Community life

Mixed-faith couples discuss the challenges they face

By Charlotte Oliver, February 13, 2014

Reform Judaism's senior rabbi has urged recognition and celebration of the fact that mixed-faith couples were "fundamentally integrated into Jewish life".

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner highlighted the need to embrace diversity at the annual "I'm Jewish, My Partner Isn't" seminar, held on Sunday at Finchley's Sternberg Centre.

Liberal and Reform rabbis and counsellors joined couples for the eve

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'Pakistan's Anne Frank' honoured for her courage

By Rosa Doherty, February 13, 2014

An award to a teenage Pakistani girl the Taliban tried to assassinate for promoting women's education was the highlight of the Anne Frank Trust Holocaust Memorial Day lunch, which raised £400,000.

Malala Yousafzai's moral courage award was accepted by her father Ziauddin from Hollywood star Naomie Harris.

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It pays to advertise

By Charlotte Oliver, February 13, 2014

A marathon runner is selling his body - in the nicest possible sense.

Ray Gurvitz, 47, from Elstree, will be taking part in the Tel Aviv Marathon at the end of the month and has elected to fund-raise for Jewish Care by selling advertising space on his arms, legs and face.

Sponsors can pay between £100 and £1,000 to feature on Mr Gurvitz's body and running apparel.

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Young gays supported

February 13, 2014

A culturally sensitive and confidential support service for Jewish 16-21-year-olds who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender - or think that they might be - will be launched in spring.

It follows an in-depth survey conducted by the Jewish Gay and Lesbian Group (JGLG) to ascertain the wishes and concerns of young LGBTQs.

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Learning charities plan online boost

February 13, 2014

Learning disability charities Langdon and Kisharon have taken over the running of Jweb, the specialist website providing information for Jews with learning disabilities.

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Recruitment drive in Israel for Leeds kollel

By John Fisher, February 13, 2014

Ten families will be funded to relocate from Israel to Leeds to undertake further Jewish educational studies and teach within the community as part of a learning initiative spearheaded by Manchester rabbi Ahron Kramer.

A post-Pesach opening date has been set for the Leeds kollel, which will operate initially from the city's three Orthodox synagogues.

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Aiming higher on teacher quality

By Simon Rocker, February 13, 2014

Two training schemes for Jewish studies teachers are to launch in the autumn in a bid to raise standards in the profession.

Up to 10 graduates will be recruited annually for a year-long school-based programme backed by a consortium of Jewish secondary schools and run by the education agency, Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS).

The London School of Jewish Studies, meanwhile, is introduci

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Capital home from home attracts the marrying kind

By Simon Rocker, February 13, 2014

Set up as a club for young Jews to meet, there is one statistic of which the Centre for Jewish Life is particularly proud.

Around 80 couples who have gone, or plan to go under the chupah, first met at its elegant premises in London's West End.

Originally a Lubavitch venture but independent for the past five years, it has been especially successful in attracting many of the young Jews who hav

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School passes key stage

February 13, 2014

South London's first Jewish school, the Mosaic Primary, has received the keys to what will be its permanent home in Roehampton from Wandsworth Council.

Subject to planning permission, the school - which opened in temporary accommodation in Wimbledon in September - will move to a purpose-built site by September 2015.

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Casting a bionic eye on innovation

By Simon Rocker, February 13, 2014

To the uninitiated, nanoscience might sound as if it were something to do with the study of grandmothers.

But this rapidly developing field is about the investigation of tiny particles, thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair.

For scientists, its technical application opens up all sorts of possibilities, from the more effective use of solar energy to an artificial nose that

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