Community life

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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Extra collections for Pesach

April 11, 2014

Residents in 300 designated Barnet roads can take advantage of a Pesach waste and chametz collection service on Sunday organised by Barnet Council.

The council has announced that anyone wishing to use the service should place their waste into black bins or refuse sacks at the boundary of properties by 10am on April 13.

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Stanmore builds up nicely

By Jay Grenby, April 11, 2014

A Friday night service held in the new beit hamidrash at Stanmore and Canons Park Synagogue marked the completion of the first phase of a major refurbishment of the shul.

Work has already started on phase two at the synagogue, home to what is claimed to be Europe's largest orthodox community. The main shul will be completely renovated and the lobby areas will be refurbished.

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Samantha Cameron hails Kisharon at Downing Street charity event

By Sandy Rashty, April 3, 2014

Samantha Cameron spoke from the heart when hailing "amazing" special needs charity Kisharon at a Number 10 reception on Tuesday.

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Kosher lunch at mosque

By Adam Henderson, March 31, 2014

A new dawn for Jewish-Muslim relations was signalled as Glasgow Jewish Representative Council president Paul Morron led a group of community members which toured Glasgow Central Mosque as guests of its leadership committee.

A kosher lunch was provided for the visitors and mosque vice-president Mohammed Kauser said: "I am really delighted we had such a successful meeting.

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