Community life

Primary project attracts a crowd

By Jay Grenby, April 2, 2015

Yavneh College Trust chair Malcolm Gordon is "hugely encouraged" by the 300 turnout at an information meeting on the school's proposed addition of a primary section on its Borehamwood site.

The plan is to apply for a two-form entry free school with a target opening date of September 2016.

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Archbishop: 'Boycotts are not the answer'

April 2, 2015

The former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, spoke warmly of Israel and expressed dismay at its lack of support from some fellow clergy when he addressed a Berkshire Council of Christians and Jews meeting at Maidenhead Synagogue.

Taking audience questions after his talk on "Moral dilemmas facing the human family", he spoke of his disappointment at backers of boycott campaigns, which were "n

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Long-serving Hassan calls it a day

April 2, 2015

Jewish Care's longest serving employee is leaving after 45 years.

Judith Hassan's main focus has been working with Holocaust survivors and refugees from Nazi persecution. She founded therapy centre Shalvata in 1990 and the Holocaust Survivors Centre in 1993.

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Is merging synagogues the only way for Essex's future?

By Josh Jackman, April 2, 2015

In the 1970s, Redbridge boasted Europe's largest Jewish population of 30,000. But a gradual decline as younger members decamped to north London accelerated between 2001 and 2011, during which it lost almost a third of its remaining population, falling from second to sixth among UK communities.

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Faiths unite in Dublin

By Josh Jackman, April 2, 2015

Irish religious leaders warned of rising intolerance at an "unprecedented" gathering of senior Jewish, Christian and Muslim representatives.

Papal delegate Archbishop Charles Brown and imams from four mosques were among guests at the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland dinner, held at Dublin's Terenure synagogue hall.

JRCI chair Maurice Cohen said their presence reflected a "genuine des

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Hotplate inspection shows risk

By Sandy Rashty, April 2, 2015

An emergency services group has urged community members to buy "only the latest models of hotplates" after a mass pre-Pesach inspection found that close on 40 per cent were a fire hazard.

British Friends of Zaka recruited firemen and electricians to examine 1,150 hotplates in London and Essex homes in the wake of the death of seven children in a Brooklyn fire ignited by a faulty hotplate last w

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Young idea

April 2, 2015

The United Synagogue's new Young People and Young Families division has appointed David Collins as director.

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Is merger the only way for Essex's future?

By Josh Jackman, April 1, 2015

In the 1970s, Redbridge boasted Europe’s largest Jewish population of 30,000. But a gradual decline as younger members decamped to north London accelerated between 2001 and 2011, during which it lost almost a third of its remaining population, falling from second to sixth among UK communities. In Clayhall alone, the number halved from 2,599 to 1,299.

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Nightingale talks merger

March 26, 2015

Nightingale Hammerson is in "advanced discussions" over a merger with the Abbeyfield Camden Jewish Society, which operates a 12-flat home, Belmont Lodge, in Bushey.

In a statement on Wednesday, Nightingale said it had been approached by Abbeyfield.

"Trends in the provision of services for older people are changing.

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Shul quits Board - 'it's not good value'

By Simon Rocker, March 26, 2015

Leaders of Catford and Bromley Synagogue in south London have decided to leave the Board of Deputies on financial grounds.

Joe Burchell, chairman of the United Synagogue affiliate, said it would not send a deputy to the Board's next triennium because "we do not think it's good value".

It costs a synagogue such as Catford and Bromley £495 annually to send a deputy to the Board.

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