Community life

Southend sets date for EGM over sacked rabbi

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

Supporters of the Southend rabbi dismissed for alleged gross misconduct - but who is still leading services - will have an opportunity to challenge the lay leadership over the decision.

Backers of Rabbi Binyamin Bar have welcomed the announcement of an EGM on February 22.


More express will to leave a charity legacy

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

A cross-communal umbrella organisation is reporting an eight per cent rise among Jews who consider that charitable legacies are important.

Legacy Giving, which conducted the research, encourages people to leave money to one of the 48 charities signed up to its campaign.

Its chair, Melanie Klass, said: "It's all about changing attitudes in the community towards legacies."

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Such a caring couple

January 29, 2015

Residents of Jewish Care's Princess Alexandra Home in Stanmore have shared in the love story of social co-ordinator Celine Allen and kitchen assistant Elliot Cohen.

And as the residents were unable to attend the couple's late evening marriage ceremony at Edgware Synagogue, the Cohens brought the celebrations back to the home for a post-wedding party.

Mrs Cohen, 30, said that "three-and-a-hal


Pickles takes pleasure in Yesodey's progress

January 29, 2015

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles expressed admiration for UK Jewry's "Jewish values and British values" when he visited Yesodey Hatorah Senior Girls' School in Stamford Hill.

Principal Rabbi Abraham Pinter and headteacher Rivky Weinberg joined other community representatives in a round table discussion with the minister, who then took a tour of the school.

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Learning with Leo Baeck

By Simon Rocker, January 29, 2015

Leo Baeck College has branched out into adult education with a new evening syllabus.

Around 50 people have signed up to the college's Lehrhaus programme since it opened last autumn.

"We're really pleased by the numbers," said Leo Baeck principal Rabbi Deborah Kahn-Harris.


Romain takes charge at Reform beit din

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

Maidenhead minister Rabbi Jonathan Romain has been elected chair of the Reform Beit Din.

Following his appointment by the Assembly of Reform Rabbis UK, Rabbi Romain will, for the next three years, head a rotating team of seven judges, having the final say on issues from conversion to divorce.

The religious court will be convened by North West Surrey Synagogue's Rabbi Jackie Tabick.



Nightingale opens its doors to NHS facility

By Barry Toberman, January 28, 2015

South London residential home Nightingale House is easing the pressure on NHS waiting lists by giving over unused space on its Clapham site for an independent unit administered by St George’s Hospital.


Pardes House scores well with inspectors

By Simon Rocker, January 22, 2015

Finchley strictly Orthodox school Pardes House Grammar has been ranked as good by inspectors.

Pupils "often reach standards that are at least one or two years ahead of their contemporaries," Ofsted reported.

Pardes House has 153 boys aged up to 16 on its roll.


JLGB makes 120 at Lords

By Josh Jackman, January 22, 2015

The importance of JLGB's work within regional communities was highlighted at its 120th anniversary celebration, held at the House of Lords and attended by government ministers Eric Pickles and Theresa Villiers.

Among more than 100 key volunteers at the Westminster event was Liverpool teacher and third generation JLGB leader Helen Abrams.


It's a rap for schools

January 22, 2015

A Salford grandmother is the unlikely catalyst behind a national rap competition for Jewish schools. is the brainchild of Manchester King David Primary teacher Bracha Dadash, 49. The donor-funded project will give schools and cheders the resources to compose, record and shoot a video.