork Hebrew Congregation service at the weekend was an emotional affair for Fred Rosehill, who has chaired the tiny Irish community for most of his 88 years.

Saying goodbye to the South Terrace shul had been "horrible", he confided. "I had my barmitzvah and my second barmitzvah and my son's and grandson's barmitzvahs here.

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Rabbi shows solidarity with desecrated mosque

By Josh Jackman, February 11, 2016

Bristol's Liberal rabbi has demonstrated solidarity with the local Jamia Mosque after attackers threw bacon sandwiches at the building, verbally abused worshippers and left an England flag with a "No Mosques" slogan outside.

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She's taken the aid bus to Calais

By Jay Grenby, February 11, 2016

The daughter of a Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue leader has driven a bus to the Jungle refugee camp in Calais laden with food and other essential supplies purchased with NPLS members' donations.

Bristol-based Jess Wolvey was heartened by the response of congregants to an appeal for support in the synagogue newsletter. More than £750 was donated in less than a week.

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Say it in French in the West End

By Naomi Firsht, February 11, 2016

A central London shul is following in the footsteps of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue in St John's Wood by establishing a minyan catering to French speakers.

The Western Marble Arch plans to hold the first monthly Sephardi Shabbat morning minyan in April.

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Local branch cuts will make driving easier for Cohanim

By Simon Rocker, February 11, 2016

Most of us would not think twice about driving down Hoop Lane, the road linking Golders Green to Hampstead Garden Suburb.

But for a select group, it has been a religious hazard best avoided. Conscientious Cohanim have given it a wide berth because of the dangers of ritual impurity from the adjacent Jewish cemetery.

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Transgender and faith - the Progressive view

February 11, 2016

Liberal Judaism's "Twilight People" project has spawned an exhibition on the "hidden history" of transgender and gender non-conforming people of faith.

The collection of photographs, recordings and artefacts is on display at Islington Museum until March 5, after which it will tour the country.

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Popping up in Belsize Park

By Simon Rocker, February 11, 2016

You've heard of pop-up restaurants. Now there's the pop-up minyan.

Around 40 people attended an experimental Shabbat morning service in Belsize Park run by Rabbi Naftali and Dina Brawer.

Rabbi Brawer explained that the north-west London gathering grew out of conversations "with a lot of people who said they find davening and, in particular, the Shabbat morning service unfulfilling".

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